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Date Printed: 8/23/2014
Neyers El Novillero Chardonnay 2010
Neyers El Novillero Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 116379)
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

El Novillero is a dramatic parcel in the western-most hills of the Carneros AVA. At 500 feet elevation, it is one of the highest elevation vineyards in the appellation, and it sits in a foggy, natural amphitheater facing southeast towards the San Francisco Bay.

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', Neyers thinks of this bottling of Chardonnay as the ultimate representation of themselves, and what they 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.