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Monday, October 5, 2015
Lone Buffalo Winemaker Passes Philosophy to Daughter who is Making Wine in Placer County too
At Lone Buffalo Vineyards in
Placer County, Phil Maddux and his wife Jill and daughter Jocelyn are
contributing to the vigorous new life for wine in this part of the Sierra
Foothills. Their new winery in Auburn is capable of producing 2000 cases a
year, and ultimately 65% of the grapes that go into their wines will be estate
grown. Little by little, the Maddux
family has increased its winery presence, as the Placer County wine scene has
also become more robust.
The newest brand at the winery is
the “jbrand”, a series of wines
produced by Jocelyn and targeted at a younger audience that is just starting to
appreciate wine. These wines are very
fruit-forward and light in body, and they are stampeding out the door. Jocelyn’s small production wine blends and
varietals include Just Grenache, Just Pinot Gris, Just Syrah, Just Cuz, and
Not Just Syrah,
Jocelyn Maddux pours jbrand
at the Lone Buffalo Vineyards tasting room
“I grew up with my Dad’s home winemaking
hobby, and watched as it evolved to his own winery. Wherever we moved during my childhood, it was
always to a place where there was enough land for a home vineyard,” Jocelyn said.
In 2001, a parcel of 6 acres in
Auburn became the family’s new home. The
house had room for a winery, which Phil and Jill built, and they bonded the
winery in 2007. “Where the Buffalo
Roam,” the winery’s landmark wine, a Rhone-style red blend, was born.
Phil and Jill purchased a new
bigger property on Wise Road in Auburn in 2012 and, after a lot of work, the
winery moved there in 2013. The caravan
of barrels, trucks, friends and wine club members inching their way up the
Foothill roads was an example of Lone Buffalo’s practical and friendly approach
to their business. “We made a conscious
decision to grown our winery slowlyhased
in 2012 and the winery moved there in 2013.
The caravan of barrels, trucks and frie and to cherish our
Jocelyn is continuing that
orientation of cherishing her customers.
That attitude is paying off, as her wines are selling rapidly.
Lone Buffalo Vineyards 7505 Wise Road
Auburn, CA 95603
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