Neyers Vineyards Bruce's Journal
The 2020 Neyers Sage Canyon Red – A Master’s View
By Bruce Neyers
Thursday 16th March, 2023
In his more than 30-year-long career in the wine trade, Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya has done it all. I’ve known him as a restaurateur, a wine server, a fine wine distributor, a writer, and most importantly a leader in our industry. He has scads of loyal followers, all of them — like me — better at their jobs in large measure for what they have learned from him. We were flattered to read his recent comments on this wine:
2020 Neyers “Sage Canyon Red”
Named after the location of the winery — the Sage Canyon enclave of the Napa Valley. Inspired by artisan red wine blends from France’s southern Rhône Valley and those from various nooks & crannies of southern France, this is an intentional homage to those wines & their traditional winemaking approaches — whole cluster fermentation with 100% stem retention, native yeast fermentation, must trodden by foot, fermentation in upright concrete and stainless-steel tanks, and aging for 12 months in neutral foudré and French oak barrels. Bottled unfiltered & unfined. The real success behind this blend is sourcing quality, heritage vine fruit for each of the grape components. The 2020 is mainly old vine Carignan (from vineyards like Evangelho & Jessie’s Grove) with smaller amounts of Grenache, Mourvèdre, and a dash of Syrah for completeness. I spend so much time on this wine, because of how good & inspiring it is. There really is nothing else like it that I have tasted from California. The fact is, they spent so much time & effort to realize a “dream”. It is wonderfully, tantalizingly perfumed; captivating, interesting, “game changing”, and gulpable — all at a very reasonable price. It loves pairing with Mediterranean inspired or BBQ foods. I am completely taken with the merits of this wine.