Napa Valley AVA
Marvelous artistic flair with a keen sense of business
Nestled in the nape of the Vaca Mountain range on the eastern side of the Napa Valley, the facility now home to PlumpJack Winery was founded in 1881 and was the original site of Villa Mt. Eden Winery. Continuing in the tradition of producing dynamic, richly complex wines, PlumpJack Winery has made producing the finest wines possible its goal since 1995. Founder Gavin Newsom first got into the wine business in 1992 when he opened a small wine shop in San Francisco.
The shop flourished, and three years later the fledgling company purchased an incredible property in the Oakville District of Napa Valley and named it after the wine store that had already been called PlumpJack. The PlumpJack Group portfolio has since grown to include several restaurants, two wine shops, two boutique clothing stores, two luxury resorts and a trendy club, along with the aforementioned PlumpJack Winery, in its highly visible Wine Portfolio. While PlumpJack Winery maybe synonymous with world class Cabernet, what many do not realize is that the winery produces a small amount of Syrah as well. Many tasting room visitors come for the Cabernet, but end up leaving with the Syrah . . . and we can’t blame them!
The rich opulent flavors of PlumpJack’s Syrah make it hard to resist, and we hope you enjoy their latest highly desirable release.
Dear Platinum Wine Club Members,
We hope that you are enjoying the holiday season, as we certainly are here in the Napa Valley! 2014 marked our twentieth harvest off of our Estate in Oakville, and we are thrilled with how spectacular this vintage is shaping up. While we wait patiently for this great vintage now aging gracefully in barrel, we can enjoy those already in bottle, which includes our very special 2012 PlumpJack Merlot, Napa Valley, that is included in this month’s wine club shipment.
In 2012, we saw all of the stars align. A classic vintage, we experienced beautiful conditions from start to finish. The spring was mild, which allowed for a normal budbreak. The weather held through spring, resulting in ideal conditions for bloom and set. The summer months were consistently warm with cool nights, and our grapes were slowly gaining sugars while the flavors were developing and the tannins were maturing. This trend carried over into the fall, allowing us to let our fruit hang on the vine to develop deep and intense flavors and aromatics with a beautiful, refined tannin. This perfect storm of events allowed us to craft a wine that is full and robust, with a concentrated palate. The wine reflects sheer elegance and wonderful natural acidity that lifts this wine from start to finish.
At PlumpJack, we pride ourselves on paying homage to our namesake, Sir Jack ‘PlumpJack’ Falstaff, by celebrating his convivial spirit, and creating wines that are inviting and approachable from day one.
We hope you enjoy the wine, and that you’ll come share a glass or two with us here at PlumpJack!
PlumpJack Estate Winery