J. Wilkes Wines are blended from the best vineyards on the Central Coast of California, many of which are owned by our family business. This vertical integration from ground to glass enables us to provide winemaker Wes Hagen an amazing amount of barrels and lots of wine to painstakingly taste and blend into J. Wilkes.
SANTA MARIA VALLEY
34° 57′ 11″ N / 120° 26′ 5″ W
Santa Maria Valley is a cool-climate wine production area famed for its quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay since the 1970’s. Many wine critics consider Santa Maria Valley (SMV) to be the heart and soul of Santa Barbara Wine Country. The low-nutrient sandy soil, strong Pacific winds and fog, sun-kissed slopes of the ‘Tepusquet Bench’ combine to produce small vines with limited vigor, tiny clusters and a rare combination of verve and elegance in our wines.
SANTA RITA HILLS
34° 37′ 51″ N / 120° 20′ 22″ W
Petitioned in 1997 by J.Wilkes winemaker Wes Hagen and approved in 2001, the Santa Rita Hills is a unique series of east-west coastal valleys that channel fierce winds and dense fog. The result of the sandy soils and cool-climate in Pinot Noir production is profound: tiny berries, dense color, and wines that are famed and sought after for their big style, amazing acid structure and impressive aging potential. Soils begin developing around 12 million years BCE when this area first is thrust out of the Pacific Ocean by a massive tectonic event.
PASO ROBLES HIGHLANDS DISTRICT
35° 32′ 2″ N / 120° 18′ 14″ W
Younger soils than found in Santa Maria Valley or Sta. Rita Hills AVA’s, these deep, often intensely hard soils were eroded from geologic parent material formed in the Pleistocene and Old Pliocene (5 million years BCE to 10,000 years BCE). The soils in the PRHD AVA tend to be alluvial (broken down by the movement of water) and tend to be less acidic (higher pH) than soils found in The SRH and SMV AVA’s. Associated with the La Panza Range and the Simmler, Monterey, and Paso Robles formations. Highest elevation (2000’+ in places) and diurnal temperature shifts (50 degree average between daytime high and night-time lows) of any Central Coast wine production locale.