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California's Fisher Vineyards Hires Mia Klein


Daniel Sogg
Posted: March 30, 2000

Fisher Vineyards, which produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay from Napa Valley and Sonoma County, has hired noted consultant Mia Klein to oversee its winemaking.

Best known for its Cabernets, Fisher produces a red blend, Coach Insignia, as well as two single-vineyard bottlings -- Lamb Vineyard in Napa Valley and Wedding Vineyard on the winery's home estate, in Sonoma County. The winery makes a total of 8,000 cases of wine per year.

"We were just ready to make a change," said Juelle Fisher, who owns the estate with her husband, Fred. "All of our red wines are from Napa, except the Wedding. Mia's making wonderful wines in Napa, and she's very hands-on."

No stranger to high-end, limited-production Napa reds, Klein is the current winemaker at Dalla Valle in Oakville and Viader on Howell Mountain. She is also the former winemaker for Araujo and Spottswoode, and she makes Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot under her own label, Selene.

"[Fisher has] some very interesting programs," said Klein. "After tasting their older wines, I was very impressed. The wines are so good, and they're just looking for that little extra notch."

Fisher has decided to declassify its 1998 Lamb and Wedding Cabernets; both wines will be blended into the 1998 Coach Insignia. In the difficult 1998 vintage, yields from the two sites were about 100 cases each, less than one-third of the typical crop.

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Check our recent ratings of Fisher Vineyards, Dalla Valle, Viader and Selene wines.

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