Designations

Monticello Vineyards

The majority of the wine we produce is MONTICELLO VINEYARDS. We consider our Monticello Vineyards wines to be distinctive representations of Napa Valley wine, styled to be rich, full bodied, yet well-balanced and elegant. We have always produced our wines in limited quantities. They include:

  • MONTICELLO VINEYARDS Estate Grown Chardonnay - 1st Vintage: 1980 - 3,500 cases
  • MONTICELLO VINEYARDS Estate Grown Pinot Noir - 1st Vintage: 1984 - 2,000 cases
  • MONTICELLO VINEYARDS Estate Grown Merlot - 1st Vintage: 1990 - 2,000 cases
  • MONTICELLO VINEYARDS Jefferson Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon - 1st Vintage: 1980 - 3,500 cases
  • MONTICELLO VINEYARDS Estate Grown Cabernet Franc - 1st Vintage: 2003 - 250-500 cases
  • MONTICELLO VINEYARDS Estate Grown Syrah - 1st Vintage: 2004 - 250-500 cases

 

Corley Reserve

In years when we find individual lots of our grapes to be particularly exceptional, we produce a CORLEY RESERVE wine. These wines represent the very finest expression of Napa Valley, varietal-designated wines, produced by our family. They are rich, ripe, complex and full-bodied. The wines are the truest representation of the variety and are only produced in years when the wines are especially outstanding and age-worthy. Extremely limited quantities are produced (100 - 500 cases). We offer these CORLEY RESERVE wines:

  • CORLEY RESERVE Estate Grown Chardonnay - 1st Vintage: 1982
  • CORLEY RESERVE Cabernet Sauvignon - 1st Vintage: 1982
  • CORLEY RESERVE Estate Grown Pinot Noir - 1st Vintage: 1994
  • CORLEY RESERVE Estate Grown Merlot - 1st Vintage: 1994

 

 

Corley

The flagship of our CORLEY designated wines is our CORLEY Proprietary Red Wine. In 1990, we envisioned a rich, opulent wine: a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. We had already produced world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, grown in Yountville, Rutherford and St Helena, and Merlot, grown on our two vineyards in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. We added three different clones of Cabernet Franc (Clone 'X', #332 and #312) each in two sites on our Oak Knoll District vineyards to complete the blend.

We planted our Cabernet Franc in the early 1990s. In 1999, the vines were mature enough to produce outstanding grapes and the Vintage outstanding enough for us to choose 1999 as our Inaugural Vintage of our CORLEY Proprietary Red Wine. The wine has been predominately Cabernet Franc followed closely by Merlot with the balance being Cabernet Sauvignon.

The wine displays the full, rich, deep, dark, concentrated flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon with the body and spiciness of Cabernet Franc and the fruit and suppleness of Merlot, creating sensuous aromas of ripe red berry and black fruits and spice. The flavors are characterized as generous with a velvety texture on the palate, layers of berry and black fruit, and compelling cocoa, anise and sweet vanillin oak. The finish is elegant, richly textured, long and lingering.

Single Vineyard, Single Block and Clone Designated Wines

We are fortunate to farm five estate vineyards in the Napa Valley. Each vineyard (and blocks within each vineyard), are planted to maximize the quality of the grapes grown. Each planting within each block may differ from the neighboring planting with regards to microclimate and soil. With aim of growing rich, ripe fruit to produce our wines, we have specially selected the rootstock, variety, clone of variety, spacing and trellis system to maximize the quality of each site.

Together, the various plantings give us the ability to bring layers of subtle complexity to our wines. There is often a distinguishing characteristic that shows through our wines, identifying the wine as ours, as Proprietary. When possible, we try to capture the essence of this Proprietary characteristic in a special bottling.

Single Vineyard

  • 'Tietjen Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon
  • State Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 'Yewell Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon

Block, Clone, Etc. Designated

  • Estate Grown Pinot Noir
  • Home Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay, Block No. 1 - Heirloom Clone
  • Home Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay, Dijon Clone

 

 

Secrets

Over the last 20 plus years, we have had the opportunity to create two additional wines: MONTREAUX, a Brut sparkling wine, and CHATEAU M, a naturally botrytised blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.

MONTREAUX BRUT

(1st Vintage: 1983)

A classic 60% / 40% of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, grown on our estate owned vineyards in the Oak Knoll District of the Napa Valley. Adopting some of the oldest champagne making techniques (which today are used by only a few producers in the world, such as Krug and Bollinger), Montreaux is barrel fermented and barrel aged. Typically aged ten years on the yeast, the wine is then disgorged for release. These 'old world' techniques, coupled with long aging time in the bottle, produce the creamy richness and depth that is the hallmark of our Montreaux style.

CHATEAU M

(1st Vintage: 1982)

This classic Sauternes style blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc yields a deep, lush wine that has a sweet, apricot nectar character with complex layers of oak and nuts. We only produce Chateau M in years in which harvest rains induce Botrytis Cinerea, the Noble Mold, which causes shriveling and concentration of sugar and flavors in the grapes.