Barrett & Barrett: A collaboration between two of the world’s most respected winemakers.
Heidi Barrett has made many of the Napa Valley’s most sought-after and cult classic wines. Known as the "First Lady of Wine", she was responsible for the creation of Screaming Eagle (from 1992 to 2006), Dalla Valle Maya, and the Dalla Valle Cabernets in the late 80s and early 90s. While she is best known for her perfectly balanced, elegant, and ageworthy Cabs, she has gained an international following for her winemaking skill and artistry across many different varietals. Among a lengthy list of past and present clients, her personal hall of fame includes her own La Sirena wines, Amuse Bouche, Au Sommet, Vin Perdu, Fantesca, Kenzo Estate, Showket, Paradigm, Lamborn, Jones, and Revana. Wine after wine, year after year, Heidi has established herself as a true artist of winemaking who excels in shaping her wines into something truly special.
Bo Barrett has had an outstanding record of excellence since taking over as winemaker at Chateau Montelena in 1982. Robert Parker has called him "the Cal Ripken" of winemakers, and Chateau Montelena holds a special place in wine history. Simply put by Parker : "a 30 year track record with NO DUDS!" Bo brings to Barrett & Barrett of the consistent excellence he has maintained in the vineyard and winery every year at Chateau Montelena. In Montelena’s reputation for classic European style and structured wines, Bo has created a legacy of classic Cabernets, Chardonnays, Zinfandel and Rieslings recognized worldwide as a First Growth of California. Bo’s expertise is in single appellation wines that highlight distinct vineyards. Capturing the light on a special piece of land, and making the wines from the first day the vineyard is planted is Bo’s specialty.
Married for over 26 years, Heidi and Bo have each well established their own individual winemaking track records. Heidi’s focus on perfect balance and Bo’s on classic styling are quite synergistic. Now after working on numerous personal endeavors together, most notably 3 children, building a home, developing two different vineyards in Calistoga for La Sirena and the new B&B grape source, we decided to create this special collaborative wine project.
Take our word for it: this idea is far less crazy than some of our past adventures. We scuba dive, we ski and both of us to learn to fly a helicopter, and that’s working out fine so far!