J Vineyards Does It again: 2 Delightful Wines

2008 J Pinot Noir, Russian River Valleyj pinot

The 2008 J Vineyards Pinot Noir is a lush, full wine exhibiting the expressive character of the Russian River Valley. An excellent growing season provided a wine of great depth, with elegantly composed layers. Aromas of milk chocolate, rose petals, and wild blackberry fill the glass. As the wine opens there are hints of caramel, cinnamon and cloves. The traditional Pinot Noir flavors of cherry and strawberry are fully integrated with the subtle oak tannins

Lovely with salmon, roasts, light cheese.

The vineyards

Fruit for our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was sourced from our estate vineyards as well as selected growers in the Russian River Valley appellation. J estate vineyards are planted with different clones of Pinot Noir, including Dijon (113, 115, 777, and 667) as well as native (Rochioli, 2A). These clones are spread across a range of soil types from rocky riverbed to Goldridge sandy loam, and when combined are a comprehensive expression of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
Processing

The fruit was night harvested to preserve freshness, and hand-sorted before de-stemming into open- and closed-top fermenters. The must was cold soaked 3-10 days before going through natural, extended fermentation. As fermentation nears completion, the wine is drained freely from the tanks into 100% Burgundian oak barrels where malolactic fermentation takes place. This process allows us to craft a beautifully balanced wine that exhibits a layered complexity of flavors and aromas.
Aging
The wine was aged for 15 months in French oak barrels (30% new). Each lot was meticulously evaluated for blending. Once the final blends were created, the wine was returned to barrel to allow gentle integration before bottling. After bottling, the wine rested for at least six months.

Tasting Notes
The 2008 J Vineyards Pinot Noir is a lush, full wine exhibiting the expressive character of the Russian River Valley. An excellent growing season provided a wine of great depth, with elegantly composed layers. Aromas of milk chocolate, rose petals, and wild blackberry fill the glass. As the wine opens there are hints of caramel, cinnamon and cloves. The traditional Pinot Noir flavors of cherry and strawberry are fully integrated with the subtle oak tannins.
Winemaker:George Bursick
Appellation:Russian River Valley
Harvest Date:August 12 – October 2, 2009
Wine Alcohol:14.3% by volume
Wine Acid:5.5 grams per liter
Wine pH:3.73
Residual Sugar:0.15%
Production:18,000 cases
Bottling Date:March 2010
Release Date:January 2011

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J Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

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This Chardonnay is a blend of fruit from throughout our Russian River Valley vineyards. A sensual, creamy palate supports a complex mix of papaya, jasmine, and lemon-lime citrus characters over the long finish

The 2008 J Vineyards Chardonnay is a sublime combination of old world minimalist technique and new world fruit expression. Notes of Meyer lemon, peach, vanilla, toasted almond and honey tickle the nose and mouth. The weighty, seamless palate has a creamy texture reminiscent of crème brûlée. A long luxurious finish exhibits hints of caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon

Good with shellfish, goat cheese, chicken and custards.

The vineyards

The grapes for 2008 Chardonnay come from several J estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley, as well as from select premium vineyard sites in the western region of the Russian River Valley.

Processing
Whole grape clusters were hand-harvested between 23 and 24 brix, and then pressed gently in our Coquard press to minimize the extraction of harsh components from the skins of the grapes; free-run and press fraction juices were fermented separately using a combination of indigenous and unique custom yeast strains from Burgundy. Long fermentations allowed the wine to develop slowly, maximizing its expression of terroir. Careful blending of more than 25 lots resulted in a beautiful expression of Chardonnay that is both powerful and refined and true to the Russian River Valley.

Aging
For this wine, the winery went to great lengths in finding unique French oak coopers selected from specific forests. The wine is 100% barrel-fermented and aged in 60-gallon Burgundian oak (40% new). A long, six-month malolactic fermentation was carried out resulting in automatic batonage, which produced exceptional sur lie character, as well as complex, layered aromas and flavors. Nearly a year of rest after bottling created a fully integrated and beautifully resolved wine that honors the traditions of Burgundy and is a true testament to the terroir of Russian River Valley.

Tasting Notes
The 2008 J Vineyards Chardonnay is a sublime combination of old world minimalist technique and new world fruit expression. Notes of Meyer lemon, peach, vanilla, toasted almond and honey tickle the nose and mouth. The weighty, seamless palate has a creamy texture reminiscent of crème brûlée. A long luxurious finish exhibits hints of caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Winemaker:George Bursick
Appellation:Russian River Valley
Harvest Date:September 6 – October 2, 2008
Wine Alcohol:14.3 %
Wine Acid:6.00 grams per liter
Wine pH:3.50
Production:6,000 cases
Release Date:October 1, 2010
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