Meyer Family Cellars is a small, family-owned winery situated in the picturesque Yorkville Highlands of Mendocino County. At once a leading artisanal winery in one of California’s emerging viticultural areas, Meyer Family Cellars blends establishing this new Appellation with the legacy of Silver Oak Cellars.
One of the state’s iconic wine brands, Meyer Family Cellars occupies a unique place in the story of California wine. It was established in 1987 by Silver Oak founders and former owners Justin and Bonny Meyer, who dreamt of a family wine brand that drew upon their extensive experience in the Napa and Alexander Valleys.
Today Meyer Family Cellars is in the capable hands of co-winemakers Matt and Karen Meyer. Their approach to winemaking mirror the unique position of their product. While their wine incorporates “old world” balanced acidity and minerality with “new world” ripeness and forward fruit, similarly, Matt and Karen apply the wisdom gleaned from family history while welcoming new ideas into the process.
The fruit was hand-picked into macro bins, de-stemmed and crushed into stainless steel tanks, then cold-soaked for 24 hours, inoculated, and pumped over one to three times per day (depending on temperature and yeast activity). The Cabernet was pressed before finishing primary fermentation. Once dry, the wine was racked to barrel and inoculated for malolactic fermentation. It was racked again at the finish of secondary fermentation and twice more during its two years in barrel before bottling. This wine personifies good old American Cabernet. Enticing aromas of cherries and vanilla give way to ripe figs and plums. Two years in American oak have softened the palate, making this a very drinkable Oakville Cabernet.