J. WILKES AVA’S
THE AREAS WE SOURCE FRUIT (THE AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREAS) ARE THE LANDSCAPE AND ‘SOMEWHERENESS’ THAT DEFINE OUR WINES’ STYLE.
SANTA MARIA VALLEY
34° 57′ 11″ N / 120° 26′ 5″ W
THE SANTA MARIA VALLEY APPELLATION IS THE SECOND OLDEST APPELLATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND WAS ESTABLISHED THE SAME YEAR AS THE NAPA VALLEY AVA DISTINCTION; 1981.
SANTA RITA HILLS
34° 37′ 51″ N / 120° 20′ 22″ W
THE STA. RITA HILLS AVA IS CHARACTERIZED BY HIGH INTENSITY, DARK AND STRUCTURED PINOT NOIR AND NERVEY/MINERAL CHARDONNAYS.
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.