It is axiomatic that good wines begin in the vineyard. Well, that is indeed the history of Neal Family Vineyards. In 1968 Jack Neal started his own vineyard management company, and with his wife and three children farmed several hundred acres of Napa Valley vineyards. Following his father’s death in 1994, Mark Neal took over responsibility of the vineyard management operation, and in 2001 established the Neal Family Vineyards winery. Farming Napa Valley vineyards using organic practices since 1984, and currently only crushing certified organically grown grapes, the California Certified Organic Farmers has acknowledged the winery as a "Certified Processor". Quite an achievement, and all consistent with the Neal Family vineyard management team and winery philosophy of growing only the very best grapes for wine production.
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Napa Valley, 100% Estate Grown, and 100% Organically Grown Grapes coming from vineyard locations in Howell Mountain, Atlas Peak, Mt. Veeder, and Rutherford, and 84% mountain grown. It is a big yet very approachable wine, dark in color, with aromas of dark berries and chocolate, a soft, almost velvety mouthfeel, with a long, lingering finish and just enough tannins to remind you that this is Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at its best. Wow. As is my practice, I enjoyed a bottle with friends (although I was tempted to drink it all) as an accompaniment to a grilled ribeye steak. Perfect.
For the entire month of December 2013, Biba Restaurant is offering the 2008 Neal Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon at the reduced price of $70 per 750 ml bottle and at $17.50 per glass. Treat yourself during the holidays. This wine is special.