Importer of Memorable Wines from the New Old World of Eastern and Central Europe
Importer of Memorable Wines from the New Old World of Eastern and Central Europe

Keep, California

Website: http://www.thekeepwines.com/

Johanna Jensen
Johanna Jensen and Jack Roberts

The People

Winemakers Jack Roberts (Matthiasson Wines Assistant Winemaker) and Johanna Jensen (formerly with Scholium Project and Broc Cellars) have come together to create wines influenced by the old world with less ripe fruit, minimal manipulation and great ageability. In the vigneron tradition, they do much of the work themselves from vineyard to bottling.

The crest on the bottle is of Beverstone Castle, an 11th century Norman stronghold in Gloucestershire, England where Jack’s father was born and raised. All that remains of Beverstone today is what you see on our label — the moat and the tall ‘keep’, (from the middle english kype, or barrel) which was the defenders' last resort in a siege. It was also where they stored their most precious possessions, especially their wine.
KeepCiliegiolo 2018
Red Wine
From the Ripken Vineyard in Lodi, some of the only Ciliegiolo farmed in California. The name means ‘little cherry’ in Italian. Fresh red fruit nose with singing minerality. Open top fermenter and aged in stainless steel. Native yeast fermentation, unfined/ unfiltered. 60 cases produced

KeepCounoise 2018
Red Wine , Organic
From the David Girard Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills, certified organically farmed. Made in the traditional carbonic method, 14 days of enzymatic fermentation and then a light foot tread to finish fermentation. This wine has no added S02 and was aged in neutral oak for 6 months before bottling. This is a delicate fruit forward wine, to be served chilled or cellar temperature. Native yeast fermentation, unfined/ unfiltered. 125 cases produced

KeepDelta White 2018
White Wine
Cortese; Falanghina;
From the Lost Slough Vineyard, right next to the Sacramento River Delta, hence the name. The cooler air and loamy soil from the Delta give this wine a rare minerality not seen in most California white grapes. Stainless Steel fermented, sur lie aged for 6 months before bottling. This wine took almost two months to go dry giving it a high level of minerality and complexity. Stone fruit pit and Lychee on the nose, river rocks on the palate. Native yeast fermentation, unfined/ unfiltered. 225 cases produced.

KeepPinot Meunier 2018
Red Wine , Organic
Pinot Meunier;
From the Yount Mill Vineyard in Napa, certified organic, the Hoxley family has been farming this land for over 115 years. Our second vintage making this delicious wine. Think rustic Gamay meets a fruit forward Pinot Noir. Fermented in neutral oak for 6 months, 20% whole cluster, native yeast fermentation, unfined/ unfiltered. 200 cases produced