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A Family With a Passion for Wine

Our roots run deep into the Stags Leap soil. We fell in love with our home ranch in 1998, and our fascination with Cabernet Sauvignon has never diminished. As stewards of the land and keepers of the grape, we can cultivate, shape, caress and coax cooperation from the vines, but ultimately, they are a wild thing, natural and independent and the joy comes from the awareness that we are beholden to nature’s timeless story.

We thrive on diversity and our portfolio reflects this with wines from our three estate vineyards: Stella Knight in Calistoga, Brenda’s Vineyard in Stags Leap and Honey B in Carneros. Our curiosity drives us to explore new regions and each year we curate a selection of wines entitled The Thomas Collection produced from both estate and purchased fruit. Everything that we create comes from our singular desire to consume exceptional wines with friends and family.

Wine summons us to gather together to share in the tradition of storytelling which we embrace as a method to pass on our customs, history, and heritage through the generations. The energy, the connection to one another, the desire to listen and then to retell the tale, creates the framework for an enduring legacy. We believe that within each of us lives a legacy, a story waiting to be told. We welcome the opportunity to share our picturesque Stags Leap property with others who seek a refuge from the hectic pace of everyday living because stories, like wine, are meant to be shared.

Thomas, Brenda & Michael Baldacci

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OUR TASTING ROOM

Within each of us lives a legacy, a story waiting to be told. Stories, like wine, are meant to be shared. The tradition of storytelling, as a method for passing down customs, history and heritage through the generations, is a uniquely human attempt 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.

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Stags Leap District

The Baldacci family purchased the Stags Leap property in 1998 as a real-estate opportunity. The investment was especially attractive because there was a knoll-top residence that needed to be finished and this was something that fit into the family’s real estate development business. What wasn’t anticipated was the family’s growing affection for the vineyard! The view kept changing with the seasons, and each weekend the family found themselves immersed in the beauty: the leaves, the mustard, the hawks hunting for mice, the sunset as it dipped down below Spring Mountain and cast its red-orange glow across the Stags Leap Palisades. The initial investment plan went out the window and a long-term viewpoint was adopted: hold on to the land, make a commitment to the next generation through this stewardship and create a space for friends and family to escape from the hectic pace of everyday life.

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Carneros

The Honey B Vineyard, located on Cuttings Wharf in the Carneros AVA, was added to the estate vineyard portfolio in 2008. The 23-acre property is planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot and Gewürztraminer. The Sorelle Chardonnay and Elizabeth Pinot Noir are the cornerstone offerings from this vineyard. The Syrah and Merlot are often found in the Fraternity blend, while in exceptional vintages, a barrel selection of Allwin Syrah is produced. Finally, the Gewürztraminer, which accounts for 20% of the total grown in Napa County, becomes our Frederich Gewürztraminer, a rare, bone-dry expression perfect for everyday drinking.

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Calistoga

In 2013, the estate vineyard porfolio once again expanded with the purchase of the Stella Knight Vineyard. The 8.5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are located in Calistoga, at the base of Diamond Mountain. The region is one of the hottest parts of the Napa Valley, with a soil series of volcanic bedrock and sediment – ideal growing conditions for premium wine grapes. Calistoga’s unique geology and climate offer another opportunity for Rolando and Ricardo Herrera to explore new personalities of Cabernet. Stay tuned for a single vineyard offering of Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2014 harvest.

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In 2013, the estate vineyard porfolio once again expanded with the purchase of the Stella Knight Vineyard. The 8.5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are located in Calistoga, at the base of Diamond Mountain. The region is one of the hottest parts of the Napa Valley, with a soil series of volcanic bedrock and sediment – ideal growing conditions for premium wine grapes.

Calistoga’s unique geology and climate offer another opportunity for Rolando and Ricardo Herrera to explore new personalities of Cabernet. Stay tuned for a single vineyard offering of Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2014 harvest.