Wine - Chardonnay - Miss Olivia Brion
Founded by Napa winemaker David Mahaffey with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. David has been making wines in the Napa Valley since 1980 and has also taught wine making at Napa Valley College. All vineyard sources for his wines come from one of Napa’s older (dates from 1988) but generally least well-known sub appellations – Wild Horse Valley.
This region of Napa is located just outside the city limits of Napa and is one of only two sub appellations in the Napa Valley to encompass parts of two counties (the other being Carneros). David was instrumental in getting approval for Wild Horse Valley (in 1988); this was one of Napa’s earliest sub appellations. This part of the valley is among Napa’s coolest growing regions – often cooler than even the noted “refrigerator” at times, Carneros.
What differentiates this site from some of the lower south valley sites is the elevation of the vineyard; it is approximately 1300 to 1400 feet and as a result sees more sunshine hours than lower in the valley which is often blanketed by fog in the summer months. What also contributes to the vineyard’s colder location is its fairly close proximity to the San Pablo Bay.