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J Vineyards Russian River Chardonnay 2018

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750ML / 14.3% ABV
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750ML / 14.3% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This bright 2018 Russian River Valley Chardonnay showcases the best of this Classic Chardonnay growing region. Opening with aromas of orange blossom, golden delicious apple and ginger, the lengthy palate offers layers of depth and nuance. Creamy and textured on the forefront, the wine evolves to crisp and lively acidity at the mid-point middle before finishing with richness and roundness. Layered notes of ripe Anjou pear, baked apple, lemon curd and candied grapefruit on the palate mingle with hints of toast, clove and vanilla that support the fruit notes on the lengthy finish.

Try this Chardonnay with a Madras curry with grilled shrimp or pork loin stuffed with apricots and almonds. For a cheese pairing, sip alongside St. George or a farmstead cheese.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 92
James Suckling
A dense, layered white with cooked-apple and banana character. Lightly toasted oak with some bitterness. Medium to full body. Flavorful finish. Complex.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Lushly opulent tones of Gravenstein apple and stone fruit carry this wine, with a creamy texture and rich notes of graham cracker and toasted vanilla adding depth. The oak is well integrated and adds to the power and length of it all.
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Since 1986, J Vineyards & Winery has developed a reputation as one of the top sparkling and varietal wine producers in California. Known for its celebrated estate vineyards and world-class hospitality, what truly sets J apart is its Traditional Method sparkling process and elevated winemaking techniques. Winemaker Nicole Hitchcock showcases her expertise and the diversity of California winegrowing regions through a portfolio of acclaimed varietal and sparkling wines. Visit the renowned hospitality center in the heart of the Russian River Valley to enjoy one of the many tasting experiences or the innovative pairings created by Executive Chef Carl Shelton in the Bubble Room.

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

PBC9017193_2018 Item# 609316

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