At Neyers, Chardonnay is the Napa Valley vineyard's most popular wine. Their Chardonnays have garnered praise every year since 2002, when they released their first one. It was produced in 2000 at a winery the Neyers bought and renovated in 1999 right outside Rutherford in Napa Valley. Many of the Chardonnay grapes are grown at their organically farmed ranch in nearby Conn Valley, California.
Bruce and Barbara Neyers started their vineyard in 1992. They produce about 15,000 cases of wine every year, most of which is Chardonnay. The 50-acre ranch devotes about 25 percent of their annual crop to grapes for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Neyers also buy grapes from several acclaimed vineyards in the Carneros District, Napa and Sonoma County. The Neyers and most of their winemaking associates and vintners produce wines from organically grown grapes and use no artificial winemaking ingredients or cultured yeast. Neyers Vineyards also bottle their wines without fining or filtration. You can schedule wine tours and tastings seven days a week all year for groups of up to six people.
Neyers Finest Chardonnays
Two of the winery's top Chardonnays, 2009 Chardonnay El Novillero and 2009 Chardonnay Napa Valley, sell out quickly, while others remain available for longer periods.
2009 Chardonnay B.Thieriot
The 2009 harvest was unusually late but the good balance of soil and weather compensated for the cool, long season. The grapes at the Thierot Vineyard thrived in the granite-rich soil and the gentle ocean winds kept the grapes' acidity high. This vintage turned out a fresh, crisp full-flavored chardonnay.
2010 Chardonnay '304'
This special vintage resulted from a trip the winery owner made to France where he tasted the wines of Lavantureux and Savary. The grapes used for the wine were Chardonnay, but instead of being aged in wood before bottling, fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks without any aging. The term 304 comes from the grade of stainless steel used to make wine tanks, the high grade of the stainless steel industry. The unique method required grapes with a higher level of natural acidity and a hint of minerality, found in the Carneros district by a trusted supplier. The ensuing process was long and challenging but the end product was more than worth the effort. The finished wine has a lovely aroma with hints of ripe pear and lemon zest and its high acidity ensure it will maintain its balance for years.
2009 Chardonnay Carneros District
This Chardonnay is made from a blend of grapes from three top growers. The tiny grapes were aged in oak for a relatively short period, producing a complex wine with rich yet subtle flavors. The highly respected Wine Spectator magazine gave the last ten vintages of this variety scores of 90 points or more, and the 2007 vintage was ranked 21st on the publication's 'Top 10 Wines of 2009' list.
Neyers Wine Club
If you join Neyers wine club, you will receive wines produced solely for members and not released for sale to the general public. For each of the four annual shipments, you receive three bottles of red and white wines. Members also have the choice of receiving only red wines, which are shipped two bottles at a time four times annually. New members receive a 25% discount on their first purchase and a 15% discount on subsequent orders. You will also receive an invitation to the annual wine club party held in the fall of each year and the winery will help you arrange local lodging and suggest Napa Valley restaurants and sites to visit during your stay.
Buying Neyers Wines
You can purchase wines currently in stock online or by telephone or fax directly from the Neyers winery. Case discounts are sometimes available. Neyers wines are also widely available at fine wine and liquor stores across the country as well as at online retailers that ship a wide range of brands throughout most of the country. Prices vary by vintage and shipping charges depend on geographic destination, courier and the preferred speed of delivery.
Taste the Difference
Wine produced through different fermentation techniques and varieties that incorporate several types of grapes have distinct bouquets, tastes and finishes. As you savor the subtle disparities in Neyers' Chardonnays, appreciate the innovation and creativity of modern winemakers. Raise your glass and toast their dedication to constantly improving your wine drinking experience.