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.
KeepAlbarino Lost Slough Vineyard 2015
White Wine
From the Lost Slough Vineyard, the cooler air and loamy soil of the Delta gives this wine a rare minerality not seen in most California white grapes. Delicious acid with a slight saline umami quality. Aged in neutral oak for 18th months. Native yeast fermentation, unfined/ unfiltered. This year marks our 10th vintage making wine from this Vineyard! 90 cases produced.

KeepCarignane Evangelho Vineyard 2016
Red Wine
From the Evangelho Vineyard, 140 year old, head trained & dry farmed vineyard in Contra Costa, quite possibly the oldest Carignane in the world due to the silica in it’s soil making it impermeable to phylloxera. 100% whole cluster, slightly carbonic, aged in neutral oak for 6 months. This is a lighter reflection of the varietal than our previous year, rose petals and bramble fruit on the nose, medium bodied, long dusty tannins. 90 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

KeepSyrah Kahn Vineyard 2016
Red Wine , Organic
This wine hails from the Kahn Vineyard, a higher altitude vineyard located at the southernmost tip of the Mayacamas range which divides Napa and Sonoma Valley. Soil is Volcanic meets valley floor creating complexity in the wine. The cool nights and warm days give this wine perfect balance between ripeness and acid, we farm this vineyard ourselves organically. Picked at 23 Brix, this vintage varies that we tried 100% destemmed in this vintage making it extremely quaffable. Aged 18 months in neutral oak barrels. Meaty minerality, bright tannins, full fruit mid pallet, long finish. 90 cases produced

KeepVermentino Windmill Vineyard 2017
White Wine , Organic
From the Windmill Vineyard just west of Sacramento in Yolo County, Steve Matthiasson personally oversees the farming of this Vineyard, farmed certified organic. We barrel aged this wine for 18 months in neutral oak to give it depth. Slightly oxidative style with sweeping acidity and a sherried salinity, clean finish. 90 cases produced