Joseph Jewell Wines
2009 Grist Vineyard Zinfandel
Zinfandel • Grist Vineyard
California: Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma)
Grist for the miller, the tiller and you
From one of our very favorite Zinfandel vineyard sources, today’s Joseph Jewell 2009 Grist Vineyard Zinfandel is a stunning, delicious, elegant wine that is everything that we’ve come to expect from this zin-perfect vineyard.
This wine starts with a heady, fruitful rush of aromatic delights. When you tip the wine to your mouth, a smooth, voluptuous burst of fruit expands across the palate. Very elegant for a Zinfandel, this wine also delivers the big and bold flavors that you would expect from a Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel.
We went absolutely crazy for this superb wine and we are certain that you will, too. Enjoy now, but be sure to hold on to a few bottles of this remarkable and outstanding wine for the next year or two.
Dark ruby hues, through and through. At the edge of the glass, a brilliant light ruby cuts a fine ring around the glass.
Lovely, fruity and earthy, with braised Bing cherry, dusty rose, wild blackberry, plum, bramble, dried fall leaves, cedar, sage and thyme.
Young blackberry, pomegranate, black cherry and unsweetened cranberry meld with sweet hardwoods, subtle dried herbs, tobacco and subtle leather.
Exceedingly long and slightly drying with flavors that start sweet and end slightly tart with a lovely flinty minerality. At the very end, a hint of white pepper persists longest at the back of the palate.
A grilled New York steak with a Provençale dry herb rub would be superb.
What the Winery Says
2009 Joseph Jewell Zinfandel - Grist Vineyard - Dry Creek Valley
On the nose, intense pink peppercorn spice and mouthwateringly tart blackberry and plum. The palate is powerfully structured, well-balanced, with good acid and tannin framing a sense of ash, rock and macerated berries. Long, interesting finish during which all components of fruit and terrior, moment by moment, show themselves more singly.
- BLOCKS/CLONES USED IN BOTTLING
- Hambrect/ Mead Atlas Peak clones
- TOTAL TONS ACQUIRED
- VINEYARD ORIENTATION
- Northwestern sloping hillside, at 1000 feet elevation, NS rows
- TRELLISING TYPE
- Head-trained and spur-pruned
- AVERAGE CROP LOAD PER ACRE
- 2.4 tons per acre
- SOIL TYPE
- Volcanic, red soils, Boomer loam and Stonyford loam
PRIMARY FERMENTATION DETAILS
- HARVEST DATE/BRIX
- 09/26/2009 25.4
- FERMENTATION TIME
- 8 days
- PUNCH DOWNS PER DAY
- 3 Per day/ one every eight hours
- TYPE/SIZE OF FERMENTATION VESSEL
- Temperature controlled, stainless steel open top tanks
- TYPE OF FERMENTATION
- 100% destemmed
- PERCENTAGE OF NEW FRENCH OAK
- 25% New French oak. Francois Freres .
- BARREL AGING
- 16 months
FINISHED WINE DETAILS
- TITRATABLE ACIDITY
- 6.6 g/L
- BOTTLING DATE
- February 17th 2011
- CASES PRODUCED
- 200 cases
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.