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

  • The Santa Maria Valley appellation is the third oldest in the United States, established in 1981, the same year as the Napa Valley AVA.
  • Santa Maria’s unique transverse valley acts as a funnel, channeling in cool maritime influences and depositing them throughout the wide valley.
  • Ocean temperatures off the coast are typically 55° to 59°F, fueled by a feature called the Coriolis effect that upwells deep and colder waters to the Santa Maria coast.
  • Daytime temperatures rarely exceed 75°F, providing a long and optimal growing season for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Santa Maria Valley

Paso Robles Highlands

  • The Paso Robles Highlands AVA lies thirty miles from Morro Bay & the Pacific Ocean. It’s eastern boundary line is made by the Santa Lucia coastal mountain range.
  • Paso Robles Highlands distinctive climate offers the widest day-night temperature swing (diurnal shift) of any grape growing region in California.
  • Rich in fossilized limestone soils, resulting from millions of years of marine deposits, Paso Robles Highlands’ terroir uniquely stresses grape vines to create world-class wines.
  • The resulting wines demonstrate deep, intense flavors, balanced by structure and elegance.

Paso Robles Highlands Ava

Rich history and
tradition of quality.

2015

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SANTA MARIA VALLEY

CHARDONNAY

2014

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SANTA MARIA VALLEY

PINOT BLANC

2015

J. WILKES
SANTA MARIA VALLEY

CAVERNET SAUVIGNON

2015

J. WILKES
SANTA MARIA VALLEY

PINOT NOIR

2015

J. WILKES SANTA MARIA VALLEY

CHARDONNAY

2015

J. WILKES SANTA MARIA VALLEY

PINOT BLANC

2015

J. WILKES SANTA MARIA VALLEY

CAVERNET SAUVIGNON

2015

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PINOT NOIR

Winemaker

WES HAGEN

  • Wes worked as Winemaker and Vineyard Manager at Clos Pepe Vineyard and Estate for twenty-one years and is considered an industry leader in Central Coast Wines.
  • In 2013, Michael Cervin (Wall Street Journal, Decanter) rated Wes as one of the 100 Most Influential Winemakers in the United States.
  • Wes researched, wrote and obtained approval for three AVA’s in Santa Barbara County, taught the Food & Wine program at Allan Hancock College and has been quoted numerous times in the Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast. elegance.
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J. Wilkes Wines - Accolades

2015

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 • Wine Enthusiast

JWilkes-bordered

2015

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. 

chardonnay

2015

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.

cavernet-sauvignon

2015

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…

Year’s List of Best U.S. Pinot Noirs Wine & Spirits

90 Points & Best Buy • Wine & Spirits

pinot-noir

Tradition of Quality

SANTA MARIA VALLEY

PINOT BLANC

2014 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Blanc -93 Points

2013 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Blanc - 90 Points

2013 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Blanc – 90 Points

2012 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Blanc – 92 Points

2012 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Blanc – 90 Points

2012 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Blanc – GOLD MEDAL

2012 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Blanc – 90 Points

2014 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Blanc - Poured at State Dept. Iuncheon hosted by Secretary od State John Kerry on May 12, 2016 for the Nordic Leaders.

SANTA MARIA VALLEY

CHARDONNAY

2013 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Chardonnay -91 Points

2012 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Chardonnay - 92 Points

2013 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Chardonnay – 90 Points

2012 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Chardonnay – 90 Points

2012 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Chardonnay – 90+ Points

2012 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Chardonnay – Highly Recomended

2013 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Chardonnay - Served to Dignitaries in Washington D.C. at the State Dept. and the Blair House ( the White House Guest House)

SANTA MARIA VALLEY

PINOT NOIR

2013 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Noir -Top 15 Pinot Noirs in California

2013 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Noir - 90+ Points

2013 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Noir – 92 Points

2013 - 2012 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Noir – GOLD MEDAL

2013 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Noir – 91 Points

2013 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Noir – GOLD MEDAL - 91 Points - Exceptional

2012 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Noir – Served to Dignitaries in Washington D.C. at the Nordic Leaders State Dept. luncheon hosted by State Secretary Kerry.

2013 J. Wilkes
Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Noir - Served to Dignitaries in Washington D.C. at the Nordic Leaders State Dept. functions and the Blair House (the White House Guest House)

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

  • Sub-Appellations” provide special lens to Central Coast Wines
  • Rich history and tradition of quality.
  • Highly acclaimed winemaker.
  • Award winning wines.

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