Erica Stancliff’s journey into winemaking started one evening when she was 10 years old. Paul Hobbs came over for dinner and brought a bottle of 1997 Michael Black Vineyard Merlot from Napa. When Erica declared that she “didn’t drink wine,” Paul asked her to smell the glass and describe what she smelled. Out poured adjectives which would have made any wine writer proud. Then he asked her to taste the wine. Again, the sensory descriptors flowed. Hobbs’ response, “you need to be a winemaker!”
After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Enology at CSU Fresno, Erica completed internships at Viña Cobos in Mendoza, Argentina, Rudd Estate in Oakville and at Crossbarn Winery in Sebastopol. She worked as a technical enologist at Enartis Vinquiry for over two years, consulting with winemaking clients, and traveling around the world.
In 2014, she took over as winemaker for her family’s winery, Trombetta Family Wines, and helped expand from 500 cases of Pinot Noir to 1,200 cases and adding Chardonnay to the portfolio. Vineyard sources include Gap’s Crown Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap.
In 2016, she was also brought on as winemaker for Furthermore Wines when they purchased the Graton Ridge Cellars facility in Russian River.
Being a winemaker for two predominantly Pinot Noir brands located in the heart of Sonoma County, Erica is taken back to her roots and utilizes all of the knowledge that she has learned from her various travels and years at university.