The opportunity to source and produce my own wine came in 1994 when several tons of the (not yet) super esteemed Black Sears Zinfandel was made available to me. Could anyone have asked for better grapes to start with??! While Ridge Vineyards was the first to source this once dilapidated vineyard, it was Turley Vineyards and D-Cubed who brought acclaim to its grapes. My premiere release was the blending of select Black Sears rows with other outstanding Howell Mountain vineyards (it is still one of my core productions).

In 1996 Brown Estate Vineyards, who produced their Zinfandel at Rombauer, asked me to be their winemaker and advisor for their new winery project. I believed their estate grown Zinfandel was of tremendous quality - Chiles valley vines that were passionately well farmed. I subsequently began purchasing grapes from different Brown Estate blocks that would ultimately go into the premiere production of my Napa Valley Zinfandel.

In the spring of 2002, I left Frank Family Vineyards to devote my efforts to D-Cubed wines and Brown Family Estate. This is an amazing concentration as I am no longer stretched to oversee and produce 10-20 wines for a multitude of wineries.

So the early halcyon days have evolved into a career of Napa Valley winemaking. For me, there is no other grape like Zinfandel, an intensely purple beast that begs to be drunk with merriment and smiles. Zinfandel has a unique mouth-feel, an intensity of fruit and an inherent element of fun not matched by other reds. With this in mind, D-Cubed Cellars produces three distinctly different Zinfandels: Napa Valley, Howell Mountain and Black Sears.

D-Cubed Cellars / Post Office Box 771 / Angwin, CA 94508 / Ph. 707-963-5212 / Fax 707-963-5213

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