Winemaking

Meander’s limited production is exclusively Cabernet Sauvignon from the world renowned Napa Valley. The wine is a blend of fruit from two historical vineyards, both of which have been family farmed for generations: Rutherford’s Morisoli Ranch and St. Helena’s Lewelling Vineyards. These coveted, iconic sites are two of the Valley’s most sought after by winemakers who craft the highest quality Cabernet Sauvignon.

One of the most amazing things about making wine to me is that it represents both ending and beginning. The harvest of the grape is the end of the growing season while at the same time the beginning of a wonderful wine!

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.