Wine Maker Notes
In 2007, Joe accepted the position as head winemaker for Napa Cellars. His extensive experience in crafting Napa Valley wines now lends to his winemaking efforts on pure varietal expression for the Napa Cellars wines.
Beyond the sensory-driven, artistic side of winemaking, Joe is also a leader in the technical aspects of his craft. His work on grape seed tannins was published in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture. Joe also did the research and was a co-author of a letter published in the Lancet (the British equivalent of the Journal of the American Medical Association) on the phenolic content of chocolate.
Joe makes his home in Napa with wife Monette and daughter Savannah. In his spare time Joe follows baseball, enjoys beer and power tools, and does the NY Times Sunday crossword puzzle in pen. Joe once bowled a 252.
Providing fruit for some of Napa’s most prestigious wineries, Stagecoach Vineyard is one of Napa Valley’s most unusual sites. It is rugged and dramatic, stretching from Eastern Oakville to Atlas Peak, and climbs all the way to 1,700 feet above the valley floor. In this seemingly inhospitable environment, Cabernet Sauvignon not only thrives, but also develops extraordinary character and complexity.