Many of the world's best winemakers are directing their attention to "rising stars" in Sonoma. Erin Green, who built her reputation working at benchmark Napa estates, has joined Sonoma winery "Flanagan Wines" as their Consulting Winemaker. Flanagan's great vineyards, their top of the line winery, and the freedom to make world class wines all appealed to Erin. She joins Mark Mazzoni, Director of Winemaking, who has been with Flanagan since 2006.
Erin graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Fermentation Science and a focus in Enology. She assisted for many years on multiple ultra premium projects that included Bryant Family, Martinelli, and Pahlmeyer. In 1999 she became Winemaker and Director of Winegrowing for Pahlmeyer and continued in that position for 12 years with great critical success.
In 2012, Erin resigned from Pahlmeyer to focus on a small number of quality producers closer to her home in Santa Rosa. Erin says, "Flanagan has great vineyard sites, meticulous farming, and a terrific winery facility...I am really excited to bring my perspective and experience to this program. Eric Flanagan has a great passion for what he is doing, a commitment to quality, and a willingness to experiment. This is an exciting project and I believe we are going to create benchmark wines that speak to people about the vineyards they come from."
Erin's history with Pahlmeyer, known for their Chardonnay, Proprietary Red Blend and Merlot, and with Martinelli, known for their Pinot, Chardonnay, and Syrah, illustrates how well suited she is for her role at Flanagan.
Flanagan produces Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet at their high elevation Bennett Valley vineyard, and Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at their "3 Starrs Vineyard" in the Russian River Valley. All Flanagan wines are made at their state of the art winery located on the side of Bennett Mountain amidst their hillside vineyards. Owner Eric Flanagan says, "Erin was the perfect fit for us. She has demonstrated her ability to craft top tier wines from every varietal Flanagan produces. She is an ideal complement to Mark Mazzoni, who is a talented winemaker in his own right, and has an incredible knowledge of our vineyards."