We are firm believers at Cinnabar that a brand is only as good as its people and product. At our Tasting Room in Saratoga, our staff is warm, well-versed, and excited to talk about the remarkable process of winemaking.
Ron Mosley, Owner
Ron was hired in June of 1983 to help clear Cinnabar’s original property and plant the first Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. He had a hand in every aspect of Cinnabar’s creation—from the construction of the winery to helping make the first barrels of Cabernet in 1986, which went on to receive 93 points from Robert Parker. He lived on Cinnabar’s property, raised his family there, and managed the vineyards until the Mudd family sold them in 2007. With deep roots in the local wine industry and a passion for the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, he is thrilled to be immersed in Cinnabar’s operations once again. Mosley is also the owner of Vinescape Inc., a vineyard management company with over 80 clients in the Santa Clara Valley. He looks forward to enriching Cinnabar’s vineyard sourcing, and spending more time at the tasting room with his wife Lynne.
George Troquato, Winemaker
Winemaker George Troquato always knew he would be in the farming business. "I love agriculture because it follows the seasons," says George. "There is a beginning, a middle, and an end. You do your best to make a wine; then it takes on a life of its own." George graduated from Cal Poly in 1985 with a degree in crop science, and gained valuable cellar experience at other wineries before joining Cinnabar in 1990. He helped his father at Troquato Vineyards from 1985 to 1988, worked at J. Lohr from 1989 to 1990, and spent the summer of 1990 in the Beaujolais region of France. George has a profound understanding of the finality of wine making: "Mother Nature makes a different offering every year, but you only get thirty to forty vintages in a life time." With many successful harvests under his belt, he is making the most of his chances. Away from the winery, George enjoys quality time with his wife Kristi, daughter Camilla, and sons Doiminic and Xavier.
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master and Grower Relations Manager
Alejandro was first hired by Tom Mudd to work in the vineyards at the age of 18. As he spent more time working in the cellars, he had the opportunity to work with extraordinary people and expand his knowledge of viticulture and winemaking. He is a firm believer that "winemaking begins in the vineyard and finishes the moment you open the bottle of wine, because at that moment you enjoy all the hard work of many people involved in making that bottle." In his days away from the vineyards and winery, Alejandro enjoys spending time with his wife Margarita, his son Alejandro, and his daughters Daisy Adriana and Angela.