Joseph Jewell Wines
2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
California: Russian River Valley (Sonoma)
The Family Jewell
We are incredibly choosy about the Pinot Noirs that we feature, so much so that we rejected every Pinot that we tasted during our previous two tasting panels! This is great news for our Operatives, who can be assured that any Pinot that we showcase has been carefully vetted.
Today’s 2010 Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Pinot Noir, from our friends at Joseph Jewell Wines, provided us with a welcome respite from our recent run of Pinot bad luck. In fact, when our tasting panel tasted this incredible wine we all did cartwheels, a jig and a series of joyous high-fives!
The Hallberg Vineyard is a very special Pinot Noir vineyard that is situated in the geographic heart of the Russian River Valley. Gary Farrell Winery makes incredible Pinot here. So does Emeritus and Gary Farrell’s new Elysian Winery.
Today’s limited-production wine is an elegant, delicious and highly sought-after treat. We are very proud to present you with this delightful wine, which we offer to you with our heartiest recommendation.
Dark and slightly opaque, with a garnet core and pretty purple edges.
Plump and full on the nose, with plum, fresh black cherry, blackberry compote and pomegranate. Underneath, lightly toasted applewood adds some intrigue.
Rich and full on the palate, with stewed, reduced black fruit of plum, blackberry, blueberry and nectarine. Underneath, a touch of twiggy briar patch adds a lovely rounding and balance to the flavors.
Long and lingering, leading with fresh, bright cranberry and pomegranate. These gradually give way to a plushness that transports briar and dusty dried earth to the far corners of the palate.
Enjoy this wine with a wild mushroom risotto with chunks of pork belly.
What the Winery Says
In 2010, we were very excited when an opportunity presented itself to work with a vineyard that we loved - Hallberg Vineyard. We worked to develop a relationship with the owners and farmers of the vineyard, which, I have to say, is the source of some of my favorite Pinot Noirs. This stunning site bears the name of the former owners, Don and Marcia Hallberg, who in 1999, with aging apple trees past their prime, sold the 115-acre orchard to Emeritus Vineyards.
With soils and climate ideal for growing Pinot Noir, the land was returned to vineyards after 65 years and the Hallberg name continues as a hallmark of Russian River Valley agriculture. Kirk Lokka is the vineyard manager at Hallberg. He has a keen eye for detail and knows his vines better that anyone. We will be sourcing fruit from two different blocks, Block C Clone 777 and Block I Pommard.
- Adrian Jewell Manspeaker and Micah Joseph Wirth
About the Winery
Joseph Jewell Wines was born in a garage in Windsor in 2006, when two good friends, Micah Joseph Wirth and Adrian Jewell Manspeaker, created their first wine, a Pinot Noir. The 2006 Pinot Noir crop in Northern California was a large one, and several vineyards had grapes to spare. Adrian and Micah considered several options, and finally sourced a ton of grapes from the Toboni Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. They invested in two French Oak barrels and a small basket press…and they were on their way to a very successful first vintage, producing 50 cases of a full-bodied, rich Pinot Noir.
While they were washing out their barrels at the Gary Farrell Winery one day, they tossed around ideas for a name for their fledgling winery. They wanted something that represented them both, yet also had a connection to each of them individually. Combining their middle names, Joseph Jewell rolled off their tongues. They created an elegant coat of arms for their logo and a distinctive label and bottle to match the quality of their wines.
Since that first Pinot Noir, they’ve created several wines, including Russian River Valley Appian Way Pinot Noir, Dry Creek Valley Grist Zinfandel, and Alexander Valley Redwood Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, all with distinct noses and finishes that reflect their unique style of winemaking.