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Wine Recommendation

Joseph Jewel Wines

2009 Pinot Noir, Elk Prairie Vineyard
(Humboldt County)

Winemaker Adrian Manspeaker produces a number of Pinot Noir wines and has included Pinot from the Elk Prairie Vineyard in Humboldt County in his portfolio. The vineyard is on Fruitland Ridge at 1200 feet in the southern region of Humboldt, a definite cool climate site. Soils of shale and broken rock dominate amidst the surrounding redwood forests. A combination of 50% Pomard and 50% Martini clones of Pinot Noir comprise this wine.

Medium garnet to ruby color, classic to Pinot Noir, with a nose that is still developing perfume and earth tones is backed by solid hard tannin, in its current youth. Beautifully structured with great balance, the palate is greeted with bright juicy red berry fruit flavors, showing raspberry, cherry and cranberry. Great expectations to the future aging of this wine, which finishes long and full, are held.

The future of southern Humboldt County could well ride on Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir that definitely shows a different aspect of California. The 2009 rendition by Joseph Jewel shows the traits of this region very well. Enjoy with foods that need acidity to fully complement the meal.

Reviewed August 30, 2012 by Clark Smith.


Other Awards & Accolades

2012 Humboldt County Best 0f Appellation Double Gold wine.


The Wine

Winery: Joseph Jewel Wines
Vineyard: Elk Prairie Vineyard
Vintage: 2009
Wine: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Humboldt County
Grape: Pinot Noir
Price: 750ml $39.00

Review Date: 8/30/2012

The Reviewer

Clark Smith