2011 J Pinot Gris Is A Delicious Option For Summer Drinking

2011 J Pinot Gris
California

Wineonline.net A+ Rating

The Vineyard
The 2011 J California Pinot Gris is a delicious blend of Pinot Gris
grapes harvested from several vineyards in the Sacramento River
Delta area of Clarksburg and vineyards located along the Salinas
River near King City in Monterey County. Rounding out the blend
are grapes from Preston Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, as well
as grapes from Napa Valley. This wine truly represents some of the
best California locations for Pinot Gris.

Winemaking
Whole grape clusters were hand-harvested, and then pressed
gently to minimize the extraction of harsh components from the
skins and seeds. The wine from each appellation was broken into
multiple lots and exposed to a variety of yeasts. The wine was
fermented and cooled slowly in stainless steel tanks at 55 degrees
to preserve the freshness of the fruit. There was no malolactic
fermentation in this process.

Aging
After fermentation the lots were aged separately in stainless steel
tanks. Once the wine lots naturally settled and clarified, they were
blended together. This allowed the development of a range of
aromatic and flavor components that ultimately melded to create
a layered, complex wine.

Tasting Notes by Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse
This Pinot Gris has an enticing bouquet of Fuji apple, ripe cantaloupe,
and apricot. The crisp, clean mouthfeel is bursting with flavors of
lemon and lime. A hint of kiwi and sweet orange blossom honey
on the palate complements the fruit and acid. The lingering finish
invites you to relax and enjoy another taste. In fact, it is the perfect
sipper when entertaining with friends. This layered and well-balanced
wine is a great accompaniment to a variety of foods, from Japan and
Mexico, to India and China, all accented with a variety of spices.
Appellations  Clarksburg (62%); Monterey (16%);
Russian River Valley (12%); Napa (10%)
Harvest Dates August 31 – October 2, 2011
Bottling Date March 20 – April 10, 2012
Release Date May 2012
Wine Alcohol 13.8 % by volume
Wine Acid 6.3 grams per liter
Wine pH 3.36
Residual Sugar  0.35%
Cases Produced 36,000

For a Suggested CA Retail price of $15, this charming wine is a delight with cold chicken, pork, hard cheese and almonds. The 2010 J “California” Pinot Gris has an enticing bouquet of tangerine and orange blossom. The crisp, clean mouthfeel (we love the slight petulance) is bursting with flavors of Margarita lime and Tahitian vanilla. A hint of honey on the palate complements the fruit and acid. The lingering finish invites you to relax and enjoy another taste. In fact, it is the perfect sipper when entertaining with friends. This layered and well-balanced wine is a great accompaniment to a variety of foods, from Asian and Mexican to Thai and Chinese cuisines, all accented with a variety of spices

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