Founded in 1980, Sequoia Grove Winery has been at the forefront during the huge rise in popularity of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that has taken place over the last two decades. With the advent of cult wines and many additional Cabernet producers in the marketplace, how does an established winery maintain its edge? One of the things it does is to make sure the winemaking staff is top notch. That’s where Michael Trujillo comes in. Michael learned his craft at Sequoia Grove under Jim Allen, as well as more than a little contribution by consultants like Andre Tchelistcheff and Tony Soter.
These days, Michael’s a busy guy. He started his own Karl Lawrence label in 1991, became Sequoia Grove’s winemaker in 1998, and was made President of Sequoia Grove in 2001.
We were fortunate to have Mike join us in the studio, where we were able to talk about everything from cult Cabs to pricing to winemaking methods to how he intends to bring the iconic Sequoia Grove winery back to its former days of glory.
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