JCB N°22 Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from North Coast, California
This 100% Pinot Noir from the Mendocino Ridge Appellation is intimate, tumultuous, and intense. The vineyards, from peaks above the fog line and planted with Clone 115 and 777, are sustainably farmed and have very small yields & production. 696 Bottles Produced.
Wine & Spirits - "This elegant pinot noir has the surety of fresh, completely ripe fruit. It's all of a piece, the tannins fully integrated, the plump fruit lasting in a distinctly earthy finish. Still closed, this needs bottle age to develop complexity. Jean-Charles Boisset makes JCB with the winemaking team at De Loach."
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Medium ruby hue. Reticent bouquet opens to floral and spice aromas with a pleasant, clean edge of dried citrus. Crisp and lean on entry, slowly unfolding to offer a broad palette of flavors including red and black cherry, red flowers and citrus notes accented by pleasing hints of herbs and grilled fruit."
Wine Enthusiast - "An interesting new wine that aims for balance and elegance rather than powerful fruit extraction. Shows an acid-inspired crispness that brightens wild berry, currant, cola and peppery spice flavors. Despite the silky mouthfeel, it feels undeveloped. This score reflects its current drinkability, but it could surprise in 4–6 years or longer."
Burghound.com - " A somewhat more deeply pitched nose features a bit more earth as well as blue berry notes together with similar very fresh red pinot fruit that merges into richer, fuller and more complex medium-bodied flavors that possess better mid-palate concentration and a bit more length as well. I like the sappy texture and this is a mix of both fruit and soil-driven components. Lovely and overall, there is just more here. 90/2011+"
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JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset Winery
Jean-Charles Boisset, the visionary behind JCB, is fervently passionate about Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from both his native Burgundy as well as from Sonoma County, where he owns DeLoach Vineyards. JCB wines are crafted to express a style that embodies only the finest characteristics of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Backed by centuries of tradition, our wines speak for themselves. To taste them is to discover what happens when terroir, talent, and vision come together.
"What if we could capture style and hold it in the bottle, along with all of its heritage, treasures and promises? What if that uncompromising personality - audacious, unique, mysterious, passionate, subtle - was revealed from one bottle to another by a distinct number, until it was all held in a limited collection of wines? A collection of rare numbered edition wines, composed by Jean-Charles Boisset, stemming from centuries of Burgundian family tradition combined with the graceful exploration of sophisticated terroir where elegance, delicacy, refinement and finesse can be discovered. A way of reinventing time and celebrating style that goes beyond fashion: This is the spirit of JCB."
— Jean-Charles Boisset View all JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset Wines
About North Coast
Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different – both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
Notable FactsMendocino has a high amount of organic vintners and vines. The first winery to settle here was Fetzer, which practices organic viticulture and holds some of the most vineyard land in the area. Mendocino has many pockets of micro-climates while Lake County, being smaller in size, is less diverse climactically. As for the grapes, Chardonnay is the most popular in both counties, but there are also some excellent Sauvignon Blancs, particularly in the Lake County. In red wine, Zinfandel leads the way, followed by Rhone Blends and Petite Sirah. The reds in both counties are complex and sumptuous. Anderson Valley is a sub-AVA of Mendicino and is quite well known for its excellent cool climate, producing the delicious Roederer Estate sparkling wines and some wonderful cool-climate Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.