NAPA, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Beaulieu Vineyard, a leading Cabernet producer in Napa Valley for more than 100 years, announced that Jeffrey Stambor will become head winemaker. He takes over for Joel Aiken, who has been with Beaulieu Vineyard since 1982 and winemaker since 1985.
"It's an absolute honor and privilege to continue the long tradition of BV winemakers who have worked to make Cabernets that define Napa Valley," Stambor said. "Every day I get to come to a place that humbles me and work with a team who inspires me to constantly push the limits. It is a dream job."
Stambor joined Beaulieu Vineyard in 1989 and has been responsible for the red Bordelaise program for the winery's Napa and Reserve wines, including Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, the first reserve wine from California.
Aiken, who continued the line of BV winemakers that began with founder Georges de Latour and the famed Andre Tchelistcheff, will begin a new career in wine consulting. His first task will be consultation on crafting Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the new Reserve Winery.
"I've been thinking for the past few years about what my next move would be in winemaking and how I could transition to pursue new experiences," Aiken said. "I am so excited to stay connected with Beaulieu Vineyard and continue working with these world-class vineyards."
Aiken and Stambor have worked side by side for 20 harvests and have created a number of award winning wines.
"Jeffrey is one of the best winemakers I know," said Aiken. "He has an unbelievable attention to detail, he really knows how to deliver the most from the fruit and he is relentless when it comes to quality. I know he will continue to take Beaulieu Vineyard to new heights."
Stambor graduated from UC Davis and worked multiple vintages in France and at Navarro Correas in Argentina as well as other wineries throughout California. He has a reputation for creating complex, yet balanced wines that reflect the true character of the vineyards.
Last year, the winery completed the Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery, a dedicated facility with state of the art winemaking equipment designed to make BV's flagship wine.
"It was the most exciting year of my career," Stambor said. "It was thrilling to bring our years of experimentation to life - barrel fermenting fruit from our famed BV 1 and BV 2 vineyards. These small lot techniques show us the finesse, power and seamless integration of fruit and oak this hands-on style of winemaking gives our premier Cabernet. The results are just fantastic."
Aiken continued, "Seeing the dedicated winery completed for the 08 harvest was a big milestone for me personally and for this wine, which has been such an important part of my career."
About Beaulieu Vineyard
Beaulieu Vineyard wine is produced by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines (DC&E), part of Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O); the world's leading premium drinks business. DC&E produces and markets premium wines from around the globe including Napa Valley, Sonoma, the California Central Coast, Washington, France, New Zealand and Australia. Brands include: Sterling Vineyards, Sterling Vintner's Collection, Chalone Vineyard, Acacia Vineyard, Edna Valley Vineyard and Provenance Vineyards as well as the French wines of Barton & Guestier. DC&E is also a leading importer of classified Bordeaux and Burgundy estate-bottled wines and F.E. Trimbach.
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