2016 Neyers Vineyards Mourvedre Evangelho Vineyard
The special wine displays a magnificent combination of rustic earthiness coupled with exotic wild cherry flavor. Perhaps its greatest quality is the youthful exuberance that brings…
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Begun in 1992 by Bruce and Barbara Neyers, Neyers Vineyards produces about 15,000 cases of wine annually. About 25% of the production is Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on our 50-acre, organically farmed Conn Valley ranch. Bruce Neyers’ experiences over the past several years working with Kermit Lynch Imports and a group of more than 100 French vintners have been important in shaping the style of his wines.
Winemaker Tadeo Borchardt joined Neyers in 2004 after several years of experience in the industry making wine in both California and New Zealand. He’s zealous advocate of natural winemaking practices and an enthusiastic supporter of traditionally produced European wines. He brings with him a valuable combination of technical know-how and respect for tradition.
There isn’t much Mourvèdre planted in California, but when we find some, we buy it. This is one of our finest bottlings of varietal Mourvèdre to date, a wine made from fruit off the 130 year-old vines at Frank Evangelho’s vineyard just outside of Oakley, in northeastern Contra Costa County. The yields from this dry, sandy soil are low, but the quality is high.
The special wine displays a magnificent combination of rustic earthiness coupled with exotic wild cherry flavor. Perhaps its greatest quality is the youthful exuberance that brings the wine into balance while young. Still, it’s a wine that will age with dignity for many years.