Madonna Estate

2015 Pinot Noir
Los Carneros

2016 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 20 | Lot No. 172
Vintage: 2015

Madonna Estate

Pinot Noir
Los Carneros

10 cases produced


  • Fruit from Pinot Noir clone Dijon 667
  • Planted on drought-resistant rootstock 110R; dry and organically farmed grapes
  • Whole-berry fermentation, three-day cold soak, hand punch down
  • Aged for 10 months in French oak barrels


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. The fruit for your Premiere Napa Valley wine was grown on Pinot Noir clone Dijon 667 which offers earthy strawberry, cherry flavors, and is deep in color, with moderate tannins.These grapes were dry-farmed and organically grown. Close to the San Pablo Bay, the vineyard receives cool bay breezes, which allowed for a longer growing season and hang time, providing intense flavor development. Once harvested, whole berries were delivered to the fermentation tank. The juice received a three-day cold soak, was punched down three times a day, fermented to dryness, then aged 10 months in French oak barrels.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine was dry farmed
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Andrea Bartolucci

Winemaker, Madonna Estate

Winemaker, Andrea Bartolucci

Andrea 'Buck' Bartolucci is the third-generation family member to proudly be a proprietor of Madonna Estate and Madonna Vineyards. Immersed in the industry since childhood, his lifelong interaction with the land and involvement in the business has allowed him the opportunity to watch and manage the growth and development of his vines from grapes to wine.

Andrea was raised on the family vineyard in Oakville, CA, and attended St. Helena High School. Upon graduation, Andrea enrolled at California State University, Fresno where he studied Viticulture and Enology. On the weekends, he would travel back to Oakville to put his skills to use. Eventually, in 1967 he returned to Oakville to continue his education with hands on experience.

He began working in the Oakville vineyards alongside his two uncles, but soon transitioned into the winery where he worked with his father as the assistant winemaker. Three years later, the Oakville facility and vineyard was sold. Filled with the desire to grow grapes and produce wine, Andrea purchased 160 acres of land in the then-unknown Carneros region of the Napa Valley. His decision to relocate to Carneros was based on many reasons, particularly, he felt that the cooler climate of the region combined with the shallow, clay loam soil would be the perfect growing environment for the delicate Pinot Noir and fragile Chardonnay grapes.

While developing Madonna Vineyard, Andrea primarily planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, however today the vineyard consists of 140 planted acres which include eight different grape varieties. Now, almost 40 years later, Carneros is known as one of California???s premier grape-growing regions.

In 1977 Louis, Andrea???s father and second-generation family member, purchased a piece of land near the Madonna Vineyard. Together, Louis and Andrea began construction on the current Madonna Estate winery facility.

As a member of the Napa Valley Vintners, and a Certified CCOF Organic Farmer, Andrea???s main focus has always been to create the finest quality of wines that he can produce. He lives with his wife, Susan, on the Madonna Estate vineyard and continues to manage the vineyard and winery, with his Susan and his daughters Brette and Taylor working by his side. He is excited about the future of Madonna Estate wines and the generations to come.

Country born: United States

Education: California State University, Fresno
University of California, Davis

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
To continue the commitment to farm naturally, and continue the premium grapegrowing and fine winemaking that has been established by the generations before him.

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