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8/8 BOB CABRAL, THREE STICKS WINES, DANA MERRILL, POMAR JUNCTION VINEYARD AND WINERY

August 10, 201652 min
BOB CABRAL – DIRECTOR OF WINE MAKING, THREE STICKS WINES – SAVE THE DATE FOR BOB CABRAL'S FIRST ESTATE WINES! There is very good reason Bob Cabral’s name is synonymous with great Pinot Noir. With decades of experience in Sonoma County, Bob’s passion, experience and following for his work with the varietal is second to none. From 1998 to 2014 Bob was winemaker for Williams Selyem. There, he led the winery into a new era, overseeing an expansion of new vineyard sources and bottlings for the brand, along with the construction of a state-of the art winery. Bob’s interest in wine and farming began in childhood helping his grandfather make wine in a barn. Growing up pruning grapes, irrigating vineyards and harvesting grapes became routine on his family’s 70-acre ranch near Escalon, CA. A fourth generation farmer and grape grower from the great San Joaquin Valley, he took all he learned at the family farm and applied it to his degrees at Fresno State University. While in college, his passion for Pinot Noir became evident as he spent every spare dime, and a good chunk of his student loans, on buying wines from all over the world—mostly Burgundy and Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs. After graduating in the mid-1980s, Bob knew that Sonoma County was where he could best hone his skills and make wines to rival the best in the world. He spent 11 vintages in various winemaking positions—associate winemaker at DeLoach Vineyards, custom crush winemaker at Kunde Family Estate, winemaker at Alderbrook Vineyards and winemaker at Hartford Court Winery—before taking his seminal position at Williams Selyem. Bob’s winemaking philosophy has remained constant throughout his career—to source and farm the best fruit possible, with minimal intervention in the cellar. He was awarded the 2011 Wine Star Award from the Wine Enthusiast as “Winemaker of the Year.” He joined Three Sticks in 2015, with fervent enthusiasm. Bob lives in the Russian River Valley where and is a devoted husband and father to his wife and daughter. SAVE THE DATE FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 16TH! This is the one you've been waiting for! Bob Cabral debuts his vision of our Estate Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay in our upcoming Fall Release. Bob and the team are excited to share these wines and our Sonoma Cabernet with you! Update your account now and check out the wines below to get ready for the big day. • 2014 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay • Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir • 2014 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir • 2013 Moon Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon To reserve your allocation early, contact us at: info@threestickswines.com or 707-996-3328 ext. 1 WWW.THREESTICKSWINES.COM DANA MERRILL – OWNER, POMAR JUNCTION VINEYARD AND WINERY | PRESIDENT, MESA VINEYARD MANAGEMENT The Merrill Family’s agricultural heritage and grape growing history dates back at least 8 generations on California’s central coast. A former family ranch still is home to a grape arbor planted in the 19th century. Today, Dana and Marsha Merrill and son Matthew farm the vineyards, while Matthew's winemaking is complemented by winemaker par excellence, Jim Shumate. After nearly 30 years of growing grapes for many of the finest wineries in California, ranging from ultra premium small producers to the largest international brands, the  Merrill’s decided to produce their own wines.  In addition to the family estate, the finest blocks of grapes from Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties are selected from vineyards managed by a sister firm, Mesa Vineyard Management, Inc. All wines produced are exclusively farmed by the Merrill's who believe that control from planting and pruning through harvest, fermentation and cellaring is critical for success. It also ensure a uniform dedication to Sustainability, which led our recent Certification to the  SIP program within the Central Coast Vineyard Team.The family believes in community and industry involvement. Dana Merrill was the first San Luis Obispo County Chair of the Califo

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