The Maestro Collection celebrates the long tradition of innovation and excellence that legendary Beaulieu Vineyard winemaker André Tchelistcheff, referred to as the “Maestro,” started in 1938. Today, our winemaker crafts the Maestro Collection in his honor by showcasing unique limited production wines from distinctive vineyards. The single vineyard Chardonnay is sourced from old vines in Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch No. 8 in Carneros at the southern tip of Napa Valley. We have farmed this vineyard since 1973, where cold marine winds and fog temper the summer sun and foster expressive Chardonnay grapes with ideal, bright acidity. Our wine is barrel fermented, undergoes malolactic fermentation and spends 14 months oak aging. Silky and complex, this wine showcases flavors of crème brûlée and apple crisp.
The 2019 Maestro Collection Ranch 8 Chardonnay is a beautiful refreshing expression of Napa Valley Chardonnay showing vibrant aromas of honeydew melon, lemon zest, orange blossom and pleasing vanilla spice. The fresh, crisp palate which maintains its focus from start to finish, offers mouthwatering citrus fruit acidity, alongside hints of pineapple, butter cream and lemon meringue.
The 2019 harvest started one to two weeks later than previous years, mostly due to February rains, but because the vines were in their winter dormancy, it did not affect the 2019 crop. Spring continued to be wet with some rain during flowering, followed by cool temperatures that allowed the grapes to mature gradually. Most grapes ripened at lower sugars, thanks to the extended, cool growing season, and winemakers were pleased with the full flavors, fresh acidity and superb balance of the 2019 fruit. Wildfires in October did not impact this year’s harvest as the vast majority of the grapes were already brought in, resulting in a crop size pretty much on par with previous years.
Ranch No. 8, located in the Los Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA), at the southern tip of Napa Valley. This cool, marine-influenced region gives the wine appealing aromatics of stone fruit, bright citrus and floral notes.
Beaulieu Vineyard Winemaker Trevor Durling, presides as only the fifth winemaker in the winery’s 119-year history. A native Californian, Trevor was raised in Sonoma County, the heart of Northern California’s wine country. With a love of agriculture, science and cuisine, Trevor pursued his studies at the University of California Davis in the Viticulture and Enology program. As winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyard, Trevor incorporates his passion for creating fine wines, while preserving the heritage and legacy of Beaulieu Vineyard.