Drew Neiman is an Ohio native that pursued his passion for wine, and headed to Napa Valley.
After his time at America’s greatest wine school – University of California, Davis – he learned “hands on” from one of the best teachers, John Kongsgaard, and made wine at some pretty spectacular wineries: Kongsgaard, Chateau Boswell, Bridesmaid and Newton, to name a few.
He as well owns Neiman Cellars, and if you have a few hundred bucks, you can get a bottle of red, a bottle of white and little change back. In truth, Neiman has become somewhat of a wine rock star, and is quickly becoming one of those “cult” winemakers who sign autographs, and host cruises.
His 2012 Cabinet California Riesling is a real winner, served in an impressive full-liter bottle. The story here starts on three small lots with really good Riesling. I found the nose to show wonderful aromas of apples, flowers, lemon, and even some orange blossom, and the mouth translated to about the same.
I knew that 2012 is going to be a banner year in California, and this tasty little white really affirms that point. The price is $15 a bottle. If your favorite wine place doesn’t have it, try Vanguard Wines of Columbus.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.