Neyers Vineyards Wine Spectator’s 30 Wineries to Trust

Mar 10, 2017

Neyers Vineyards

European Sensibility in California

“In the March 2017 issue of the Wine Spectator, the senior editors selected what they believe to be 30 of the most reliable wineries in the world, and recognized them in an article entitled ‘The Wine Spectator Editors Pick 30 Wineries to Trust’. Neyers Vineyards is one of those selected. At the end of the section on Neyers, they list 6 of our currently available wines, all with a Wine Spectator score of 90 POINTS or more. Jim Laube’s subtitle – European Sensibility in California – is a reflection of the solid, Old World winemaking influence that has long been part of our focus at Neyers. Closing with the advice of, “These are wineries that deserve your attention, and we encourage you to discover all they have to offer,” here are Jim’s comments


 Bruce Neyers has been tethered to the Napa Valley for half a century.

He learned the ropes as a key man at Joseph Phelps Vineyards before going on to oversee sales and marketing for Berkeley-based importer Kermit Lynch for 25 years.
His experience with the two businesses gave Neyers a unique perspective on and appreciation for what works in California and Europe. He has judiciously borrowed from New World and Old World models alike. Neyers’ lineup is strong across the board. The wines are tightly structured, fresh, crisp and refined, moderately oaked and built to age.

Tadeo Borchardt has been winemaker for Neyers Vineyards since 2004. These vines produce Merlot at the Neyers Ranch in Conn Valley near St. Helena, CA. January 16, 2013. Photo: Scott R. Kline

Neyers works with winemaker Tadeo Borchardt,  a 15-year veteran who oversees the 15,000-case production.

About 25 percent of the wines come from Neyers’ family-owned vineyard in Napa’s Conn Valley. The rest comes from grapes purchased from growers in Napa, Sonoma, Calaveras, Contra Costa, and Monterey counties.


“We don’t look to make wine from specific grape varieties as much as we look for some character, complexity and interest resulting from singular growing conditions and unique soil types,” says Neyers, who owns the winery with his wife and childhood sweetheart, Barbara.

He prefers lower alcohol levels, generally between 13 percent and 14 percent. That means a tempered Zinfandel, a steel-fermented Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast. There is also an under-the-radar Cabernet Sauvignon bottling and a Merlot-Cabernet blend called Left Bank Red. His Carignan comes from 140-year-old-vines in Contra Costa County. Neyers appreciates the intersection of quality and affordability. His wines seldom miss their target.

2014 Chardonnay “Carneros District”
92 pts Wine Enthusiast

“This is a luxuriously layered and complex white. It’s an expertly rendered combination of ripe, rich fruit—most notably spicy apple and pear—that’s completely uplifted by bright acidity and a refreshing mouthfeel. Still youthful, it’s both vibrant and nuanced.”

Left Bank

2014 Neyers Left Bank Red Napa Valley 
92 pts Wine Spectator

This blend of Merlot and Cabernet pays homage to Bordeaux’s Left Bank. It shows lots of flavor and finesse.

 SOLDOUT*2015 available


2013 Neyers Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley AME 
93 pts Wine Spectator 

This is Neyers’ best Cabernet bottling.  It’s notably graceful and refined, without sacrificing richness and density.



2015 Neyers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Roberts Road 
92 pts Wine Spectator 
 A cool-climate bottling, restrained in flavor and notable for its herbal notes.



2014 Neyers Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands Garys’ Vineyard
93 pts Wine Spectator 
Deftly balances ripeness with varietal character, mixing fruit with spice and pepper notes.



2014 Neyers Zinfandel Borden Ranch Vista Luna 
91 pts Wine Spectator 

This cool-climate Zinfandel displays a less effusive fruitiness, aiming for smoky plum, mineral and white pepper character.

SOLDOUT*2015 available



2015 Neyers Chardonnay Sonoma County 304
90 pts Wine Spectator 177 cases made
There’s no shortage of flavor here.  Shows a mix of fig, pear and nectarine notes.

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