J. Wilkes

Wines Of Character, Wines Of Place

Founder - Jeff Wilkes

After a long and rewarding career as a salesman, grape grower and ambassador for Santa Maria and Paso Robles wine, Jeff Wilkes decided to try his hand at winemaking.

He went to his long time employer and friend, Steve Miller, with a proposal to create wines that focused on California’s Central Coast, through the lens of two of its sub-AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas) – Santa Maria and Paso Robles Highlands.

Jeff launched his namesake label in 2001 and immediately received critical acclaim for his wines. He continued on this path until 2010, making his last vintage before his untimely passing later that year.
Inspired by Jeff’s vision and moved by their friendship, the Miller family decided to continue the J. Wilkes label as a tribute to Jeff’s undying passion for the Santa Maria and Paso Robles wine regions.

Santa Maria Valley

Santa Maria Valley

Paso Robles Highlands

Paso Robles Highlands Ava

Rich history and
tradition of quality.

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SANTA MARIA VALLEY

CHARDONNAY

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SANTA MARIA VALLEY

PINOT BLANC

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SANTA MARIA VALLEY

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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SANTA MARIA VALLEY

PINOT NOIR

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CHARDONNAY

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PINOT BLANC

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CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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PINOT NOIR

Winemaker

WES HAGEN

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J. Wilkes Wines - Accolades

SANTA MARIA VALLEY

PINOT BLANC

Stone fruit, white fruit blossoms, crisp, bright, mineral and fruity . Profound tension between freshness structure with persistent and notable nectarine in the finish.

91 Points & Editor’s Choice – Wine Enthusiast

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SANTA MARIA VALLEY

CHARDONNAY

Orange blossoms wafting near toasting French oak. Savory apple and lime zest, browned butter and brulee, clean ocean breeze with hints of tropical fruit Complex and surprisingly integrated. 

93 Points – Tasting Panel Magazine

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SANTA MARIA VALLEY

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Black, plum currant, cassis, ripe black cherry with hints of cocoa nibs, toffee and cedar. Fruity, juicy and ripe, with a rare combination of dense delicious fruit notes and a sense of balance and elegance. Paso – dust minerality and a long, bright, fruity finish.

92 Points – Tasting Panel Magazine

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SANTA MARIA VALLEY

PINOT NOIR

Ripe red berry fruits, cherry pie, white pepper and quite complex for such a juicy youngster. This youthful wine speaks volumes about the future of Santa Maria Pinot Noir typicity…

93 Points – Tasting Panel Magazine, 91 Points – Vinours, 90 Points – Wine Spectator, 90 Points – Jeb Dunnuck

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Tradition of Quality

Label Design

SPICE LEAF

Crumpling it in your hand creates the same aroma
as the inside of a wine barrel!

APPELLATION

Called out to set apart from other “county” or “coastal” wines.

WINES OF CHARACTER, WINES OF PLACE

Reinforces the special pedigree of these AVA designated wines.

Key Attributes

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