2015 J Pinot Noir Barrel 16, Russian River Valley

  • 750ml
  • $85
  • QTY

Our 2015 J Vineyards & Winery Barrel 16 Pinot Noir is a flavorful expression of the diversity of the Russian River Valley’s myriad microclimates and soils, with grapes are sourced exclusively from our estate vineyards located throughout the region. Opening with expansive aromas of floral violets, blueberry and anise, the focused, plush palate features notes of red plum, raspberry, clove and hints of cedar and forest floor. The wine’s firm acidity and smooth tannins develop on the long finish with notes of black tea, cranberry and slate. We recommend enjoying this wine with aged gruyère with almond-cherry compote, pan-roasted New York Strip Steak, potato dauphinoise, caramelized fennel and a niçoise olive demi-glace. 

Vintage Comments

The 2015 vintage was early, short and warm in the Russian River Valley. We had a lot of rainfall early on in December and January, filling our reserves and pushing up the growing season. Budbreak occurred in mid-March, and temperatures from March through May gradually increased, setting the table for the earliest Harvest ever for J. In May, cooler temperatures slowed down growth and led to a long bloom period that lowered yields. These conditions coupled with constant coastal breezes provided an ideal combination of elements to produce concentrated fruit flavors and a crisp acidity. 


Whole grape clusters were hand-harvested, hand-sorted, de-stemmed and gravity-fed into small, three- to 10-ton fermenters for whole-berry fermentation. After a gentle pressing, the wine was then aged in our cool cellar for 13 months in tight-grain, medium toast French oak barrels. During the aging period, the winemaking team chose the vintage’s best barrels to create this elegant blend. 

Technical Notes

Estate Vineyards:
Canfield, Foggy Bend, Freestone Hill
Pinot Noir Clones 777, 943 & 828
Soil Types:
Goldridge, Zamora
100% French oak, 48% new, for 13 months
Harvest Date:
September 3 - 14, 2015
  • 92 Points - Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine for 2011 J Vineyards Barrel 16 Estate Grown Pinot Noir RRV

    Here is proof that good Pinot Noir can be at once both rich and refined, and it lays to rest any notion that ripeness is somehow anathema to well-balanced wines. Right from the first, this one gets it right in terms of precise varietal fruit with a trim touch of sweet spice and scattered suggestions of tea leaf lending a note of layered complexity. The wine is fleshy and supple with a hint of velvet that should become more apparent with time in the bottle, and, if admittedly having a bit of extra palatal weight, it exhibits very good structure and plenty of potential for positive mid-term growth."

    Charles Olken, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, October 2013 2011 J Vineyards Barrel 16 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
  • 91 POINTS - 2013 Russian River Valley Barrel 16 Pinot Noir

    Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, raspberry and blackberry fruit aromas with notes of vanilla and Asian spices; medium body; forward, rounded, red and black berry fruit flavors with good depth and a silky mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended.

    California Grapevine, Nicholas Ponomareff, September 2015

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