The PlumpJack Story

In 1995, Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty stumbled upon a magical piece of land in the heart of Oakville, Napa Valley. Inspired by one of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters, Sir John “PlumpJack” Falstaff, who’s fun-loving, down-to-earth disposition is only rivaled by his fierce loyalty to Prince Henry V, with whom he shares more than a few goblets of sack (wine) at the local tavern. We pay allegiance to our world-class vineyard by crafting high-quality wines that honor the land, and we celebrate the convivial spirit of our namesake with their inviting, approachable style.

The Wine

Our wines are a reflection of our unique terroir, the passion and precision of our winemaker Aaron Miller, and our commitment to craft wines that consistently express the distinct qualities of our estate vineyards in the Oakville appellation.
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2015 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley

Ripe raspberry and wild black cherry fragrances flow from the glass, followed by wispy notes of blueberry pie, dried sage leaves and vanilla bean. Rich raspberry jam and baked cherry pie tastes take center stage of this dark, structured, full-bodied wine and are chased by secondary flavor components of mint chocolate, iron shavings, blackberry cobbler and French vanilla mocha latte.

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2016 PlumpJack Merlot, Napa Valley

The 2016 vintage has layers of aromatics ranging from black cherry, plum, and raspberry to graham cracker, vanilla, butterscotch, and sweet hickory smoke. These flavors extend to the palate, which has a rich and silky entry with bright acidity and firm structure, resulting in great tension, balance, and persistence on the finish.

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2016 PlumpJack Syrah, Napa Valley

The 2016 vintage has great complexity and character. This wine has savory aromas of white and black pepper, dried meats, and grilled mushroom along with the sweet aromas of blueberry, plum, and huckleberry pie. The palate is rich and dense with firm tannin, bright acidity, and a lasting finish. Like the nose, the flavors here are sweet and savory with blueberry, plum, au jus, white pepper, and grilled meats. The whole-cluster fermentation adds even more complexity with some green peppercorn and spice on the nose and a little bite in the finish. The oak imparts smokiness to the nose and bittersweet chocolate to the finish.

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2017 PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Our Chardonnay grapes are sourced from two vineyards in the Napa Valley one in Los Carneros and the other in St. Helena. The cooler Carneros site imparts this wine with lemon zest, green apple, and Bosc pear on the nose, while the warmer St. Helena site lends apricot, melon, and tropical notes. The Carneros vineyard also gives this wine a beautiful, bright, lively acidity, which is balanced by the creamy, rich texture of the St. Helena fruit. The touch of oak adds subtle layers to the nose and palate with traces of toasted almonds, vanilla, caramel, and spice. By foregoing malolactic fermentation, we are retaining the bright, lively malic acid, which helps to accentuate the fruit on the palate, and gives this wine its balance, drive, and length.

The

Falstaff Society

Hidden in Oakville, the heart of Napa Valley cabernet country, Plumpjack Winery invites you to discover our storied past. As an exclusive society member, you’ll savor our limited-production wines, appreciate our open-hearted hospitality, and treasure our memory-making experiences.

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The

PlumpJack Experience

At PlumpJack, your tasting experience is a journey, one that can be casual or intimate, where you will taste an array of wines that showcase the heritage of our Napa Valley winemaking.

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The

Estate Vineyards

Tucked beneath the foothills of the Vaca Mountain Range, our historic 42-acre Oakville Estate yields an intricate array of soils that cultivate highly coveted and celebrated Cabernet Sauvignons.

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Aaron Miller, Winemaker

“We put our blood, sweat and tears into our wines, and when we finally release them, we are proud to share them with you. We are proud to be a part of your dinner, your wedding, your engagement, your experience.”