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Willowbrook Cellars - Sonoma County

Gold Plus! selection - Only 400 cases produced

There seems to be an incredibly specific passion within the California wine community concerning the Pinot Noir grape, one that is as fixated as it is contagious, and Joe Otos caught the bug early on. Joe Otos is the winemaker and soul behind Sonoma County’s Willowbrook Cellars – an ultra boutique producer of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from throughout Sonoma Coast, Alexander Valley, Marin County, Sonoma Mountain, and Carneros. While attending Sonoma State University, Otos was introduced to the local wine community by visiting the nearby tasting rooms with friends from college. His interest and curiosity spiked immediately, and he was especially drawn to the elegant yet finicky qualities of the Pinot Noir grape. Otos started working part time at Ravenswood Winery before moving on to Wellington Vineyards where he assisted with winemaking for four harvests.

During this time, Otos formulated a business plan that would ultimately become Willowbrook Cellars. He joined forces with friends John Tracy and Ed Sillari, and their combined experiences were all the pieces needed to get the new project underway. Tracy owned a Pinot Noir/Chardonnay vineyard in Forestville that yielded excellent grapes, and Sillari had major marketing experience coming from the Johnson & Johnson Company. The three formed a great partnership and in 2001 founded Willowbrook Cellars. Their first release was a tiny 500 cases of vineyard designate Pinot Noirs, but that number has slowly risen over the years as new vineyard sources were added and additional varietals were thrown into the mix. Today, Willowbrook Cellars produces just around 2,000 cases, which is a comfortable level for the tiny winery. With many outstanding wines and awards under his belt, winemaker Joe Otos makes it his mission to consistently deliver the best wines his grapes can provide and he couldn’t be more pleased with the successes he’s found thus far.

  1. Willowbrook
    2011 Pinot Noir
    Napa Valley


    Silver Medal
    id: 1282