Blend from different nested appellations; Stags Leap District, Calistoga and Diamond Mountain
True Stags Leap District tannins: Iron fist in a velvet glove
Aged for 22 months in 85% new French oak barrels
The tradition of storytelling as a method for passing down customs, history and heritage through the generations, is a uniquely human response to embrace eternity. The place where the storytelling occurs is almost as important as the story. The energy, the connection to one another, the desire to listen and then to retell the tale, creates the framework for an enduring legacy. Without a place, a space to commune, the legacy quickly becomes a faded memory. Almost 30 years ago, Tom drove by the property that now is home to Baldacci Family Vineyards. Where some may have seen an old house and farm in need of repair, Tom saw potential. Year after year, we strive to make wines that reflect the story of the vines, stories that can be shared while the wine is enjoyed. That’s the Baldacci family’s story. And their legacy? To create wines for you to drink as you write and tell your story.
Wine is unfiltered
Single vineyard wine
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
Winemaker, Baldacci Family Vineyards
Baldacci Family Vineyards
Exceptional quality wine all begins with a passion. "My passion is one rooted in family," Michael says, "a passion to produce honest wines that best embody my family's love for great wine and the unique estate vineyards that Baldacci represents."
Though he was born and raised in the Bay Area, Michael Baldacci spent many days as a young boy walking his family's vineyards.
Struck early on by the delicacy with which man and nature must work together to make beautiful wines, Michael returned to Napa Valley as an adult to become part of the team at Baldacci Family Vineyards.
New to the business but a veteran of the land, Michael took on a managerial role at the winery after four years of undergraduate study in Los Angeles with the same goal his father had had nearly twelve years before: to make wines that represent the character of the land, the grapes, and the family Baldacci represents.
A boutique winery, with their first vintage in 2000, Baldacci Family Vineyards focuses strictly on single-vineyard wines. The total estate owned acreage includes the original 17-acre estate in the heart of the Stags Leap District, as well as a 20-acre property in Carneros. The newest addition to the estate vineyard portfolio is an 8.5-acre property in Calistoga, a warmer micro-climate of Napa Valley whose lush fruit perfectly complements the Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap. Total production approaches 8,000 cases each year, nearly all of which are single-vineyard, single-varietal wines expressing their respective terroirs.
Michael can be found all around the winery, from the cellar to the tasting room, behind a desk or in the vineyards he first walked in as a child. "The Stags Leap District is an iconic area of Napa," he believes, "and our family's wines strive to show each and every consumer why it is truly the best area in the world to grow world class Cabernet."
Country born: United States
Years in the wine industry: 7 years
Winemaker, Baldacci Family Vineyards
Rolando Herrera has been making wine in the Napa Valley for 30 years. First as a cellar worker at Stags Leap Wine Cellars, then as their cellar master, then (with a few stops in between) director of wine for Paul Hobbs, and finally as the owner of his own winery and the winemaker at Baldacci Family Vineyards.
Country born: Mexico
Education: On the job training and lots of practice!
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
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