Napa's Keep Wines - Keep by name keepers by nature.
Run and crafted by Napa based husband and wife team Johanna Jensen and Jack Roberts, these bright and mineral driven wines are influenced by Old World style, with minimal manipulation and great ageability. Their interest in the Old World isn't restricted to their wines - the name Keep Wines is a nod to Jack's heritage from Gloucestershire where he was born and raised. The crest of the bottle is from 11th C Norman fort, Beverston Castle, that can be found in Gloucestershire, where only the tall keep and the moat remain, where the fort defenders gathered as a last resort in a siege. The Keep was also where the precious goods were kept - including their wine.
In the vigneron tradition, they do much of the work themselves from vineyard to bottling. Based out of Napa, they work with small, mostly certified organic vineyards from all over Northern California and have a passion for lesser known grape varieties.
One of our favourites is Cournoise - originally a Rhone variety that was almost exclusively used as part of a blend, but now found to be very much at home in California, although it's still rarely made as a single varietal wine. The Keep take on this is a carbonically produced, beautifully fresh and vibrant wine with violets, pomegranate and lilac on the nose.