Scott Becker and his canine companion Boo, pioneered Boodeaux Vineyards in 1997. The vineyard lies in the eastern Napa Valley in the Capell region. Nobody had ever planted in the narrow northern Capell area. Numerous people warned him that he was in a severe micro climate. Stagnet air at seven hundred feet makes for temperatures in the teens in the winter and well over one hundred in the summer. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay would never do well there. Planting the correct varietals for the region was essential. Cabernet Sauvignon was planted initially.
Often from Boodeaux Vineyards you can watch fog pouring over Atlas Peak ridge in the morning. It evaporates almost immideately. Not getting the unwanted moisture, Boodeaux Vineyards has little problem with powdery mildew, the most prolific disease of the grapevine. It turned out the Capell micro climate had numerous advatages. The soil is excellent clay loam that drains suprisingly well.
Later, Primitivo, an Italian clone of Zinfandel was determined to be suitable. This turned out to be a fortuitus choice. The 2004 Primitivo is nothing short of spectacular. In 2004 Scott also bought some grapes of a little known varietal called Charbono from a grower/friend in Calistoga. He made a couple of barrels of homemade wine for fun. Much to his horror, the Charbono turned out to be one of the finest wines he had ever made. Because it was not bonded, it could not be sold! His family was delighted though.
Scott and Boo immediately set to planting Charbono which should do well in Capell as it only ripens well in hotter regions. 2008 will be the first harvest of Charbono.