2014 Lagier Meredith Mount Veeder Tribidrag


Lagier Meredith produces distinctive and highly-acclaimed Syrah as well as smaller amounts of Mondeuse, Malbec and Zinfandel from a 4.5 acre vineyard on Mt. Veeder. Just two individuals operate the entire enterprise, taking the term vins de garage to a new level. Steve Lagier and Carole Meredith spent almost eight years preparing the land before planting the vineyard in 1996. It took four additional years before they released their first wine in 2000. One reason it took so long was that both Steve and Carole could only work on the project while pursuing careers. Steve worked at Mondavi Winery for 14 years until he left in 1999, and Carole was a UC Davis enology professor and grape geneticist until 2003.   Standing at the southwestern end of the Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder experiences cooler summer temperatures and heavier winter rains than any of the other Napa mountain districts. At 1,300 ft. (400 m) Lagier Meredith’s vines enjoy the morning sun while the valley below is shrouded in fog. But as the valley begins to bake in the afternoon, Mt. Veeder is cooled by ocean breezes. Summer evenings are pleasantly warm. Shale and sandstone soils provide excellent drainage that results in reduced yields of tiny but intensely flavorful berries.   Winemaking at Lagier Meredith is simple as Steve and Carole prefer to let the vineyards speak for themselves. Green or rotten bunches of grapes are removed in the vineyards. The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed and fermented in plastic T bins, which provide excellent insulation and temperature control without the cost and weight of stainless steel tanks. The wines undergo no extended maceration (i.e. remaining on the skins after fermentation is finished) and are aged in neutral French oak; that is, barrels that have seen at least three previous vintages.   In the wine country it is often said that it takes a fortune to make a small fortune in the wine business. To this Carole replies, “ we didn't have any kind of fortune at all, only our paychecks and the willingness to work hard and live cheap.” We believe you will find a fortune in the exquisite taste of these wines!


If you like California Zinfandel, you’ve really been drinking Tribidrag all along. Here’s why. Many are aware that California’s “indigenous” grape is genetically identical to Italy’s Primitivo. The nerdier among us may also know that the Croatian red, Crljenak Kaštelanski, is the true ancestor of both. It turns out that Tribidrag was the name used for Zinfandel/Primito/Crljenak Kaštelanski going back to the middle ages. And who better to confidently name her Zin Tribidrag than Carole Meredith? After all, it was she who led the DNA research establishing that Zinfandel, Primitivo and Crljenak Kaštelanski are one and the same. Whatever the name, this is an awesome Mt. Veeder wine.


Aged 18 months in neutral French oak barrels. 

Tasting notes

92 points – Wine Spectator.  "Ripe but light-footed, with floral raspberry aromas and lively, layered cherry, stony mineral and fresh sage flavors that linger toward refined tannins.” (Wine Spectator) 


Mt. Veeder (Napa)