2014 Neyers "Evangelho Vineyard" Contra Costa County Carignane

SKU #1262702 Wine Enthusiast

 *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.  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

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)

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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2016 | Send Email
Carignane can be one of my favorite things to drink IF made properly...which can be hard to come by. There is so much mass-produced plonk out there that when I run into a wine that has freshness and purity, I get very excited about it. Coming from one of the oldest vineyards in CA, this Carignane is so vibrant and alive, full of wild raspberries and exotic spice on the nose. There is no mistaking the core power of old vine fruit, pure wild cherry, fresh strawberries macerated in clove and pepper, bouncy acidity that gives lift to the wine, making it perfect for anything off the grill. An extremely well done version of an often neglected grape.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2016 | Send Email
This wine pops. It is intensely colored and the fruit and spice aromatics leap out of the glass. On the palate it has lots of sappy red fruits, and berry flavors that are heavily spiced with herbal spice and pepper. This is a summertime in the back yard grilling and BBQing kind of wine. Or if you cannot do that, at least it will put you in that head space.

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- This red grape goes by many names, including Carignane, Carignano, Cariñena, Mazuelo, Moestal, Roussillonen and Samsó, which can make things confusing. A native of northern Spain's Cariñena DO, this grape is also found all over France, particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon, and is also planted in substantial amounts in Italy and California. A bold, spicy, tannic grape, you'll frequently find Carignan blended with softer, fruitier varieties like Grenache.

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.


- 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.