Trombetta Family wines - Erica Stancliff by Wine Soundtrack published on 2019-07-15T17:00:14Z Trombetta Family Wines handcrafts beautifully balanced small lot Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from vineyards that exemplify the area in which they are planted. Erica Stancliff, daughter and winemaker, takes great pride in producing wines with purity of flavor and balance. Rickey Trombetta, mother and owner, works closely with Erica and our growers to identify only the best fruit for our wines. Trombetta Family Wines story began around the family table with food harvested from our garden paired with wines we loved. Our journey into winemaking began in the mid 80’s as home winemakers. Our passion for great food and wine led us down this lifelong journey. Rickey and Roger learned to make wine from Carmine Indindoli, a wine grape grower, co-worker and neighbor. A passion was ignited and they pursued winemaking courses at Santa Rosa Junior College and UC Davis. An opportunity to work side by side with Paul Hobbs in 1998 changed our hobby into a passionate pursuit of winemaking. One night at dinner, Paul discovered Erica’s palate at age 10. Encouraging Erica’s talent, Paul walked vineyards around Napa and Sonoma counties with her. In 2010 Erica graduated from California State University Fresno with her degree in enology. She flew to Mendoza, Argentina to intern at Viña Cobos. Upon her return, she worked the 2011 California harvest at Rudd Estate in Napa with winemaker Patrick Sullivan. Enartis Vinquiry hired her as enologist to work with winemakers solving problems and teaching how to prevent problems from occurring. After two and a half years there she moved to CrossBarn where she picked up the reins of the Trombetta project. Erica has been the Trombetta Family winemaker since 2014.