2014 Neyers "Left Bank Red" Napa Valley Red Blend

SKU #1262707 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Best of 2016, Editors' Choice* This impressively made and priced 50-50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot comes from a 15-acre single-vineyard site belonging to the producer. Peppery cola covers soft red raspberry and cherry, with touches of pencil lead and graphite giving it a classical character. Medium bodied and lengthy, it's a lovely bang for the buck. (VB)  (11/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Puts zesty raspberry and wild berry at the forefront for immediate appeal and then keeps the foot on the pedal, with flavors gaining velocity and picking up tannic muscle. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2028. (JL)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

The 2014 Left Bank Red from Neyers is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. Aged in French oak barrels (40% new), this wine receives its fruit from Neyers' Conn Valley Ranch, with the 25+-year-old vines yielding just over 2 tons of grapes per acre.

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2016 | Send Email
Like everything I have tasted from this winery recently this is good, really good. Clean, precise flavors, nicely textured, good length and more than reasonably priced.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2016 | Send Email
Neyers has really knocked it out of the park with the release of this outstanding red. It is without doubt one of the best Napa blends I've tasted in this price range for some time. "Left Bank" is lush and dense with loads of mouth-coating black currant fruit, fine ripe tannins and an overall complexity that satisfies from start to finish. Take this one to the next dinner party and pick up a couple of bottles for yourself as well.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2016 | Send Email
​​​​Dang this is good wine! Neyers has set the benchmark for what NV Bordeaux blends should be. On the nose are alluring notes of black raspberry, cassis and purple flowers. The intense dark, concentrated fruit on the mid-palate leads you to think that this wine is going to be massive and extracted but this blend is so perfectly balanced. Ripe without being sweet, dense without being heavy, full-bodied without being cloying...just beautiful.

Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2016 | Send Email
I talk about cross over wines all the time. But, it is usually in regards to trying old world wines. For example, if you like Napa Cabernet you should try this 2009 Bordeaux. So let us flip the script! This is a great opportunity for people who like old world wines to try something similar in style from Napa. Neyers "Left Bank Red" is that wine. Crushed floral, red berry fruit and hints of oak linger in the glass. There is nothing overpowering, just a really balanced wine. Balance is the key word that kept coming back to me from beginning to end. This wine has great acidity along with black and blue fruit that dances on the palate. Seamless tannins finish off this unique traditional Bordeaux-style wine from the Napa Valley. This wine is not to be missed.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2016 | Send Email
I was blown away by balance and precision in the Neyers Left Bank blend. Beautiful fruit purity, not over-extracted or over-oaked with notes of purple fruit like cassis, fresh ground coffee, graphite and round, soft tannins. This is one of the best California Bordeaux blends for under $50 that I've had in a long time.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2016 | Send Email
This is a stunner from Napa. Truly a great Bordeaux blend and at a supremely attractive price point! There is dark concentrated cassis and blackberry on the nose along with cedar cigar box and a lovely earthy spice. It's rich, supple, and equally good with food or on its own. I suspect this wine would age beautifully if you can refrain from drinking it now.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.