Possibly my favorite label from James Jean and one of my favorite images he's done. The idea for this wine came to me from a beautiful woman at a wine dinner I did with Julian Van Winkle in Lexington. She simply said to me, "Honey, you should make a wine called Precious." It struck me then and there that Precious would be my reserve wine. I decide upon an old vine Syrah from Southern Spain, in Jumilla. I was fortunate to stumble upon a profound vineyard. Extending aging a French oak barresl led to this: Violets, vanilla, fresh organic cream, blueberries, toasty wood, super-soft, elegant, silky tanins. Very long finish and persistence of aroma and flavor. A wine with potential for aging and longevity but approachable and expressive now.
Place: Jumilla, Spain
Winery: Petit Hameau, Spain
Designer: James Jean, Los Angeles. Mr. Keedy, Los Angeles.
Availability: Currently available in the US and Europe, but limited.