J Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

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The 2013 J Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a well-balanced, food-friendly, full-bodied red 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.

Winemaking

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

Vineyard::
Nicole's, Nonny's, Robert Thomas, Bow Tie, Canfield
Clones::
828, 115, 667, 777, 2A, Pommard, Calera, Rochioli, Swan, 943
Soils::
Eclectic mix of Russian River Valley soils, Goldridge, Zamora, Arbuckle
Aging::
9 months in French oak barrels (30% new)
Harvest Date::
August 24 - October 10, 2013
Release Date::
September 2014
Alcohol::
14.3%
Acid::
5.7 grams per liter
pH::
3.72
Residual Sugar::
Dry
Production::
23,200 cases
  • 90 POINTS - 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

    Made in a full-bodied style, this estate wine is generous in blackberry, black licorice and dark cherry, with classic cola spice dancing around its edges. Smooth and memorable, it is made from a handful of vineyards, including Nicole's Bow Tie and Robert Thomas..." 

    Wine Enthusiast, Virginia Boone, July 2015 
  • 90 POINTS - 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

    This delicate but intensely flavored Pinot from J is a welcome alternative to richer, riper, more robust Pinots that get most of the love from consumers these days. Showing an earthy, forest floor nose with a hint of cola and bright aromas of strawberry and red raspberry, this is a finely tuned Pinot..."

    Wine Review Online, Robert Whitley, October 2015 
  • 92 POINTS - 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

    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."

    Wine Enthusiast, Steve Heimoff, June 2014 

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