Joe Ginet’s roots in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley reach back to the late 19th century with his French-born grandfather resurrecting an old orchard near Jacksonville. After decades as a dairyman, Joe transformed his ranch into a vineyard, and he’s planted Merlot in clay soil. Ripeness is not a problem in this valley, which shows in aromas of black currant and plum with cherry cola, milk chocolate and vanilla bean. On the attack, juicy Bing cherry and Marionberry flavors make for a rather pleasant and fruity drink that’s picks up a bit tension with chalky tannins. Overall, the structure might be described as medium to light, not the other way around.
Production: 300 cases