Joseph Jewell Wines

Owner(s) Adrian Jewell Manspeaker, Micah Joseph Wirth
Web site www.josephjewell.com
 
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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 principal's middle names. They made their first commercial vintage in 2007 - 300 cases - and have slowly expanded, focusing on Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. 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 first Joseph Jewell Pinot Noir was 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. By 2013, other Russian River Valley vineyard sources had been added as well as Pinot Noir from Humboldt County.

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.

Reviewed Wines

2013 Jewell Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.11% alc., pH 3.63, TA 0.59, 1,150 cases, $34. A blend of several vineyards: Hallberg, Floodgate, Appian Way, Bucher and Nurmi. 100% de-stemmed, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 15% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Nice perfume of Bing cherry, cherry pie spice, purple grape and a hint of oak. A solid offering of mid weight black cherry, blueberry and spice flavors with a top note of toast, earth, tar and black tea. Modest tannins, with some finishing intensity and a slight sense of alcoholic warmth on the finish. Score: 89. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Joseph Jewell Alderpoint Vineyard Humboldt County Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.51, TA 0.56, 100 cases, $34. Martini clone. Yield 2.01 tons per acre. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Both fruity and savory aromas announce the wine, including scents of cherry, raspberry, spice, underbrush, oak and herbs. A polished wine on the palate, with mid weight flavors of cherry, raspberry and boysenberry, framed by matching tannins and a subtle top note of oak. The finish is modest but satisfying. Score: 90. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Joseph Jewell Elk Prairie Vineyard Humboldt County Pinot Noir

12.91% alc., 50 cases, $39. This vineyard is located at 1200 feet elevation on Fruitland Ridge. · Light strawberry red in color, Highly aromatic, with a perfume of strawberry shortcake, red cherry and sandalwood. Lighter in weight, featuring flavors of red cherry, red berry, strawberry, blueberry and spice. The tannins are hidden, and the finish is mildly tart. Considerably more enjoyable when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, showing soaring aromatics and highly expressive fruit with plenty of charm. Score: 91. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Joseph Jewell Floodgate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.22% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.61, 200 cases, $44. Release April 1, 2016. This vineyard is located in the Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley. Clones 777. Yields 2.13 tons per acre. 100% de-stemmed, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 22% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. The nose is primary, even when checked the following day, with only earthy, oak-driven aromas. Much better and giving on the palate, with a mid weight core of sweet, sappy blackberry, black raspberry, and blueberry-pomegranate fruits supported by a touch of oak. The polished, velvety mouthfeel is alluring. Score: 90. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Joseph Jewell Appian Way Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.22% alc., pH 3.51, TA 0.61, 92 cases, $46. Release April 1, 2016. Vineyard is located just outside the town of Forestville. Farmed as an organic apple orchard until 2001, the 2-acre vineyard is now planted to Pinot Noir clones 115, 777 and Pommard in Goldridge soil. Yields 3.40 tons per acre. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is steeped in purple berry, hazelnut and vanilla aromas. Soft on entry and exit, with mid weight plus flavors of spiced plum, ollaliberry and blueberry-pomegranate. Super ripe in profile with even a hint of prune peeking out. Nicely composed with a deft touch of oak, merged tannins, and a satiny texture. A slight sense of warmth shows up on the finish. Unchanged when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 89. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Joseph Jewell Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.27% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.56, 200 cases, $48. Release April 1, 2016. This original apple growing property, named after the former owners, Don and Marcia Hallberg, was sold to Emeritus Vineyards in 1999. Goldridge soils. Yields 2.40 tons per acre. 100% de-stemmed, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 22% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The scent of black raspberry, blackberry, spice and woodland is inviting. Up front black raspberry and blackberry fruits blanket the mid palate, carrying over on the lifted, juicy and very long sweet-fruited finish. A compliment of oak plays in the background in this harmonious offering. Considerably more enjoyable the next day when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 91. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 Joseph Jewell Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.31, TA 0.71, 626 cases, $22. Clone 4 and 5. Harvest Brix 22.9º-23.4º. Cool fermented in a stainless steel closed top tank (no oak). · Very light yellow golden yellow color and clear in the glass. A highly enjoyable wine offering enticing aromas of baked apple, lemon curd and honey followed on the palate with flavors of apple, lemongrass, honey, and a hint of banana. Admirable restraint and balance, clean and well-defined, with a lively mouth feel, finishing on a high note of refreshing, lemon-driven acidity. Score: 92. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2012 Joseph Jewell Sonoma County Pinot Noir

13.95% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.60, 658 cases, $29. 22% Hallberg Vineyard, 31% Floodgate Vineyard, 45% Appian Way Vineyards. 100% de-stemmed, aged 10 months in 7% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Very aromatic, reminding of Pinot Noir must and scents of cherry, raspberry, chocolate and herbs. Juicy and fresh, with lighter weight flavors of cherries, cranberries, spice and dried herbs. A pleasant wine that has thirst-quenching acidity on the cherry-driven finish. Tends to lose appeal over time in the glass. Score: 87. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Joseph Jewell Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.47% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.61,490 cases, $33. Sourced from Hallberg, Floodgate, Appian Way and Woods Family vineyards. Clones 115, 667, 777 and Pommard 4 and 5. Harvest Brix 23.2º-24.3º. 100% de-stemmed, fermented in stainless steel open top tanks for 7 to 14 days, aged 10 months in 19% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. A cherry-themed wine with complimentary notes of baking spices and herbal oak. Straightforward, modest in intensity, with lively acidity and gentle tannins. Score: 87. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Joseph Jewell Appian Way Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.44% alc., pH 3.48, TA 0.61, 125 cases, $39. Clones 777, 667 and 115. 100% de-stemmed, aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is vibrant with aromas of mixed berry jam, raspberry cobbler, purple grape and warm brioche. Juicy and silky on the mid palate with likable flavors of plum, blueberry and blackberry, finishing with good length and mouthwatering fruit richness. There is a deft touch of oak and supple tannins making for easy drinking. What’s not to like? Score: 91. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Joseph Jewell Floodgate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.54% alc., pH 4.56, TA 0.61, 195 cases, $42. Clones 777 and 667. 100% de-stemmed, aged 10 months in 33% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Shy fruit aromas with plenty of toasty oak to the front. Discreetly concentrated flavors of black cherry, blackberry and cola with noticeable freshness and intensity. The fruit core is mildly weighed down by oak, although the oak sheen tends to subside over time in the glass. I would give this wine another year in bottle for the oak to integrate. Score: 90. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Joseph Jewell Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.95% alc., pH 3.54, TA 0.62, 145 cases, $44. Clones 777 and Pommard 5. 100% de-stemmed, aged 10 months in 33% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of cherry, raspberry and Middle Eastern spices. This is a nose you want to nibble. The flavors echo the nose with mid weight intensity and impressive polish. Baking spice and a good herbal note add interest. The tannins and acidity are nicely balanced and the finish is refined and flavorful. This is a beautiful wine that you want to keep coming back to. Score: 94. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2010 Joseph Jewell Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 200 cases. · rately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Deep aromas of black raspberry jam, plum, peat and oak. The flavors duplicate the aromas with a touch of spice and cola. Nicely blended tannins with bright underlying acidity. Seamless and gentle, with a modest tug of oak. A delicate expression of this vineyard in this vintage. Score: 90. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Joseph Jewell Floodgate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.51, TA 0.64,150 cases, $42. Clones 777, 667 and 115. Harvest Brix 23.1º-24.8º. 100% de-stemmed.l Aged 10 months in 33% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Initially shy, but pleasing aromas of dark red cherries and berries take on more intensity over time in the glass. Mid weight flavors of Bing cherry and dark red berries are complimented by a note of savory herbs and cola. Soft tannins, a silky mouth presence, and respectable finishing length. A charming wine. Score: 90. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Joseph Jewell Appian Way Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., pH 3.31, TA 0.70, 125 cases, $45. Clones 777, 667 and 115 in Goldridge soil. Harvest Brix 24.4º. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 10 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Fantastic aromatic presence with electric aromas of dark raspberries, Hoison sauce and exotic spices. The rich core of delicious dark red, spicy berry fruits is elevated by the citrus-driven acid spine. The tannins are well balanced and the finish is generous and focused. Hard to put this one down. Score: 94. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

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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