Winemaker, Ghost Block Estate Wines
Rob was hired at Napa Wine Co. as an enologist in 1993. In 1997, he became general manager/winemaker at J.Fritz Winery in Sonoma. In 1998, however, Rob returned and was appointed as general manager of Napa Wine Company and soon assumed the position of CEO. Rob has overseen the production of many top wine labels, including Pahlmeyer, Bryant Family, Colgin, Blankiet, Staglin, Marcassin, Turley and Showket. He was fortunate to work alongside some of the most respected winemakers in the valley, such as Helen Turley, Paul Hobbs, Pam Starr and Heidi Peterson Barrett.
Country born: United States
Education: Rob graduated in 1992 from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Plant Science and an emphasis in Viticulture.
Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years
Rob seeks to capture the true varietal and regional character of the varietal by pairing New World technology with traditional techniques to create wines that are both fruit driven and robust in flavor and texture.