Winemaking

Chaix Wines is made in St. Helena at the Terra Valentine Winery by Sam Baxter. Sam is a second-generation winemaker who learned the profession through hands-on experience at the side of his father, Phil.

Sam is part of a new and exciting generation of Napa Valley winemakers who’ve earned degrees in Fermentation Science at UC Davis. He has worked in wineries in both California and Australia, including Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga. Sam began working at Terra Valentine as cellarmaster in July 1999 and became head winemaker in 2002. Sam’s modern approach is tempered with a healthy respect for the tradition of making fine wine.

2012 Vintage Notes

2012 was a near perfect growing season after two previous years of unpredictable weather. The fruit set conditions were undisrupted by spring rains and the Rutherford summer was warm, dry and even — no heat spikes or crazy weather events upset the balance. The long warm days and cool nights provided excellent conditions for a bountiful harvest of exceptional quality.

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