While Pinot Noir and Chardonnay continue to enjoy massive success in the premium segment of Californian wine, the efforts at the more affordable end of the spectrum have tended towards the ripe and simple. This state of affairs wasn’t lost on winemaker Stephen Dooley (of Stephen Ross winery) and wine distributor Sandy Gerber, who decided in 2011 to come up with a plan to launch a brand that specialised in sensitively farmed and vinified Central Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, that was elegant and varietally pure. The result is Jackhammer, a set of wines that combines stellar value for money with the balance and complexity that is so often lacking.

The Chardonnay is sourced from cool climate sites, vinified and aged in stainless steel tank and the result is crisp wine full of steely minerality. The Pinot Noir comes from fruit grown in Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties and is aged for 11 months in used French oak barrels, to give a wine that is silky and supple with crunchy red berry fruit.

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