E16 Wine Company

Owner(s) Robert Jones
Web site www.E16wines.com
 
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E16 Wine Company

E16 Wine Company takes its name from 3rd generation winegrower Robert Jones' estate vineyard that is located off El Dorado county Highway E16 in the Sierra Foothills appellation of Fairplay. Today, Jones goes beyond El Dorado county lines to secure select blocks of Pinot and Chardonnay for his E16 label.

Winemaker Daniel Moore (formerly of Martinelli and Lynmar) produces the wines in Sebastopol in a facility geared toward super-premium Pinot Noir production. His 30 vintages of experience enables him to craft exceptional wines.

Other labels include FIREFALL and V.

Reviewed Wines

2013 E16 E16 Selection Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.58, 546 cases, $38. Primarily a blend of two Russian River Valley vineyards (Trenton Road and Hawks Roost) with 13% from Anderson Valley, Bennett Valley and the Santa Lucia Highlands. Barrels are chosen that impress in youth. Aged 11 months in 100% French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose offers a fragrant mix of cherry, sous-bois mushroom and oak aromas. Quite savory and earthy on the palate, with flavors of black cherry, tea, and cola, and admirable length and intensity on the juicy, cherry-driven finish. Score: 89. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 E16 Upper Bench Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.58, 370 cases, $38. Sourced from Escolle Vineyard, Pommard clone. Aged 11 months in 100% French oak barrels, 30% new. Unfiltered. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Lovely scent of mashed red cherries, strawberries and sandalwood. Light to mid weight flavors of strawberries, cherries and spice. Very elegant and refined, with fine-grain tannins tucked in and juicy acidity providing vibrancy. Not as brawny as many Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noirs, with more personality. This wine reminds me of wines from Rosella’s Vineyard. Score: 93. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 E16 Bowland Ranch Bennett Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.58, 295 cases, $42. Sourced from 3 blocks of Pommard clone picked at different Brix and co-fermented. Aged 11 months in 100% French oak barrels. Unfiltered. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. The nose offers aromas of wooded forest and oak without any fruit even over a long time in the glass. Mid weight plus flavors of black cherry, black plum and spice with oak in the background. Pleasant but not exceptional with modest length and intensity on the finish. The mouth is soft and appealing. A fair amount of tannin and quite a bit of oak shows up on the finish. Score: 88. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 E16 Trenton 1880 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., TA 0.57, 372 cases, $48. Sourced from Relgnis Family Vineyard owned by Mary and Joseph Relgnis. An homage to the first grapevines planted in old town Trenton. Clone 667. Aged 11 months in 100% French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Highly inviting nose with aromas of cherry-soaked oak and violets. Very tasty black cherry core with accents of crystallized berry, cola and mocha, framed by modest tannins. Soft in the mouth with a good cut of acidity on the finish which packs a little heat. Score: 91. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 E16 The West End Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.63, TA 0.57, 369 cases, $55. Sourced from a single vineyard at the extreme north end of the Anderson Valley. Clones 667 and Pommard 4. Aged 11 months in 100% French oak barrels. Unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose resonates with aromas of black cherry, darker berries, pine and pencil shavings. The mid weight flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and blackberry merge into a magical blend. A hint of spice and herbs add interest. The mouth feel is like touching purple velvet. Nicely composed with good balanced t n’ a and a fruity finish. Score: 91. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 E16 E16 Selection Sonoma County Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 600 cases, $35. Primarily a blend from Trenton Road and Bowland Ranch vineyards. 20% comes from Anderson Valley and the Santa Lucia Highlands. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. A lovely nose you could nibble at with bright aromas of red cherry and strawberry. Light to mid weight core of cherry and strawberry fruits with a complimentary backing of spice and an echo of oak. Silky in the mouth, holding up nicely over time in the glass, offering a pleasing kick of citrus on the finish. Score: 89. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 E16 Santa Lucia Highlands “Upper Bench” Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 270 cases, $35. Sourced from the upper reaches of Escole Vineyard. Single block of Pommard 4 clone. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. The nose really attracts attention with vivid aromas of fresh cherries, strawberries, and sandalwood. Soft, even pillowy on the palate with middleweight flavors of red cherries and red strawberries, accented with a hint of cola and oak. A very refined, elegant interpretation of Santa Lucia Highlands fruit with a sleek finish. Score: 92. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 E16 Bennett Valley “Bowland Ranch” Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 295 cases, $40. 3 blocks of Pommard clone from grower Chris Bowland. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Another aromatic bombast with scents of black cherry, earthy flora, and spice. A refined, silky wine that is harmonious, picking up interest over time in the glass. The tasty, mid weight flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and cola are accented with oak and persist noticeably on the suave finish. Score: 91. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 E16 Russian River Valley “Trenton 1880” Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 320 cases, $45. Sourced from Singler Family Vineyards owned by Pete and Karrie Singler. The 1880 designation pays homage to the year the first grapevines that were planted in the town of Trenton next to this vineyard. Clone 667. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Exceptional aromatic explosion of Bing cherry, cardamom spice and cedary oak aromas. Really delicious spiced cherry bombast with plenty of spring and vibrancy. Mild tannins, bright acidity and a cherry-driven, mouth watering finish of uncommon length. My only nit is that a hint of heat shows up on the finish. This wine really draws your attention. Score: 92. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 E16 Anderson Valley “The West End” Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 220 cases, $50. Sourced from a single vineyard located at the extreme north end of the Anderson Valley. Clone 667 and Pommard. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Penetrating aromas of blueberry, black cherry liquor and a hint of mint that comes and goes. The nose becomes somewhat muddled and loses interest over time in the glass. Mid to full-bodied, very ripe black cherry, blueberry and pomegranate fruit flavors with an undertow of oak and a backbone of soft tannins. Plenty of sweet, luscious, juicy fruit that is hard to ignore, but the wine is a touch cloying. Score: 88. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »