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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aromas of currants, black pepper and floral notes which flow onto the palate. Bright and balanced, with black cherry, rhubarb, a touch of pomegranate, a polished tex-ture and a long finish. Quite young on release with a more Bordeaux-like style and long aging potential.
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.
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.
This Napa Valley classic has floral pear and lemon aromatics with hints of apple, cream and spice. The rich, 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.
Rich aromas of citrus, apple, floral and minerals followed by flavors of lemon, lime and stone fruit with a crisp, lingering finish. Enjoy today with rotisserie chicken, veal piccata and lemon seasoned seafood, or bottle age for at least 3-5 years for additional complexity.
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.
Hand harvested from one of the state’s oldest and most revered Charbono vineyards in Calistoga. Fermented in stainless steel for two weeks and barreled primarily in older oak for two years with minimal racking. Robust and full bodied with ripe flavors of blueberries, blackberries, plums and exotic spices. The tannins are firm but proportionate for balance, structure, mouthfeel and finish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Citrus, clove and floral aromatics with subtle vanilla notes. Pineapple up front followed by a touch of quince with lemon essence. Crisply balanced and polished in the center. Medium-full bodied with bright acidity and a pleasant rich-ness that is not fat, but add complexity.
Napa Valley Chardonnay - Volume V - Our 2014 The Lost Chapters Chardonnay comes primarily from the Oak Knoll District and another fine vintage for Chardonnay in the Napa Valley. Winemaker Mitch Cosentino has been making outstanding Chardonnay for several decades and our 2014 bottling carries forward his esteemed reputation with this varietal along with Paul’s passion to bottle only the best. The palate displays bright acidity supporting an elegant profile of pear, apple, citrus and quince with intense minerality. Balance is the key descriptor for this wine and the tightly structured finish will leave you wanting for another glass.
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.
2014 Napa Valley Petite Sirah - Volume III - An intriguing wine showing the deep brooding color typical of the varietal with a nose displaying black current, plum and red berries. The palate is rich and plump with an interwoven textural mouthfeel framed by structured tannins along with powerful elements of mixed black fruits and extraordinary balance. The finish carries on the depth and power of the palate accented by an exciting hint of bright raspberry. The Lost Chapters 2014 Napa Valley Petite Sirah is an expression of power with an elegant edge that's sure to pair beautifully with a range of grilled game meats, a juicy steak and perhaps a charred rare salmon with a red wine reduction and cipollini onions for a welcome touch of sweetness.
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.