Winemakers Paul Scotto and Mitch Cosentino both agree wholeheartedly that before the first grape is brought to the winery 80% to 90% of the eventual wine's merit has been determined in the vineyard as it is the ultimate contributor to a wine's excellence. For all wines in The JMC Luxury Portfolio, only the finest Napa Valley vineyards are chosen based on their history of wines produced plus the meticulous attention paid to the soil and each vine.
Paul's overriding philosophy is "patience and letting the vineyard tell me what to do." And Mitch adds that "A visual inspection is important but tasting wines produced from the site, with a conscientious effort to separate winemaking influences, is paramount to determining the character of the vineyard."
2016 50 Harvests Meritage
Our grandfather brought his family to California just in time for the 1963 harvest. Half a century later, we released SO Harvests to commemorate this milestone and launch our next SO years as a family owned and operated wine company.
2019 J.McClelland Cellars - Napa Valley Merlot
The aromatics feature spice, vanilla and plums that carry onto the palate with hints of black cherry, complementary ripe tannins and a solid structure from start to finish. The complex flavors include black and red fruit with a hint of white pepper. Three years after harvest, it still shows a youthful profile and is opening up nicely and showing richness and balance.
2018 J.McClelland Cellars - Napa Valley Merlot
Aged 22 months in French oak and made in the style of the classic and youthful right bank Bordeaux. The aromatics include currants, black plums, bay leaf and allspice. The deep black and red fruit flavors of currant and cherry are accompanied by side notes of white pepper with bay leaf from the nose. Limestone accents convey minerality and carry deep into the palate. The full body, polished structure and excellent balance with complementary ripe tannins result in a long, complex finish.
2019 J.McClelland Cellars - Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of rhubarb, currants, sage and pepper lead to a bright, well balanced flavor profile marked by black cherry, pomegranate and spice with an essence of walnuts. The layers are complex and full bodied with a pleasing finish and excellent aging potential.
2020 J.McClelland Cellars - Napa Valley Chardonnay
The aromatics include floral, ripe pear and zesty lemon with enticing apple, cream and spice back notes. Pear, citrus, white fig and a hint of cream mark the flavor profile and lead to a crisp finish. The rich, balanced flavors and aromas are supple, broad and ready to enjoy tonight or mature in the bottle for at least 8-10 years.
2019 50 Harvests Meritage Blanc
A pale golden straw color leads into an intriguing nose of wild honey, white floral and white peach notes. On the palate lemon and subtle herbs accent a stony minerality and nectarine flavors support the firm structure and pleasant mouthfeel. The brightness of the Sauvignon Blanc and continually developing complexity of the Semillon completes the balanced expression of a classic medium full-bodied Bordeaux-style white blend. The overall sense of the palate is one of elegance and grace driven by the urge to enjoy another sip. Expect this Meritage Blanc to age like a red wine for more than a decade. Barrel fermented and aged in specially made French oak barrels for these varietals, 45% new.
2018 50 Harvests Meritage Blanc
Our Grandfather brought his family to California just in time for the 1963 Harvest. A half century later, we released 50 Harvests to commemorate this milestone and launch our next 50 years as a family owned and operated wine company. With the 2017 vintage, we added an elegant White Meritage Blanc to complete the 50 Harvests portfolio in the traditional Old-World style.
A pale golden straw color leads into an intriguing nose of wild honey, white floral and white peach notes. On the palate lemon and subtle herbs accent a stony minerality and nectarine flavors support the firm structure and pleasant mouthfeel. The brightness of the Sauvignon Blanc and continuing developing complexity of the Semillon completes the balanced expression of a classic medium full-bodied Bordeaux-style white blend. The overall sense of the palate is one of elegance and grace driven by the urge to enjoy another sip. Expect this wine to age like a red wine for more than a decade.
2015 The Lost Chapters - White Meritage
Pungent floral and mineral aromatics with geranium, lemongrass and river stone characteristics add to the evolving complexity. Structured and precisely balanced-- richly centered with pure fruit highlighted by grapefruit citrus. It is made in the style of great white Bordeaux, which are among the rarest wines from the region. Stored properly, this wine will age for many, many years after the 2019 release.
2017 The Lost Chapters - Napa Valley Merlot
The deep garnet hue hints at the body and flavor complexity to follow. Nuanced aromas of raspberries, white pepper, anise, and dark chocolate are followed by bountiful flavors including raspberries and earth, with hints of vanilla and spice. The medium bodied release carries just enough tannin to make it a great pairing with marbled cuts of meat and rich hard cheeses.
2019 The Lost Chapters - Napa Valley Pinot Noir
Lush aromatics highlighted by rhubarb, red cherry and ripe plum. Multiple layers of flavor including red fruit notes that grace the palate with broad, well balanced and complex traces of citrus in the back.
2018 The Lost Chapters - Napa Valley Pinot Noir
Floral, briary berry and cola aromatics with hints of limestone, tea and pepper. In the mouth these elements continue onto the entry with a rich, supple texture, an exacting balance and length through-out complexed by red cherries and plums supported by complementary ripe tannins, nice structure and a long savory finish. Unmistakably Pinot Noir from Carneros.
2018 The Lost Chapters - Sonoma Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
Pomegranate, currants, green pepper and tea aromatics. Briary, spicy, Cabernet notes in the old California style with a Bordeaux like balance and structure, big and long with great potential to age for a couple of decades. A true big red meat wine.
2016 The Lost Chapters - Sangiovese
Spicy, juicy, floral and tea characteristics flow from the nose into the mouth where bright fruit notes of cranberry, cherry and ripe plums mingle with a touch of black pepper flavors that carry to a long finish with firm tannins.
2020 The Lost Chapters - Sauvignon Blanc
A classic combination of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon with body, grace and power. The pale straw color sets the stage for the elegant, expressive varietal character to come. The nose is filled with lime, citrus and quince aromatics supported by fragrant floral and mineral notes with a subtle herbal accent. This leads to a citrus-driven palate framed with a sense of flinty minerality and enticing acidity. The interwoven finish carries the delightful fruit and fresh zest of the palate. Sauvignon blanc enhances the bright, fresh character to complement the rich, supple texture of the Semillon.
2020 The Lost Chapters - Napa Valley Chardonnay
Floral aromatics with ripe Meyer lemon, subtle hints of limestone minerality and a touch of mango. The medium-full body is supple and rich with excellent structure and precise balance. Complex flavors include hints of quince and white peach skin, delicate spice, and a long finish. This youthful release can be enjoyed tonight or aged for several years for further development. Ideal with parmesan crusted Tilapia, pan roasted rosemary potatoes and sauteed vegetables.
2021 The Lost Chapters - Carneros Pinot Noir
Pungent cherry liqueur and currant aromas with notes of truffies. The bright, briary, dense black cherry flavors have a big structure and flow into the mid palate. Well balanced acidity enhanced by ripe tannins completes a long finish.