Region: Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, CA
- Color: pale ruby
- Aromas: cherry, strawberry-rhubarb pie, caramel, black pepper, garden soil, cola, game
- Palate: balanced, earthy, and easy drinking with notes of tart cranberry, mouth-watering acidity, well integrated tannin and medium finish
RegionPetaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, CA
Production8 barrels (200 cases)
Aging PotentialReady to enjoy now or cellar over the next 8-10 years
Brother and sister team, Trent and Kimberly Jackson collaborated with their vintner “green thumb” father to found their first label in 1996. Over time the two identified their unique niche among next generation wine enthusiasts. Outliers from the dominating short list of old school Napa wineries, the two saw an opportunity to buck the “en vogue” winemaking style of their day to focus on the unique terroir of their family vineyard. After all, “change comes first at a small scale driven by the smaller more nimble producers.”
Soon after, cult Winemaker Kirk Venge was recruited to create balanced wines reflecting varietal character and a sense of place. Passionate about the vineyard site, integral to their clone and root stalk selections, and now 15 years in, Kirk has reinforced their instinct that focus should always be on “sense of place” to understand the nuances that allow JAX to make great wine.
The fruit is hand-harvested into small bins in the early morning to protect the fruit and preserve freshness. The grapes are hand sorted and partially de-stemmed before being placed in small open top fermenters. Following a 5-7 day cold soak period and 10-12 day fermentation the wine is aged 18 months in 40% new and 60% year old French oak barrels.
Unfined and unfiltered.
91pt, The Wine Advocate