Marcus Notaro was named winemaker for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in May, 2013, bringing with him close to two decades of expertise and passion for producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines.
Marcus was most recently the winemaker for Col Solare, a prestigious winery located in the Red Mountain appellation of Washington State.
Marcus has been making red wines in Washington since 1995 and was drawn to the Col Solare vision of creating a top Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend from Washington’s finest fruit. Since 2003, Marcus has been honing a style of Cabernet Sauvignon that unites Old World and New World traditions and innovations, much the way Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has always done. It is his understanding of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars signature wine style – one of elegance and balance, ripeness and restraint – as well as his ability to express both the terroir of the vineyard and the true varietal character of the grape, that make him ideally suited for continuing the historic winemaking legacy at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.
As winemaker at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Marcus manages the winemaking process from grape to bottle, working with vineyard managers and growers, overseeing winemaking regimes and carrying out blending trials.