founded in 1981, is a 38-acre estate in the prestigious Carneros region of the
Napa Valley. Located just north of San Pablo Bay, the climate is directly influenced
by the fog that floats in each night. The shallow, gravely soils are best suited
to the Burgundian varietals of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced by Bouchaine.
Winemaking at Bouchaine is a dynamic process where diversity is created by tailoring
vinification and cellar practices to the individual vineyard lots. Most Chardonnay
lots are barrel fermented and aged sur lie for six months to add texture and toasty
vanilla nuances. A fraction of the wine is cold fermented in stainless steel tanks
to preserve delicate floral aromas. Depending on the vintage, 25-40% of the chardonnay
goes through malolactic fermentation to soften the lean, citrus character of the
Carneros grapes. Balance, complexity, and a unique expression of varietal fruit
defines Bouchaine Chardonnays.
Winemaker John Montero continues Bouchaine's philosophy of producing wines that
are crisp, well-balanced and elegant and demonstrate the varietal characteristics
of fruit grown in the Carneros region and neighboring areas.
Bouchaine Vineyards / 1075 Buchli Station Road / Napa CA 94559 707-252-9065