It doesn't matter where you are in Napa Valley at the moment - everyone is talking about the 2012 vintage. A bountiful fruit set in the spring was followed by even temperatures throughout the summer leading to perfectly proportioned fruit. Winemakers and vineyard managers are almost giddy with excitement.
I walked the vineyard this morning and noted just a couple of rows of fruit remaining from a vineyard client taking advantage of a couple more days of warm temperatures for a tiny burst of increased ripeness.
Here is some Clone 337 still hanging...
Can't wait to taste the wines post fermentation!
Meteor Vineyard Perseid Cabernet Sauvignon marries the elements of our clonally diverse planting in one singularly expressive wine. Meteor Vineyard is a collaborative project of vineyard proprietors Barry and Tracy Schuler and longtime Napa Valley winemakers Bill and Dawnine Dyer. Located on a knoll in Napa Valley’s Coombsville appellation, our unique combination of elevation, aspect and stony, rich volcanic soil produces some of Napa Valley’s most distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon. The seamless combination of richness coupled with balance, purity combined with structure makes 2009 truly distinctive.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
40% clone 7, 39% clone 4, 21% clone 337
100% French Cooperage, 65% New (Blend of D &J, Fouquet and Taransaud)
From the Vineyard – 2009 was a low rainfall year with most precipitation coming in the spring. This pattern was perfect for the vineyard and provided ample moisture for the growing season. Bloom and set were a little late but dodged the spring rains. Overall 2009 was a mild growing season. Some concern for a late harvest prompted extra care in thinning and multiple passes were made. The end of the season was punctuated by 10 days of welcome heat in early October and the fruit came in mid October under excellent conditions. Mike Wolf, Vineyard Manager
From the Winemaker – Our 2009 Perseid is deep garnet in color with a saturated opaque blue rim. Complex and exuberant aromas of ripe blackberry, violet and cloves meld with sweet tobacco and currant leaves. The palate explodes with a combination of red and black fruit, dark chocolate and spice leading to a finely balanced finish. Powerful and silky. Dawnine Dyer, Winemaker
From the Sommelier – The magic of the 2009 vintage lies in its combination of concentration and balance. The long cool growing season allowed for slow ripening and intense flavor development while retaining acidity and mature silky tannins. This vintage will reward cellaring. Jason Alexander, Sommelier and General Manager
With a near perfect summer the 2012 growing season is promising to be a great one. Dawnine Dyer talking about the vintage thus far.
With a near perfect spring the 2012 growing season is promising to be a great one. We caught up with Vineyard Manager Mike Wolf this afternoon to discuss the vintage.
The 2012 Jackson Hole Wine Auction kicked off Wednesday evening with a private tasting at the 3 Creek Ranch just outside downtown Jackson (where our freinds and fellow Coombsville vintners the Ackerman Family spend part of their year - stunning!). Some serious wines were represented; Meteor Vineyard, Ziata from Karen Cakebread, Ackerman Family, Oakville Ranch, Kistler, Parry Cellars, Porter Family and Sciandri, to name a few.
Thursday ramped up the activity with the Taste of Jackson Hole mid way up the mountain at Jackson Hole Resorts Coulior Restaurant (I would have liked to see Jon Grant's Couloir poured at the namesake restaurant....) with over 50 wineries and some of the hottest local chefs represented.
Friday was comprised of a number of fun events including the "Fashion and Wine" show at the Shooting Star Resort followed by the Hole in One Challenge for $250k in prize money. Regret that no one sunk the shot. Private dinners at stunning estates around the valley rounded out the day.
Saturday is when the real fun begins. This year the auction was themed towards California so the day kicked off with a "Boutique California Wineries Tasting" at Osteria Restaurant in the Hotel Terra.
Guests then headed into the tent in the Teton Village commons to persue the silent auction lots (and snack on some delicious tastes and wines) before heading into the Walk Festival Hall for the live lots. If this was not enough the entire room headed to the Four Seasons Restaurant for a spectaular gala dinner to wrap up the event!
We look forward to returning soon!
Auction Napa Valley is one of our favorite events of the year. Vintners from accross the valley join with wine lovers from around the world to raise funds for education, medical services, shelters and myriad other organizations that fulfill the needs of Napa Valley residents.
Bidding is now LIVE for the E-Auction
When the official announcement designating Coombsville as Napa Valley's 16th American Viticultural Area was released fine and rare wine lovers across the world scratched their heads wondering—where is Coombsville? Spend a leisurely day learning about what winemakers and vineyard managers have known for years—Coombsville is one of the most unique regions for fine wine in Napa Valley.
Vineyard manager Mike Wolf will start your day with a tour of Meteor Vineyard and a discussion of the elements that make Coombsville distinctive. Winemaker/partner Dawnine Dyer will then lead the six of you through a complete vertical tasting of Meteor Vineyard's releases (as well as a look forward to wines not yet released). From there you will adjourn to the deck for a leisurely lunch featuring the Meteor Vineyard garden and some treasures from the cellar.
This lot for three couples also includes a three-bottle vertical per couple of 2006 Meteor Vineyard Estate, 2007 Perseid and 2008 Perseid.
To be scheduled for a mutually agreeable date, prior to June 2013. Summer months recommended. Lot is non-transferable.
3 - 750ml 2006
3 - 750ml 2007
3 - 750ml 2008
The drama of Napa's 2011 growing season still looms large and an unusually dry winter had the entire gower community bracing for the worst. But Mother Nature took a chill-pill and delivered a very wet early spring. Bud break arrived right on schedule and the vines sprung into action with time-lapse like speed.
You can take a walk around the vinyeard by viewing this gallery of "living pictures" shot with the new Lytro camera. The Lytro captures light waves vs pixels and allows a viewer to change the focal point by clicking on various parts of the picture. You can give it a try in the picture above - click on Meteor's signature Blue Oak on the horizon and watch it come into focus. Then click on the leaf in the foreground. Enjoy the full gallery.
Hand selected by the row, by the cluster and by the barrel–this wine represents the absolute finest Meteor Vineyard offers. With just 95 cases, rave reviews and a restaurant list that reads like a who’s who, what leaves our cellar is going to disappear in a flash.
“If Coombsville had an epicenter, it’s Meteor Vineyard…This may, in fact, be Coombsville’s cru.” Patrick Comiskey Wine & Spirits Magazine
“The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a gorgeous wine layered with mocha, black cherries, and menthol. Warm spiced notes continue to develop in the glass as this extroverted, deeply expressive wine shows off its pedigree and class. This finish is simply striking. ” Antonio Galloni The Wine Advocate
To make these wines a part of your cellar CLICK HERE. Or if you prefer a more personal touch, contact us b y phone at 707.258.2900 or via email at Jason@meteorvineyard.com. We anticipate shipping these wines early April 2012.
From the Vineyard: “The 2008 vintage looked tenuous at the outset, beginning with an extremely dry winter and culminating in frosts that “naturally thinned” nearly 30% of the crop. Erratic weather at bloom led to uneven fruit development, requiring multiple trips through the vineyard and careful thinning throughout the remaining months to ensure even ripeness. When the fruit reached perfect ripeness the first week of October we harvested under near perfect conditions. The results are exceptional.” Mike Wolf, Vineyard Manager
From the Winemaker: “Aromas of pure cassis and sun warmed black berries meld seamlessly with notes of mocha, fennel, sweet tobacco and filberts. The rich, plush mouth feel explodes with flavor and intensity, bolstered by supple tannins and lovely oak integration. Though this wine will benefit from time in the cellar, it is absolutely gorgeous.” Dawnine Dyer, Winemaker
From the Sommelier: “While the press remained enamored with the 2007 vintage, an unsung classic aged gracefully in the cellar. 2008 is proving to be one among a number of legendary vintages in Napa Valley, displaying incredible purity of fruit coupled with supple texture and bold but refined tannins. A classic example of a “shadow vintage” as journalists and wine critics have returned to their early notes where clarity of view was “shadowed” by the tremendous praise for the 2007 vintage. Can there be two incredible vintages back to back? The proof is in the bottle.” Jason Alexander, Sommelier and General Manager
Be one of the few to enjoy our finest.