“We want to have a blast producing quality wine to share with our customers for a decent price. ”
- Camille Gaïo, Co-Owner/Winemaker
Belharra is a boutique wine brand from winemakers Anne Fogerty and Camille Gaïo. They focus on Syrah from the Las Madres Vineyard in Carneros, a relatively cool climate area at the southern tip of Napa and Sonoma. Largely dry farmed and sustainable managed, Las Madres is becoming well known for producing highly rated, age-worthy Syrah.
Having both worked alongside renowned Napa winemakers at high-end estates, Anne and Camille have learned to take a dynamic yet-low intervention approach to winemaking. Never formulaic, they pay exceptionally close attention to the vineyard and adapt in the winery to bring our the best of each vintage. With Belharra, the pair bring together their winemaking skills and other expertise—Camille’s sommelier’s palate and Anne’s roots working in the vineyard—to craft wines that are elegant, complex and beautifully textured.
Read the interview with Anne and Camille here.
On the nose this wine brings a medley of purple and blue fruit, nutty pie-crust, and varietal spiciness. Velvety in texture, an immediate rush of savory fruit on the palate mingles with gaminess and clove.
Aromas of violets, ripe blackberries and licorice jump from the glass, with just a hint of menthol. The palate brings brooding purple fruit and earthiness, continuously evolving to a clean finish.
Fresh peach leads the aromatic charge, followed by notes of white flowers and ripe citrus on the nose. The palate brings flavors of stone fruit and tart strawberry, and mouthwatering acidity is balanced by a silky texture, making every glass disappear too fast.