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Jayson Pahlmeyer (right) with Kale Anderson (center), Director of Winemaking, Napa Valley, and Bibiana González Rave (left), consulting winemaker, Sonoma Coast
Jayson Pahlmeyer (right) with Kale Anderson (center), Director of Winemaking, Napa Valley, and Bibiana González Rave (left), consulting winemaker, Sonoma Coast
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Kale Anderson, Director of Winemaking, Napa Valley
Kale Anderson, Director of Winemaking, Napa Valley
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Bibiana González Rave, consulting winemaker, Sonoma Coast
Bibiana González Rave, consulting winemaker, Sonoma Coast

Pahlmeyer 6.0: Meet Our Winemakers

Jayson Pahlmeyer has a track record for tapping rising stars as his winemakers - from Randy Dunn to Bob Levy, Helen Turley and most recently Erin Green.

Finding a winemaker to follow in the footsteps of these legends was no easy task. But in 2012, Jayson found two: Kale Anderson, director of winemaking, Napa Valley, and Bibiana González Rave, consulting winemaker, Sonoma Coast.

“I’ve always been drawn to cutting-edge winemakers with verve and vision,” says Jayson. “As soon as I met Kale and Bibiana I knew that they were the new era for Pahlmeyer. Each is perfectly suited to the wines and estate vineyards they’ll oversee.”

With more than 10 years of winemaking experience with luminaries such as Mark Aubert, Philippe Melka and David Abreu, Kale Anderson is carrying on the Pahlmeyer tradition of producing rich, powerful Napa Valley wines, including the winery’s flagship Bordeaux-style proprietary red blend. “I had already been working with fruit from Waters Ranch for several years, and taking the vineyard and Pahlmeyer wines to a new level makes me ecstatic,” said Kale. “It’s Pahlmeyer 6.0.”

A native of Colombia, Bibiana González Rave earned a degree in Oenology from the University of Bordeaux before spending several harvests in Burgundy and South Africa and settling in California where she worked for Peay Vineyards, Au Bon Climat, Qupe and most recently, Lynmar. Overseeing the production of Pahlmeyer’s Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and the Wayfarer Vineyard in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA, she says, “The Wayfarer Vineyard is an extremely special site. We are on the threshold of presenting some truly exceptional wines.”

We will release the debut vintage of the single-vineyard Wayfarer label in Fall 2014.  We invite you to learn more about this exciting project.  Visit wayfarervineyard.com to join the mailing list and accompany us on the journey.