Odette is a fabled princess… a mistress…a judge…a heroine. Odette is both of antiquity and modernity. She encapsulates the inspiration for the property – femininity, strength and power. Odette was a pivotal character, penned by Shakespeare and Proust, and also in Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake. In the wine world, Odette was the name of one of the French judges at the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 when a red wine from Stags Leap District beat out the French competition to take top honors.
The estate is a shining example of organic winemaking from start to finish. The small, state-of-the-art winery building, is just one of just a handful of wineries to feature a living green roof, planted to grasses and plants. In addition to the vegetation, the roof also contains 2,500 square feet of solar panels. The winemaking laboratory, constructed from recycled shipping containers from China, is the only one of its kind in the Napa Valley.
The man at the helm in this winemaking lab, Jeff Owens, has been with the PlumpJack Group since 2006, working as assistant winemaker at CADE Estate, Owens would become winemaker for Odette Estate. Owens would make history in 2015, scoring a perfect 100 points by the Wine Advocate with Odette Estate’s inaugural release – the first winemaker to do so in an inaugural release and the first wine to be bottled under a screwcap.
Odette wines express the feminine quality of Stags Leap District Cabernets, and they are a shining example of this beloved region. Odette is a breath of fresh air and, with its contemporary architecture and design paired with a contemporary stance on environmental responsibility, Odette is symbolic of the future of Stags Leap.