Before starting her career as a winemaker, Mia Klein was originally a chef. She enjoyed tasting wine at her job so much that she decided to enroll in the Enology program at UC Davis. After graduating, Klein went to work for Cathy Corison at Chappellet Winery followed by a job at Robert Pepi Winery.
At Robert Pepi, Klein met her future consulting partner, Tony Soter. She began offering her expertise to several of Napa Valley’s biggest names including Araujo, Bressler, Spottswoode, Viader, and Fisher.
Klein is probably best known for her work at Dalla Valle Vineyard. Replacing Heidi Peterson Barrett (the previous winemaker) was no easy task, but she rose to the occasion marvelously and upheld Dalla Valle’s vaunted reputation.
In 1991, Klein established the critically acclaimed Selene label. Initially focusing on Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc, she expanded her production in 2002 to include Cabernet Sauvignon and a red blend named Chesler. She makes all of her wines at the Laird Family Estate’s production facilities, allowing her to, “Keep all my assets liquid, literally.”
Klein produces a Napa Valley Merlot each year, and occasionally makes a single vineyard selection in exceptional vintages. The Selene Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Hyde Vineyard in the Carneros wine region. It is aged in 40% new French oak for 5 months, and does not undergo malolactic fermentation.