In 2008, Brit Jack Roberts was visiting Napa for the very first time to work harvest. He met Johanna Jensen within 6 hours of arriving. On his third attempt in trying to engage conversation with her, she replied, and they were inseparable until dawn. 11 years later they are married, have a two year old daughter and run Keep wines. They come with excellent pedigree - Jack started in the vineyards working for Steve Matthiasson, and now works as assistant winemaker for Matthiasson Family Vineyards, whilst wife JJ is formerly of Broc Cellars and Scholium. All sites are farmed by themselves or by Steve, and are all certified organic or practicing. Like Steve, the focus is protecting and always improving the vineyards, the surrounding land and the pillars of sustainability.
Their wines are a delight. Different, sometimes, yes. Funky, sometimes yes as well. Italian varieties play a big part here. Expect less overly ripe fruit, less oak, minimal manipulation and fine acid across the range. Wines of the highest authenticity, whilst still being pristine clean.
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