At 94-points, this limited production Jewell is not to be missed! From rich, volcanic soils comes an incredibly concentrated flavor profile with marvelous warmth and vibrancy. Blackberry jam and red currant lifts from the glass, expanding on the palate into red plum, bramble fruit and cinnamon toast.
Adrian Manspeaker makes this wine from an organically farmed vineyard on the top of Bradford Mountain, the vines planted in 1974 by Bill Hambrecht and now farmed by his grandson, Woody. It grows on red volcanic soils, and the more time you spend with it, the more you may be convinced the flavors have the brightness of sun on stone. It starts off dark and juicy, with some blackberry-jam notes over the fresh red-currant coolness. And it’s that currant flavor that takes over with time, its fragrance expanding while the wine’s structure remains tight and formal. Cellar it for a few years, then decant a bottle for roast eggplant stuffed with ground veal.