|Owner(s)||Donna Beery, Roger Beery|
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Roger and Donna Beery were drawn to Sonoma County from Austin, Texas, after their son, Conch, became a winemaker and settled here, and their daughter, Whitney, came to California to build a career in wine hospitality. The Beery's passion for Pinot Noir led them to become wine writers and eventually winemakers after arriving in California.
The winery is named after J. Frank Cage, a craftsman, builder and outdoorsman who hunted and fished the Texas Hill Country.
The wines are sold through a mailing list and by private appointment. Tastings can be held anywhere in Sonoma and Napa counties at a spot convenient to the consumer.
2019 J. Cage Cellars Cuvée ’42 Sonoma County Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.55, 693 cases, $42. Released July 2021. A blend of four Sonoma County vineyards. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The enticing nose offers aromas of red and black cherry, red licorice, cardamom spice and toasty oak. Crafted in a mid-weight plus style, offering vibrant flavors of dark red and black berries ad black cherry. A mouthful of fruit but discreetly concentrated. Excellent harmony, with tame tannins, a sleek demeanor, and a well-fruited finish of some length. Score: 92. Reviewed November 14, 2021 ARTICLE »
2019 J. Cage Cellars El Coro Vineyard Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.55, 125 cases, $54. Released October 2021. Clones are faux 828, 777, 667 and a “La Tache” selection. Aged in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Upfront aromas of dark red cherry and berry, underbrush and cardamom spice. A flood of well-ripened and dark fruit floods the palate in a mid-weight plus style. An unbecoming flavor of raisin is present. Silky in texture, with minor tannins and oak in the background. Score: 89. Reviewed November 14, 2021 ARTICLE »
2019 J. Cage Cellars Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.57, 169 cases, $54. Released December 2020. A co-ferment of equal parts Dijon 667 and 115. Aged in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of well-ripened black fruits and sweet pipe smoke. Voluptuous flavors of blackberry and boysenberry compote carry through to a generous finish that leaves behind mildly astringent tannins. Score: 90. Reviewed November 14, 2021 ARTICLE »
2019 J. Cage Cellars The Wedding Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.51, 169 cases, $54. Released October 2021. The Wedding Block Vineyard is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley and is farmed by Lee Martinelli, Jr. A co-ferment of Dijon clones 777 and 115. Aged in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The nose offers deeply perfumed black raspberry and blackberry fruits that veer to the cooked side. There is a savory spice aroma as well. The mid-weight plus black cherry and black raspberry fruit veers to the sweet compote side. The tannins are silky, there is a compliment of oak in the background, but the wine lacks acidic verve. Score: 89. Reviewed November 14, 2021 ARTICLE »
2019 J. Cage Cellars Van der Kamp Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., pH 3.75, TA 0.55, 213 cases, $54. Released December 2020. A blend of six clones. Aged in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of dusty black cherry, rose petal, chalk and musty herb garden. A middleweight style with a juicy core of black cherry fruit. Polished in the mouth, with modest tannins and a dry, earthy finish. Score: 91. Reviewed November 14, 2021 ARTICLE »