Boyd Family Vineyards is located in the heart of the Oak Knoll district just north of the town of Napa. Stan Boyd is the winemaker who the winery is named after – although he likes to joke that Boyd stands for “Big Old Yellow Dog” – which might make sense when you see his dogs! Stan used to work in San Francisco and fell in love with the Napa area during visits so he purchased property in the late 90′s. The property then, was barren and in a state of disarray and they soon planted Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc,?Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The property is gorgeous – it has been mostly planted with grapes, the main home sits right among the vineyards and when you visit, you drive down a double vineyard row length driveway through the actual vines. They are not open to the public and a visit here is for serious wine enthusiasts. The majority of their grapes are sold to other wineries, but they do hold back a small amount of fruit for their own wines.
All their wines are made literally “next door” at the very hands on small Robert Biale Winery. Talk about a nice situation with your own grapes growing next door to a state of the art winery! Boyd specializes in two wines – their Big Ranch Syrah and their Big Ranch Merlot. Both wines have amazing aromas especially the Syrah which unlike many Napa Syrahs has been blended slightly with a white grape, the Viognier which gives it strong floral characteristics and some of its elegance. The 2005 is a very nice vintage (unfortunately after we tasted they soon sold out!), this is a wine they make each year.
The Merlot is very smooth with lots of Cherry aromas in the nose and continues to the palate which also has notes of sweet vanilla from the barrels used during the aging. Their 2006 Ruby Tuesday Rose sold out on the day it was released so they doubled the production for the next year! This delightful light summer wine is named after a cat they inherited when they purchased the property. All of their wines are priced quite reasonably by Napa standards. If you are interested in learning more about these wines, ordering the wines and winery events join their mailing list. Visit: www.boydwine.com