93 Insider Points

REVIEWS

Aging gracefully in it’s large format home, the 2005 Syrah from Meyer Family is a fruit filled crowd pleaser with plenty of acidity and a healthy dose of french oak.  Red cherry, raspberry, strawberry, vanilla, baking spice, pipe tobacco, bramble, and some stewed fruit from the age.  Very well rounded and easy drinking.  Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Nov 2016

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Syrah
  • APPELLATION
    Yorkville Highlands, CA
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    1.5L (Magnum)

This is a wine that lives up to its heritage; a wine that delivers nothing less than one would expect from the family that founded Napa Valley

The 2005 release is a significant step in the evolution of Meyer Family Syrah. An extraordinarily long growing season in Yorkvilleresulted in lush, dark fruit development. Complex plum and boysenberry aromas combine with rich cassis notes and hints of pine and earth. The cold Yorkville nights preserved the wine's acidity and helped maintain the balance of elegance and alcoho, that makes this wine so food-friendly. 20 months' aging in American and French Oak has smoothed the palate and added a layer of vanilla to the long, concentrated finish.

TASTING NOTES 

This Syrah boasts aromas of ripe raspberry and blueberry, intermingled with sweet vanilla bean. Patient barrel-aging has further integrated the wine’s tannins, while preserving fruit and adding a subtle spiciness to its aroma. Once open, this wine develops very slowly in the glass, so allow a relaxing meal to enjoy it fully.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Meyer Family Cellars is a small, family-owned winery situated in the picturesque Yorkville Highlands of Mendocino County. At once a leading artisanal winery in one of California

One of the state’s iconic wine brands, Meyer Family Cellars occupies a unique place in the story of California wine. It was established in 1987 by Silver Oak founders and former owners Justin and Bonny Meyer, who dreamt of a family wine brand that drew upon their extensive experience in the Napa and Alexander Valleys. Incorporated in the plan too was their son, Matt, a well-traveled student of wine and graduate of the enology and viticulture program at the University of California Davis.

Today Meyer Family Cellars is in the capable hands of co-winemakers Matt and Karen Meyer. Their approach to winemaking mirrors the unique position of their product. While their wine incorporates “old world” balanced acidity and minerality with “new world” ripeness and forward fruit, similarly, Matt and Karen apply the wisdom gleaned from family history while welcoming new ideas into the process.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

The structure and pronounced acidity of this Syrah allow it to pair beautifully with rich meat and pasta dishes, including spit-roasted pork, lamb shanks, and cheese ravioli.