2014 Vintage Blanc de Noirs

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The 2014 J Blanc de Noirs is vibrant and layered, opening with a light, creamy mousse and finishing with zesty finesse. The beautifully complex palate begins with ample notes of ripe mountain raspberry and cherry blossom, evolving to red apple, nectarine and rose petals. A delicate, creamy mid-palate adds notes of macadamia nut, Linzer Tart and subtle hints of earthiness. Enjoy with confit chicken thigh with beet risotto, mushroom-crusted pork loin with creamy polenta or alpine-style farmhouse cheese with raspberry-shallot marmalade. 

Vintage Comments 

The year 2014 continued a three-year cycle of vintages characterized by warm, dry, excellent growing conditions. Described as the “year of the early,” 2014 saw early budbreak, early flowering, early veraison and early harvest. Ideal spring and summer weather, with a few well-timed heat spikes and cooling sessions, ushered in harvest at the end of July, the earliest in J history. During the long growing season, we were mindful to use irrigation only to keep the vines in balance and honor the integrity of the fruit. The result was beautiful, small- to medium-berry clusters that produced balanced wine with good acidity and ample fruit. 

Winemaking 

All of the grapes were hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without destemming, into our special French Coquard press for a gentle pressing. We used only the cuvée free run juice during fermentation, which occurred in stainless steel tanks. We kept all lots separate until the final blending decision, which occurred in November 2014. The blend rested on lees for five months before bottling. As is customary for traditional method sparkling wine production, the secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle. The wine was aged nearly three years en tirage in our cellars, developing deeper complexity as the years went by. In late 2017, we carefully riddled the bottles to collect and remove the yeast sediment. Following disgorging, a small amount of dosage wine was added for balance. This wine aged an additional six months on the cork before release. 

Technical Notes

Vineyard::
100% Eastside Knoll Vineyard
Final Blend::
95% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol::
12.5%
pH::
2.94
Acid::
0.86g/100mL
Dosage::
1.2% RS

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