Scholar + Mason

Dan Fitzgerald, Winemaker

Country of Origin: USA
Location: Napa Valley, California
People: Jason Enos & Chris Fitzgerald, Owners | Dan Fitzgerald, Winemaker


Scholar + Mason 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Login In Stock

Scholar + Mason is produced by Brack Mountain Wine Company. Brack Mountain Wine Company is a family-owned winery dedicated to making artisan, small production wines that offer value to consumers. Scholar + Mason is Brack Mountain's brand for wines based on the Cabernet Sauvignon grape grown in the Napa Valley.

Brack Mountain Wine Company is located in the Russian River Valley near Sebastopol, California. They work with small growers, many of them multi-generation farmers, dedicated to sustainable practices. Founded in 2008 by Jason Enos and Chris Fitzgerald, Brack Mountain Wine Company immediately took a unique approach to creating wines (creating multiple labels and diversifying their holdings to over 30 long term vineyard contracts). They source grapes from distinctive vineyard sites across Sonoma County, Napa Valley, Anderson Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and other cool, coastal regions in California. Since their launch in 2008, Brack Mountain has introduced more than fifteen boutique fine wine brands to select national and international markets.

About the Winemaker
Brack Mountain’s founding Winemaker, Dan Fitzgerald, is committed to making elegant, age-worthy wines that reflect the specific site, season and source of their origin. A Northern California native, Dan lived in Europe for 13 years. This Old World frame of reference developed his affinity for delicately balanced, lower alcohol wines.

He began his winemaking career in 2002 in Dry Creek Valley, not far from Brack Mountain’s Enos Estate Vineyards. Dan worked back-to-back harvests in two hemispheres over three years before going on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Enology from Fresno State University. Following graduation, Dan worked with Winemaker Bob Cabral at Williams Selyem Winery in the Russian River Valley, rounding out his trifecta of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay winemaking experience at James Halliday’s Coldstream Hills Winery in Australia’s Yarra Valley, and Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa Valley.

Before joining Brack Mountain as a Partner and Director of Winemaking, Dan was Head Winemaker at Pellegrini Family Vineyards. Dan sets the direction for Brack Mountain’s winemaking and leads the cellar team with John Harley. Dan lives in Healdsburg with his wife Barbara and their three dogs.