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Melissa Moravec Kurt Reaume

Proprietors of Casa Carneros Vineyard

Melissa Moravec studied Enology and Viticulture at U.C. Davis from 1981 to 1984, completing her undergraduate degree in 1983 and doing one year of graduate work in 1984. In 1983, she received the Department of Viticulture and Enology's Citation for Excellence for her work. She began her professional career at Carneros Creek Winery during the harvest of 1983 and became their winemaker in 1988. She initially came to Carneros Creek as a research enologist to supervise the Pinot Noir Clonal Research Project conducted in conjunction with the Department of Viticulture and Enology at U.C. Davis. The focus of the wines made at Carneros Creek is predominantly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. However, over the years Melissa has had her hands on many different varietals from many different vineyards.

Kurt Reaume is well known to many of the Carneros region's finest wineries for his ability to keep their machinery working. He has held positions with Carneros Creek Winery, Domaine Carneros, and Acacia. Kurt's knowledge of wine, winemaking equipment, and viticulture have enabled the Casa Carneros team to practice old-world farming techniques, while enhancing their ability to handle fruit and vineyards with the most delicate and modern equipment.

Melissa Moravec and Kurt Reaume planting the Casa Carneros vineyard in 19891989, Melissa and her husband, Kurt Reaume, planted a seven-acre vineyard at their home in Napa Valley's Carneros region with eight different selections, or clones of Pinot Noir. Casa Carneros, both the vineyard and the wine, is the result of those efforts. Melissa's philosophy regarding grape growing and winemaking (winegrowing) encompasses guidance and control throughout the entire process. This includes the planting of the vineyard, the growing of the grapes, the subsequent winemaking, and the ultimate marketing of the wine. Important in her philosophy is the use of high quality fruit from high quality vineyards, responsiveness to the individual clones in the vineyard, and to each individual vintage. Melissa uses a hands-on, small-scale approach to Pinot Noir winemaking that ultimately produces a rich, complex, and extracted Pinot Noir. This is a wine with layers of dense fruit, balanced by firm tannins, and with the structure and velvety texture that is the hallmark of a fine Pinot Noir. The results of Melissa's and Kurt's dedication to this varietal are clearly reflected in the wines of Casa Carneros.

Casa Carneros' founders have a single-minded goal: to produce the finest possible wines available in California. Their passion for Burgundian wines has given them a target to reach. The combination of their unique skills has given them the ability to yield some of the richest, most complex wines that can be found anywhere.


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