2014 J Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

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The 2014 J Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a fresh, elegant wine with creamy depth and generous aromas of apple, delicate pineapple and lemon punctuated by zesty spice. Vibrant flavors of ripe pear, kiwi and caramelized peaches meld on a broad mid-palate before a bright finish that deftly balances creamy and tart nuances. 

Due to current state laws, this product cannot be shipped to Louisiana or Wyoming.

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, marking the earliest in J history. During the long growing season, we watered only when needed, 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

The grapes for this Chardonnay were sourced from cool areas throughout the Russian River Valley growing region. We hand-harvested the grapes at 24 Brix and pressed them gently using Champagne press cycles. The must was 100% barrel fermented in 100% French oak, approximately 25% of which was new. Barrels contributed nuanced spice and toast notes, complementing but not overpowering the classic Russian River fruit characteristics of apple, pear and citrus. Each vineyard, block and clone was kept separate until blending in May, for a total of 30 different lots available for blending decisions.

 

Technical Notes

Clones::
Chardonnay 17, Rued, Wente, 76, 4
Aging::
100% French Oak, 25% new for 9 months
Harvest Date::
Sept. 1-29, 2014
Alcohol::
14.3%
Acid::
5.3 grams per liter
pH::
3.55
Residual Sugar::
.08%

Tasting Notes

2014 RRV_ Chardonnay.pdf
  • 91 POINTS - 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

    Lemon, lime and guava surround rounded acidity in this complex and layered white, fleshy and impressive in its approachability. This hows the ripe minerality of the appellation well, with just a wink of lushness on the finish.

    Wine Enthusaist, Virginie Boone, 2016
  • 91 POINTS - 2013 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

    Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, floral, green apple and white peach aroma with light, tropical notes and a hint of lemon curd; medium to medium-full body; fleshy, apple and citrus flavors with a silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."

    California Grapevine, March 2015 
  • 92 POINTS - 2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

    Medium-light yellow; attractive, elegant, slightly buttery, citrus and ripe pear aroma with a light trace of vanilla; medium to medium-full body; pear and mandarin orange flavors that are nicely balanced with bright acidity; lingering aftertaste.  Very highly recommended."

    California Grapevine, Nicholas Ponomareff, March 2014
  • 91 POINTS - 2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

    This Chardonnay is rich in all the bells and whistles, such as aging on the lees in French oak barrels. The underlying fruit shows ripe, racy tropical flavors, as well as peach and pear notes that are deep and delicious." 

    Wine Enthusaist, Steve Heimoff, June 2014

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