Jones Family Vineyard

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2171 ratings
9.136 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Our first bottling from this small production family winery in Calistoga.

My first impressions of this wine, it’s a classic older Calistoga Cabernet. It’s nicely resolved but, not at the end of its life as some have predicted. It is a shade past its prime but, drinking nicely with the exception it’s a touch hot, even after all this time in bottle and when temp’s were not pushing alcohol levels like they can now. However, heat aside, I enjoy wines just the other side of their prime and beyond. Brings out additional complexity-characteristics and are infinitely more interesting.

The nose reveals, stewed & baked fruits of; blackberries, black plum, black cherry extract, black raspberries with some deep blue fruits. Loads of baking spices; clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Dark spice, dark chocolate, sweet tarriness, mocha, caramel, walnut shells, anise to black licorice, steeped, dark fruit teas, mint/eucalyptus, dry crushed rocks, leather, tobacco, graphite, used charcoal, dark liqueur and cola, dry herbs with dark, red, blue, purple, fresh & withering flowers accented with lavender.

The body is rich, lush, ruby, statin, velvety and thick. The tannins are rounded & softened but, still speaking loudly. The structure, tension, length and balance are in a very good place. This wine has legs to stand for another 5-10 years depending on how you enjoy them. Stewed, candied & baked fruits of; blackberries, black plum, black cherry extract, black raspberries deep blue fruits, purple fruit blend, haunting raspberries with poached strawberries as it sets. Loads of baking spices; clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Dark spice with good palate heat, dark chocolate, sweet tarriness, mocha, caramel, walnut shells, anise to black licorice, steeped, dark fruit teas, mint/eucalyptus, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, slightly, moist clay, pronounced, fine volcanic minerals, leather, tobacco, graphite, used charcoal, dark liqueur and cola, dry herbs with dark, red, blue, purple, fresh & withering flowers accented with lavender. The acidity is round & exquisite. The long finish is; well balanced fruit & earth, very complexity, rich, delicious and persists endlessly.

Photos of; Stephanie Jones Bailey, Rick and Elaine Jones, Estate view, their Cabernet fruit close to harvest and vineyard staff managing fruit clusters & leafing.

Producer notes...they were founded in 1996. Jones Family Vineyards specializes in estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Thomas Rivers Brown makes their wines, two Cabernet wines...Jones Family Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and The Sisters. TRB also makes an extremely limited production of aged Sauvignon Blanc that is cellared for over 3 years in barrel and bottle.

Jones Family has ten acres of south facing vineyards that lie 600 to 800 feet off the valley floor, resting above the fog line, an ideal altitude for growing Cabernet in the Napa Valley area.

@Paul T- Huntington Beach FYI.

Our first bottling from this small production family winery in Calistoga.

My first impressions of this wine, it’s a classic older Calistoga Cabernet. It’s nicely resolved but, not at the end of its life as some have predicted. It is a shade past its prime but, drinking nicely with the exception it’s a touch hot, even after all this time in bottle and when temp’s were not pushing alcohol levels like they can now. However, heat aside, I enjoy wines just the other side of their prime and beyond. Brings out additional complexity-characteristics and are infinitely more interesting.

The nose reveals, stewed & baked fruits of; blackberries, black plum, black cherry extract, black raspberries with some deep blue fruits. Loads of baking spices; clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Dark spice, dark chocolate, sweet tarriness, mocha, caramel, walnut shells, anise to black licorice, steeped, dark fruit teas, mint/eucalyptus, dry crushed rocks, leather, tobacco, graphite, used charcoal, dark liqueur and cola, dry herbs with dark, red, blue, purple, fresh & withering flowers accented with lavender.

The body is rich, lush, ruby, statin, velvety and thick. The tannins are rounded & softened but, still speaking loudly. The structure, tension, length and balance are in a very good place. This wine has legs to stand for another 5-10 years depending on how you enjoy them. Stewed, candied & baked fruits of; blackberries, black plum, black cherry extract, black raspberries deep blue fruits, purple fruit blend, haunting raspberries with poached strawberries as it sets. Loads of baking spices; clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Dark spice with good palate heat, dark chocolate, sweet tarriness, mocha, caramel, walnut shells, anise to black licorice, steeped, dark fruit teas, mint/eucalyptus, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, slightly, moist clay, pronounced, fine volcanic minerals, leather, tobacco, graphite, used charcoal, dark liqueur and cola, dry herbs with dark, red, blue, purple, fresh & withering flowers accented with lavender. The acidity is round & exquisite. The long finish is; well balanced fruit & earth, very complexity, rich, delicious and persists endlessly.

Photos of; Stephanie Jones Bailey, Rick and Elaine Jones, Estate view, their Cabernet fruit close to harvest and vineyard staff managing fruit clusters & leafing.

Producer notes...they were founded in 1996. Jones Family Vineyards specializes in estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Thomas Rivers Brown makes their wines, two Cabernet wines...Jones Family Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and The Sisters. TRB also makes an extremely limited production of aged Sauvignon Blanc that is cellared for over 3 years in barrel and bottle.

Jones Family has ten acres of south facing vineyards that lie 600 to 800 feet off the valley floor, resting above the fog line, an ideal altitude for growing Cabernet in the Napa Valley area.

@Paul T- Huntington Beach FYI.

Sep 7th, 2019
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Last of the blind red wines. Theme was Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux Blend from Oakville, Stags Leap District or generic Napa Valley with professional reviews of 95+.

Oldest wine of the lot for sure with a deep garnet hue and quite a bit of sediment. Rounded and elegant nose with some dusty undertones. Notes of dark berries, cedar and tobacco leaves too. Medium and rounded tannins (5.5/10) with a medium to medium plus body. Still quite a bit of fruit on the palate, both blue and black berries. As well as some dark spices, cedar and a little forest floor. Long and balanced finish. Drink till 2022.

Last of the blind red wines. Theme was Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux Blend from Oakville, Stags Leap District or generic Napa Valley with professional reviews of 95+.

Oldest wine of the lot for sure with a deep garnet hue and quite a bit of sediment. Rounded and elegant nose with some dusty undertones. Notes of dark berries, cedar and tobacco leaves too. Medium and rounded tannins (5.5/10) with a medium to medium plus body. Still quite a bit of fruit on the palate, both blue and black berries. As well as some dark spices, cedar and a little forest floor. Long and balanced finish. Drink till 2022.

Feb 9th, 2019
Sue Mohle

Best ever! Cocoa and blueberries

Best ever! Cocoa and blueberries

Dec 5th, 2018
Mark Squires

Writer Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

9.2

Lovely, aging gracefully

Lovely, aging gracefully

1 person found it helpfulFeb 13th, 2015
Remi Barrett

Still unbelievably dense and dark at 18 years old. Lots of life ahead here

Still unbelievably dense and dark at 18 years old. Lots of life ahead here

Jan 22nd, 2017
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.1

Classic Napa. Juicy, big and satisfying.

Classic Napa. Juicy, big and satisfying.

Oct 14th, 2016
David L

03' Jones Family Cabernet. The cork disintegrated. Granite/brick color. There's really no need to decant this wine. Pop & pour. Let it open up in your glass for about 30 minutes and enjoy. Perfume nose. Red & Black ripened fruits. Light acidity/ tannins. Moderate, sweet oak is throughout the glass. It's not going to get any better. Drink them if you have them. 2/3 great years in it.

03' Jones Family Cabernet. The cork disintegrated. Granite/brick color. There's really no need to decant this wine. Pop & pour. Let it open up in your glass for about 30 minutes and enjoy. Perfume nose. Red & Black ripened fruits. Light acidity/ tannins. Moderate, sweet oak is throughout the glass. It's not going to get any better. Drink them if you have them. 2/3 great years in it.

Sep 13th, 2016
David L

04' Jones Cabernet Sauvignon Mag. It has 10+ years out of magnum left to drink.

04' Jones Cabernet Sauvignon Mag. It has 10+ years out of magnum left to drink.

May 22nd, 2016
Martin G Rivard

Pretty solid!

Pretty solid!

May 13th, 2016
David L

01' Jones family Cabernet Sauvignon. Decanted for one hour( 2 would be better)Dark red/purple in color. This stunning multilayered blue & red fruit Cabernet, with a little forest floor to it. Heidi Barrett/David Abreu collaboration have made another amazing hillside Calistoga wine. It has got easily another 10 years in it! Looking forward to trying the 12s & 13s. We are also looking forward to trying the last of our 01' - 07's Jones in the future!

01' Jones family Cabernet Sauvignon. Decanted for one hour( 2 would be better)Dark red/purple in color. This stunning multilayered blue & red fruit Cabernet, with a little forest floor to it. Heidi Barrett/David Abreu collaboration have made another amazing hillside Calistoga wine. It has got easily another 10 years in it! Looking forward to trying the 12s & 13s. We are also looking forward to trying the last of our 01' - 07's Jones in the future!

Jan 14th, 2016