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Danielle Cyrot, Winemaker
Danielle Cyrot brings to CADE a diversity of winemaking experience. Having grown up with a French father with whom she took annual trips to France, Danielle was exposed to the winemaking history of her family from a young age. Her great-grandfather was the last in a long line of ancestors who owned the Cyrot vineyard in Burgundy’s prestigious Côte de Beaune.
Danielle had no plans to carry on her family’s winemaking legacy when she enrolled at the University of California, Davis; however, that quickly changed when she took an introductory winemaking class and knew she had found her calling. While at Davis, she worked harvests at Schramsberg and Artesa in Napa Valley, learning the trade from the soil up. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in viticulture and enology, Danielle worked abroad at wineries in Alsace, France and South Australia.
Danielle comes to CADE Estate Winery from St. Clement, where she was praised for crafting elegant, structured and balanced wines with refined tannins. Before taking on the role at St. Clement, she worked as an enologist and was then promoted to assistant winemaker at Stag’s Leap under her mentor, Robert Brittan.
Stephen Cruzan, Assistant Winemaker
As Assistant Winemaker at CADE Estate, Stephen Cruzan is dedicated to crafting fine estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc in the Modern Howell Mountain style.
Stephen comes to CADE from three years at Chappellet; prior to that, he traveled internationally, working harvests at Sacred Hill in Hawkes Bay, Domain d’Ardhuy in Burgundy, and Clemens Bush in the Mosel River Valley. Other industry experience includes lab work at Kathryn Hall Winery and a brief stint in wine sales. Stephen holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University.