Jaxon Keys Winery
2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon •Nolan Vineyard
California: Mendocino County
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Mission Codename: Action Jaxon
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Return to Jaxon Keys. This time, procure Jaxon Keys’ top-flight Nolan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Jaxon Keys Winery
Wine Subject: 2007 Nolan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Ken and Diane Wilson
Backgrounder: Today’s Cabernet Sauvignon comes to us from one of our favorite Mendocino County wineries, Jaxon Keys. Grown on the winery’s 1250 acre estate, today’s wine is a delicious single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon grown in their Nolan vineyard, a premium hillside spot that yields incredible Cabernet
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Dark burgundy, with deep great concentration of color, right out to the edges of the glass – and right through the deepening heart of the wine. When swirled, this wine appears tight and snappy, settling fast. When it does settle, it leaves behind tight clusters of chubby legs skinny legs that run down the glass in tightly-spaced pairs. Some legs take a long time to appear and then they move down the glass very slowly
Smell – Lush, dark and richly layered with aromas of blackberry bramble, dark mixed berries, cedar, dark cherry, spice and black pepper
Feel – Grippy and mouth-coating on entry, with a dryness and a warming tightness that pulls at the cheeks, puckers the lips and adds a layer of minerality to the teeth, a unique attribute that I really found interesting
Taste – Dark and slightly tangy at first, then dark flavors of black plum, dark and smoky mixed berries, black currant and sweetwoods. These are underpinned by a subtle under-layer of cola and darkest chocolate
Finish – The wine starts dark and slightly dusky, then finishes brighter as blackfruit and soft oak flavors tail off over a long, mouthwatering time
Conclusion – After spending so much of my focus and energy on tasting Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa and Sonoma, what a pleasure it was to taste today’s original offering from Jaxon Keys in Mendocino County! Deep, dark, dusky and delightful in so many ways, this wine delivers in a big bold way. With big flavors, big aromas and a rich feel, this is a wine that is a great solo drinker. With no shortage of character, this wine delivers a rollicking experience and a real window into great Medo Cab Sauv
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of Jaxon Keys winery can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
About This Wine:
A luscious fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon with power and depth. Bramble fruit and dark red cherries, a hint of pepper and toasted oak with a hint of smokiness on the nose. Enjoy the striking, long-action finish. Just the right balance between tannins, acidity, and fruit, this unfined wine was aged in French, American and Hungarian oak. 100% Mendocino county!
Winemaking: Morning harvest, select picked from a well established sustainably farmed Cabernet vineyard on classic redvine soils from the rolling hill benchlands outside the town of Calpella, near Lake Mendocino. Crushed and cold soaked for 48 hours. Fermented and held on skins for 18 days. 19 months in oak.
About The Winery:
Jaxon Keys’ wine making philosophy is to produce wines and brandies grown only from their estate vineyards. We believe our wines should showcase the unique characteristics of the vineyards, while building upon the classical interpretations of each varietal.
Jaxon Keys; A Historical Perspective on Grape Growing in Mendocino County
Tucked in the rolling hills of Mendocino County, just north of sleepy little Hopland, California, lies a rare gem of a winery. Combining knowledgeable tasting room staff with genuinely friendly service and great wines, Jaxon Keys Winery and Distillery provides Northern California travelers and wine tasters a grand tasting experience.
This family winery is comfortably small, but has all the amenities of a larger commercial winery. They offer wines in a variety of styles from big, full reds, to delightfully lighter wines such as their new release Barbera Rose and Sauvignon Blanc.
As noted in the Wine Spectator from January 9, 2009, Ken and Diane Wilson, the owners of Sonoma-based Wilson Winery and Mazzocco Winery, recently purchased this beautiful winery and its 1,200-acre property in Mendocino County. This new acquisition, which includes 121 acres of vineyards, adds another property to the Wilsons’ growing list of wineries.
Staring out in 1844 as a Mexican Land Grant, Don Fernando Feliz located his headquarters here. In 1858 Don Fernando sold 1580 acres to a Scottish immigrant to the United States, John McGlashen, who had come to California during the Gold Rush. He named his new property “Burnee Hill Ranch” (Burn in Scots meaning “on a hill”.) The ranch was used for sheep raising, and the original house, which will soon be the tasting room, was built then.
In 1889 John married Chicago native Ana and they had daughter Jeanne Wilson McGlashen (Interesting to note this is not the first time the “Wilson” name has been associated with this property. Jeanne married Ern Hawn, and the two ran the ranch after her parents passed away. Their son Floyd was an employee of the County of Mendocino, and said that his father liked the agricultural part of running the farm, and was the first person to put grapes in on the property, to use in home winemaking. In the 1950’s the ranch was sold to Bill Cook.
Bill held this for investment property and never lived at the ranch. The Lucchetti family then became involved, and planted the French Columbard in the vineyard alongside Hwy 101, that is used for the brandy making. These vines grew to be six feet tall, mimicking the prune trees that grew alongside! Eventually other varietals were planted and the winery established in 1985.
Now, Jaxon Keys is planted in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, French Columbard, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Viognier and Grenache Noir. Our featured Zinfandel from Etta’s Block, comes from the 8.97 Zinfandel acres planted on the gentle south-east facing hillsides of the property.
Composition: 100% Cabernet
Acidity: .50 grams/100 ml
Production: 150 Cases bottled 6/8/09
Cellaring: Recommended cellaring time 4 to 5 years. Optimal storage temperature 55-60 F (13-16 C)