2018 J Vineyards & Winery Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2018 J Vineyards & Winery Russian River Valley Chardonnay

¥5,720 (incl. tax)

J Vineyards Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a classic from a region where classics abound. By sourcing fruit from vineyards around the valley, J Vineyards combines the region’s terroir of cool climate and diverse soils with decades of experience to produce a Chardonnay that is deep, lush and layered with flavor. 2018 was an excellent Russian River Valley vintage that winemakers extolled for its moderate temperatures and extended period of ripening. After a string of early vintages, grapes could be harvested at a more leisurely pace and at optimum ripeness. The 2018 RRV Chardonnay is delicious and complex. It enters lush and creamy but becomes crisp and lively as the acidity kicks in. Notes of orange blossom, baked apple, and lemon curd mingle with ginger, clove and hints of toast. The winery suggests pairing this wine with Madras curry with grilled shrimp or pork loin stuffed with apricots and almonds. But an unforgettable meal could also be had with some steamed crab, lemon/olive oil dipping and this fine Chardonnay.


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 2018
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
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 JJ18RRC
UPC 724624118018

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Tasting notes

92 points – James Suckling.

Aromas of golden apple and notes of jasmine, nectarines and spices lead to a mid-palate of lemon custard and citrus flavors. The lush, creamy texture is balanced by crisp acidity and minerality.



Whole clusters were pressed gently and fermented 100% in barrel. Different vineyards, blocks and clones were kept separate and blended just before bottling. The wine aged nine months in French oak (33% new) with three months sur lie (on the lees).

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