2016 J Pinot Noir Barrel 16, Russian River Valley

  • 750ml
  • $85
  • QTY

Our 2016 J Vineyards & Winery Barrel 16 Pinot Noir is our top 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. Barrel 16 Pinot Noir is aged in a mix of new and neutral French oak, imparting subtle notes of brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose and fine tannins on the palate. Velvety-smooth, notes of cranberry fruit leather, strawberry, star anise and dried rose are backed by hints of shiitake mushrooms. Try this supple Pinot Noir with duck with dried cherry jus and mushroom farro pilaf or a satsuma mandarin, fennel and radicchio salad with toasted walnuts and pomegranate dressing. For a cheese pairing, sip alongside aged gouda with anise-poached plum.

Vintage Comments

The 2016 vintage in the Russian River Valley was warm and dry. Following suit with the four previous vintages, the year continued to be an earlier, more compact growing season. Plenty of winter rains and a warm spring brought on early budbreak and a warm, fast-paced summer growing season. Another early harvest, 2016 finished a full 10 days earlier than average. Consistent warm temperatures through September rewarded us with incredible intensity and depth of flavor.


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 667, 777 & Pommard
Soil Types:
Goldridge, Zamora
100% French oak, 35% new and 33% one-year, for 13 months
Harvest Date:
September 9 - 26, 2016

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