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."
Aromas of black cherry, currant, rhubarb and a touch of red rose flow into the mouth with similar flavors complexed by black pepper and briary, ripe tannins. Precisely balanced with a polished texture and a long finish; it is ready to enjoy upon release but still young with very long aging potential.
The color represents a lively translucent quality with a deep ruby hue complemented by hints of garnet. The nose is redolent with notes of currants and black cherry with a touch of pepper, earth and subtle spice leading to the palate that is more reminiscent of elegance than brawn and framed by a sense of intricate balance and structure. Suggestions of black berries and currants from the nose couple with minerality and firm tannins round out a palate impression that will gain added depth with a little time in the glass. A long, layered and polished finish carries forward the elegance and complexity of the palate as a classic expression of this most regal grape.
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.
This Napa Valley classic has floral aromatics with hints of pear, limestone and spice. The rich, well balanced flavors are supple and broad through the center leading to a crisp finish. The dynamic flavor profile includes pear, white fig, citrus and cream notes. The winemaking style and vinification techniques make this Chardonnay ideal to enjoy tonight but also gives it exceptional aging potential and the ability to mature in the bottle for at least 8-10 years.
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.
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A translucent bright ruby/violet hue resembles the classic Sangiovese-based wines of Tuscany. The nose is dominated by deep scents of red berries along with hints of sage and earth. All leading to a sensual palate impression exhibiting finely grained tannins supporting the brightness of the nose with elegant herbal notes, complementary minerality and red fruits so typical of Merlot. The finish is complex and brings out the best of each varietal while emphasizing the character of the blend and given its intense structure and intricate balance, a long cycle of aging is ahead for The Historian. Pairing with grilled meats and tomato based dishes will entice the palate and pay homage to its Tuscan heritage.
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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 combination 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.
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This unique, Bordeaux style white wine was crafted from a blend of 52% Semillon and 48% Sauvignon Blanc. After barrel fermentation it was aged on the lees for 16 months in custom made French oak barrels made exclusively for these varietals.
A pale golden straw color precedes intriguing aromas of spice, white peach and varietal character. The palate offers a supple mouthfeel and flavors of white fruit from the Semillon and bright citrus and minerality from the Sauvignon Blanc. The overall palate impression is elegant, graceful and well balanced with a dry, citrus driven finish. This release also offers exceptional aging potential.
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This 100% Merlot was aged 26 months in 20% new French oak and 80% second vintage oak. The nose includes black cherries, plums, pomegranate and bay leaves. Deep black fruit flavors form the base that follows, with bay leaves from the nose and accents of white pepper that carry into the palate. The excellent balance and complementary tannins result in a long, polished finish. It is full bodied yet elegant and ready to enjoy now, or patient owners will benefit from additional complexities that will develop in the bottle over the next several years.
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.
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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 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.
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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.
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The intriguing color is a bright shade of translucent ruby and the nose is accented by the varietal's classic characteristics of clove with floral notes, pencil shavings and red currant accom-panied by hints of rhubarb and juniper. On the elegant mid-weight palate you'll discover impressions of red cherry, black plums, and spice supported by fine grained tannin and a luscious mouthfeel reflecting Cabernet Franc's long Bordeaux tradition of balance, structure and charm. The finish encompasses all the elements of the nose and palate in a long layered fashion.
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A deep ruby hue is accompanied by a touch of garnet typical of the varietal when handled perfectly from the vineyard to winery. The engaging nose is a panoply of red fruits, black berries and spice with a touch of stony minerality reflecting the cooler climate growing conditions. Black fruits on the nose carry forward to the powerful, yet plush palate dis-playing elegance and balance with a touch of sage while the brightness of red berries add a complementary note of fresh-ness. A long and complex finish is accented by bold tannins and deep structural elements to capture the nature of both elegance and power.
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.
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2013 Napa Valley Zinfandel - Volume II - A "back to the future" depiction of the classic Claret-style Napa Valley Zins of the 1970s and 1980s that established the true identity of this historic grape. A bright ruby translucent hue is pleasing to the eye and leads on to a unique interplay of enticing red fruit and cranberry on the nose contrasting with the varietal's trademark briary tones and earthy scents of a moist forest floor. The palate exhibits both red and blue berries with a mineral spiciness and a trace of truffle. The long layered finish is a tribute to its true Claret-style with power and complexity that leaves you wanting another glass. The Lost Chapters 2013 Napa Valley Zinfandel is a perfect match with grilled sausage, a hearty burger, roast chicken with a wild mushroom sauce and of course the Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings.
Rustic spice and briary fruit aromatics. Brawny with red and black fruits of pomegranate and currants accented with an earthy mineral note and subtle herb spiciness that reveals a wine with layers of complexity. It has brightness, depth and richness with a long finish. Fun with pizza, pasta or burgers.
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.
Bright raspberry, melon and honeydew aromas and vivid tropical fruit flavors - ideal for both spicy and moderately seasoned foods.
A deep, dense ruby color promises a multi-layered profile that awakens the senses with aromas of boysenberry jam, black pepper, cocoa and ample hints of sweet oak. Beyond that, the flavors delight the pallet with bright red cherries and blackberries at entry, followed with accents of baking spice and leather. The finish offers smooth, lingering fruit and vanilla bean. Enjoy with main course roasted meats or rich Italian dishes, or savor with your favorite chocolate treat for dessert.
Floral, green apple, and Meyer lemon aromatics. In the mouth there is a medium-full bodied richness brightened by focused lime, followed by lemon zest centered on a full bodied, polished mouthfeel that is precisely balanced through to a long, cleansing finish.
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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.
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.
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.
Deep purple-ruby natural color abounds. River stone minerality, black pepper, currants and black rose notes fill the aromatic profile. Flavors cross a broad spectrum of fruits: dense currants blackberries, black plums with rhubarb and peppercorns, well centered and big structured yet with a surprising suppleness on the mid-palate. It finishes long, spicy and firm with some ripe tannins.