Cuttings Wharf

Simon Levi Cellars Cuttings Wharf Pour La Vie


Not far from the quaint country wharf, Cuttings Wharf, on the San Pablo Bay you’ll find the Jacobs Chardonnay
vineyard. Since 1978 Jay and Maxine Jacobs, owners of Simon Levi, have been tending their cool climate grapes in the renowned Carneros appellation of southern Napa. Influenced by the Pacific Ocean breeze and fog, their vineyard enjoys a cool microclimate, which encourages a longer growing season for the grapes. This means greater overall maturation and full ripe flavors in its Chardonnay. Carefully monitored by winemaker, Rebecca Martinsen, the grapes are harvested when optimum flavors are achieved in the vineyard.

The Chardonnay is barrel fermented utilizing natural wild yeasts and then barrel aged on its lees in 100% new French oak for 10 months. Stirred to increase yeast contact and add richness to the mouth-feel, this wine also completes malolactic fermentation in the barrel. Only a light filtration before bottling is preferred to retain rounder flavors without bitter aftertastes. The wine combines aromas and tastes of sweet Meyer-lemon infused crème brulée, pear compote and warm biscuits. Its mineral components add to the steely silky texture reminiscent of classic white Burgundy.

To add to the Carneros portfolio, the Jacobs have found an equally sumptuous Pinot Noir from the Carneros region. This Pinot Noir is bold in character exhibiting mineral and earthy complexity typical of wines derived from the thin clay soils. Its royal purple color & texture are obtained from extended skin contact during a cold soak prior to fermentation. Balanced acidity leads to a long black cherry finish with a hint of cloves and allspice.


Cuttings Warf Chardonnay Tasting Notes

Cuttings Warf Pinot Noir Tasting Notes

SL Cellars • 9380 Sonoma Hwy. Kenwood, CA 95452 • phone: 707-833-5070 • e-mail: