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Chateau Boswell Appoints Christopher Tynan as Winemaker

Posted on August 10, 2011

Today, The Boswell family of Chateau Boswel and Jacquelynn Wines announced that Christopher Tynan, formerly the assistant winemaker at Colgin Cellars has been appointed winemaker for Chateau Boswell. Tynan brings a dedication to top-notch vineyard management and low-intervention winemaking techniques that are well suited to the winery’s focus on small-lot production of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Russian River Valley Chardonnay.

Tynan says, "I look forward to working with the Chateau Boswell and Jacquelynn team to further their efforts to create world-class wines from these sought-after Chardonnay and Cabernet vineyards in the heart of Napa and Sonoma."

Chateau Boswell owner Susan Boswell says, “No single bottling of ours is more than a few hundred cases and having Christopher’s undivided attention will ensure that the personality and the quality of each wine are maintained from vineyard to bottle.” Chateau Boswell Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from the organically grown hillside vineyard fruit, which showcases the characteristics of its unique terroir. Boswell adds, “Our belief has always been that wines are made in the vineyard first. Christopher’s depth of experience will ensure that we maximize the unique characteristics of the fruit that comes from our estate and such renowned vineyards as Beckstoffer ToKalon, Ritchie and Dutton Ranch.”

Tynan spent the past five years with Colgin winemaker Allison Tauziet and vineyard manager David Abreu. His passion for wine began several years ago on a 450-mile hike across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago trek. After returning to the US, Tynan left behind his job in Santa Fe, New Mexico to move to the Napa Valley to pursue his dream of working for a premium winery. He started at Bistro Jeanty in Yountville, fine-tuning his wine and food pairings before taking the leap into the wine business as a lab and cellar intern at Cain Winery in St. Helena. From there, he gained first hand vineyard experience with GeoVit Vineyard Services, personally monitoring over fifty vineyards per week throughout Napa and Sonoma counties. In 2005, he was given the opportunity to work with the legendary winemaking and viticulture team of Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer at Blankiet Estate in Yountville. He then joined Colgin Cellars in 2006, working closely to adhere to Ann Colgin's extraordinary standards for excellence in all aspects of the winemaking process. "I'm grateful everyday to be living the dream hatched on a dusty hiking trail years ago in Spain," says Tynan.

CHATEAU BOSWELL ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon’s first release, under the guidance of Andre Tschelistcheff, was in 1979. In 2002, the Boswell family welcomed its second generation, Jacquelynn and Joshua Peeples, into the winemaking business with the launch of Jacquelynn Wines. Today, the winery produces two Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons and five Russian River Chardonnays under the Chateau Boswell label. Under the Jacquelynn label, two Cabernet Sauvignons from Oakville, a Sonoma County white wine and an Alexander Valley late-harvest Semillon are produced. Chateau Boswell also actively works to implement green business practices and support environmental stewardship. In 2007, Chateau Boswell became the first winery to be certified Napa Green, a third-party certification process that ensures that wineries meet or exceed state, federal and local environmental regulations through sustainable “best practices” in energy and water use, waste reduction and more. In 2010, the Napa Green Certified Land program, the industry’s most comprehensive and stringent sustainable farming program, certified Chateau Boswell.

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