2022 J VINEYARDS & WINERY Pinot Gris California

J VINEYARDS & WINERY Pinot Gris California

¥4,950 (incl. tax)

It’s one grape with two distinct personalities! As Italian Pinot Grigio, it delights being so crisp, fresh, and floral while as Alsace Pinot Gris, the wine is a little more serious, offering complexity and a richer, rounder texture. But J’s California Pinot Gris expresses the best of both! Bursting with Kaffir lime, pear, white peach, and pineapple the wine balances pure fruit aromatics and flavors with acidity and mineral structure. The fruit is sourced from a combination of warm and cool locations – Lodi, Clarksburg, and the Russian River Valley. Made entirely in stainless steel and without malolactic fermentation, the wine is ready to enjoy now - over lunch, as an aperitif, or with a light evening meal. The acidity and bold flavors will pair well with Couscous salad, Thai chicken skewers, chèvre cheese, or sashimi.


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 2022
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 JJ22PG
UPC 724624116090

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Tasting notes

Aromas of white peach, lime, and hints of jasmine open up to flavors of Anjou pear, golden kiwi, mandarin, and hints of honey. Minerality and mouthwatering acidity add depth and a long finish.



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

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