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Jason Alexander
 
September 12, 2012 | Jason Alexander

2009 Meteor Vineyard Perseid Release

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)
14.6 alc
3.74 pH
5.9TA

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
 

Time Posted: Sep 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM
Meteor Vineyard Team
 
September 12, 2012 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Dawnine Dyer Vineyard Update Sept 12, 2012

   

With the 2012 harvest just weeks away, we caught up with Meteor Vineyard winemaker and partner Dawnine Dyer to discuss the vintage.

Time Posted: Sep 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Meteor Vineyard Team
 
August 24, 2012 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Dawnine Dyer in the Vineyard

Dawnine gives us an update from the vineyard.

Time Posted: Aug 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM
Meteor Vineyard Team
 
August 2, 2012 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Winemaker Dawnine Dyer on the status of the 2012 Vintage

 

With a near perfect summer the 2012 growing season is promising to be a great one. Dawnine Dyer talking about the vintage thus far.

 

 

 

Time Posted: Aug 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM
Jason Alexander
 
June 28, 2012 | Jason Alexander

Vineyard Manager Mike Wolf on the status of the 2012 Vintage

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.

Time Posted: Jun 28, 2012 at 1:46 PM
Jason Alexander
 
June 25, 2012 | Jason Alexander

Jackson Hole Wine Auction

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!

Time Posted: Jun 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Jason Alexander
 
May 31, 2012 | Jason Alexander

Auction Napa Valley 2012 Underway!

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

Our E-Auction Lot #251

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.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Perseid
Coombsville
3 - 750ml 2006
3 - 750ml 2007
3 - 750ml 2008

 

Time Posted: May 31, 2012 at 9:42 AM
Barry Schuler
 
May 12, 2012 | Barry Schuler

Lush Canopy Marks a Healthy Start to 2012 Vintage

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.

Meteor Vineyard Team
 
March 12, 2012 | Meteor Vineyard Team

“Pedigree and Class” Define Our 2008 Special Family Reserve

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.

Time Posted: Mar 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Meteor Vineyard Team
 
January 10, 2012 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Meteor Vineyard Top 12 of 2011

We despise all of the “top ten” lists that are the year end ritual so we always wait for the new year and it is never 10. This year we are at an even dozen. If the Mayan’s got it right this will be our last list of anything.

Meteor Vineyard Top Twelve of 2011

  1. Coombsville Received AVA Status to become the 16th American Viticultural Area in Napa Valley. Finally! Recognition of what winemakers and vineyard managers have know for years.
  2. So a turkey met a pig in a bar… Stranger things have happened, particularly with copious amounts of alcohol involved, but in this case a delicious meal was in the works and inspired the mini release (all 15 cases) of our previously unreleased 2004 vintage.
  3. Wine and Spirit’s Patrick Comiskey printed our favorite quote of all time. “If Combsville has an epicenter, it’s Meteor Vineyard…” Read the full article here.
  4. Vinography’s Alder Yarrow took a peek at Meteor Vineyard’s 2007 Perseid and liked what he saw. This wine is really starting to sing.
  5. Meteor Vineyard rocked Providence Restaurant in Los Angeles with an All-Star cast of chefs in the kitchen for the inaugural Los Angeles Food and Wine.
  6. Meteor Vineyard’s favorite chef Stuart Brioza put together an exquisite fall recipe to pair with the 2008 Perseid. Yes, do try this at home.
  7. New Wine Advocate Napa Valley critic Antonio Galloni got his first taste of our wines.
  8. 2011 harvest was cool and arduous, but difficult vintages always separate the best from the middling. The juice in barrel is vibrant, aromatic and intensely colored. We can’t wait for the blending.
  9. Geologist Jonathan Swinchatt’s article in the World of Fine Wine delved deep into the unique geologic conditions that created Coombsville and, more importantly, Meteor Vineyard.
  10. The full moon made meteor sightings difficult, but our inaugural Perseid Party, in celebration of the Perseid meteor showers (and the 2008 Meteor Vineyard Perseid), was a blast. Don’t miss it next year.
  11. Barry headed to offices of VinTank to engage in “kung foo” with CEO Paul Mabray. No bodily harm ensued, but the video footage was worth the threat.
  12. Coombsville if Coolsville. Marcy Gordon claimed the phrase after her first trip to Meteor Vineyard in 2010 and her Return to Coolsville only solidified her sentiment.

2012 promises to be even better, with Cabernet for Connoisseurs, Sun Valley, Napa Valley and Jackson Hole Wine Auction’s as well as Pebble Beach Food and Wine already in the works.

We wish you all the best in 2012.

P.S. 2008 Special Family Reserve will be released late March 2012. Mark your calendars!

Time Posted: Jan 10, 2012 at 4:06 PM
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