Lagier Meredith Winery Mount Veeder
This property high up on Mount Veeder was purchased by Lagier and Meredith in 1986. Remote and seemingly far away from the humdrum of Napa Valley grape growing, the redwood forests nearby are home to mountain lions and coyotes. Originally one wine was made here, a richly textured, very pure and intense Syrah. The first vines were planted in 1986 and the first wine released from the 1996 vintage. The total area under vine is very small at less than 2 ha (4.5 acres) and as well as Syrah, Mondeuse, Malbec and most recently Zinfandel are planted. The site is above the night time valley fog resulting in more even daily temperatures. This allied to finely drained, volcanic soils means the fruit gets a naturally lengthy hang time producing grapes of impressive flavour intensity and fine tannins. Bottled without filtration, expect this Syrah to develop very well over 5–7 years. The only problem is there’s very little available. Small amounts of the other varietals are made as well as a rosé and a port style Syrah. The couple have also teamed up with their neighbours Aaron and Claire Pott of Pott Wine in producing wines under a second label Chester’s Anvil, with wines made from a number of sources and at very fair prices. (DM)
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