Meyer Family Cellars
2016 'Fluffy Billows' Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley: Oakville
All that fluff
- Double Agent Friday!!! -
That was a FAST SELLOUT! While we knew the risk of mixing two dangerous ingredients such as Jenzen & Beckstoffer, did not see the EXPLOSIVE magnitude and the speed coming.
Alas, allow us to take this opportunity to introduce to you, a BRAND-NEW MEYER FLUFFY to keep the Friday spirit rockin’ on!
For the uninitiated, Meyer Family is a super cool, in-the-know winery, and you might recognize Justin Meyer as co-founder of SILVER OAK. After Justin’s passing in 2002 the family set their sights on revisiting Oakville Cabernet. This stunner comes from the Fluffy Billow’s vineyard, situated just next to Bonny’s (where the original Silver Oak was from) and is bordered by elite Plumpjack, Groth and Turnbull. These wines, hearken back to those early Silver Oak vintages - lush and structured, highly ageable, with slightly lower alcohol than most Napa Cab.
Vivid near opaque ruby with purple and blue accents twirling throughout the edges of the glass. The nose offers up a vibrant, striking perfume of blackberries along with aromas of Madagascar vanilla and minerals. Chocolate coated cherries play over a decadently rich texture of the mouthfeel on the palate, in striking balance. A true ballerina with striking precision toward the finish where silky tannins wrap the finale up with a crescendo into the senses, in pure Oakville Cabernet bliss. Once the quarantine is over, grab this bottle and head over to your favorite steakhouse for dinner. Cheers!
2016 too!!! Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate broke out a monstrous 98-point rating for the harvest and wrote; “I believe 2016 to be the best, most consistent Napa Valley vintage among a string of 5 great years… what I particularly love about the character of the 2016s is a kind of effortlessness about the wines - like a child possessing natural beauty from the get-go.”
Bonny’s is in the sweetest Oakville spot with Saddleback, PlumpJack, Groth and Turnbull surrounding it, planted in 1974 by Justin Meyer as a gift to his beloved, who by the way is the designer the iconic Silver Oak labels. The younger vines here make two wines. Spitfire, Justin Meyer’s nickname who favored American Barrels, is 100% so, while his children prefer French Barrels for Fluffy Billows.
Fluffy Billows may as well be Oakville’s best-kept secret and with this covert Wine Spies deal, it sure is the most affordable find we can imagine, given the pedigree. Not submitted to the wine press, production is small and the demand is high. A word of caution - Cabernet has been flying lately! This won’t last…
Vivid near opaque ruby with purple and blue accents twirling throughout the edges of the glass.
Vibrant, striking perfume of blackberries along with aromas of Madagascar vanilla and minerals.
Chocolate coated cherries play over a decadently rich texture of the mouthfeel in striking balance.
Silky tannins wrap the finale up with a crescendo into the senses, in pure Oakville Cabernet bliss.
Once the quarantine is over, grab this bottle and head over to your favorite steakhouse for dinner.
What the Winery Says
- Matt & Karen Meyer
- 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
- Oakville, Napa Valley
- Harvest dates
- September 18 - October 10, 2016
- Bottling date
- August 2, 2018
- 22 months
- 50% new French oak