2019 J Vineyards & Winery California Pinot Gris

2019 J Vineyards & Winery California Pinot Gris

¥3,740 (incl. tax)

If Italian Pinot Grigio is crisp, fresh, and vibrant while Alsace Pinot Gris is richer, spicier, and more viscous in texture, J Vineyards California Pinot Gris straddles the two. This delightfully approachable white offers layers of pear, peach and citrus flavors, mineral structure and a zesty finish. Sourced from vineyards in Lodi, Clarksburg and the Russian River Valley, the wine is made entirely in stainless steel and without malolactic fermentation. So no cellaring is needed to enjoy the pure, refreshing flavors of this young wine. J Pinot Gris offers a great way to end an afternoon or start a meal. The acidity and bold flavors will pair well with Couscous salad, Thai green curry, chèvre cheese or sashimi.

Winery


Winery Description

J Vineyards and Winery produces highly-acclaimed sparkling wines as well as varietal wines in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. As the daughter of Tom Jordan, founder of Jordan Winery, Judy Jordan was raised amidst the hustle and bustle of an influential rising star in Sonoma County’s wine industry. Rather than join the family business, however, she struck out to pursue a passion for sparkling wine and to establish the Russian River Valley as a premier location for sparkling wine. 

 With a foggy cool climate as well as a wide range of complex volcanic and alluvial soils, the Russian River Valley has been attracting vintners of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay seeking the holy grail of a perfect Burgundian terroir. The qualities are similarly advantageous for sparkling wine producers though not for quite the same reasons. Unlike the maker of still wines, the sparkling wine producer is typically not interested in capturing the essence of a particular vintage or vineyard but in creating a delicious and consistent house style. Blending the base wines (that will then be bottled with some sugar and yeast for the secondary fermentation) is key to the art. In early spring, the finished Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier wines from different vineyards will be sitting in dozens of tanks. From these lots, the winemaker will painstakingly assemble the base wines, possibly adding in some reserve wines from earlier vintages for additional complexity. J Vineyards, with 10 estate vineyards spread out across the AVA, is assured of a great diversity from which to assemble great and complex base wines. The cool climate of the Russian River Valley also offers J Vineyards an advantage because they can begin the harvest a bit later than in warmer areas and still get the high acidity and low sugar necessary for high quality sparkling wine. 

While J Vineyards started out as a sparkling wine producer, it became clear over time that, with so many vineyards in prime Russian River Valley locations, the opportunities for making distinctive varietal wines were there for the taking. Today only about 35% of J Vineyards’ total production is devoted to sparkling wine with the rest divided between single vineyard and blended bottlings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. 

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) California
Winery J Vineyards & Winery
Vintage 2019
Color White
Varietal(s) Pinot Gris
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.5 x 29.5
Case Size 34.0 x 26.0 x 30.5
Alcohol 13.6%
Product Code JJ19PG
UPC 724624116090

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

Enticing aromas of pear, white peach and floral notes open up to flavors of Anjou pear, yellow apple and lime. The medium-bodied wine finishes with zest and minerality.

Production


Vinification

Hand-harvested graped are pressed gently to minimize bitter flavors. Lots from different vineyards are fermented seperately. Aging in stainless steel without malolactic to preserve the purity of the fruit. 

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