2013 Meteor Vineyard Special Family Reserve 9L


  • 2013 Meteor Vineyard Special Family Reserve 9L
  • 2013 Meteor Vineyard Special Family Reserve 9L

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With only 1 barrel produced, our Special Family Reserve represents the absolute finest fruit from Meteor Vineyard. Hand selected by the row and cluster from a rock strewn section planted to Clone 7 on Saint George rootstock, barrel aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months and then bottle aged for an additional year prior to release. Aromas of black tea, chocolate/mocha and red peppercorns surround a core of blackberries, red currants and cassis. Densely packed aromas reverse on the palate, opening to a mouthwatering expression of bright red fruit. The wine is rich and concentrated with firm, velvety tannins ending in a long warm spice driven finish. Though absolutely gorgeous now, this wine will age gracefully in the cellar.

Wine Specs

  • Only 2 nine liter bottles produced
  • Vintage 2014
  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Aged 22 months in French oak, 100% new
  • 100% clone 7 planted on St. George rootstock
  • Alc: 14.4%,TA: 5.9 g/l, pH: 3.72
  • Appellation: Coombsville


Bottled only in magnum and larger formats is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Family Reserve. This is a dense, rich, complex wine, with notes of high-quality oak interwoven with blackberry, cassis, graphite and camphor. There’s an almost burning ember, Graves-like subtleness that also comes through, which is possibly the minerality that is often found in Coombsville. Beauty, of course, is in the eyes of the beholder, as is the price point, and there’s no question this is high-end pricing, but speaking of the wine itself, it is a special, rich, full-bodied wine clearly built for 20 or more years of cellaring.

2014 marked the third consecutive year of drought in Napa Valley. The bulk of the below average rainfall came in February and March, providing adequate soil moisture for the initial push of vine growth in the spring. The bloom time weather was quite favorable, producing a potentially large crop. This was followed by a very warm growing season, with several fairly severe heat spikes, which Meteor weathered quite well. Great care was taken to open up the canopies to allow good airflow and light penetration, while still protecting the fruit during the extreme heat events. Careful monitoring of the vineyard’s water status led to judicious irrigations in an effort to maintain proper vine balance during the entire season. Crop thinning was performed several times during the season, as is typical at Meteor, but the overall health of the vines still produced an above average sized crop. We were spared any negative impacts of the August 24th earthquake, and harvest took place at night, between September 17th and 22nd. Because of the early start to the season, the fruit had ample time to develop fully, even though harvest came earlier than is typical. The fruit was beautifully mature and well balanced at the time of harvest.