Checkerboard Vineyards

Bear Hollow
2010 Red Wine
Napa Valley

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 109
Vintage: 2010

Checkerboard Vineyards

Bear Hollow

Red Wine
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


The lots that comprise this blend come from our highest vineyard blocks in Nash Creek Canyon: 3.5 acres located at 1,900 feet in elevation. Always above the cooling fog, these vineyards are nestled in their own quiet valley formed by jagged sedimentary rock ridges of solid decomposed rhyolite. The combination of elevation, rhyolitic soil and dense spacing produces wines of layered concentration. After months of hand tending, the fruit is fermented whole berry in new 60-gallon French oak barrels, then cellared for 26 months in our caves below the very same vineyards. We are incredibly pleased with the depth and concentration, and the powerful, yet soft, subtle and sweet tannins that are the structure and foundation of this wine. Bear Hollow is a wine of full-bodied power and dazzling complexity.

Aging Process

Fermentation in 60 gallon barrels, then extended barrel aging.

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.64
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Martha McClellan

Winemaker, Checkerboard Vineyards

Winemaker, Martha McClellan

Martha McClellan worked making the wines at Harlan Estate from 1995 through 2000. In 2001 she took over the winemaking and vineyard direction at Sloan Estate, a well-renowned Napa Valley winery and vineyards located in the hills of Rutherford, where she continues to make the wines today. In 2006 she came to Checkerboard Vineyards and, in working with the winery team, made the first vintage from the Aurora Vineyard site. Since then, three more vineyard sites have been planted, all at varying elevations and terroir, throughout this hillside valley. Those vines, in their fourth leaf now, are already showing the unique characteristics of their individual locations. The Premiere launch of the ’07 Checkerboard was both a tribute to the quality of the wine and a reflection of the incredible amount of effort and attention to detail that went into the development of this phenomenal estate and vineyards.

Country born: United States

Education: To be completed at a later date.

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
The exacting standards that have always guided and marked my work remain the foundation for my philosophy. As humble servant of Mother Nature and observant steward of the land, I am passionately committed to producing wines of uncompromising quality with the purest expression of their origin.


1532 E Street
Napa  CA  94559


Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Checkerboard Vineyards 2010 Red Wine Napa Valley Bear Hollow 16
TEXTBOOK 2010 Red Wine Oakville OMG it's good (but don't tell anyone it's Merlot) 16
Arkenstone Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Estate 15
Davies Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District Jack's Block 15
Levy and McClellan 2009 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 15
Jones Family Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 14
Judd's Hill 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Friends at Harvest / Lot 15 14
Krupp Brothers 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Two Bald Heads Cuvee 14
O'Brien Estate 2008 Cabernet Franc Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley 14
Sterling Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard 14
CONSTANT 2007 Cabernet Franc Diamond Mountain District 13
Diamond Terrace 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Two Mountains 13
Laird Family Estate 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville 13
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