August 01, 2007
While the home turf for Dyer Straits Wine Co. is the Dyer Estate Vineyard in the Diamond Mountain District, in 2003 we became aware of the Meteor Vineyard, a young vineyard just coming into production in the Coombsville/Tulocay region of Napa Valley. Planted by Mike Wolf in 2000 on a unique rocky knoll sitting above the valley floor, it’s truly what winemakers call a “natural site”. Once we saw it, we just couldn’t resist getting in on the first harvest.
Since 2003 the vineyard has garnered a lot of interest from winemakers (you’ll definitely hear more about it in the future!). We have continued to make wine from this vineyard and with the 2005 vintage will be launching a Meteor Vineyard release under its own label.
But right now we have 380 cases of a succulent, fruit forward (think blackberries and cassis), silky textured wine. It’s a juicy mouthful with just the right amount of tannin to keep it grounded. For this bottling, 20% Cab Franc from the Spring Mountain District was blended with 80% Meteor Vineyard Cabernet. We made this wine for the pure joy of it and want to put it in the hands of people who will enjoy it as well.
For quite awhile, now, we’ve been meaning to review all the vintages of Dyer Vineyards Cabernet – we’re amazed to realize there are fifteen vintages now (seventeen if you count the two in barrels!) But, we just hadn’t gotten to it.
In a recent moment of serendipity...