If you've shopped with us for any amount of time, you know we've long been ardent fans of Meyer Family Cellars, one of the best-kept open secrets in Californian wine. The Meyer family literally help put the revered Oakville AVA on the map, with their Silver Oak project, and Matt Meyer, son of Silver Oak founder Justin, and Matt's wife Karen, still make some of the greatest wines — and greatest wine values — in California.
While their Cabs remain justly celebrated (they compete favorably with their brethren at Silver Oak, for a fraction of the price), it's their work in Mendocino — called "California's wildest, most earth-friendly wine region" that insiders go ga-ga over. Here, high elevations, ocean breezes, and huge diurnal temperature swings keep the fruit fresh and in balance, yielding lithe and layered wines.
A perfect example? Their work in the remote Peterson Vineyard, located in a small clearing just outside the mountain town of Comptche, one click in from the northern Mendocino coast. Ringed completely by high redwoods and Douglas firs, with its complex mix of fine sandy-clayey soils, it tends to yield Pinots that are a bit more Burgundian in style.
Meyer Family's 2017 version is no exception: it clocks in at a modest 13.3%... but it positively hums with sunshine and fruit. An aromatic astonishment, we get notes of dark cherries, red currants blue forest fruits, and a roseate lift. On the palate it's balanced, complex, and lifted, with the sort of acidity that all but begs for a roast chicken, or a Moroccan vegetable tagine.