Meyer Family Cellars
2014 'Le Bon Bon' Bonny's Vineyard Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon •Bonny's Vineyard
California: Napa Valley: Oakville
Here’s a gift for all the fans of Fluffy & Spitfire from Meyer Family! They were so impressed and flattered by the love we all showed for their stunning Oakville Cabs that they dug into the library and offered us a HIGHLY LIMITED tiny allocation of a flagship wine, rarely seen save their mailing list. 100% pure Cabernet Sauvignon aged entirely in French oak just like Fluffy Billows, but all from the mythical Silver Oak vineyard - Bonny’s. And the most outrageous part? We are practically giving these prized bottles away AT NEAR COST TO YOU, exclusively at The Wine Spies because they have been, by far our most popular Cabs lately.
Deep, dark cherry red on the broad rim, encircling a much darker, near opaque core of black and blue. A wonderful sense of harmony and finesse fill the air in the glass, as wild berry, plum and apricot pick up a spicy vanilla hint. On the palate, it turns beautifully orchestrated, with ripe, plush-textured currant, black cherry, anise, sage, and cedar flavors. Intense and long on the seamless finish, with the tannic strength to age for decades, yet textured smooth enough to sip now. We suggest you save this for a special dinner and share with the select few who would appreciate savoring the beauty.
Treat yourself to Le Bon Bon. Oui, oui, you deserve it. Here’s the story… a prevailing mantra for the Meyer Family when starting their own winery back in 1987 was to one day resurrect the 3.8-acre Bonny’s Vineyard that produced one of Silver Oak’s most sought-after Cabernets until demand overwhelmed supply; its last vintage was 1991 and Silver Oak never again made another single vineyard. Justin Meyer passed away in 2002, which also befittingly became the inaugural vintage of a revitalized Bonny’s Vineyard Cabernet, aged entirely in American oak just like its predecessor in a former life. In 2013, the inaugural Le Bon Bon joined the ranks, just like Fluffy Billows being the French oak counterpart to Spitfire.
Claim your taste of one of the most storied vineyards in Napa Valley. Reach out and touch the legacy. Experience the rise of a Phoenix. Grab all you can before it vanishes like a ghost again. Ssshhh… just don’t tell anyone what you paid for it!
Here’s what the press had to say on Bonny’s:
Napa Valley Register – New ‘classic’ cab released - “Bonny’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon returns after 12-year absence. The 3.8 acres that makes up Bonny’s Vineyard surrounds Bonny Meyer’s home in Oakville, where she has lived for the past 35 years. Her late husband, winemaker Justin Meyer, named the vineyard after her. Back in 1979, Justin and Bonny Meyer, owners of Silver Oak Cellars, first produced 400 cases of the single-vineyard-designated Cabernet Sauvignon from Bonny’s Vineyard. Today, Justin and Bonny’s son, Matt, along with his wife, Karen, winemakers in their own right, produce 2,000 cases of Syrah and 1,500 cases of Port at the Meyer Family Cellars in Yorkville. They’re also making a Cabernet Sauvignon made from grapes grown in a once-famous Oakville vineyard: not Mondavi’s fabled To Kalon, but the much smaller Bonny’s Vineyard.
It is this wine that will bring back memories for those who recognize the “Meyer” name. Matt said those initial 400 cases made from Bonny’s Vineyard were nowhere near enough to satisfy Silver Oak’s customers — “every state would get a case,” Matt said, and the wine would be sold out within 24 hours. But his father’s decision, in 1979, to make wine from a single vineyard was considered “very hip at the time,” he added. After 12 vintages, the late Justin Meyer decided to stop producing the wine, his son said, because it would just make prospective customers “unhappy 364 days a year” when they stopped by the winery, and were unable to buy any Cabernet Sauvignon made from Bonny’s Vineyard.”
During a recent visit to the Oakville vineyard, Matt talked about the conscious decisions that were made in creating the 2003 Bonny’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. “To us, it was most important to re-create the general style of wine made by my father,” Matt said. “The style of this wine is like those produced in the 1980s, a classic style with lower alcohol, more acidity and some fruit and spice — not big gobs of fruit — but with green and vegetable characteristics.” When asked what is the best part about the new wine, Bonny replied, “Obviously, I have an emotional attachment to the vineyard, but the wine tastes so much like the Silver Oak wine. In essence, it’s a gift from my husband.”
Matt said, “It’s really scary that we’re making this wine. I think we achieved what we wanted. It’s not the modern-style, but the classic style that my dad nailed in the mid-‘80s… In the past few weeks, Bonny said she tasted the wine against others in her cellar, including a Cabernet Sauvignon from Screaming Eagle, also produced in Oakville. She said the 2003 Bonny’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon had a “balance that was lovely.”
Deep, dark cherry red on the broad rim, encircling a much darker, near opaque core of black and blue.
A wonderful sense of harmony and finesse, as wild berry, plum and apricot pick up a spicy vanilla hint.
Beautifully orchestrated, with ripe, plush-textured currant, black cherry, anise, sage, and cedar flavors.
Intense and long, with the tannic strength to age for decades, yet textured smooth enough to sip now.
Save this for a special dinner and share with the select few who would appreciate savoring the beauty.
What the Winery Says
- Matt & Karen Meyer
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Oakville, Napa Valley
- Bonny’s Vineyard
- 6.1 g/L
- Harvest date
- September 24, 2014
- Bottling date
- August 8, 2017
- 34 months
- 100% new French oak
- 7 barrels