West Burgundy Wine Group is a new division at Jackson Family Wines that is focused on estate-grown, site-specific wines crafted from classic Burgundian varieties.
West Burgundy Wine Group is a portfolio that includes wineries form the notable appellations of Los Carneros, Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. West Burgundy Wine Group is also the exclusive importer for Nuits-St-Georges-based négociant Moillard-Grivot.
Here’s a look at the current domestic properties in the new group:
Carneros Hills Winery was established in 2013 at historic Buena Vista Winery and is the home base for the West Burgundy Wine Group. An area known for its wind and cool weather as well as chalky soils results in pinot noir with a floral perfume nose and bright acidity.
Carneros Hills Winery, under winemaker Eric Johannsen, also produces chardonnay under the label Chardenet, the original spelling of chardonnay in France. Chardenet is focused on single vineyard Sonoma Coast chardonnay from the Coteau Blanc and Durell vineyards.
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Champ de Rêves, meaning Field of Dreams, is a pinot noir property in the Anderson Valley also under Johannsen. First planted in 2012, the Champ de Rêves Boone Ridge Vineyard is a patchwork of small blocks in a remote and eclectic area two hours northwest of Carneros. The vineyard is located at the highest elevation in the Anderson Valley (1,300-2,000 feet above the valley floor) and sits above the fog line. The soils are leaner and shallower resulting in a pinot noir with aromas and flavors of blue and black fruit, floral and spices.
Wild Ridge is a property producing pinot noir on the far western edge of the Sonoma Coast. Located only 3-4 miles from the Pacific Ocean and at an elevation of 900 feet, the vineyard sits above the fog line and the grapes are growing in gold rich soils with low fertility. Winemaker Craig McAllister produces a pinot noir with vibrant notes of green tea, orange zest and cedar.
Gran Moraine is located in the Yamhill Carlton AVA in the northern Willamette Valley. The soils consist of ancient marine sediment and the climate is more Mediterranean from July to October. Located in the northernmost area for pinot noir to ripen, the light during the June Equinox affects the acids and tannins in grapes that see a short growing season.
With more than 38 years of experience in California, France and Oregon, winemaker Eugenia Keegan produces these pinot noirs that show black fruit, minerality and rose and violet notes.
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