Be seduced by our 2015 Pinot Noir blend or join us
for a blending session and put your stamp on it!
Expressive, ethereal Pinot Noir from the oldest
continuously operating winery in the Carneros nested
Our best barrel from our most prized estate block,
born from yet another perfect growing season
100% Carneros estate fruit from the southern corner of
this marine influenced, windswept nested appellation
This rare expression of Napa Valley winemaking is one of only 120 bottles that will ever be made. Think of it as a bit of Napa Valley history in your cellar and celebrated in a glass with friends and family.
Your Premiere Napa Valley wine is from the windswept hills of Bouchaine’s estate vineyard, in the cool marine-influenced region of Los Carneros. The very best barrel of 2015 Pinot Noir from Bouchaine’s most prized block was chosenfrom this stellar growing season. Blended with intense and vibrant flavors, the ethereal perfume that is Pinot Noir is gently preserved and expresses the sylistic elegance of the oldest continuously operating winery in Los Carneros.
Single vineyard wine
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
Winemaker, Bouchaine Vineyards
Chris is a proud native of Napa where she learned early in life the pleasures of jumping on horses for vineyard rides and raiding her parent's wine cellar (not necessarily in that order). The minute she turned 16, she became the designated driver for family outings up and down the valley, planting the seed for her future career. She went on to earn her B.S. in Biological Sciences at UC Davis and began working for biotech giants in the Bay Area.
After extensive travel in the wine regions of France, Spain, and Italy she took her desire to enhance people's lives in another direction. A chance encounter at a dinner party led her to work a harvest at Testarossa with renowned winemaker and Pinot geek Ed Kurtzman. Bitten by the winemaking bug, she trekked back to UC Davis where she completed her M.S. in Viticulture and Enology. She was hired by Pahlmeyer in 2004 and was immediately seduced by its newly launched Pinot Noir project.
The Burgundian side of life called to her, and in 2006 she joined Saintsbury. In 2013, she was promoted to Winemaker. "Immersing myself in the nuanced soils and microclimates of Carneros, and having the opportunity to build relationships with our outstanding and dedicated grower community, has been an incredibly rewarding experience. We live and breathe grapes and wine - but also live on this dirt, breathe this air, and drink this water. To work with people who are not only committed to world class wine growing, but also sustainability and the preservation of this land for generations to come is such an honor.".
Chris was brought on as the Winemaker and General Manager at Bouchaine Vineyards in early 2015, bringing with her a deep knowledge of Carneros soils and microclimates along with the driving idea that great wines are grown not made. She was promoted to President and Winemaker in 2023.
Chris lives in Napa with her son and husband. When she isn't hiking, cooking, or travelling, you can still find her jumping on horses and raiding wine cellars.
Country born: United States
Education: M.S. Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis '06
Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years
Fine wine starts in the vineyard.
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