Auction 14 | Lot No. 112
Spring Mountain District
5 cases produced
Winemaker, Juslyn Vineyards
Upon graduating from U.C. Davis in 1982 with a Bachelors Degree in Plant Science, Craig started a landscaping company in his of hometown San Diego. Craig became interested in wine after attending wine tastings organized by one of his clients. When his interest in wine increased to an intense level, he went back to U.C. Davis to get a Master’s Degree in Enology. In 1986, during his last year in the Enology program, Craig worked the harvest at Chappellet Vineyard with Cathy Corison and Mia Klein. Upon graduation Craig was hired as Assistant Winemaker for Markham Vineyards where he worked for 2 years. Craig left Markham in 1989 and went to work for Cain Vineyard and Winery as Assistant Winemaker. Six months later, he was promoted to Winemaker and continued the Cain Five tradition and helped establish the Cuvee and Musque wine programs. In 1994, Craig moved down the hill to Spring Mountain Vineyard for four vintages and helped resurrect that great old property. In early 1998, Craig and a few friends founded the Kelham MacLean project. After three vintages, Craig and his partners sold the company, and in 2001, Craig crushed the first grapes for MacLean Wines (a solo project). Craig started a consulting company in 1998 which has continued to this day. His clients have included Juslyn, Bialla, Ilsley, Ahnfeldt, Brookdale, Anselmo Vigne, Dos Lagos, Schrader Vineyards and Alexandra Gianna. In 2007 Craig founded a new wine company named JAQK Cellars.
Country born: United States
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Q&A With the Winemaker
Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?
A: We tasted through all 32 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from our Spring Mountain Estate and selected a single that contained the perfect balance and harmony of fruit and structure that Juslyn strives for in each wine we produce.
Q: What was your inspiration for this offering?
A: Juslyn wines are a reflection of the vintage. The 2010 Premiere wine from 2008 did just that, reflect the elements and balance of cool nights and long season despite the early heat.
Q: Fill in the blanks: I chose to make this wine from this particular ______________ because ______________.
A: I chose to make this wine from this particular Cabernet Sauvignon because all points of structure and flavors were aligned perfectly.
Q: Why should a wine lover have a bottle of this wine in their cellar?
A: This wine will last generations to share with children and grandchildren as a reflection of the great 2008 vintage.
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