92 points, Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, July 2021
The deeper ruby/plum-hued 2018 Winemaster's Blend comes from the estate in Alexander Valley and I suspect is a mix of Bordeaux varieties, although I don't know the blend. Lots of red and black currants, tobacco, cedar pencil, and loamy soil notes define the nose, and this medium to full-bodied beauty is nicely textured, has wonderful overall balance, and enough structure and tannins to keep for a solid decade.
Jackson Estate wines showcase our cherished vineyard estate properties located on rare, coastal California terroir of mountain tops, ridges, hillsides and raised benchland soils. This limited release allows our winemakers to emphasize the extraordinary terroir of our unique properties and craft very small lots for refined palates.
AGING: 20 months in French Oak.
Established in 1984, the Alexander Valley AVA is a long, slim winegrowing region defined by the Russian River winding up its midline and the Mayacamas Mountains lining its eastern borders. The portion of the AVA we farm for this wine is comprised of mountains, ridges and hillsides and is filled with a diverse array of soils, mostly volcanic with a lot of fractured igneous rock in the rocky loam.