90 Points - The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker
Winemaker and JCK Wine Company founder John Kane lives for making dense, decadent and delicious Zinfandel and Rhone blends. Moonset is a blend of Zinfandel with Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet from three distinct vineyards in Sonoma County.
Red Rock Ranch in Knights Valley is the backbone of the blend. Sitting at 2300 feet elevation with steep slopes, the Zinfandel shows mountain fruit typicity with bright red fruit character, lively acid and firm tannins.
Tzabaco Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley is the source for the Petite Sirah. This valley floor vineyard has full sun exposure ripening the fruit to perfection with brilliant flavors and dark spices.
Viszlay Vineyard in Russian River Valley rounds out the blend with slow ripening, structured, complex Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet from this cool, fog influenced microclimate.
Bursting with aromas of wild cherry, vanilla, blueberry and boysenberry. Lively on the palate with ripe dark fruit, cola, exotic spices and violets with a juicy, plush finish.
Blend: 80% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 3% Alicante Bouschet
AVA: Sonoma County
John Kane, Winemaker:
I’ve always had a strong connection to the land. I grew up in the Central Valley of California and my parents were in the agricultural business so farming has been in my bones since I can remember.
Across twenty years in the wine industry, I’ve held nearly every job in the winery from bottling line manager to cellar master to winemaker. I spent fifteen of those years at Rosenblum Cellars where I fell in love with Zinfandel and had the amazing opportunity to work under Kent Rosenblum and Jeff Cohn.
My dream was always to have my own project. I wanted to make wines that I love to drink, that reflect my style and that make my family proud. I wanted a legacy to pass to my kids and to create something that would live beyond my years.
JCK Wine Company was born in 2014. I founded the company with three distinct wines working with growers that I have known for many years. Those strong relationships have allowed me access to some of the best fruit in Sonoma. I plan to add more wines when the timing is right and when I find the right fruit.
Thank you for taking this journey with me and I sincerely hope you enjoy the wines. Learn more at www.jckwineco.com.