Field Notes

2021 Winemaker Perspective &
What’s happening in the cellar

“Currently, our wines have all fully completed fermentation and malolactic fermentation. The wines have been racked and sulfited as well. The finished wines will then be clear, clean and ready to properly assess in a technical tasting. The 2021 vintage was relatively early, quite condensed and had no particularly extreme heat events or any rain …

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What’s happening in the cellar
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7th Annual Neal Family Scholarship Dinner and Live Auction

On Saturday, May 8, 2021, Neal Family Vineyards hosted its 7th Annual Neal Family Scholarship dinner and live auction. Titled “Deplete Mark Neal’s Cellar,” 64 guests from around the country were treated to incredible wines from Mark’s cellar, including a 5L 1999 Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.  Funds raised go toward college scholarships for …

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Smoke Taint

Smoke taint is a catch-all term for damaged fruit due to smoke exposure. Smoke taint disproportionately impacts most red varieties, as the grapes experience fermentation on the skins. During the past ten days, Napa Valley has experienced a tremendous amount of smoke from fires inside and outside the county that continues to linger throughout the …

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