As the Winemaker and co-owner, I would like to welcome you to Coral Mustang Wines.
Together, with my husband Frank, we started Coral Mustang™ in the fall of 2005. We love travel, good food, and of course, great wine. During a visit to Spain — one of our favorite countries — we learned how perfect and versatile the Tempranillo grape is for producing world class wine.
As the winemaker my goal is to create a truly personalized ultra-premium wine. My philosophy of winemaking stems from experiences working and mentoring with some of the most highly regarded winemakers in Sonoma County including the late André Tchelistcheff.
I believe the best wines exhibit the characteristics of the grape. Having balanced vineyards and a blending of winemaking techniques help to achieve that goal. Frank assists the growers and me to oversee the vineyards to achieve the best that the grapes can bring to the wines.
Where did the name come from??
Coral, my middle name, expresses my lifelong love of the ocean. A common pastime my husband and I enjoy is spending the afternoon on the Sonoma County bluffs overlooking the mighty Pacific — with a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine. Even through wind and rain we are die-hard ocean lovers! Since Frank regularly fishes and crabs, our table is often filled with the oceans bounty.
Mustang is a term of respect often used to describe a person who rises through the ranks of their profession. Twenty years ago I took a crush job at a prestigious Sonoma County winery-Jordan Vineyards and Winery. From walking the vineyards sampling sugars, testing and evaluating the juice and wines, to pulling hoses in the cellar, I discovered my passion for winemaking. I stayed on after that first “crush” and in those following years learning the craft, working my way through the ranks to become a winemaker. This experience has given me the ability to understand and work with every aspect of the winemaking process from grape to bottle.
We have seen and are encouraged by more and more plantings of Tempranillo grapes. As these vineyards come into maturity we will be bringing more vineyard designates into our program.
Our logo, the Seahorse anchored to coral, perfectly depicts our lives and our wines. We are grounded in our dedication to our wines, our customers, and to each other.
Penelope and Frank