J Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

  • 750ml
  • $40
  • QTY

The 2013 J Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a well-balanced, food-friendly wine with bright berry flavors – red cherry, raspberry and blackberry – with hints of licorice and red zinger tea on the finish. The aromas of wild strawberries and spices delight the nose. This approachable wine pairs well with mushroom risotto, cedar plank salmon and Bouillabaisse seafood stew.

Vintage Comments

Warm and dry, 2013 presented a stellar growing season. Harvest was one of the earliest in J’s history, in late August, offering abundant grape clusters of extremely high quality. A near perfect flowering and fruit set in the spring ushered in a summer free of rain and a balanced growing season into the fall. Although some heat spikes rushed harvest a bit, the weather cooperated fully.


At J, we are devoted to the concept of terroir in the Russian River Valley. Our 2013 J Vineyards Pinot Noir is a reflection of this vintage, the vineyards, and winemaking techniques. Sourced from all of our Pinot Noir estate vineyards within the cool-climate Russian River Valley, the fruit from each vineyard highlights site-specific characteristics that blend seamlessly to form one expressive wine. To craft this wine, whole grape clusters were carefully hand-harvested at night, hand-sorted, de-stemmed then gravity fed into three to 10 ton fermenters for whole-berry fermentation. The wine was then aged in tight-grain French oak barrels for 9 months, following a specific barrel regime to highlight the characteristics of each vineyard lot.


Technical Notes

Nicole's, Nonny's, Robert Thomas, Bow Tie, Canfield
828, 115, 667, 777, 2A, Pommard, Calera, Rochioli, Swan, 943
Eclectic mix of Russian River Valley soils, Goldridge, Zamora, Arbuckle
9 months in French oak barrels (30% new)
Harvest Date::
August 24 - October 10, 2013
Release Date::
September 2014
5.7 grams per liter
Residual Sugar::
23,200 cases
  • 88 Points - Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine for 2012 Russian River Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir

    This very affable and eminently accessible Pinot goes for juicy immediacy with a touch of soft oaky spice sitting lightly atop its full, very easy-to-taste, ripe-cherry fruit. It has plenty of weight and is balanced ever so slightly to softness in a style that speaks more to near-term enjoyment than to prolonged keeping. Enjoy it over the next couple of years alongside the likes of roasted pork loin with a slightly sweet glaze."



    Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, June 2014 2012 J Vineyards Russian River Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir
  • 92 Points Wine Enthusiast for 2012 Russian River Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir

    It's hard to imagine a better Pinot for drinking right now.  It's so rich and spicy, offering tiers of raspberry and cherry preserves, ripe Christmas persimmons and pomegranates, and a delicious coating of smoky new oak.  The tannin-acid balance is perfect.”

    Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast June 2014 2012 J Vineyards Russian River Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir
  • 90 Points & Very Highly Recommended– California Grapevine for 2012 Russian River Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir

    Medium light ruby; attractive, earthy, herbal, spicy, raspberry and cherry fruit aroma with hints of vanilla and forest floor; medium body; supple, plummy, red fruit flavors with some depth along with a slightly creamy mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Showed some elegance and very enjoyable to taste now. Very highly recommended.”

    Nicholas A. Ponomareff, January 2014 2012 J Vineyards Russian River Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir

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