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March 8, 2021

Words on Neyers from a Respected Critic

By Bruce Neyers

Mike Sangiacomo with his brother Steve and brother-in-law Mike Pucci

The Sangiacomo Family brain trust. Mike Sangiacomo (center) is flanked by brother Steve (on right) and brother-in-law Mike Pucci (on left) at their home vineyard southwest of Sonoma in the Carneros AVA.

March is starting off on a high note with this review by James Suckling on the Neyers Vineyards 2018 Chardonnay ‘Carneros District’:

Neyers 2018 Chardonnay ‘Carneros District’

Publication date: February 22, 2021
“Aromas of lime, spiced apple, smoke and cedar. It’s medium-to full-bodied with bright acidity, tight layers and a toasty, energetic finish. Drink or hold.” Score: 92 POINTS – James Suckling

This is a wine produced from ‘Shot-Wente’ selection vines grown on the Yamakawa Vineyard, the Sangiacomo Family Vineyard and the El Novillero Block II Vineyard, all in Sonoma Carneros. The juice was barrel fermented in a combination of new and used 60-gallon French oak barrels using native wild yeast, and allowed to undergo 100% natural Malo-Lactic fermentation with native M-L bacteria. It was not fined, but was given a light polish filtration when bottled.

We began shipping the wine late last year so there are still stocks for sale.

Neyers Vineyards 2018 Chardonnay ‘Carneros District’

Tadeo Borchardt with a 60-year-old 'Shot-Wente' selection Chardonnay vine on the Yamakawa vineyard

Tadeo Borchardt serves as scale for a 60-year-old ‘Shot-Wente’ selection Chardonnay vine on the Yamakawa vineyard last fall. The crop here was barely two tons per acre, nearly identical to that of the 2018 vintage.