Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Carneros
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor

This Pinot Noir’s bright, high-toned fruit expression and medium-body make it a versatile choice for salmon, pork, poultry, as well as red meats. Fabulous with mushrooms!

Tasting Notes

The Maestro Collection 2014 Pinot Noir showcases grapes from one of our most treasured vineyards in the Los Carneros region. Under the guidance of legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff (the Maestro), we grafted the vines of Ranch #5 to a selection of Pinot Noir clones that yield a complex, beautifully balanced wine. Winemaker Domenica Totty made this elegant 2014 Pinot Noir by blending the bright cranberry, hibiscus tea and wet-stone minerality of the Dijon clones with the deeper, ripe black-raspberry of clone 12. The wine’s silky texture came both from clone 12, which provides structure without being too tannic, and the excellent 2014 vintage. Barrel aging integrated sweet oak spices with the complex fruit character.

Vineyard Notes

The Georges de Latour family purchased Ranch No. 5 in the early1960s as their first Beaulieu Vineyard property in the sheep-grazing Los Carneros region. With pioneering spirit, they relied on André's prediction that Los Carneros would be a spectacular region for Pinot Noir, which proved accurate. We selected the grapes for this wine from two Pinot Noir blocks: the Dijon-clones are rooted in the northwest corner of the property and the clone 12 vines are grown in our "Maestro" block in the southeast corner, which was one André’s favorite sites. 

Winemaking Notes

Domenica cold soaked the lightly crushed Pinot Noir grapes for gentle color and flavor extraction and then fermented them in small, open-top tanks. She then aged the wine on the lees in French oak barrels for ten months to mature the flavors and add hints of toasty spice. We age our Maestro wines with a higher percentage of new barrels to complement their more intense flavors.

Vintage Notes

Dry, early and shaking is how 2014 will be remembered in Napa Valley, yet it had a silver lining of small, concentrated grapes ripened to perfection. February’s rains helped relieve three years of drought conditions. Warm temperatures promoted early budbreak in spring and led to an early, compact harvest. Just as the crush began, a dramatic 6.0 earthquake shook Napa Valley awake on August 24.