Sep
23

A Quick Jaunt to the Napa Valley–Part 2

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In the afternoon, we decided to stop by & see Neyers Vineyards located on Sage Canyon Road.  Because things were so hectic, as the looming harvest meant cleaning all of the equipment, bottling wine to make room for the new harvest & visiting vineyards, we did not ask to see any vineyards with winemaker Tadeo on this visit.  Just, way too much going on & we were appreciative for any time he & they could spend with us.  Napa Neyers1

We were graciously received by Barbara Neyers & her team.  She is an incredible person with a BIG heart & old soul.  There is very few people around like her, believe me!  She worked at Chez Panisse for 20+ years, along side Chef/owner Alice Waters.  She & Bruce’s strongly believe in comprehensive sustainability. to the point I never have to ask.  Neyers TadeoNeyers

We were then thankful to taste through a formidable line up of Neyers’ upcoming releases.  We walked away as impressed as ever.  As I have stated frequently in the past months, winemaker Tadeo Borchardt is totally in the groove & crafting a bevy of sensational wines…..which display character &  interesting-ness….AND are seamless, well textured & wonderfully balanced.  One should try the Neyers Syrah “Old Lakeville Road”, for example, just to see what we mean. 

Our next stop–Robert Biale.Napa-BialeNapa-Dave  We met with Dave Pramuk, someone we had met a LONG time ago at ZAP.  Dave was kind enough to walk some of the vineyards with us.  Napa--ChickenNapa Aldo

The vineyard on the left is “Black Chicken”. Interestingly, Black Chicken is a single vineyard….AND is also a proprietary name for one of their Zinfandels…(whose core is the Black Chicken vineyard).  The vineyard on the right is Aldo, which was planted in 1937. 

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The grapes, in each case were close to ripening.  They also had lots of character…& were not just tooty fruity like some of the other grapes we tasted in Paso Robles & other parcels of Napa Valley.

Robert Biale has a true passion for Zinfandel & their wines clearly show that.  FYI–they now use Burgundian barrels to age the Zins & handle the grapes more gently.  We were really impressed with what we saw & tasted.

Napa--Jones Family2The Napa Valley was truly bustling with energy as people scurried about to get ready for the looming harvests.  AND, winemakers were making their rounds to check out their grape sources.  Napa--Kenefick                      Kenefick Ranch

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