Joseph Jewell Wines
Two friends, Micah Joseph Wirth and Adrian Jewell Manspeaker, created their first 50 cases of Pinot Noir in a garage in Windsor in 2006. The name was derived from the principals middle names.
Micah Joseph Wirth was raised in Alexander Valley and learned winemaking under the hand of his winemaker father, Christopher Wirth. He was also mentored by Gary Farrell and Susan Reed at Gary Farrell Winery. Adrian Jewell Manspeaker studied winemaking and viticulture at University of California at Davis extension program and learned his winemaking skills at C. Donatiello Winery and Peay Vineyards.
The Joseph Jewell Pinot Noir is sourced from Appian Way Vineyards just outside the town of Forestville. Planted to 115, 777 and Pommard in 2001 on Goldridge soil, the vineyard is owned by Tom and Kelly Keegan.
Joseph Jewell wines (there is also a Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel) are sold through a mailing list and are available at several prominent Sonoma County restaurants.
Articles About Joseph Jewell Wines
2009 Joseph Jewell Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., pH 3.54, TA 0.57, 125 cases $33. Hallberg, Floodgate and Appian Way vineyards. Clones 115, 667, 777, and Pommard 4 and 5. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 10 months in 20% new Francois Frères French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark cherries and berries, oak, and a little funk. Moderately intense, earth-kissed dark stone fruit and cherry cola juicy flavors wrapped in supple tannins. Well-crafted but flavors don’t excite. Decent. Reviewed January 11, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Joseph Jewell Elk Prarie Vineyard Humboldt County Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., pH 3.39, TA 0.63, 100 cases, $39. The vineyard sits at 1,200 feet on Fruitland Ridge. Yields were 1.75 tons per acre. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 10 months in 44% new Francois Frères and Rousseau French oak barrels. · Lightest in color of the 2009 Pinot Noirs. Beguiling aromas of cherry essence with hints of strawberry, rose petal and spice. Delicious core of medium-weighted black cherry and raspberry flavors impressing the mid palate and carrying over with emphasis on the lengthy finish. Mild dusty tannins and well-honed acidity create a beautifully balanced wine that really draws you back to the glass. A perfect marriage of pedigreed vineyard and impeccable winemaking. Reviewed January 11, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Joseph Jewell Floodgate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., pH 3.42, TA 0.62, 250 cases, $42. Floodgate Vineyard is owned by Hambrecht Vineyards and farmed by Warren Burton. The name comes from its location next to Mark West Creek which floods every year and submerges the flat areas of the vineyard. This wine is sourced from three different blocks and includes clones 777, 667 and 115. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 10 months in 30% new Francois Frères and Rousseau French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Enticing aromatics featuring scents of dark red cherries and berries, exotic timber, and spice. Discreetly concentrated flavors of red stone fruits and red berries with accents of brown spice, fruit leather and herbs. Silky on the palate with well-mannered and supportive dusty tannins. Very good. Reviewed January 11, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Joseph Jewell Appian Way Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.6% alc., pH 3.47, TA 0.65, 125 cases, $45. The 2-acre Appian Way Vineyard is located just outside the town of Forestville and was planted in 2001 on a former organic apple orchard site. The clones are 115, 777 and Pommard, rooted in Goldridge soil. Tom and Kelly Keegan are the owners. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 10 months in 20% new Francois Frères French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. A highly nuanced perfume jumps out of the glass with scents of black cherries, nutmeg, baking spice and leaf. Tasty black cherry core with a modest attack, finishing short with a slight floral undertone. The tannins are dry, firm and reserved, and the wine is easy to drink. Good (+). Reviewed January 11, 2012 ARTICLE »
2007 Joseph Jewell Wines Appian Way Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.51, 50 cases, $45. From a 2-acre vineyard planted to 60% 115, 20% 777, and 20% Pommard 4 and 5 clones. Goldridge sandy loam. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 14 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of spiced plums, cherries, and green herbs. An unusual bottling from the Russian River Valley offering flavors of red plums, cherry skins, pomegranate, and even white peaches with a hint of citrus and chocolate truffle. Delicate and zingy in style with a dry, tangy finish. Good. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »
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