Nicole's Monthly Pick June

NICOLE’S WINE OF THE MONTH

JUNE DAYS ARE JUST AS BRIGHT AS THIS  SUMMERY ROSÉ

Choosing the best wine for every season can be a challenge, which is why winemaker
Nicole Hitchcock offers her expert insights and recommendations for the best seasonal
selections of Russian River Valley wines from the J portfolio every month.

Nicole’s years of winemaking experience has earned her acclaim and accolades, including the
2022 Winemaker of the Year award from Wine Enthusiast Magazine — and has given her
intrinsic knowledge of what makes a great seasonal wine.

JUNE’S PICK

 


2023 Rose of Pinot Noir

ABOUT ROSÉ OF PINOT NOIR

Our Rosé of Pinot Noir offers the perfumed aromas, brightness and delicacy that define the best of the style. Appealing notes of juicy tangerine, white peach and a refreshing citrus uplift are layered with dried raspberry, strawberry and tart pomegranate, make this wine the perfect pick for sunny June days. Hints of earthiness and minerality add balance and texture, while the wine’s natural acidity gives this Rosé its wonderful sense of freshness and crisp, food-friendly finish.

 

 



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Check back every month for more wine picks that will add dimension and nuance to your cellar.

MaY’s Pick

BLANC DE NOIRS

“When I think of May in Sonoma County, I think of warm days, but I also think of shoulder season, a little bit of rain, gloomy weather…[when playing games indoors] this wine shows up regularly on our game table, and it lifts and delights and inspires the mood.”

— Nicole Hitchcock

Earning 93 points from Wine Spectator (February 2023), this sparkling Pinot showcase opens with an elegant, lacy mousse and fine, energetic bubbles. Notes of fresh-picked raspberry and strawberry alight the palate, while a touch of minerality and cranberry adds nuance.

APRIL’S PICK

ANNAPOLIS RIDGE PINOT NOIR

“My family, friends and I go camping on the coast quite a bit …and when I think of coastal camping I think of redwoods, beautiful ridgetops, soaring birds and the ocean crashing…and when I close my eyes and think of this wine it reminds me of exactly the same thing.”  — Nicole Hitchcock

With one sip of Annapolis Ridge Pinot Noir, you’ll understand why it receives high scores from Wine Spectator, James Suckling and Wine Advocate vintage after vintage. The expression of care, time and terroir combine to create a beautifully balanced and full-bodied Pinot Noir with notes of dark berry, cassis, anise, and rose petal, and aromas of blueberry, cherry and plum.

2017 Annapolis Ridge Pinot Noir

March’s Pick

2018 VINTAGE BRUT ROSÉ

“This wine reminds me of spring, particularly the fresh, underripe strawberries that you can find in the farmer’s market.” — Nicole Hitchcock

Earning 91 Points from Wine Spectator (December 2022), the 2018 Vintage Brut Rosé offers a refined take on a classic brut rosé style.

A delicate mousse of lively bubbles greets you at first sip, while notes of bright red fruits, quince and tangerine fill the palate ahead of the crisp, flavorful finish.

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FEBRUARY’S PICK

brut rosè

“This wine makes me think of connection with others, whether they’re with us or far away — it’s all about connection with the 
J Brut Rose.” — Nicole Hitchcock

This elegant and delightfully hued sparkling rosé opens with aromas of ripe raspberries, rose petals and slivered almonds. Luscious notes of fresh mandarin orange, roasted strawberries and crème fraîche alight the palate, as lively acidity and steely minerality frame a crisp, lingering finish.

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JANUARY’S PICK

2014 VINTAGE BRUT

We conducted the dosage trials for our 2014 Vintage Brut in early 2020, and the wine stood out with its bright tanginess, lime zest, striking minerality and a touch of earthiness – it was clearly the favorite in our tasting. It’s been wonderful to see how those notes have evolved over the past four years and how much of the early attributes are still present in the glass. What really jumps out to me is the generosity of red fruit character on the mid-palate, which may be attributed to the slightly higher percentage of Pinot Meunier in the cuvée. I love how the red fruit notes play off the wine’s fresh acidity and brightness of structure, providing a clean finish — this vintage exemplifies some of the best qualities of Russian River Valley wines.

My youngest daughter was born in 2014, so this is a very personal vintage for me. I crafted the wine for longevity and have laid down some magnums to celebrate the cherished moments in her life.

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