Yesterday we spent the day out at Meteor Vineyard in the Coombsville AVA of Napa Valley, walking the blocks with winemaker Dawnine Dyer and a group of sommeliers from Northern and Southern California. The 22-acre vineyard is divided into blocks containing three different clones; clone 337, and two heritage clones, clone 4 and clone 7. We walked from the bottom of the vineyard, where clone 7 is planted, to the top of the vineyard and other clonal blocks. At the top of the vineyard (about 500 feet elevation), on a clear day like yesterday, you can see San Pablo Bay in the distance.
The soil throughout the vineyard is rocky, mineral-rich volcanic composition; in the photo below, you can see Mt. George -- a volcanic mountain -- through the vines.
During our tour, we checked in on the grapes and discussed their development this year. Dawnine showed us the clusters and explained how wind during bloom resulted in an uneven set, which she predicts will cause a smaller crop in 2015.
Following the vineyard tour, we tasted through several vintages of Meteor Vineyard Perseid: 2011, 2009, 2007 and 2005 (the first vintage). We enjoyed lunch out in the vineyard, and we blind tasted everyone (even Dawnine) on the 2006 vintage. Many identified the mystery wine as 2008 and 2010, citing the firm tannins and youthfulness of the wine.
The group posing for a farewell photo. Thanks to Gregory Condes, Ellen Grantz, Scott Barber, and everyone who took the time to visit.