Jason-Stephens’ Estate Merlot is the definitive expression of a balanced, rich Merlot. Our goal is to craft a consistent expression of our distinctive terroir, through a wine that is elegant, complex, and balanced. We strive to make the BEST Merlot, one that is balanced with fruit, structure and a soft texture by using the best winemaking practices and equipment.
Persistence pays off. As a bootstrapped, grass-roots winery, Jason-Stephens has quickly grown into an up and coming label, and one of the best kept secrets in Northern California. Relying on the quality of the wine and investment in sweat equity, Jason-Stephens has built a foundation of great wines and a unique personality. Our founders’ passion for soft, elegant, and complex wines drives a relentless pursuit to improve our wines, vintage after vintage. Jason-Stephens believes in customer satisfaction, therefore our goal is to create complex wines that will satisfy all palates.
Jason Goelz had a dream of entering into the wine industry with great wines after his education at Cal Poly SLO and starting out as a small lot winemaker. After an exhaustive search for a vineyard with meticulous management and premium grapes, he found and started working with Dorcich Vineyards as winemaker, cellar manager, and sales manager. Initially, he consulted with Stephen Dorcich in managing the wines and sales of the wines to other high-end wineries in Napa and throughout California. The consulting arrangement established a strong vineyard manager/ winemaker relationship that is essential in crafting exceptional wines for Jason-Stephens.
Like an orchestra, Jason-Stephens’ team works in harmony to create the best wines. The vineyard manager knows exactly what to do in the field to make the grapes perfect at harvest based on the desires of the winemaker. After harvest, the winemaker’s role is to care for the grapes as they mature into superb wines, just as a parent guiding a child into adulthood, the winemaker brings these hand-crafted wines to life. Today, the wines from this vineyard express unique wine qualities found in premium wines.
The rest of Jason-Stephens’ success is attributed to family, friends, and most of all, our patrons. Without our discerning fans that enjoy our fine wines, Jason-Stephens would be nothing more than another California winery. Our wines are enjoyable now and for years to come. Our goal is to hand-craft top quality wines for you to share with friends and family.