J. Keverson Wines

Owner(s) Scott Broome, John Hazelwood, Kevin Thompkins, Eric Ulicny
Web site www.jkeverson.com
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This is about four guys who got together often to play bocce ball and had so much fun sharing food and wine afterwards that they started their own label. They began in a garage, found out they could make pretty good wine and took it from there. The biggest challenge was finding a name for their wines that wasn’t already taken. The result was J. Keverson, a figment of their imagination representing a combination of all of their names - John Hazlewood (winemaker), Kevin Tompkins, Scott Broome, and Eric Ulicny. Their first two releases, a 2005 Zinfandel and Sangiovese, were medal winners. A Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was released in 2006 from Labyrinth Vineyard.

Reviewed Wines

2008 J. Keverson Haas Family Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., $32. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Noticeable legs in the glass due to the high alcohol. A bit shy, put pleasing scents of sweet raspberries, black cherries, biscuit, vanilla and oak. A rich, generous wine with berry, cherry and vanilla cola flavors that explode in the mouth and dance on the finish with tenacity. The tannins are reigned in and the alcohol is well-integrated. This is a Pinot for those who like the rush of busty California fruit. This type of wine shows well in a lineup with other wines at wine competitions. Good. Reviewed November 7, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 J. Keverson Labyrinth Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $30. Sourced from the Labyrinth Vineyard farmed by the Masons at EMTU Wines (see feature in this issue). · There is a tasty core of black cherry, raspberry and cassis here but the wine is dominated by oak. Too bad, because the wine has a charming elegance. A Gold Medal winner at the 2008 Sonoma Harvest Fair Wine Competition indicating the wine has fans. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 J. Keverson Labyrinth Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 210 cases, $38. · The wine leads off with sweet oak, blackberry jam, a leafiness and a hint of alcohol. Blackberries, dark cherries, tar, blood orange and vanilla carry the medium-weighted and noticeably oaked flavors. The textural impression is soft and clean and the finish has zingy acidity. I thought it was just decent, but my wife like it a lot. Reviewed February 18, 2008 ARTICLE »

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