Jackson Family Wines and Karisma Hotels & Resorts have formed a strong and unique partnership that has only become deeper throughout the years. Since 2013, the Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series has delighted palates by pairing delicious master chef-created food with wines from this long-running family business. Exotic Travelers, of course, is proudly pushing the partnership with its members, making sure they enjoy only the very best wine while staying at one of our resorts.
That is why we have decided to launch this series. The ABCs of Jackson Family Wines will walk you through all the wines available at Karisma resorts. Today we start with Arrowood from Sonoma County, California; Alcance from Valle del Maule, Chile; Arcanum from Tuscany, Italy; and Atalon from Napa Valley, California. Read on to learn more about the exciting wines that Jackson Family Wines, Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Exotic Travelers has for you.
Founded in 1986 by Richard and Alis Arrowood, this Sonoma County winery has always produced high-character wines from sustainably and organically farmed vineyards. The area is well-suited to red Bordeaux varieties. However, the winery is best known for Cabarnet Sauvignon.
“The Sonoma County bottling delivers the high-toned aromatics and firm acidity that typify this cooler, maritime AVA”, shares the JFW website. Their flagship wine, Réserve Séciale, “features fruits from a handful of hillside vineyards just to the west of the Mayacamas ridge. It offers complex aromas, great concentration and fine tannins.”
Arrowood joined Jess Jackson’s and Barbara Banke’s portfolio in 2006.
Alcance was founded in 1993 in Valle del Maule, Chile. Although most Chilean wines are produced towards the north of the country, Jess Jackson and winemaster Randy Ullom decided that the cool-climate region in the south could produce wines of great depth, balance, character and complexity.
With two vineyards on site, the one at the base of the Andes Mountains, El Maiten Vineyard, produces wines with strong aromatics and round tannins. The San Francisco Vineyard, at the southwest of Maule, produces wines with high-toned aromatics and firm flavors.
Alcance produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Vigno, and Bravura, which is the winery’s flagship Bordeaux blend.
The Arcanum – founded in 2002 – are nestled in Tuscany, Italy and are run under the watchful eye of winemaker Pierre Seillan. The winery produces three Bordeaux-style blends featuring Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Their variety is thanks to the 10 different mesoclimates and 12 distinct soil types that the estate encompasses. Their most prominent wine is Cabernet Franc, which is rich, dense and luscious with exotic aromas of violets, roses and raspberries. They also have the Merlot-based Valadorna, which is plush and structures with a strong sense of minerality in the finish.
From Napa to the world, the Atalon wines are known for their Bordeaux varietals from different locations in the well-known Napa Valley. From Cabernet Sauvignon – described as deep, luscious and eminently drinkable -, to Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdor, this winery has something for everyone.
Barbara Banke’s mother Pauline even has a Merlot-dominant blend named after her, the Pauline’s Cuvée, which is subtle, silky and elegant, much like her own mother. On the other hand, the Sauvignon Blanc is rich, aromatic and harmonious, aged in stainless steel tanks.
Check back next week to see what other wines will be featured on the ABCs of Jackson Family Wines – the best partnership that Karisma Hotels & Resorts, and Exotic Travelers, brings for their guests and members.
Disclaimer: all information taken from Jackson Family Wines website.