Jaxon Vineyards 2014 Tradicion

The New World meets the Old World

Jamie and Katherine McCleary were done with the hectic life of commercial freight shipping and wanted to explore their passion for food and wine. Looking for the perfect location to grow grapes in 2007, they hit on a gorgeous little valley between Medford and Ashland on the site of an old pear orchard.

With lots of hard work, they cleared the land and planted four varietals – Syrah, Tempranillo, Grenache and Viognier – to honor the similarities in climate of France’s Rhône Valley and Spain’s Rioja region. The plan? Make the best ‘New World’ wines using grapes with a traditional ‘Old World’ history.

Starting with their first harvest in 2011, the McClearys have turned these exceptional grapes into exceptional, award-winning wine – with help from winemaker Rob Folin.

They don’t have a full time tasting room, but they’re open several weekends each summer. If you’re lucky enough that your timing is right, be sure stop by, see their amazing views, and taste some outstanding wine. (And if you get a chance to join one of their famous paella dinners, run – don’t walk!)

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Jaxon Vineyards, Medford, Oregon
2014 Tradicion

Jaxon Vineyard wines represent the best of Southern Oregon wines while evoking an old world style. Their use of the traditional grapes in Rhône-style, Rioja-style, and Bordeaux-style blends brings together the best of both worlds.

The 2014 Tradicion is a blend of two-thirds Tempranillo and one-third Grenache, producing a Spanish-style red blend.

It’s a rich, succulent wine with complex fruity aromas and earthy flavors that will only become more interesting over time. This wine is firm yet graceful, offering a core of bright fruit framed by toasty vanilla and allspice notes; balanced and lively, in a modern style of an old world blend.

It is, of course, a great match for Jaxon’s famous paella as well as smoked meats and vegetables on your dinner table.

A Cellar 503 selection in June 2018, Best of Pour Oregon 2018 Rogue Valley | Grenache, Tempranillo

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