Our Philosophy

The Trifecta Philosophy….win…win…win

Good things always happen in threes, “omne trium perfectum”, and Trifecta Wines was created following that  philosophy.

Our approach is slightly different from most.  Rather than spending energy on trying to make each year’s wine similar to what may be expected from a previous vintage, we prefer to concentrate all of our efforts on what we refer to as “unique vintage excellence” or the best nature has to offer that year.

Close attention is paid to what Mother Nature blesses us with at each harvest, and efforts focus on making the best Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir possible, by blending the best selections from the most relevant and desirable micro-climates. We have learned to take pride and relish the fact of not having a preconceived “flavor profile” and thus we can fully deliberate on making a superb wine.

Only the best possible fruit is sourced, at the direction and guidance of our winemakers, at the optimal time. With each vintage, Trifecta proudly represents the characteristics of a quintessential, well balanced California style wine respecting its distinctive terroir.


We are fortunate that our wines have become the philanthropic arm of our family and through direct contributions and collaboration with others within the industry and out, we have helped raise millions of dollars for a countless number of worthy organizations and individuals alike.

Meet the Winemakers

Winemaker of Trifecta Cabernet Sauvignon

Bill Ballentine

Bill Ballentine was born in the Napa Valley and is the 4th generation of winemakers in his family. Living among the vines, growing grapes, and making superb wines were inherent values passed to him by his father and grandfathers.

After becoming Winemaker for St. Clement Vineyards in St. Helena, he was able to enhance his Cabernet harvesting and blending techniques. The 1997 St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon he blended, went on to become ranked #30 in Wine Spectator’s Best 100 Wines In The World’.

Built in 1876,  the historic three story ghost winery was one of the first stone cellars in St. Helena.  In 2002, Bill and his wife Jane purchased and renovated the winery, where they now live and blend their own wines.

Winemaker of Trifecta Pinot Noir

Sam Baxter

Sam Baxter literally grew up in the grapevines, trailing his father Phil whose wine making made a legendary mark in the late ’60’s when Napa Valley first experienced international notoriety as a respected wine growing region.

After graduating from University of California Davis with a degree in fermentation science in 1998, Sam extended his experience with a pivotal internship position at Sterling Vineyards and stints abroad in Australia.  Working under these off the grid-conditions went a long way in building Baxter’s strong winemaking foundation. Sam lives with his wife and children in St. Helena.