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."
Our 2014 J. McClelland Cellars Petit Verdot is the second vintage of this often overlooked varietal and from the same Oak Knoll vineyard responsible for our multiple award winning 2013 offering. Visually, the color displays a very deep ruby hue accompanied by an intriguing translucent quality. The nose expresses great depth and complexity and notes of black berries accented with a touch of cranberry and earthy tones displaying the classic rusticity of the grape. A mouth-filling palate is a seamless continuation of the bold but elegant character of the nose displaying black fruit, sweet red plum and truffle, continuing the expression of rusticity from the nose on to the long layered finish framed by richly structured tannins. A great pairing with a host of delightful grilled meat dishes and perfect for all those special fall and winter culinary events on the horizon.
Hand harvested October 8 in the oak knoll district. Each lot was fermented separately, de-stemmed into stainless steel for fermentation, fined with fresh egg whites and barrel aged for 26 months in French oak. The deep, intense ruby color is characteristic of cooler climate Petit Verdot. Full bodied, polished and expansive on the palate with currant and spice flavors and a long, flavorful finish.
The aromatics are bold with complex notes of black and blue berries accompanied by hints of red current and spice. The palate carries forward with a supple display of black fruits, red currents, sweet plum and an earthy quality that supports its elegant yet power-driven Bordeaux model. The finish is framed by succulent tannins and bright acidity surrounding the individual palate characteristics with layers of intensity that seem to carry-on forever.
Our 2014 JMC Cabernet Sauvignon is an intricate blending of fruit from a few select Napa Valley vineyards Winemaker Mitch Cosentino has been using in crafting award-winning wines for many years. It is a robust yet elegant wine that captures your senses as it continues to evolve in the glass revealing layered complexity and "surprises" around each corner. The nose is redolent with blue and black fruit that continue on to the palate as welcome notes of red berries and spice suddenly appear. The tannins are sweet and structured to frame not only the rich mouthfeel but the elegant bright finish as well.
From a stellar Napa Valley vintage, our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon shows great breed with richly concentrated notes of black current and a touch of black pepper on the nose. This is a full-bodied Cab blended with 11% Merlot and 7% Petite Verdot for added complexity. The palate exhibits a complex and layered black fruit flavor profile accented by a touch of red berries with a lush mouthfeel and firm tannins that lead on to a long and layered finish. This is a wine that will pair well with a variety of beef preparations and literally screams for a charred rare steak.
Hand harvested from the Oak Knoll District between October 3-12. Each lot was separately de-stemmed into stainless steel fermentation tanks, followed by 20-24 months of barrel aging. The Cabernet Sauvignon was fined with fresh egg whites. Deeply colored and well balanced with an elegant body and flavors of rich cassis, black fruit and subtle oak spice. Firm, ripe tannins enhance the depth and complexity and support a long finish. Ready to enjoy but will continue to develop through 2020.
An underlying garnet tone accents the deep ruby color. Red and black cherries act as the aromatic base of the nose with heavy accents of white pepper, current and just a hint of earthiness. Black cherry flavors dominate the palate with rhubarb, red berries, Asian spice and minerality all combining to add a bit of zest. The sweet tannins and elegance of the palate carry forward to a long polished finish bringing into focus the intense structure and elegant side of this noble grape.
Napa Valley's 2014 vintage was classic in its character bringing us wines that highlight the elegance of 2012 with the power of 2013. JMC's 2014 Merlot follows a very traditional Right Bank Bordeaux model in both style and blend with 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc. The color is a bright ruby with a touch of amber emphasizing its depth. On the nose you will discover red cherry with accents of dried rose petals and hints of lilac and spice. Your first sip will introduce you to an elegant mouthfeel framed by finely grained tannins and bright acidity to offer both structure and balance while leading to an intriguing finish that reflects all the sensory impressions from the nose, palate and its Right Bank heritage.
Our 2013 Merlot from Napa Valley's Oak Knoll District is a perfect example of this stellar vintage. It displays all the elegance of our award winning 2012 with a bit more power, concentration and depth. The aromatics are filled with black rose and mineral elements accented by just a touch of new French oak. The palate is full and rich with notes of black cherry, blueberry, pepper and currant leading to a long complex finish with beautifully structured tannin and a multi-layered impression of all that went before.
Hand harvested from the Silverado Trail and tank fermented for three weeks. Aged in French oak for 24 months with just one barrel to barrel racking. Full bodied flavors and aromas of black cherry, plum, cardamom spice and hints of black rose. Outstanding character and complexity reminiscent of fine Pomerol. Rich, ripe tannins, well layered with a long finish. This release will evolve for many years.
A deep crimson color ushers in a nose exhibiting touches of wild spice, black and red cherries along with cranberry and an underlying tone of earth and forest floor. The palate is an extension of the nose with added notes of red currant, yellow plum and a hint of citrus to extend the bright fruit impressions. A nuance of minerality adds complexity and contributes to the unique personality of this wine. Supple tannins form a rich mouthfeel and add to an integrated finish balanced by bright acidity, depth, breadth and length.
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Winemakers Paul Scotto and Mitch Cosentino oversaw the hand-harvesting for our 2013 Malbec then chose stainless steel fermentation to preserve freshness. After fermentation was complete, the wine was transferred to a mix of new and older French oak for extended barrel aging. The color is a deep crimson with a welcome tone of brightness on the edge. Wild red berries and cranberry come forward on the nose coupled with notes of Asian spice and earth that leads to a bold palate impression filled with a panoply of red and black berries accented by earthy notes. A rich mouthfeel, structured tannins and youthful acidity round out the mid-palate while ushering in a layered finish showing sweet berry flavors with a touch of red plum and spice.
Visually, the classic rich golden tones hint to the richness yet to come on the nose and palate. The nose displays notes of spiced baked apple and tropical fruits that lead to a palate carrying forward the aromatics of the nose with an added note of white fig braced by bold acidity, firm structure and a rich mouthfeel. The lush finish is round and exhibits both length and layers of complexity.
Winemaker Paul Scotto refers to the 2015 JMC Chardonnay as, "Shaped like an inverted pear that starts out round and finishes crisp with lemon zest." A great mind picture to describe this very "modern Chablis-like" Chardonnay from Napa Valley's highly regarded Simone Vineyard with its elegant lime and apple nose accented by just a hint of tropical fruit. The palate is rich and full exhibiting pristine balance between fruit, oak and acidity as it leads to a long, bright, crisp finish bringing all of the aromatic and flavor elements together while lingering on and leaving us wanting another sip.
The fruit for our 2014 Chardonnay was grown in the Oak Knoll District located near the southern end of Napa Valley. Our combination of 50% whole cluster press, 30% barrel fermentation and 12 months in a combination of new and used French oak lends a true Burgundian character to the finished wine. The palate is crisp yet subtle with lively acidity and notes of pear, apple, quince and citrus complementing dynamic minerality leading to a long clean finish.
Hand harvested from the Oak Knoll District and whole cluster pressed immediately upon arrival at the winery. Stainless steel fermentation partially finished in French oak Burgundy barrels. Nine months of barrel aging enhanced the brightness, character and elegance of the fruit. Subtle, complex notes of citrus, melons, pineapple, mangoes and minerals. Full bodied and well balanced to enhance a broad range of cuisine; will continue to develop for several years.
The hallmarks of 50 Harvests have always been a subtle expression of balance, structure and longevity that are well represented in this, our fifth release from Napa’s heralded 2015 vintage. A medium ruby color is accented by plush tones of crimson leading to a nose of spice and cola surrounding the well rounded notes of blue berries and black cherries. The well integrated palate is rich and bold with a succulent mouthfeel framed by sweet tannins. Each component of the nose carries forward on the palate accompanied by hints of raspberry and red currant in the back for a bright edge to accentuate a strong sense of balance and structure. A lingering finish brings forward the character of each element while adding an overall sense of complexity in its layered presentation.
2014 was the third in an exemplary string of outstanding Napa Valley vintages expressing a virtual cross between the elegance of 2012 and sheer power of 2013. A bright crimson color combines with shades of garnet to create an appealing first impression. The nose exhibits strong black current notes supported by a mix of aromatics ranging from floral scents to tea leaves, tobacco and pomegranate. On the broad and richly balanced palate, black current continues to dominate with the support of black berries and cherries along with a touch of spice. The suppleness of the nose and palate carry on to a seductive and layered finish that just lingers on. The overall impression is one of balance with a silky mouthfeel accented by a Bordelaise character of stony/slate like minerality. All of these fine attributes combine effortlessly with an infinite underlying structure to guarantee early enjoyment and longevity in the bottle.
To enhance the complexity of this Meritage wine, and in keeping with Bordelaise tradition, each component varietal was fermented and aged separately prior to blending and bottling. The classic Bordeaux character of this 2013 50 Harvests bottling is expressed from its deep garnet color to the aromas of violets, rhubarb and tea. It is deeply structured with complex layers of flavors including black current, pepper, red and black berries along with a hint of a Graves-like graphite complemented by finely textured tannin and a long lingering finish. A wine to enjoy in its youth but further bottle aging through 2025 will award you with additional depth and complexity.
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. And now, with the 2017 vintage, we are adding a typical 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 spice and white peach bonded together under a cloak of purity and the complementary expressions of varietal character. On the palate the supple mouth-feel and flavors of white pitted fruit from Semillon pleasantly contrast with bright citrus notes and min-erality of Sauvignon Blanc for a complete expression of a classic Bordeaux-style white blend. The overall sense of the palate and citrus driven finish is one of elegance and grace driven by the urge to enjoy another sip.
Punched cap fermented by hand in one ton lots to finish and then racked into French oak barrels where it was aged for 16 months.
Cola berries and black cherry with a red rose floral note and river stones aromatics. Spicy with expansive red fruits on entry that reveals pomegranate and cher-ries. It is followed by a muscular structure through to the finish. It is well centered and powerful, bright and balanced.
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2014 Carneros Pinot Noir - Volume I - The long heralded Pinot Noir capitol of Carneros was the grape source for Inaugural Release of The Lost Chapters and with Paul's deft hand, the wine says it all. Our 2014 Pinot Noir’s medium ruby color borders on light raspberry and hints to the elegance of what’s to come. Sweet cherries with a note of tobacco and spice on the nose lead to a lush palate with balanced acidity and restrained tannins that frame flavors reminiscent of red cherries and raspberries. The exceptionally long and layered finish is interwoven with memories of the bright fruit and structure of the palate and seems to linger on its own forever. A must with grilled salmon and a perfect choice with lamb as you like it.
A pale straw color in the glass sets a stage for the elegance and varietal character to come. The nose is redolent with scents of fresh citrus that are supported by fragrant floral and tropical notes with a subtle herbal accent. This leads to a citrus driven mouth-filling palate complemented by notes of grapefruit framed with a sense of flinty minerality and enticing acidity. The interwoven finish carries forth the delightful fruit and fresh acidity of the palate to complete the classic presentation of this varietally based traditional blend. Sauvignon Blanc enhances the wine’s bright acidity and freshness as the ideal complement to the rich, supple texture of Semillon.
2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Volume IV - Our 2014 The Lost Chapters Cabernet Sauvignon is an intricate blending of fruit from a few select Napa Valley vineyards Winemakers Mitch Cosentino and Paul Scotto have been using in crafting award-winning wines for many years. It is a robust yet elegant wine that captures your senses as it continues to evolve in the glass revealing layered complexity and “surprises” around each corner. The nose is redolent with blue and black fruit that continues on to the palate as welcome notes of red berries and spice suddenly appear. The tannins are sweet and structured to frame not only the rich mouthfeel but the elegant bright finish as well.
The deep ruby color is accented by a gentile garnet tone. The engaging nose shows a focus on black fruits and spice with a touch of stony minerality typical of cooler climates. The palate is intense in nature with black fruits, current, and pepper along with a hint of vanillin. A powerful yet plush structure is present from the mid-palate to the finish with bright notes of red berry acidity along the way to add a complementary note of freshness. A long complex finish is supported by a rich tannic structure and all the impressions carried forward from the palate.
The translucent ruby color leads to a nose accented by the varietal's classic clove and floral nature with impressions of pencil shavings, red current, and rhubarb. The palate is rich but feminine with complementary expressions of red cherry, black plums, spice and sweet tannin reminiscent of Cabernet Franc's long Bordeaux heritage of structure and balance. The finish gracefully brings together all the elements of the nose and palate in a multi-layered fashion that will leave you wanting for another glass. With a bit of air, the characteristics of the wine intensify and deepen while retaining all of its elegance to indicate a long life ahead in the cellar.
The color is a beautiful shade of crimson that leads to a nose of bright red berries and cranberry. The palate exhibits a supple mouthfeel supported by sweet tannins and a backbone of complementary acidity with flavors of red and blue berries accented by notes of minerality and spice. A lingering finish is framed by integrated tannins and fruit with underlying acidity serving to create length, subtle power and complexity.