Wine Advocate 91
The 2015 Chardonnay Firepeak Vineyard Edna Valley opens with white peaches and pink grapefruit notes plus touches of guava, baking bread and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied, with a lovely satiny texture, theres a beautiful, quiet intensity of fruit in the mouth that is adeptly crafted into a harmonious, elegant (and well-priced!) Chardonnay. - LPB
Wine Enthusiast 92
A pithy tangerine aroma meets with yellow melon, sharp lemon and lime rinds, oak shavings and yeasty toast on the nose of this bottling by Christian Roguenant. There is a sharpness to the palate, with strong acidity and a grippy texture framing margarita-like flavors of salt and citrus. - MK
A bright but complex Chardonnay, this wine has upfront favors of crisp pear, lemon zest, pineapple, and hints of creamy vanilla. Aromas of citrus and tropical flavors highlight the complexity of flavors that run throughout. The wine is smoothly textured and is well balanced from start to finish.
Fermented in 29 new French Oak. Aged sur lies in 29 new French oak.
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Over 35 years ago, Catharine Niven envisioned a small vineyard in front of her Edna Valley home that would deliver high quality wines.
To achieve her goal, she bucked popular California viticultural trends and looked to the old world for her inspiration. She was one of the first women to own a winery and one who wasn't afraid to do things differently. Baileyana, named for the place where she met her husband Jack, soon outgrew her small home vineyard. It has since been sourced from our estate Paragon Vineyard, Jack's pioneering plantings going back to 1973. Baileyana offers beautiful, cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which are refined, rich, and perfectly balanced. She wasn't entirely surprised by Baileyana's early success, but Catharine didn't dream that her small project would become the family legacy that it is today.
Now in the expert hands of the next two generations, the wines remain true to her pioneering spirit, as well as to the genuine, elegant style she exuded when walking into any room.