2014 Neyers "Evangelho Vineyard" Contra Costa County Carignane
*Editors' Choice* A rare treat from a 120-year-old vineyard, this wine has a dark color, generous aromas and concentrated but dry fruit flavors. It will make a great pairing for robust, rich foods due to its medium body, lean mouthfeel and sturdy support from fine-grained tannins.
We have happily supported Neyers Vineyards for years. It is a winery that has a broad and eclectic range of wines, which I love, as anyone who works in a wine shop would—because variety is the spice of life! They are always balanced, pure, expressive and classic. But when I stopped to think about their range, it made no sense to me until I learned that Bruce Neyers worked for Kermit Lynch—one of the most historically important boutique French wine importers—for years. He’s traveled across France, visiting all the various regions, drinking wine and talking with the some of the most famous winemakers in that country. That has to be inspiring. So, if you had no legal varietal restrictions (as they do in France) and you had access to all of the great California fruit that Neyers does, you too would make the great variety of the wines that they make. (Kirk Walker, K&L)