Jeff Gordon Cellars
Napa Valley AVA
On the fast track to being one of the top wineries in Napa
He is known to millions of NASCAR followers as Wonder Boy or the driver of the 24 car.
In 2015, at the age of 43, Jeff Gordon retired from his incredible racing career that included Sprint Champion (4 times), Daytona 500 Winner (3 times) and numerous other honors. He is the current iron man leader with other 750 consecutive races under his belt. He was also the first driver to accumulate earnings that have topped 100 million dollars and was named by Foxsports.com as the fifth-best NASCAR driver of all time. Today, he is a FOX Sports commentator.
Born and raised in Vallejo, California, Gordon also owns a thriving winery business that is called Jeff Gordon Cellars. The fact that Vallejo is directly below Napa Valley made it very easy for his family to take rides when Gordon was young. He fondly remembers the beautiful wineries and vineyards that made a lasting impact on him, and when he finally began drinking wine, his early experience was solidified.
Jeff Gordon Cellars made its official debut in late 2005 with around 250 cases of its Carneros Chardonnay. Since that time, the winery has produced a number of additional varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, a Rosé of Syrah, and a signature red blend named ‘Joie de Vivre’ - each around 250 cases. Gordon has no intention of mass producing any wine and instead is focused on limited releases of extremely high quality wines.
Gordon credits Calistoga winemaker August ‘Joe’ Briggs and his nephew Jesse Inman for making Jeff Gordon Cellars the success that it is. A long time winemaker, Briggs has stints with the likes of La Crema and Keenan to his credit. He also tutored his nephew on the finer points of winemaking. When August Biggs Wines was created, Jesse worked in a number of rolls and in 2006 became the assistant winemaker. When Gordon approached Biggs and Inman about consulting on Jeff Gordon Cellars, a lasting friendship was born. Today, Biggs remains in a consulting role while Jesse Inman serves as the actual winemaker.
Accolades and industry plaudits have come in bunches for the wines of Jeff Gordon Cellars, and since Gordon’s retirement, he has greatly enjoyed having more time to devote to his growing namesake winery project.
Dear Platinum Wine Club Members,
I am very excited to introduce the Jeff Gordon Collection of Wines to you through the Gold Medal Wine Club. Many of you may know me from racing, but I am also a fine wine enthusiast and a proud Northern California vintner. Working with two outstanding guys – winemakers August ‘Joe’ Briggs and his nephew Jesse Inman – we have been producing some amazing Napa and Sonoma varietals since 2004. My goal has been to craft world-class wines modeled after the characteristics that I enjoy from each respective varietal, focusing on quality rather than quantity.
I am proud to present to you my 2005 Napa Valley Merlot from our Library Collection. We produced two vintages back in 2004 and 2005. You know, I think Merlot is sometimes underrated, but I’ve always loved it. We purposely held back some cases of the 2005 vintage to allow for extensive bottle aging, and the result is an amazingly rich, opulent wine that has become so complex and delicious. I feel like it is just now hitting its stride.
My wife Ingrid and I enjoy this wine with our closest family and friends, and we sincerely hope you find it as wonderful as we do.
Cheers to you and yours,