In 1986 Fleur de Carneros debuted and was considered by Francis “Pinot 101”. The wines were aged in stainless steel or oak tanks and bottled within 8 months of harvest. The resulting wines exhibited bright fruit, with forward aromas of red fruit typical of the Carneros region. The style was inviting and straightforward, and most of the grapes were purchased from local growers.
Today, the Pinot Noirs are largely grown on our Estate vineyards, fermented in small lots, and aged in French oak barrels for about a year prior to blending and bottling. Compared to the early vintages, today’s wines show more depth and complexity while maintaining their varietal focus. Our Vermentino likewise comes from the Estate, as does a portion of our Chardonnay and Rosé. While our largest production still derives from Carneros, in 2003 the brand name changed to Fleur de California to allow us to work with fruit from other regions as well as our own, and our history of being part of the California landscape.
Decades of experience in farming and winemaking guide us in crafting each wine in the Fleur de California portfolio. We rely both on our estate vineyards and those of our small family growing partners, and Fleur de California wines embody the dedication, patience, and persistence of those who have worked the land for generations.