95 Insider Points
The Spitfire Cabernet from Meyer only gets better year after year, and I know we said the same thing about last year's vintage. The 2014 is brooding and complex, showing powerful Oakville tannin, the classic fruit of Napa Valley and the trademark old world style of the Meyer Family winemaking team.
Expect supple black cherry, cassis and blackberry on the nose, with notes of tobacco, black tea and graphite. The palate is dense and well structured, showing a brilliant acidity and powerful tannin that just won’t quit. Dark chocolate, espresso bean, leather and other subtleties present as the wine breathes. A beautiful wine now that can be enjoyed through 2030+. - DZ Jun 2017
Oakville, Napa Valley
We expect nothing less than greatness from the founding family of Silver Oak. And with this new release of the 2014 Spitfire Cab, they do not disappoint. Rich and sultry in every way, Meyer Family overdelivers in this quintessentially Napa Cab.
Rockin’ Vintage; 2014 was so good in Napa that the earth literally shook. Ever known as the Earthquake vintage, Wine Spectator called it “a dream vintage.” Cab took center stage and Meyer Family was in the perfect position to take full advantage of the phenomenal fruit. Dark, heady, and intense, they’ve pulled out all the greatness of the year and stuffed into this gorgeous bottle for you to enjoy.
Rocky Start; Called the “Son of Silver Oak” by the media, the humble but brilliant man behind Meyer endured a rough start to his career in wine. The son of Silver Oak Cellars’ founders, Matt Meyer struggled through the loss of his father, a divorce, and wine he didn’t want to sell in the first years of his winery. His perseverance (and a trip to New Zealand to recover his bearings) paid off. Matt’s Meyer Family Spitfire Cab is as limited as Silver Oak and equally opulent. A decadent wine swirling with richness that will anyone’s spirit to great limits.
Nice Neighbors;Meyer makes his top-of-the-line “Spitfire” from an Oakville vineyard right next door to Silver Oak’s famed Bonny’s. This is the heartland of Oakville’s “cult” Cabs, and Heitz, Dalla Valle, Harlan Estate and Screaming Eagle are among the Spitfire’s illustrious neighbors.
Spitfire is a good old American Cabernet that is polished and elegant. The aromas spring to life with ripe plum and blackberries jumping out of the glass. Once open for a few minutes, we start to see the telltale American Oak vanilla along with hints of caramel and pepper. Two years in oak have softened the palate, making this a very approachable Oakville red wine.
In addition to household chores, Matt and Karen Meyer share the winemaking duties at Meyer Family Cellars. They may spend most of their waking time together now, but they arrived at this point in their careers having followed very different paths.
From an early age, Matt's goal was to be a winegrower like his father. As he grew up, he spent much of his time in the vineyard and cellar at Silver Oak. The passion he developed for wine led him to the University of California, Davis, where he was awarded a Masters in Viticulture in 2002.
Karen was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. After a harvest in Margaret River, she was hooked on wine. She completed a degree in enology at Charles Stuart University, then spent the next few years working harvests around the world. In 1999 Matt and Karen met in Oregon while working the crush at Argyle Winery in the Willamette Valley.
Bonny and Justin founded Silver Oak Cellars together with their financial partner, Ray Duncan in 1972. Always a labor of love, Silver Oak’s inaugural vintage was crushed that fall a week after Justin and Bonny returned from their honeymoon.
In the early years Bonny managed Silver Oak business and sales while Justin oversaw winemaking and managed burgeoning Franciscan Vineyards, purchases by the partners in 1975. A couple years after the partners sold Franciscan, Justin left and took over primary management duties at Silver Oak. Always part of the management team, Bonny focused on PR, marketing, and package and facility design. The original Silver Oak and Meyer Family Port labels both won design awards, as did the Oakville Silver Oak winery when it was completed in 1982. Today Bonny is an active partner in Meyer Cellars and continues to focus on marketing and design.
Bonny is Principal of Meyer Family Enterprises, investor in the financial markets, commercial property, and green technologies. She is a strategic philanthropist and a community activist. She loves to sail, play guitar and sing with friends. Now and then she skis and drives fast when no one is looking.
The legend of Bonny’s Vineyard states that Bonny gazes upon and blesses her vineyard every morning and that’s what makes the wine so extraordinary. Others say the wine is a manifestation of Justin and Bonny’s love for one another. But no one really knows for sure
Pair with salt-crusted beef tenderloin, classic rib-eye roast, herbed potatoes, simple sautéed mushrooms with chives, hard cheeses.