2010 J|R|G Red

Vintage Notes

The 2010 vintage was cool by any standard….at least until the 2011 vintage. The cool days in September and, more specifically, the cold nights, maintained high acid levels which is the defining characteristic of the vintage. Warm weather returned the last week of September and remained through the first week of October, ripening tannins and flavors but not reducing acid levels. With no frost to contend with in two years, the Cabernet had all the time it needed to ripen to pitch perfect levels. The 2010 blends are marked by purity and proportion, elegance and precision. It is a vintage for cellaring.

Blend Details

74% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Merlot
1% Petit Verdot


76% Horse Heaven Hills
18% Red Mountain
6% Walla Walla


30% Wallula
22% Alder Ridge
18% Klipsun
15% Canoe Ridge Estate
9% Champoux
6% Seven Hills

Harvest Dates

September 27 – October 22, 2010

Aging Profiles

21 months in new (35%), single use (47%) and neutral (18%) French oak barrels


14.7% by volume

Release Date

Fall, 2013


839 cases of 750mL bottles

pamplin-review-enthusiastStriking aromas of cassis, tobacco and fresh-ground coffee introduce this excellent new edition of JRG. The grapes were sourced from the excellent Alder Ridge, Klipsun, Canoe Ridge, Champoux and Seven Hills vineyards. It has a full midpalate, which is buoyed by juicy acidity. It could age for another five years or more, but drink it young to enjoy it best. (Paul Gregutt)


pamplin-review-wa-wine-report4-5Named in tribute to owner Bob Pamplin’s three grandsons, Justin, Robert and Grant, the 2010 Pamplin Family Winery JRG uses top quality fruit sources, including Wallula, Klipsun, Champoux and Seven Hills. The results are sublime and provide terrific quality for the price. A moderately aromatic wine with black cherry, blackberry, cedar, cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. The palate is concentrated and expansive with a voluptuous mouthfeel, full of dry chocolate and cherry flavors with well integrated tannins and a real sense of freshness that makes the wine linger effortlessly. The best yet of what has been an incredibly impressive string of JRG wines from Pamplin. 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Wallula, Alder Ridge, Klipsun, Canoe Ridge Estate, Champoux and Seven Hills vineyards. Aged 21 months in French oak (35% new). 14.7% alcohol. 839 cases produced. (Sean Sullivan)


pamplin-review-tasting-panel-90Dark and juicy with pure plum and raspberry fruit; spicy, sense and ripe with lovely balance and rich, complex flavors. 76% Horse Heaven Hills, 18% Red Mountain, 6% Walla Walla.


WineAdvocate-v7Beautiful, with thrilling cassis, black raspberry, toast, wild herbs and integrated oak, the 2010 JRG stays classy and elegant on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness, a layered, textured profile and fine tannin that builds on the finish. Made from 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and a splash of Petit Verdot that spent 21 months in 35% new French oak barrels, it’s an outstanding effort that will have over a decade of longevity. (Jeb Dunnuck)