Son of a South Carolina preacher man, Jamey Whetstone learned his craft at Turley in Napa and Domaine Dujac in Burgundy. And as those lucky enough to snag our End of the Vine Napa Cabernet he made can attest, his wines really do combine the rich exuberance of Turley with the elegance, grace and finesse of Dujac...a rare combination in California.
Whetstone’s “manifesto” is that he – and the two small growers he uses – will sweat the details so your choice can be an easy one. A sentiment, and a practice, with which we wholeheartedly agree.
As the San Francisco Chronicle says:
The Manifesto wines are a case of a star winemaker - Jamey Whetstone - focusing on good fruit from a lesser-known corner, in this case Suisun Valley, due east of Napa. They're a great success, and this solid, drinkable Cab is exactly what it should be: with solid oak scents, plus tobacco and dried branches, plus dried currant and juicy blackberry fruit. The screwcap's a plus.