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WINEMAKER

Molly Lippitt Lyman

Molly Lyman headshotMolly Lippitt Lyman’s fascination with wine began young, when she would visit her father at work and marvel at the tall, shiny tanks and cold, dark barrel chais. Raised in the Sonoma Valley, Molly’s first job out of college was in the lab at Sebastiani Vineyards, the same winery where her father spent more than three decades as operations manager. Since then, Molly has worked under and alongside multiple top echelon winemakers, including Heidi Barrett, Philipe Melka, Mike Hirby, and Julien Fayard. Molly’s winemaking past includes positions as Associate Winemaker at Moone-Tsai Vineyards, and Assistant Winemaker at Paradigm Winery (a position whose alumni include Helen Keplinger and Anne Vawter). Additionally, Molly has worked with Duckhorn Vineyards, Relic Wine Cellars, and Talisman Wines, as well as Whitehaven Vineyards in New Zealand. Molly and her husband live in Sonoma Valley with their two small children.

 

 

 

John McKay (retired 2014)

John McKay headshotJohn McKay brought 40 years of winemaking experience to Volker Eisele Family Estate. For many years he has been at the forefront of his profession, implementing new winemaking techniques that were heretofore unknown in California. In the 1980’s he pioneered the now common practice of “sur lie aging” of barrel fermented white wines. He was the first to use Semillon as a blending component with Sauvignon Blanc to make wines of great complexity and distinction in the typical Bordeaux style. Volker Eisele Family Estate continues this practice with our Gemini. With red wines McKay has instituted the use of extended maceration during fermentation for more suppleness and depth of character. It is now applied to both the Volker Eisele Family Estate Cabernet and to our Terzetto.