James has deep family roots in Sonoma County and a long history of producing critically acclaimed wines of tremendous character and sense of place. Encouraged by his father, MacPhail pursued his calling to become a winemaker in the mid-1990s, mentored by some of Sonoma Country’s most respected winemakers and growers. Through this experience, he honed his craft focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sourced from the Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley.
Since 2002, James has produced over 100 different Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays with 90+ point scores, making him one of the most celebrated winemakers in Sonoma County. He gives each of The Calling wines a clear, singular voice, vintage after vintage.