Bob Levy and Martha McClellan are two of Napa’s most acclaimed winemakers. Bob has helmed Harlan Estate and Bond wineries since their inception 25 years ago, crafting some of the best wines in Napa, if not in the world.
Martha McClellan worked along side Bob, making Harlan from 1995-2000 before taking over at Sloan in the 2001 vintage. In 2006, she took on a unique Diamon Mountain project called Checkerboard Vineyards. The wine premiered in Spring 2011 with a sell-out debut. It is now highly sought after by collectors. The couple’s wines have received nine 100-point scores from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate during their careers at these wineries. In 1999, they embarked on their own project, producing two Bordeaux blends from their estate vineyard, Levy & McClellan and Ampersand.
The Levy and McClellan vineyard is only six acres, 500 feet high in the western foothills of the Mayacamas mountain range. The vineyard is tightly planted with Bordeaux varietals in volcanic soils. The location offers unique weather conditions, with temperatures influenced by the marine patterns that are often quite similar to that of Oakville. The wines are magnificent and of impressive stature.