Fait-Main & Tierra Roja Vineyards

Touquette’s Baguette
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 27 | Lot No. 38
Vintage: 2021

Fait-Main & Tierra Roja Vineyards

Touquette’s Baguette

Cabernet Sauvignon

5 cases produced


  • First collaboration between winemaker Benoit Touquette and Tierra Roja grapegrower Linda Neal
  • The 2021 vintage produced small yields but intense flavor, and is sure to become a favorite
  • This joint lot is a marriage of Tierra Roja and Fait-Main wines
  • Your wine is sourced from the Oakville nested appellation


This inaugural vintage of the collaboration between Benoit Touquette and Linda Neal brilliantly showcases the passion that both hold for their craft. Your wine has the classic Tierra Roja femininity and elegance, coupled with the power and grace of Benoit’s winemaking. This is your only chance to be the first to own a wine marking their union. Our fanciful name, Touquette’s Baguette, is a reference to Benoit’s special name for his and Nikita’s first baby, born as the wines went to barrel.

Wine Facts

  • Sustainably produced

Linda Neal

Winemaker, Tierra Roja Vineyards

Winemaker, Linda Neal

Linda is Vintner/Grape Grower of Tierra Roja Vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley .
She has had extensive experience in vineyard management over the past 35 years in the Napa Valley.

Country born: United States

Education: BA in Business and Economics, AS in Ag Business. Holds PCA, QAL and FLC Licenses issued by the State of California, and is involved in numerous local organizations.

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Use all the best practices available to showcase the natural beauty of the fruit, of the terroir.

Benoit Touquette

Winemaker, Tierra Roja Vineyards

Winemaker, Benoit Touquette

Beginning with the 2021 vintage, Tierra Roja grapes will be in the hands of acclaimed winemaker, Benoit Touquette. Benoit's journey on the leading edge of fine winemaking spans continents. From Bordeaux to Napa, he has pursued a balance of elegance and power in his craft, achieving twenty-eight 100-point ratings along the way. Unquestionably a rising superstar in California, Frenchman Benoit Touquette makes a bevy of wines from throughout Napa Valley, all of which show impeccable winemaking and balanced, layered profiles.

Born in Lyon France and gaining his education from the University of Bordeaux, Benoit worked at numerous French wineries before getting a job (with the help of his friend and mentor Michel Rolland) in Napa Valley with Andy Erickson. He consulted for the likes of Screaming Eagle, Ovid and Arietta. Today, Benoit is the winemaker for Realm Cellars, as well as numerous other labels, including his own project Fait-Main (which translates to “hand-made”) and now, Tierra Roja.

Country born: France

Education: University of Bordeaux, France, Double Masters in Chemistry and Enology & Viticulture. Mentor, Michel Rolland.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
28 - 100 point wines to date

Winemaking Philosophy:
Nurture and vineyard and fruit, with tools from nature and science. Guide the wines with contant vigilance to create a wine of optimum pleasure.

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