McClelland Napa Valley Wines

A producer of small lot, artisan wines with fruit sourced from the top vineyards of the Napa Valley, Steele Canyon Cellars works with a trio of experienced wine makers to produce extraordinary wine.  Leading the team is Paul Scotto, a 5th generation wine maker and U.C. Davis School Viticulture and Management graduate.  Having worked around the world, built the Sera Fina Winery and tasting rooms in Amador County, Paul now specializes in the production of Charbono, Pinot Noir, and Semillon wines. Working with Paul are Mitch Consentino and Mark Smith. Over his long career in the Napa Valley, Mitch has developed relationships with some of the area's foremost vineyards. He was a leader in the development of Meritage Wines in the 1980s and in 2003 he was recognized as the Andre Tchelistcheff Winemaker of the Year. Together these winemakers produce wines that are, as Mark writes, "elegant, well balanced, food friendly, display finesse and character, and are true to their varietal and place."

 

For their latest release, this first rate winery came together with one of California’s iconic wine pioneers, John McClelland. John McClelland has left a permanent stamp on the California wine industry. His 57-year career includes stints as the President and General Manager of Almaden, Geyser Peak and Alderbrook. He launched Almaden in Brazil, served as Chairman of the California Wine Institute and has held leadership positions at the Wine Growers Association and the Wine Educators Associates. His knowledge of varietal history is encyclopedic, and he remains deeply engaged in the industry, currently acting as an advisor to the winemakers at Steele Canyon Cellars while leading the national roll out of J. McClelland Napa Valley wines.

 

 

J. McClelland Cabernet Sauvignon

Grapes were hand harvested between October 3-12 2012 from the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Each Lot was separately de-stemmed into stainless steel fermentation, then barrel aged for 20-24 months. The wine was fined with fresh egg whites.

86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Petite Verdot;
1,348 six-bottle cases produced;
Alcohol 13.9%;
pH 3.65;
RS 0.01%;
TA 6.3 G/L

Reviews:
Price: (6 packs) Fl $180 2cs $168
 
J. McClelland Merlot

Hand harvested from the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley in 2012 and tank fermented for three weeks. Aged in French oak for 24 months with just one barrel to barrel racking.

100% Merlot;
582 six-bottle cases produced;
Alcohol 13.9%;
pH 3.67;
RS 0.01%;
TA 6.0 g/L

Reviews:
Price: (6 packs) Fl $140 2cs $128
 
J. McClelland Charbono

Hand harvested from one of the state’s oldest and most revered Charbono vineyards in Calistoga in 2012. Fermented in stainless steel for two weeks and barreled primarily in older oak for two years with minimal racking.

594 six-bottle cases produced;
Alcohol 13.9%;
pH 3.80;
RS 0.01%;
TA 6.4 G/L

Reviews:

"In association with winemaker Mitch Cosentino, John McClelland—former president and general manager of Almaden, Geyser Peak and Alderbrook—has crafted a velvety and robust 100% Charbono. Rare in Napa, it offers flavors of plum and cinnamon within a soft, smooth palate, finishing with notes of oak and black licorice." ~ 90, Wine Enthusiast, November 2015

Price: (6 packs) Fl $180 2cs $168
 
J. McClelland Chardonnay

Grapes were hand harvested from the Oak Knoll District in 2013. The whole clusters were pressed immediately upon arrival at the winery. The stainless steel fermentation partially finished in French oak Burgundy barrels. The wine is then aged for 9 months in barrel.

100% Chardonnay;
792 six bottle cases;
Alcohol 14.2%;
pH 3.37;
RS .2%;
TA 5.7 g/l

Reviews:

"Fresh and crisp with nice pear tones and tangy acidity; juicy, balanced, and long on the palate." ~ 90, Tasting Panel December 2015

Price: (6 packs) Fl $140 2cs $128