“Our goal is to grow world class wines,” said Jim, “and make a statement about the quality of grapes we have here.” True to their agricultural nature, it is this emphasis on growing world class wines that the Jacobsens have defined as the key to the success of their winery. “The real work is done out in the vineyard,” they explained. “Though we handcraft every lot of wine, the quality starts out there.”The vineyards of Doce Robles encompass about 40 acres of rolling hills surrounding the scenic winery and tasting room. The Jacobsens began planting the vines in 1996 and saw their first harvest in 1998. The development of the vineyards has been very much a hands-on family affair, with Jim and Maribeth doing much of the work themselves.
The Jacobsens even turned to a family member for their label artwork. Maribeth's mother, Fresno artist Gail Hansen, painted the vineyard scene that now graces the bottles of Doce Robles, a scene that includes several of the dozen ancient oaks on the property. Those majestic trees certainly made it easy for the Jacobsens to come up with a name for their label. Not only is the winery located on Twelve Oaks Drive, but the house that was already on the property contains a plate glass window with twelve oaks etched on it. Hence the name “Doce Robles,” Spanish for “Twelve Oaks.”