I like it. For that matter, I like it a lot.
I do agree, however, that the botanical elements appear somewhat gratuitous without knowing more about the history of Meadowbrook Farm. Repeating them on the cork is a nice touch, though. I also agree that the typeface at the top isn’t quite right. I wonder if part of the client’s lukewarm reaction was due to the brand name lacking prominence and readability. I’m not too sure about the italic Napa Valley type at the bottom either — I’d be inclined to make it upright. However, I don’t feel strongly about any of things things — they’re details in an otherwise very strong, nice-looking label.
All that said, I love the premium, understated look. The dark, rich, subtle colors and surface textures seem just about right for the type of wine. Breaking the label into two separate pieces with the bottle showing through to form another shape is really nice. What’s the tear’s significance, though? Are the shapes it creates intended to be reminiscent of the hills surrounding Napa Valley? The gold foil sets off everything off and provides the necessary life. Like I said, I like it. I’d never buy a $60 bottle of wine, but that’s an entirely separate issue.