Jason Kesner started his winemaking career as a grape grower. `Quality wine is made in the vineyard, not in the winery` is Jason’s mantra and his passion to grow perfect and healthy grapes translates directly into his wines. During his time as vineyard manager for Hudson Vineyard in Carneros he had the opportunity to work with famous winemakers like John Kongsgaard and David Ramey. It was also here that Jason got inspired to produce his own wine. Kesner Wines was subsequently founded in 2002 and to start with only a single barrel was produced. The inaugural vintage received great reviews and was served in some of California’s best restaurants, for example Thomas Keller’s French Laundry. Additionally, from 2008 onwards, Jason started to work at Kistler Vineyards in Sonoma where he was appointed head winemaker in 2014. Kistler, once known for their over-exuberant style, have now become more restrained, while still maintaining the Kistler DNA that everyone knows and loves. Kesner Wines are very much in this style.
On the nose this shows ripe red apple fruit along with orchard blossom and citrus aromas as well as a saline wet stone minerality. The palate is much tarter than the nose suggests with fresh yellow apple flavours, grapefruit and orange juice. The wine has a precise acidity, subtle toasty flavours of vanilla and cinnamon from oak barrels and has a medium plus length. Drink from 2017.