92 Insider Points
90 points- Wine Advocate
"The 2014 Moonset exhibits plenty of tangy, peppery blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, and medium to full body without the weight or richness of the Zinfandel or the personality of the Sucker Punch. Nevertheless, there is a lot to like, as the wine is intense and satisfying. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. "- Wine Advocate
A brand new label from the head winemaker at Rosenblum, this is your chance to get on board with a new winery before anyone else. This powerful and expressive red blend is composed of 80% Zinfandel from the Red Rock Ranch Vineyard in Knights Valley (2300ft elevation), 17% Petite Sirah from the Tzabaco Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley and 3% Alicante Bouschet from the Viszlay Vineyard in Russian River. Big and bold is the best description, but there’s finesse here as well, with hints of dark chocolate, spiced blackberry and well integrated oak. The wine is killer and easily drinks like a $40 bottle, grab a few to impress friends at your next gathering. Enjoy now through 2022. - DZ Apr 2016
80% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 3% Alicante Bouschet
90 points from the Wine Advocate, which writes: “The 2014 Moonset exhibits plenty of tangy, peppery blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, and medium to full body…” and concludes: “there is a lot to like, as the wine is intense and satisfying.”
This is the inaugural release of John Kane’s new project. Kane is the winemaker from Rosenblum, a winery that set the bar for exquisite single-vineyard Zins back when few in the business took the grape seriously. Rosenblum produced dozens of beautifully made, bountifully awarded single-vineyard Zins from old-vine source fruit. Thanks to his nearly two decades at Rosenblum, Kane developed close and enduring friendships with a few of California’s premier Zin growers. We all now benefit from these friendships, and this particular red is but one delicious example.
Saturated with succulent red fruit on the nose and palate, this jammy, juicy red is brimming with cherry cola and blueberry pie filling notes with tons of cinnamon and clove spice and a hint of purple flowers—ending in a textured, soft finish. As of now, JCK makes only three wines—all 90 points or above scorers, and all a testament to friendship, loyalty, and two of California’s native sons—John Kane and Zinfandel!
Reasons why we love it:
- The lion’s share (80%) of fruit for this big, hearty red is old-vine Zinfandel from the Red Rock Ranch in Knights Valley (a spectacular site at 2,300 feet in elevation and known to produce some of the most sought-after Zin in the world). In addition there is 17% Petite Sirah from Tzabaco Vineyard in Dry Creek, a site known to produce savory, spicy Petite Sirah with outstanding clarity. And the final 3% consists of amazing Alicante Bouschet from Vislay Vineyard, a cool and fog-enshrouded site in the Russian River AVA.
- Founded in 2014, the JCK label may be brand new, but proprietor John Kane is anything by a novice. Working with Kent Rosenblum and Jeff Cohn over the course of 15 years at Rosenblum Cellars, Kane developed a love of Zin and Rhone Blends and helped make Rosenblum one of the planet’s best Zin-focused labels.
- The 2012 vintage in Sonoma was “excellent across the board,” according to the Wine Spectator. The Wine Enthusiast rated this vintage 92 points for Zin in Sonoma County, and the Wine Advocate echoed this with another 92-point score.
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.
"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." - John C. Kane, JCK Wine Company Founder and Winemaker
Enjoy alone, or with smoked or roasted meats, sharp cheeses and with dishes with rich flavorful sauces.