Johanna Jensen & Jack Roberts
Pinot Meunier 2019
Located just north of Yountville in Napa, the certified organic Yount Mill Vineyard has been farmed by the Hoxley family for four generations — about 100 years. Pinot Meunier combines the grace of Gamay with the solar-powered umami vibes of old-world Syrah. Six months in neutral oak, 20% whole cluster, native yeast fermentation, unfined/unfiltered. 11.5% abv.
Organic farming and low intervention work best when you have a vision. And winemakers Johanna Jensen (formerly with Scholium Project and Broc Cellars) and Jack Roberts (former Assistant Winemaker at Matthiasson) have a big one. Together they are ushering in a new era in California: wines with edge and energy, at prices you can afford. To pull it off they are working their connections to source unbelievably cool fruit — Napa Pinot Meunier anyone? — from unusual places like Windmill Vineyard in the Dunnigan Hills AVA (a remote appellation between Napa and the Sierra Foothills). Like a painting that comes to life with a single brush stoke, Keep wines feel untouched, yet distinctly animated — with a fluorescent energy that keeps you coming back.