The Jacob’s Creek “Two Lands” project brings together Bernard Hickin, the Chief Winemaker for Jacob’s Creek, and Ehren Jordan, the standout Chief Winemaker for Napa’s Failla Wines. And now that I’ve tasted through the first-vintage releases, I can report than I’m impressed. The wines, which are line-priced at $13.99, more than deliver enough pleasure. And now that the weather has officially turned more summery, I’d be thrilled to open up any one of these four by the pool, at a big barbecue dinner, or just to enjoy on their own. My reviews are below.
Jacob’s Creek Two Lands Pinot Grigio 2014
Sweet melon and apple fritter notes on the nose are lifted with a hint of orange oil, and turn to a palate of minerally acidity and lemon, as well as a hint of orange flesh, spice, and quince. Drink now.
Jacob’s Creek Two Lands Chardonnay 2014
Bright, crunchy apple acidity zips through the heartier notes of lemon curd and vanilla, all of it finishing with a hint of honeyed brioche, orange blossoms, and more apple. Mid-weight, expressive, and gulpable. Drink now.
Jacob’s Creek Two Lands Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Classic nose, with aromas of sage and a nice hit of green slicing through the red currant and pencil lead. This is ripe on the palate, but balanced out by acidity and dusty tannins. Drink now.
Jacob’s Creek Two Lands Shiraz 2013
Rich, nearly opaque blackberry juice color. Aromas of blackberry gastrique, balsamic reduction, a hint of higher toned spice, and a whiff of bacon kissed with licorice. On the palate, flavors of black-cherry liqueur, chocolate ganache filled with kirsch, and espresso with sachertorte are carried on a deeply silky texture. Drink now. And if the opportunity presents itself, pair with ribs.