Meyer Family Cellars
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
Cabernet Sauvignon •Fluffy Billows
California: Napa Valley: Oakville
The Meyer Family is known to many for their founding of the legendary Silver Oak Cellars, which they sold long ago to the Duncan family. The family maintains a few vineyards in the Napa Valley that have been in the Meyer Family since the 1970’s, planted by the family to Cabernet Sauvignon as it became clear that the region was destined for greatness with the grape.
Their modern day 2011 is decidedly throwback in style. At 12.8% alc., this Cab is a delicious, spicy, young cool vintage Cab that could outlive the bigger wines of the region. This Fluffy Billows Vineyard, in Napa Valley’s Oakville appellation, could go for 15 to 20 years. Wines made like this in the 1970’s still taste alive today.
Immediately recognizable as a cool vintage, Euro-style Cabernet Sauvignon with spicy mint, smoked paprika, pepper skin, tobacco, anise, black and red fruits. Not a big, ripe fruit bomb style at all. But that’s a good thing. A very traditional style of Napa Valley Cabernet made in the 1970’s by families like the Meyers.
Young Cabernet grip with generous blackcurrant, tart plum, Asian spices, mint, juicy meatiness.
The ripeness and sweetness are less present than the modern Cab standard. It has some grip to it now that likes the carafe. That initial Cab tightness opens up quickly. Swirl it like you mean it to get it out on the dance floor, and dinner table.
Next to that carafe should be a grilled flank steak, braised greens, and your main squeeze.
What the Winery Says
- Matt and Karen Meyer
- Grape Varietal
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Fluffy Billows, Oakville AVA, Napa Valley
- 50% new, 50% seasoned French oak
- Alcohol Content