August 2020 – A Paravel UPDATE – We had the pleasure of having Jon Jones join us for a birthday dinner celebration in Santa Rosa. Jon brought his wines to pair and share making the dinner and the evening one exceptional event.
Jon poured his 2019 Mendocino Poor Ranch VYD Old Vine Zinfandel Rosé while he told us the fantastic story of how he discovered the vineyard and acquired these grapes from such old vines. As the evening progressed we tasted the Howell Mountain Proprietary Red III, the 2018 Howell Mountain Henry Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2018 Howell Mountain Henry Brothers Petite Sirah. All I can say is his wines continue to be amazing. They are something you definitely want to try if you have the chance.
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Former trombone player turned winemaker, Jon Jones makes wine for others but Paravel is his.
We had the pleasure of a tasting with him, on his birthday actually, in the Henry Brothers Ranch Vineyard on Howell Mountain.
We tasted his Rosé made from 93 year old vines – the 2018 Mendocino Poor Ranch Vineyards Rosé followed by the 2017 Howell Mountain Henry Brothers Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, the Howell Mountain Proprietary Red II, and the 2017 Howell Mountain Henry Brothers Ranch Petite Sirah.
Jon is by no means alone in his endeavor. His wife, two daughters and a big black dog are all engaged to make Paravel’s estate vineyard and wines a loving success. I say love because that is exactly what we felt as Jon described his family, his work and his wine.
Jon created Paravel’s first vintage in 2011. He’s been working, though, for 15 years with some of the big-boy wineries and currently works as an associate winemaker for 9 wineries. This year he’s making about 720 cases of Paravel. His goal for 2023 is to be producing 1000 cases of Paravel’s reds and Rosé.
Jon engaged us with stories of his wine making and some of the trials born in crafting exceptional wine, all while enjoying a loaf of his homemade bread, olive oil they produce, and his exceptional wines.
To purchase Paravel wines you need to contact Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their wines are only sold directly to the consumer. They are still a very small producer and wine club members get nearly all the wine that’s available, but reach out to him. They are, without question, incredible wines made by an extremely talented winemaker and his family!