I had been purchasing both Hestan Vineyards and Stephanie labels for some time and one day, the tasting room manager suggested I try Meyer Vineyards. All of these are owned by Stanley and Helen Cheng who purchased the property in 1996 as a former cattle ranch. Fast forward after planting the vines, in 2009 well known winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown joined their team as winemaker. I purchased several bottles and two weeks later, it was voted #8 of Wine Spectators Top 100 (2017). I called to see if any more were available and they sold out in a matter of hours after the news release!
Had a very enthusiastic wine critic over for some wine the other night and opened this bottle. Wine Spectator rated it 95 points and Parker in the 90’s. Meyer Vineyards fruit is on the hillside estate vineyard and aged 18 month in French oak barrels. On the eyes it is a very deep crimson color and heavy viscosity. On the nose dark fruits and chocolate waft into the senses. But similar only in the analogy of a circus clowns coming one after another from a tiny car, this wine continues to unfurl with flavors, layers and aromas. Dark cherry is prominent along with vanilla pipe tobacco with a finish of black licorice and long lasting enjoyment.
No food was tasted with this wine, just simply to enjoy sipping for the evening which we all did!!