Courtney Benham, a leader in quality wine for nearly 30 years, brings you top bottlings from the Napa Valley. From high elevation mountain appellations, to benchland vineyards and sun-drenched valley sites, he seeks locations of distinction, offering wines that are expressive, terroir driven, and exceed expectations.
Located at the base of Napa Valley, these soft rolling hills benefit from cooling fog and persistent wind from San Pablo Bay, with daytime temperatures rarely exceeding 80 degrees. It’s alluvial and rocky soils, combined with ideal diurnal shifts make it ideal for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Stags Leap District
Just west of the Vaca Range, this historic district was the first designated AVA in the valley. Benefitting from afternoon marine winds that cool its average daytime temperatures of 90-100 degrees, it is ideal for Cabernet and Merlot. Loam, clay, and ancient volcanic alluvial runoff are coarser and retain less water, resulting in low vigor and fruit yielding great intensity.
From the heart of the valley floor, these vineyards see perfect weather with lingering morning fog and warm daytime highs in the mid 90’s, with the western bench seeing less afternoon sun. Marine winds coupled with a range of soil, from gravel and loam to volcanic deposits, this district’s distinctive terroir offers wines of complexity and character unlike any other in Napa Valley.