"When it comes to winemaking, I think ten steps ahead, then act. Being well prepared is critical to finding the balance between the science and the art of winemaking."
Head Winemaker - Aaron Miller
As Head Winemaker for PlumpJack Winery, Aaron Miller brings twelve years of wide-ranging experience and an extensive education to the position, holding a Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis. A California native, he found his calling in the wine industry and planted roots in Napa. Miller is dedicated to crafting Oakville Cabernet that not only showcases the terroir of the estate’s 42 acres, but also to crafting Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon in the PlumpJack style.
“My goal is always to make wine that is strong enough to stand on its own, yet elegant enough to be enjoyed with food," says Miller. "The soil profile at PlumpJack allows for such complexity – simultaneously light and dense. That diversity necessitates preparedness. When it comes to winemaking, I think ten steps ahead, and then act. Being well prepared is critical in order to find the balance between the science and the art of winemaking.”
Miller graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior before continuing on to receive his Masters. After being published in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture and interning in Italy and New Zealand, Miller held positions at Groth Winery and Lewis Cellars. Miller, a life-long fermenter, can often be found brewing beer and making cheese when not spending his spare time with his wife and family.
Assistant Winemaker - Brett Brockmeyer
PlumpJack's Assistant Winemaker, Brett Brockmeyer, has been a vital member of the PlumpJack family since his first harvest with the company in 2008.
Originally on track to study engineering, Brett fell in love with wine and winemaking. To Brett winemaking, "just seemed right." As a UC Davis alumnus, Brett began as a harvest intern at CADE Estate following graduation, after which he was offered a full time position in the cellar at PlumpJack. From there, Brett quickly moved up the ranks and was promoted to Cellar Master in 2010, Enologist in 2011, and now Assistant Winemaker as of 2012.
While at UC Davis, Brett also had the opportunity to intern during the 2007 harvest for Clos Pepe Estate in the Sta. Rita Hills of Santa Barbara and in 2005 for a vineyard management company here in Napa. These experiences have allowed Brett to develop a broad knowledge of the winemaking process from vine to bottle. While Brett has a strong affinity for Oakville fruit, he is partial to the unique nature of Syrahs, particularly the hands on approach taken at PlumpJack in creating this wine.