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Jay Buoncristiani named Krupp Brothers winemaker

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Jay Buoncristiani

Jay Buoncristiani

Jay Bouncristiani, one of four brothers involved in the area’s winegrowing industry, has been named winemaker for Krupp Brothers.

He co-owns and has made wine for Buoncristiani Family Winery since 1999, and is current winemaker for Patland Estate Vineyard. He launched his career at the Hess Collection in 1996, and over five years rose through the ranks to winemaker for Hess at age 26.

Buoncristiani has been working with Krupp Brothers’ Stagecoach Vineyard fruit for 14 years, and his vast experience with mountain fruit is one reason why Dr. Jan Krupp likes the new association.

“Jay is an amazing talent who has already created beautiful wine with Stagecoach fruit,” Krupp noted. “I am looking forward to the superb wines I know he will craft for Krupp Brothers.”

The new partnership offers Krupp Brothers the ability to make wines close to home. The caves at Soda Canyon will provide a state-of-the-art facility for producing wine a short distance from Stagecoach Vineyard.

Buoncristiani succeeds Tres Goetting, who recently accepted an invitation to make wine at Robert Biale Vineyards.

The new Krupp Brothers winemaker has made wines that have earned high praise from industry critics. Wine Spectator called Buoncristiani wines “a rising star of Napa cabernet,” while Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave his 2006 The Core 97 points, “one of he truly magnificent wines of 2006.”

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