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A Surprising Pair from Neyers Vineyards


It was Andy who pointed out the 2012 Neyers Vineyards, Sage Canyon Red Wine to me.  I could not say no to a California Rhone blend priced at $22.    I find this a difficult price point for the Californian wines available in Washington, DC.  Quite frankly, I find real Rhone wines more interesting given the same budget.  I did however rather enjoy this wine, it even surprised me.  I recommend you put a few of these in your cellar to find out what is in store this fall.  The 2012 Neyers Vineyards, Chardonnay 304, Sonoma County was raised entirely in stainless steel, hence the “304” designation.  I did expect something bright and more acidic but instead the aging on the lees has imparted a round mouthfeel with baking spiced flavors.  Don’t worry though, the wine is still lively on the tongue.  You should try this as well.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Neyers Vineyards, Chardonnay 304, Sonoma County – $22
This wine is 100% Chardonnay which was raised only in stainless steel and spend four months on the lees.  Alcohol 14.1%.  The nose was evocative of white fruit, lychees, and nuts.  In the mouth the flavors were a bit lively on the tongue with acidity on the sides of the tongue.  There lees-contact was evident with rounder flavors, glycerin, and plenty of mouthfeel.  The flavors took on baking spices in the finish.  *** Now-2016.

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2012 Neyers Vineyards, Sage Canyon Red Wine – $22
This wine is a blend of 45% Carignan, 25% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, and 15% Syrah.  Alcohol 14.4%.  The nose initially bore young fruit before taking on ripe spices.  There were good flavors in the mouth which mixed with acidity and tannins in a lightly juicy style.  With air the black fruit became perfumed and showed some extract.  Nice wine.  **(*) 2014-2019.

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