Meyer Family Cellars Founded by husband and wife Justin and Bonny Meyer who founded Silver oak in 2972. Today, their son and daughter in law, Matt and Karen Meyer, are the wine makers. Bonny's Vineyard is the very limited release of 100$ Cabernet from Bonny's namesake vineyard, part of the original Silver Oak property. Read this blog post about the significance of the Meyers and this vineyard in Napa Valley.
Tasting Notes The 2013 Bonny’s Vineyard is a variation of a theme. If you are expecting that luxuriously
silky palate that only the combination of this historic site and three years barrel aging in
100% new oak can create, you’re in luck. However, unlike most other vintages the ripeness
of a 2013 demands this wine we enjoyed at a younger age than typical. Often, we
recommend laying the Bonny’s down in your cellar for a decade, but not this one. This ripe
vintage of Bonny’s jumps out of the glass with aromas plums, blackberries, huckleberry and
a hint of eucalyptus. Deeper we see dried rose petals and hint of cured meat. The Oak has
also layered in vanilla, clove, and a hint of coconut. Although it may age another 20 years,
this is the perfect vintage to drink with friends tonight.
Winemaking Notes The fruit was hand-picked into macro bins, meticulously sorted, de-stemmed and crushed into stainless steel tanks, cold soaked for 24 hours, inoculated and pumped over one to three times per day. The wine was pressed before finishing primary fermentation. Once dry, the wine was racked to barrel and inoculated for malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked at the finish of secondary fermentation and twice more before bottling. Though the wine was filtered, owing to its time in barrel, fining was determined unnecessary.
Bonny’s Vineyard 2013 Facts:
Appellation: Bonny’s Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley
Harvest Date: September 18th
Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel
Age: 34 months, 100% new American oak
Bottled: August 28th, 2016
Production: 326 cases
Alcohol: 14.0% by vol.
Total Acidity: 5.6g/L pH: 3.76
Meyer Wine Bonny and Justin founded Silver Oak Cellars together with their financial partner, Ray Duncan in 1972. Always a labor of love, Silver Oak’s inaugural vintage was crushed that fall a week after Justin and Bonny returned from their honeymoon. In the early years Bonny managed Silver Oak business and sales while Justin oversaw winemaking and managed burgeoning Franciscan Vineyards, purchased by the partners in 1975. A couple of years after the partners sold Franciscan, Justin left and took over primary management duties at Silver Oak. Always part of the management team, Bonny focused on PR, marketing, and package and facility design. The original Silver Oak and Meyer Family Port labels both won design awards, as did the Oakville Silver Oak winery when it was completed in 1982. Today Bonny is an active partner in Meyer Cellars and continues to focus on marketing and design. Bonny is Principal of Meyer Family Enterprises, investor in the financial markets, commercial property, and green technologies. She is a strategic philanthropist and a community activist. She loves to sail, play guitar and sing with friends.