Jekel Vineyards

Owner(s) Brown-Forman
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The Jekel Vineyards Monterey County Pinot Noir carries the theme of value Pinot Noir quite proudly. Bill Jekel , who founded Jekel Vineyards in 1972, was a tireless advocate for the potential of Monterey County to produce world-class wines. Now owned by Brown-Forman, Jekel Vineyards has a really credible 2005 Pinot Noir made in large quantities and readily affordable. The winemaker, Charlie Gilmore, sources from Jekel's Gravelstone Vineyard with some Sonoma Coast fruit added in.

Reviewed Wines

2006 Jekel Vineyards Monterey County Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $17. A more serious bottling sourced primarily from Central Coast vineyards with a little Sonoma Coast fruit added in. Fermented in stainless, MLF in barrel and aged in French oak, 39% new or once-used barrels. · Initially the aromas are strongly herbal and oakey but with air pleasing cherry fruit emerges and the oak fades to the background. On the palate there is rich dark cherry fruit with a hint of spice, a touch of cola, tea and oak and a fine herbal influence. Easy to drink, true to the varietal, and a good value. Reviewed February 18, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Jekel Vineyards Monterey County Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 15,000 cases, $15. Winemaker Charlie Gilmore has taken fruit from well known vineyards like Jekel’s Gravelstone Vineyard and blended in a touch of fruit from the Sonoma Coast. The wine is fermented primarily in neutral barrels. The website is There is widespread retail distribution. · The theme for this Pinot is dark stone fruits, both in the nose and palate. There are some attractive spice and herbal notes as well. The wine is well-endowed and rich. Surprisingly, there are detectable smoky oak flavors despite the frugal use of new oak. The finish is lacking in some intensity and length but at this price it is hard to be picky. The wine was released in September and is widely available in the retail market. A solid daily-drinker. Reviewed October 23, 2006 ARTICLE »

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