J Pinot Noir, Bow Tie Vineyard

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This gentle-sloping vineyard advantageously situated above the Russian River is ideal for growing rich, concentrated Pinot Noir, and our 2013 Bow Tie is characterized by intense floral, ripe blackberry and sage aromas. The palate delivers rich character, smooth texture and notes of cedar and dark chocolate on a long finish.

The grapes for this Pinot Noir were hand-picked and placed into small, 1/2 ton bins. At the winery, the fruit was de-stemmed and gravity-fed them into small, three- to ten-ton open- top fermenters. Following a five-day cold soak, the must fermented for seven to ten days using Burgundy yeast and natural inoculums, and was punched down four times a day during the peak of fermentation days. The wine was drained to barrel to undergo ML in 100% French oak for six weeks, followed by 12 months of barrel aging. An additional nine months’ maturation in bottle prior to release ensured ideal integration of tannin, acidity and phenolic character for ideal balance and drinkability on release..

Technical Notes

Vineyard::
Bow Tie
Clones::
Pommard, Swan, 943, 777
Soils::
Arbuckle
Harvest Date::
August 24 - September 4, 2013
Alcohol Level::
14.6%

Bow Tie Vineyard - J Vineyards & Winery

Planted in 2009, this 37.8-acre vineyard is called Bow Tie because, when looking directly down on it from the air, it features a distinctive bow tie shape. It also  affectionately reminds Judy Jordan of her grandfather, who often sported a bow tie. 

Known as Rodella Ranch by local farmers, this stunning vineyard with undulating hills is located on the western side of Russian River along Westside Road. The 21.8-acre top vineyard bench is planted to nine Pinot Noir clones, notably 777, Pommard and 115. It features spectacular vistas of the entire Russian River, majestic Mount Saint Helena to the east, and gives way to a dramatic drop to the river.

The lower portion of the property is planted to four clones of Chardonnay, including 76 and the aromatic Z clone, and has been known to flood during 100-year rain events. The soils range greatly from the top half of the property, which is comprised of Arbuckle sandy loam, to the lower half made up of Cortina silty clay loam, Yolo sandy loam, and Zamora loam and silt.

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  • 91 POINTS - 2013 Russian River Valley Bow Tie Vineyard Pinot Noir

    The 2013 Pinot Noir Bow Tie Vineyard displays lovely, sweet black cherry and blackcurrant notes, is the darkest colored of these Pinot Noirs, sees about 34% new French oak, and is made from 100% destemmed Pinot Noir. This is an attractive, savory, richer style with more body and intensity." 

    Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, October 2015
  • 92 POINTS - 2012 Russian River Valley Bow Tie Vineyard Pinot Noir

    Bow Tie is planted to a variety of clones, including Swan and Rochioli. Floral in anise, plum and raspberry, it is medium-bodied with a background of oak that picks up on the finish, offering seasonings of caramel and chocolate." 

    Wine Enthusiast, Virginia Boone, February 2015
  • 92 POINTS - 2012 Russian River Valley Bow Tie Vineyard Pinot Noir

    Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, black cherry fruit aroma with good richness and depth, and hints of cola and forest floor; medium-full body; forward, rich, deep, plummy, black cherry fruit flavors that tend to be slightly tart on the finish; medium to medium-full tannin; tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."

    California Grapevine, August 2014

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