Neyers Vineyards

Vintner Tales

September 28, 2016

Neyers Merlot in Tewksbury

When I first visited Tewksbury Fine Wine, I was amazed by the number of wines they stocked that I regularly buy. It’s a small but well appointed neighborhood wine shop, and I just loved the fact that they had selected a half-dozen Neyers Vineyards wines and included them alongside wines from many of my favorite producers.

In their latest flyer, they list Neyers Merlot as one of three wine selections of the week. They do a great job of telling our story, and I thought you might enjoy reading it as well:

About the Winery
In 1999, Bruce and Barbara purchased and renovated a winery on a thirty-acre parcel in the Sage Canyon area of Napa Valley. Over the next 14 months they built their modern, highly functional winery designed for traditional winemaking practices. They produced their first vintage in this state of the art facility in 2000.

Just two short years later in 2002, Wine and Spirits Magazine named Neyers Vineyards the Artisan Winery of the Year. About 25% of production is Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on their 50-acre Conn Valley ranch.

Neyers Vineyards sits in the heart of the Napa Valley, but Bruce’s experience with French wine importer Kermit Lynch has had a clear influence on their wines. Their barrels, for example, are made in France, from oak that is bought in bulk and air dried for three years — two years longer than normal. All of the grapes are picked by hand, into small bins that hold only one-half ton. They are then laboriously hand sorted and inspected again at the winery before fermentation begins.

About the Wine
The Merlot comes entirely from their Conn Valley ranch in the Bordeaux inspired vineyards surrounding their home. The combination of a cordon-pruned, vertical-trellis system on a tightly spaced planting grid serves to keep yields low and quality high.

The vineyard is planted to a traditional mix of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. With harvesting low yields at optimum ripeness, then fermenting for 30 days or more to ensure maximum extraction of color and flavor, greater complexity invariably results.

The wines are aged with as little intervention as possible, and bottled with neither fining nor filtration, using a state of the art mobile bottling line. No expense has been spared in grape growing, winemaking, or processing equipment, yet the wines represent great value in today’s highly competitive wine market.”

We are currently sold out of the final commercial bottling of Neyers Merlot, the 2013 Merlot ‘Neyers Ranch’. In the future, our entire production of Merlot will be blended with the Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the adjacent parcel called Toni’s Vineyard to create a Bordeaux-style blend we call Left Bank Red. Both vineyards are planted on gravelly soil blocks on the left bank of Conn Creek.

We still have available some magnums of previous vintages of Neyers Ranch Merlot:

2006 Merlot ‘Neyers Ranch’ – $75/magnum
2 bottles available2010 Merlot ‘Neyers Ranch’ – $85/magnum
24 bottles available

2011 Merlot ‘Neyers Ranch’ – $95/magnum
3 bottles available

1994 Merlot ‘Neyers Ranch – $900/3 Liter bottle
1 bottle available