Wait, only Cabernet Sauvignon?
Yes, only Cabernet Sauvignon. For now at least. One of my favorite aspects about wine is how the same variety, made by the same person, in the same ‘style’, but from two different vineyards, can make two totally different wines. This interest in Washington state terrior became JB Neufeld. We focus only on Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards up and down the Yakima Valley. We source fruit from Artz Vineyard in the acclaimed Red Mountain AVA which gives my wine the firm tannins, cherry cola notes, and gravel aromatics. We also get fruit from up the valley, Two Blondes Vineyard-Andrew Will’s estate vineyard which gives a more delicate mouthfeel and some really pretty floral notes on the nose that I love.
This year I am excited to source fruit from the iconic Red Willow Vineyard and from Ciel Du Cheval. I am looking forward to watching these wines develop. Winemaking taes great patience but it is always worth the wait.
The focus of this project, JB Neufeld, is maintaining that uniqueness of place. It forces me to concentrate much more on the fruit than I might normally, in order to find its qualities and how to enhance them and make a more interesting wine. I am fortunate to source fruit from some of the best vineyards in Washington State, which makes this project that much more exhilarating and challenging.