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J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2018

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

Winemaker Notes

Crafted from up to 100 individual small lots, J Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir offers depth and nuance on its expressive, intricately layered palate. A classic example of this renowned region, the wine opens with notes of black and red cherry, wild blackberry, blueberry, and pomegranate. Deeper into the velvety-smooth palate, hints of anise and cola blend with suggestions of toast and barbeque smoke. Approachable and balanced upon release, fine tannins and structure will allow for elegant aging over the next five to seven years.

Pair this Pinot Noir with a grilled pork chop with a peach-bourbon barbeque sauce or a gourmet burger with blue cheese and caramelized onions. For a cheese pairing, try alongside blue cheese with pickled cherries.

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D 96
Ripe, expressive, 'Cherry Tunes' red fruit with medicinal overlay, cookie dough spice, and hints of wild jasmine and charred wood. Ripe and warming.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley jumps from the glass with exuberant notes of ripe redcurrants, pomegranate and raspberry coulis with hints of violets, dark chocolate and mossy tree bark. Medium-bodied, refreshing and elegant in the mouth, it delivers lovely red berry and earthy layers with very fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and perfumed.
WW 91
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The 2018 J Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is nicely staged and ready for action. TASTING NOTES: This wine shines with aromas and flavors of red fruit and dried earth. Enjoy it with grilled lamb lollipops. (Tasted: July 18, 2021, San Francisco, CA)
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast

This smooth wine offers a moderate weight and polished tannins that carry deep notes of forest floor, black tea and a layering of red fruit. Crisp on the finish, it nicely represents the appellation and vintage.

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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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While the Russian River Valley is a large appellation with multiple climate zones and soil types, it is best known for cool-climate varieties, with Pinot Noir as the most celebrated. The grapes benefit from a reliable late afternoon flow of Pacific Ocean fog through the Petaluma Gap and along the Russian River Valley that ensures slow and steady ripening and the preservation of grape acidity. Today many of California’s most highly regarded Pinot Noir vineyards are in the Russian River Valley, along with its sub-appellation, Green Valley.

Historically Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs had bright red fruit and delicate earthy, mineral notes. But changes in viticultural and winemaking practices have led to stylistic changes in some of the region’s wines. Adjustments to canopy management, among other techniques, have resulted in riper fruit and bolder wines as well. These show flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cola, spice and darker, loamy earth tones, accenting traditional Pinot Noir notes of strawberry, raspberry and light cherry.

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