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Jaxon Keys Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2009

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Awards Accolades: <strong>Silver Medal</strong> - <em>Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2011</em><br/><br/> <strong>Silver Medal</strong> - <em>San Francisco Chronicle 2012</em><br/><br/> About This Wine: A beautiful combination of bright blackberry, ripe cherry and brambly fruit flavors is integrated with tannins and highlighted by cedar cigar box aromatics.<br/><br/> The first vintage off Warm Springs 110R rootstock planted in 1994 and budded over in 2008 with fruitwood off Sawyer vineyard Zin on Dry Creek Rd.<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest:</strong> Hand picked from Wilson’s Warm Springs Ranch, el 1600’ Morning grapes, Oct 9th approx 13 tons, 25.2/5.2/3.95<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaking:</strong> Stemmed and lightly crushed, no SO2, cold soaked for 4 days. Fermented with BM-45 yeast, max temp 82F. Gently pressed after 14 days on skins. To barrels in late Oct, one aeration rack in April, 17 months in Fr/Am oak. 12% new oak, unfined.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Jaxon Keys' wine making philosophy is to produce wines and brandies grown only from their estate vineyards. We believe our wines should showcase the unique characteristics of the vineyards, while building upon the classical interpretations of each varietal.<br/><br/> <strong>Jaxon Keys; A Historical Perspective on Grape Growing in Mendocino County</strong><br/><br/> Tucked in the rolling hills of Mendocino County, just north of sleepy little Hopland, California, lies a rare gem of a winery. Combining knowledgeable tasting room staff with genuinely friendly service and great wines, Jaxon Keys Winery and Distillery provides Northern California travelers and wine tasters a grand tasting experience.<br/><br/> This family winery is comfortably small, but has all the amenities of a larger commercial winery. They offer wines in a variety of styles from big, full reds, to delightfully lighter wines such as their new release Barbera Rose and Sauvignon Blanc.<br/><br/> As noted in the Wine Spectator from January 9, 2009, Ken and Diane Wilson, the owners of Sonoma-based Wilson Winery and Mazzocco Winery, recently purchased this beautiful winery and its 1,200-acre property in Mendocino County. This new acquisition, which includes 121 acres of vineyards, adds another property to the Wilsons' growing list of wineries.<br/><br/> Staring out in 1844 as a Mexican Land Grant, Don Fernando Feliz located his headquarters here. In 1858 Don Fernando sold 1580 acres to a Scottish immigrant to the United States, John McGlashen, who had come to California during the Gold Rush. He named his new property “Burnee Hill Ranch” (Burn in Scots meaning “on a hill”.) The ranch was used for sheep raising, and the original house, which will soon be the tasting room, was built then.<br/><br/> In 1889 John married Chicago native Ana and they had daughter Jeanne Wilson McGlashen (Interesting to note this is not the first time the “Wilson” name has been associated with this property. Jeanne married Ern Hawn, and the two ran the ranch after her parents passed away. Their son Floyd was an employee of the County of Mendocino, and said that his father liked the agricultural part of running the farm, and was the first person to put grapes in on the property, to use in home winemaking. In the 1950’s the ranch was sold to Bill Cook.<br/><br/> Bill held this for investment property and never lived at the ranch. The Lucchetti family then became involved, and planted the French Columbard in the vineyard alongside Hwy 101, that is used for the brandy making. These vines grew to be six feet tall, mimicking the prune trees that grew alongside! Eventually other varietals were planted and the winery established in 1985.<br/><br/> Now, Jaxon Keys is planted in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, French Columbard, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Viognier and Grenache Noir. Our featured Zinfandel from Etta’s Block, comes from the 8.97 Zinfandel acres planted on the gentle south-east facing hillsides of the property.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Composition:</strong> Zinfandel<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 4.01<br/><br/> <strong>Acidity:</strong> 6.3 grams/100 ml<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 15.3%<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 164 Cases bottled 6/8/09<br/><br/>

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Jaxon Keys Winery:
When Diane and Ken Wilson first visited the Mendocino County property they fell in love with the patchwork of California oaks and the Russian River running along the vineyards. Bringing this Mendocino vineyard back to life was a challenge they could not pass up. First renovating the historic Farmhouse on the hill and then focusing on the vineyards this project kept them busy this year. ... Read more
When Diane and Ken Wilson first visited the Mendocino County property they fell in love with the patchwork of California oaks and the Russian River running along the vineyards. Bringing this Mendocino vineyard back to life was a challenge they could not pass up. First renovating the historic Farmhouse on the hill and then focusing on the vineyards this project kept them busy this year. Ken, born and raised in Ontario Canada, is passionate about his vineyards and wineries. And this property reminded him of his grandfathers and their passion for farming and land. They named the winery after them both, Jack Wilson and Cecile Keys are being honored with the new label. Read less

Awards Accolades: <strong>Silver Medal</strong> - <em>Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2011</em><br/><br/> <strong>Silver Medal</strong> - <em>San Francisco Chronicle 2012</em><br/><br/> About This Wine: A beautiful combination of bright blackberry, ripe cherry and brambly fruit flavors is integrated with tannins and highlighted by cedar cigar box aromatics.<br/><br/> The first vintage off Warm Springs 110R rootstock planted in 1994 and budded over in 2008 with fruitwood off Sawyer vineyard Zin on Dry Creek Rd.<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest:</strong> Hand picked from Wilson’s Warm Springs Ranch, el 1600’ Morning grapes, Oct 9th approx 13 tons, 25.2/5.2/3.95<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaking:</strong> Stemmed and lightly crushed, no SO2, cold soaked for 4 days. Fermented with BM-45 yeast, max temp 82F. Gently pressed after 14 days on skins. To barrels in late Oct, one aeration rack in April, 17 months in Fr/Am oak. 12% new oak, unfined.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Jaxon Keys' wine making philosophy is to produce wines and brandies grown only from their estate vineyards. We believe our wines should showcase the unique characteristics of the vineyards, while building upon the classical interpretations of each varietal.<br/><br/> <strong>Jaxon Keys; A Historical Perspective on Grape Growing in Mendocino County</strong><br/><br/> Tucked in the rolling hills of Mendocino County, just north of sleepy little Hopland, California, lies a rare gem of a winery. Combining knowledgeable tasting room staff with genuinely friendly service and great wines, Jaxon Keys Winery and Distillery provides Northern California travelers and wine tasters a grand tasting experience.<br/><br/> This family winery is comfortably small, but has all the amenities of a larger commercial winery. They offer wines in a variety of styles from big, full reds, to delightfully lighter wines such as their new release Barbera Rose and Sauvignon Blanc.<br/><br/> As noted in the Wine Spectator from January 9, 2009, Ken and Diane Wilson, the owners of Sonoma-based Wilson Winery and Mazzocco Winery, recently purchased this beautiful winery and its 1,200-acre property in Mendocino County. This new acquisition, which includes 121 acres of vineyards, adds another property to the Wilsons' growing list of wineries.<br/><br/> Staring out in 1844 as a Mexican Land Grant, Don Fernando Feliz located his headquarters here. In 1858 Don Fernando sold 1580 acres to a Scottish immigrant to the United States, John McGlashen, who had come to California during the Gold Rush. He named his new property “Burnee Hill Ranch” (Burn in Scots meaning “on a hill”.) The ranch was used for sheep raising, and the original house, which will soon be the tasting room, was built then.<br/><br/> In 1889 John married Chicago native Ana and they had daughter Jeanne Wilson McGlashen (Interesting to note this is not the first time the “Wilson” name has been associated with this property. Jeanne married Ern Hawn, and the two ran the ranch after her parents passed away. Their son Floyd was an employee of the County of Mendocino, and said that his father liked the agricultural part of running the farm, and was the first person to put grapes in on the property, to use in home winemaking. In the 1950’s the ranch was sold to Bill Cook.<br/><br/> Bill held this for investment property and never lived at the ranch. The Lucchetti family then became involved, and planted the French Columbard in the vineyard alongside Hwy 101, that is used for the brandy making. These vines grew to be six feet tall, mimicking the prune trees that grew alongside! Eventually other varietals were planted and the winery established in 1985.<br/><br/> Now, Jaxon Keys is planted in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, French Columbard, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Viognier and Grenache Noir. Our featured Zinfandel from Etta’s Block, comes from the 8.97 Zinfandel acres planted on the gentle south-east facing hillsides of the property.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Composition:</strong> Zinfandel<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 4.01<br/><br/> <strong>Acidity:</strong> 6.3 grams/100 ml<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 15.3%<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 164 Cases bottled 6/8/09<br/><br/>

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