September 20, 2016
The designation of MS or Master Sommelier is one of the most coveted titles in the world of wine today. Few have passed the rigorous exam necessary for the recognition, and those that have are among the most respected in our business.
Chuck Furuya received this award more than 20 years ago when there were only a handful in the world. He continues as an industry leader today in his roles as restaurateur, wine buyer, writer, and consultant.
His recent comments about Neyers Vineyards from one of the several publications that carry his work are copied below:
Comments from Chuck Furuya, MS
‘We truly believe Neyers is producing some of the very best wines in California today!!! The quality and mojo is definitely in the bottle. What makes them even more remarkable is that while it is hard to find wineries who can do ONE grape variety well, here is a winery that produces wines of standout quality from at least SEVEN grape varieties! I have true admiration and respect for how Bruce and Barbara Neyers passionately believe in heirloom/heritage grapevines and sustainable farming, and bring their artisanal, ‘Old World’ approach to winemaking. In short, they do it all the right way, from farming to winemaking.
2015 Neyers “Sage Canyon Red”
While Bruce Neyers tells the story how he and winemaker Tadeo Borchardt set out to grow and produce a Châteauneuf-du-Pape-like red wine, I think this Carignane based (140 year-old vines) wine is more like the wines from southern France’s revolutionary winemaker, Maxime Magnon of Corbières. Traditional production techniques include crushing by foot and wild yeast fermentation. There is absolute deliciousness here.’
Thanks Chuck! We love being compared to our hero Maxime Magnon. We have learned a much from Maxime over the years, and a lot of that knowledge has found its way into our Sage Canyon Red, a blend of 45% Old Vine Carignan, 25% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah. It’s a striking wine that does much to explain the connection between our old world winemaking practices and new world grape vines.
2015 Sage Canyon Red – $26/bottle