Winemaker, New Kid in the Vineyard
At 29 years old, Noel is one of the youngest winemakers on the Revel team, but don’t confuse her youthful energy and quick smile for lack of experience. While others spent years in school, Noel rolled up her sleeves and worked in the cellar, quickly accelerating her way through the ranks from Harvest Intern to Winemaker in just five years. With a hungry intellect and a killer drive to succeed, Noel has proved that passion is the most important thing you need to become a winemaker. In 2010, Noel graduated Boston College with Environmental Geology Science degree. Following her love of science, food, and the outdoors, she got an entry-level harvest job at Hahn Family Wines. She was a quick learner and a hard worker and by the end of harvest, she was promoted to Assistant Winemaker. She spent the next three years working closely with winemaker Juan Jose Verdina, blending wines and learning everything she could about winemaking. In 2014, she moved to Jaimeson Ranch Vineyard as a Production Winemaker. “My winemaking style reflects my hands-on education with a straight-forward approach. I like to extract the maximum character from the grapes and create high quality wines that people can enjoy.” Noel joined our team in 2017.
Lodi, California - United States
If you were a rock star, you might feel a little stuck in Lodi - but if you’re a grape, you’re pretty happy. With a warm, Mediterranean climate, mineral-rich soils and a long viticulture history, Lodi is an ideal location for growing grapes. Situated between Sacramento and Stockton, it is a large appellation (almost 100,000 acres) framed by the Sacramento Delta along its western border and the Sierra Foothills to the east. Multiple waterways crisscross the region, bringing gentle river breezes to cool the warm days. Soils are deep loam and covered with large rocks that allow for good drainage. Zinfandel, in particular, has thrived here for over 100 years and Lodi has built a reputation for its old-vine Zin. In recent years, other heat-loving varietals have taken root (literally), including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.