The Man Behind the Label
In legendary Napa Valley, John Caldwell is a legend all his own. A maverick and pioneer hell-bent on making great wine, John’s life’s work –Caldwell Vineyard –is now one of the most genetically diverse vineyard holdings in the country.
His 123-acre property boasts 28 different clone-specific Bordeaux varietals from which winemaker Marc Gagnon (formerly of Screaming Eagle and Bryant Estate),crafts 25 individual Caldwell estate wines (and other various acts of maverick winemaking). Perhaps best known for his forays in smuggling French grapevine clones into the US back in the 80’s, John’s larger than life story of Clones, Cops & Cabernet, is well worth a read, and explains how he became known as the Smuggler.
An important part of their wine and whisky legacy, Caldwell is also the only US winery who employs a Master Cooper (one of only 34 people in world to hold this title), and estate barrel cooperage, through which they craft world-class oak barrels to exacting and custom specification for each wine and spirits project.
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