Back with a vengeance and rebuilding a high-tech state of the art facility to house new Director of Winemaking Celia Welch of Scarecrow and Corra, is Signorello. The legacy of Wine Advocate scores of 96 and 98 points in recent vintages looks set to continue with this fantastically balanced, yet lush Chardonnay. The vineyards are now managed by Steve Matthiasson of Araujo, Dalla Valle, and Spottswoode fame, so things are looking to continue on the path to perfection. Get in on this wine before the inevitable high score hits and the wine disappears.
We love those occasions when fate throws a wrench into someone's plan and everything turns out better than he ever could have mapped it himself. Such was the case with Ray Signorello Sr., who purchased a 100-acre estate in and around Napa Valley's Stags' Leap District with the plan to grow and sell grapes to existing wineries. All was going well until a surplus crop in 1985 left Ray with more fruit than he could possibly off-load. A glass half full kind of guy, Ray decided to give custom crush a shot. The results were so tasty; he realized that if he could make drinkable wine, then a real winemaker could work magic with such top-notch fruit. Since that 1985 experiment, Signorello has evolved into one of our favorite producers of small production Burgundian and Bordeaux-inspired wines. Ray Jr.'s focus is always on the fruit. Ray shares a similar vision with consulting winemaker Luc Morlet and winemaker Pierre Birebent - a vision favoring restraint and elegance to in-your-face and obvious.