Johanna Jensen & Jack Roberts
Pinot Meunier 2019
Why This Wine
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% alc.
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.