2021 marks our first official release for Jacobsen Perri Cellars, but our story began long ago under a different name (Olsen Perri). With over twenty years in the making, our past is just as important as the road ahead. We’re pleased to have you with us.
“…the fruit is hauntingly good.”
Prior to our foray into wine making, we began our love affair with wine through countless tasting trips to the Napa and Sonoma regions of California. Our curiosity eventually led us to Burgundy, France.
Fellow oenophiles in San Diego, California paved our introductions to several Central Coast wineries that were off the beaten path; winemakers that specialize in small batch, world class Burgundian-style wines. Our pursuits cultivated relationships with influential, well-respected winemakers whose advice was instrumental in our early years of wine making. What began as a hobby in 2009 rapidly transformed into a substantial operation.
From Experimental to Accolade-Worthy
Our first commercial vintage was released in 2012 and featured grapes from California’s Central Coast, the region that compelled us most. When the fruit was ready in those early years, we would rent a refrigerated truck to transport our fruit from the Santa Rita Hills to our wine making facility in San Diego.
Early on, our winemaking was experimental. However, with great fruit, the lessons bestowed through trial and error, and the help of experienced mentors, we began to produce increasingly well-received wines. Our 2013 vintage, Pence Ranch, Santa Rita Hills, scored 94 points in an international wine competition; our first accolade and inspiration to continue our winemaking pursuits.
Between 2010 and 2018 we produced 8 vintages, and 18 separate wines under Olsen Perri Wines, our former label.
Jacobsen Perri Cellars
In 2018, we decided to take vital steps to further elevate the quality of our wine. We relocated our winemaking production to a state-of-the-art facility just outside of the Santa Rita Hills region.
With a streamlined production process, we are ecstatic to be hand-making our wines alongside our mentors and peers in the region. We are truly at home.
The 2019 and 2020 wines will mark our 9th and 10th vintages as winemakers.
We are incredibly excited to share our 2019 Pinot Noir and 2019 Chardonnay, and our 2020 Rose, the first offerings to be released under the Jacobsen Perri Cellars label. These vintages feature hand-selected fruit from the renowned Bassi Ranch, a Burgundian-style winemaker’s dream. Planted on top of an old mineral quarry located just 1.2 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the fruit is hauntingly good.
Our choice of biodynamic growing partners is informed by the decades of collaboration and expertise we’ve amassed in the region, thoughtfully seeking fruit and terroir that will radiate our style. In our winemaking, we continue to seek nuance over the obvious – subtle, well balanced notes that respect and reflect the fruit, soil, and climate of our beloved region. We have a non-interventionalist style that leverages native yeasts.
These wines are different. We think you’ll agree!