Wine Advocate 90 points - Meredith?s Midas touch with Syrah did not abandon her in the challenging 2011 vintage. Perhaps it?s the higher altitude Mt. Veeder AVA that was the key to her success. The dark ruby/plum-colored 2011 Syrah exhibits upfront, forward notes of red and black fruits intermixed with hints of menthol and spring flowers. With good ripeness, medium body, soft tannins and a supple character, it should offer plenty of pleasure over the next 2-3 years. (Oct 2013)
Wine Spectator 92 points - Firm, rich and dense, this muscle-bound effort is very tight and complex, focused on mineral, dark berry, tobacco, roasted coffee and mocha notes. Long and gripping on the finish. Drink now through 2025.óJ.L. (Jan 15 2014)
Lagier Meredith is owned by Stephen Lagier and Carole Meredith. Their four acre vineyard is planted on fractured shale and sandstone at 1,300 feet on the slopes of Mt. Veeder in the Mayacamas Mountains. Stephen has a long history of winemaking, first as a ”garagist” and ”carport” winemaker and then at Robert Mondavi. Carol was a long time professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis and has conducted extensive DNA research into grape clones while trying to track down the origins of some of the more well-known varietals. She was inducted into the Vintner’s Hall of Fame in 2009. Their wines are aged in neutral French oak barrels in order to minimize oak flavor and bottled unfiltered. This is about as boutique as you will find in Napa.