2017 J Vineyards & Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

2017 J Vineyards & Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

¥7,480 (incl. tax)

For an appellation wine, this one is a knockout, with a bright and aromatic nose and a deeply layered palate. But this appellation is the Russian River Valley, where diverse soils and a cool climate can’t help but produce classic Pinot Noir. The wine opens with aromas of ripe berries and floral and earthy notes and delivers a refreshing mouthful of gorgeous dark and red fruit flavors that feel deep and layered due to the acidity and fine tannins. J Vineyards is meticulous in managing vineyards, blending a range of Pinot Noir clones, and fermenting in open-top tanks in a gravity-fed facility. This seductive and rich Russian River Pinot would pair well with seared salmon, sausages, mushroom risotto, duck breast or roasted chicken.

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) Russian River Valley (Sonoma)
Winery J Vineyards & Winery
Vintage 2017
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 9.0 x 29.5
Case Size 36.0 x 27.5 x 30.5
Alcohol 14.3%
Product Code JJ17RRP
UPC 724624115017

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

91 points – Wine Enthusiast.

Layers of black cherry, violets and leather delight the nose before expanding on the palate with blueberry, raspberry and savory hints of mushrooms, cloves and earth. It’s refined, supple, and balanced, offering delicious drinking now.

Production


Vinification

Grapes were destemmed and fermented as whole berries in open-top fermentation tanks and transferred into 32% new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and nine month’s aging. The wines of individual blocks and clones were kept separate until blending before bottling.

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