Jacob Franklin

North Coast
Sub region:
Napa Valley
Year founded:
Ray Coursen, Nancy Coursen
Ray Coursen, Mike Trotta

Basic Info

As many of you know, when we started making our own wines in 1987, we named the tiny, 200 case operation after our daughter, Elyse. Not wanting to leave our son, Jake, out of loop, we eventually named our Rhone blend after him – anyone remember “Jake’s Cuvee”? It wasn't enough, because at the ripe age of eight Jake asked, "When do I get my own label without her name on it?" Good point! And as parents not wanting to show favoritism, why not create a namesake label for him as well? Jacob Franklin Cellars debut bottling was in 1998 and we fondly and literally refer to it as the brother label of Elyse Winery. By this time, we had gained access to small quantities of extremely allocated fruit from some highly desirable vineyards in the valley and this label was the perfect place to showcase them along with our only estate wine, Hoffman Lane Cabernet Sauvignon. Jacob Franklin Cellars is focused on small production, low yield, vineyard designate wines from Napa Valley.