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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Neyers El Novillero Chardonnay 2009
Neyers El Novillero Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 108585)
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

In the late 1980's, sisters Nancy and Sandy Donnell teamed up with the Sangiacomo family to develop this striking vineyard in the western hills of the Carneros District. The soil here is clay-loam, but with a mix of gravel and basalt. The vineyard sits on a hillside that resembles a natural amphitheater, opening to the southeast and the cooling breezes of the San Francisco Bay. It's a rare spot -- one where the soil, the elevation and the climate are all ideal for Chardonnay grapes. Together they produce fruit of the highest possible quality under near-perfect conditions. The wine is amply aromatic, crisp and round just where it needs to be, and beautifully flavored. Just as Michael Pollan in Second Nature refers to a garden as the caretaker's 'autograph', we think of this bottling of Chardonnay as the ultimate representation of ourselves, and what we aspire to as vintners.
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About Neyers:

Begun in 1992 by Bruce and Barbara Neyers and their winemaking partner, Ehren Jordan, Neyers Vineyards produces 15,000 cases of wine annually. They rely primarily on Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the Neyers' 50-acre Conn Valley ranch farmed by Hugo and Lupe Maldonado. Additioanl grapes are purchased from a select group of growers, several of which are identified on the labels of wines produced from grapes they have grown. In 1999 Neyers purchased the 30-acre Sage Canyon Winery in the foothills east of Rutherford and have developed that facility for their entire production that also includes Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel and Chardonnay.