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- Year Established: 2003
- Winery Contact:
- Winemaker:Amy Aiken
About our winery:
I arrived in California from the Midwest to work in plant research and to pursue my Master’s Degree at the University of California, Davis. After completing my degree in 1989, I began working at Joseph Phelps Vineyards where I cut my winemaking teeth on the great Cabernets that Phelps produced – “Backus”, “Eisele” and of course “Insignia”. Working with these incredible wines gave me not only a passion for winemaking, but specifically for Cabernet.
In 2000, as my boys started spreading their wings, I decided to spread my own. It was time to create my own wine from vineyards of my choosing, and starting Meander was a dream come true. I named this new baby of mine as a play on words. I love the connotations of the word, but the name Meander actually came about as a combination of Mitchell and Andrew, the names of my two sons.
Sourcing grapes from two of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards has been the foundation of Meander since 2003. Family-owned and farmed for generations the blend of Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford and Lewelling Vineyards in St. Helena results in my passionate expression of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Early morning harvest ensures cool fruit at the sorting table where clusters are hand sorted followed by destemming and gentle crushing. Delivered to tanks, the grapes are then cold soaked prior to inoculation for fermentation. Daily punchdowns are supplemented with pumpovers during fermentation to extract maximum flavor and color. The wine is gently pressed and barreled down for malolactic fermentation. Aged in 100% French Oak, 70% of which is new, for 22 months.
With each vintage I strive to capture the vineyards’ fruit expression in harmony and balance with supple tannins and lasting structure. My wines are powerful yet balanced, approachable yet complex, classic yet personal.