Heather Pyle, Senior Consulting Winemaker
As senior consulting winemaker, Heather Pyle provides her deep knowledge and expertise to new, on-site, day-to-day winemaker Kaleb Vanderham.
Heather is a highly regarded local winemaking consultant focused on premium wines. She started at Robert Mondavi in 1985. In 1988, she was put in charge of the winery’s Pinot Noir program, and from 1990 to 1996, the winery’s Cabernet and Merlot programs, including the Mondavi reserve wines. In 1996, she oversaw Mondavi’s La Familigia program of producing Italian varietal wines in California. After 17 years, Heather left Mondavi to become a consulting winemaker for start-up wineries in the Lodi appellation, Napa Valley and throughout the rest of the state.
Today, Heather combines her winemaking consultancy with tending her own two-acre vineyard and making her own wine under the Tangles Vineyard & Winery label. Heather describes herself as a traditionalist and her mantra is to make seamless wines that are distinctive and age-worthy.