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Signorello Estate Hires Luc Morlet as Consultant Winemaker

Posted on November 18, 2010

There are two crucial components to making great wine, says veteran winemaker Luc Morlet. “Great, unique terroir and a great team.” As Signorello Estate’s newest team member, Morlet will endeavor to bring the world-class winery to the next level.

“As a winemaker, you only get at most 60 cracks to be perfect in a lifetime,” says Ray Signorello, Jr., founder and proprietor. “That's why I don't want to leave any stone unturned. Bringing Luc Morlet on board reflects my ceaseless commitment to producing the finest possible terroir-driven wines. Luc is a perfectionist whose body of work, from the vineyard to the finished wine, has put him in the forefront
of winemakers today, not only in California but on a worldwide stage.”
Starting in August, his role as consultant winemaker will place Morlet side-by-side with Signorello’s long-time winemaker Pierre Birebent collaborating on every step of the process.

Passionate for both the expression of the terroir as well as the continuous pursuit of the ultimate quality, Morlet calls his winemaking philosophy “neo-classic laissez-faire without compromise” – a non-interventionist winemaking style driven by an ongoing search for quality improvement. “I believe in very gentle handling of the fruit, use of natural flora (yeast and bacteria), no addition of anything, no use of any artifice, gentle tannin extraction, no fining and no filtration.” Morlet finds this purist method encourages greater authenticity and higher quality of the wine’s truest natural form.

With more than 26 vintages under his belt (17 in California and nine in France), and with his own zest for innovation, Morlet uses century-old principles and classic Burgundy and Bordeaux methods, while adapting to California’s natural conditions.

“For me, as a winemaker working with many vineyards in different parts of Napa Valley since 1993 (17 harvests!), becoming a part of Signorello Estate is a healthy and exciting challenge,” says Morlet, who brings a wealth of expertise to his new position.

Raised in France and educated in Viticulture and Enology there, he is a fifth-generation winegrower and winemaker. Morlet has enjoyed solid successes with excellent producers in Burgundy, Bordeaux, Napa Valley and elsewhere, including Newton Vineyards, Peter Michael Winery and Staglin Family Vineyards. He launched Morlet Family Vineyards in 2006 with his wife Jodie Morlet, producing a sold-out wine portfolio every year.

Signorello Jr., who has had a lifelong affinity for elegant, balanced European-style wines, seems to have found a dream partnership in Morlet. And Morlet concurs: “The day I met Ray, I understood that he is serious about striving for the highest level of quality – the vision and commitment I am dedicated to, as well.”

For more information on Signorello Estate wine, please visit

Region: Napa & Sonoma
Job Function: Winemaking

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