Stonegate Winery takes a handcrafted approach to each step in making their award winning wines. Although they own or farm over 200 acres of vineyards in the Napa Valley, only a small amount of grapes go into the Diamond Mountain Reserve label.
Paul Croft is the winery’s president and CEO. After working in global finance for many years, he decided to pursue his winemaking dreams in the late 1990s. Croft has assembled a renowned grape growing and winemaking team at Stonegate.
Vineyard manager Steve Rein keeps has over 15 years of experience in the industry. After graduating with a degree in viticulture from Fresno State University, he worked for Kendall-Jackson before joining Stonegate. Rein keeps yields low and insists on only harvesting by hand.
Winemaker Brian Mox is descended from a multi-generational farming family originally from the Midwest. After completing a Chemistry degree at MIT, he enrolled in graduate school at UC Davis. Mr. Mox began making wine for Stonegate in 2003.
The Stonegate 2002 Diamond Mountain Reserve is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot from Spaulding Vineyard. The property encompasses 5.75 acres and produced only 6 tons of grapes in 2002. It sits adjacent to the ancient volcanic crater on Diamond Mountain. This is a full-bodied wine that was aged in French oak for 21 months before bottling. For a Cab-based cuvee, the alcohol is quite high at 14.5%.