Winemaker Notes

Salexis Wines Chardonnays

Inspired by the great Premier and Grand Cru white wines produced in Chassagne Montrachet, Salexis Chardonnays are made using true Burgundian methodology. The grapes, Clones #76 and #95, are grown in Andrew Beckstoffer’s Carneros Lake Vineyard. The fruit is whole cluster pressed and the resulting juice is cold settled for 36 hours. After racking the clean juice off its settlings, the juice is transferred to a combination of new barrels (2/3) and used barrels (2 years old). Both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are carried out by native yeast and bacteria. The lees are stirred 2 times per month for 12 months after which the wines are racked, blended, and returned to barrels for additional aging. Depending on each vintage, the wine will remain in barrels for an additional period of 8 to 10 months.

2014 Salexis Wines Beckstoffer Carneros Lake Vineyard Chardonnay: Spec Sheet
Graced with overwhelming natural acidity from this vintage, the wine offers the aromas and flavors of citrus and tropical fruits including lemons and pineapple. Well balanced with crisp acidity, this Chardonnay should continue to develop for 5-8+ years in the bottle. Its freshness and smoothness will complement a rich seafood or poultry dinner.
 
2013 Salexis Wines Beckstoffer Carneros Lake Vineyard Chardonnay: Spec Sheet
This wine offers the aromas and flavors of Golden Delicious apples, Bartlett pears, citrus fruits, and toasty oak. Well balanced with crisp acidity, this Chardonnay will continue to develop in the bottle for another 2-4+ years. This Chardonnay will pair nicely with poultry, seafood, and dishes with cream sauces.
 
2012 Salexis Wines Beckstoffer Carneros Lake Vineyard Chardonnay: Spec Sheet
This wine offers the aromas and flavors of pineapple, apples, pears, lemon zest, and toast. Well balanced with crisp acidity, this Chardonnay will further develop in the bottle for 2-3+ years. This wine stands alone as a sipping wine but will also accompany seafood, poultry and dishes with rich sauces.
 
 

Salexis Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons

Salexis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons are made with early approachability and enjoyment in mind. It is produced from a combination of vineyards for several sub appellations of the Napa Valley. Using classic Bordeaux methodology, the grapes are destemmed and crushed and are cold soaked for 7 days. The wine is fermented rapidly and left on the skins for a total of 20 to 24 days. The wines are then aged in Chateau style French oak barrels (50% new) for 18 to 22 months.

2015 Salexis Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Spec Sheet
With the flavors and aromas of fresh cherries, vanilla, toasted almonds, and oak, this Cabernet is well balanced with soft tannins and a long lingering finish. This wine is delightful to enjoy now but will continue to improve with cellaring for 8-10+ years. This Cabernet nicely accompanies a charcuterie, tomato-based pasta dishes and any red meat.
 

Salexis Wines Merlots

Inspired by the great wines produced in the Pomerol region of Bordeaux, Salexis Merlots are made using classic French methodology. The grapes, Clone #181, are grown in Snowden Vineyards, which is located 800 feet above the Napa Valley floor above Rutherford. After cold soaking for 3 to 5 days, fermentation takes place over the course of 7 to 10 days. Following dryness, the wine is left for an extended maceration period of 36 to 42 days. The resulting wine is then aged in Chateau style French oak barrels for 18 to 22 months.

 
2001 Salexis Wines Snowden Vineyard Merlot: Spec Sheet
This wine has aged so well that we are releasing some of it from our Library! After 17 years of aging, the aromas and flavors of blackberries, cherries, chocolate, coffee and toasty oak are still abundant. This wine is a wonderful sipping wine that also pairs nicely with a cheese and charcuterie board. Full bodied with a long sweet finish, this wine has continued to develop for all these years!