Pinot Gris comes in many different styles. At J,it is crisp, with bright fruit expression, and a touch of minerality. As always, it begins in the vineyard. The myriad of Russian River Valley estate vineyards provide fruit that comes from well-drained soils rich in nutrients. J’s viticulturist works with each vineyard site to ensure that the soil type, vine canopy selection, natural pest management, and timing for the harvest pick are all aligned with our Winemaker’s vision for handcrafting Pinot Gris that is perfectly balanced with acidity and fruit. Not a small accomplishment given the fruit’s complexity.
Similar to their Chardonnays, they whole-cluster press the grapes utilizing our Coquard press minimizing harsh components from the grape skins mingling with the juice. The wine is fermented and cooled slowly in stainless steel tanks at 55 degrees to preserve the fruit’s integrity. No malolactic fermentation occurs during this process. After fermentation, aging in the stainless steel tanks begins for several months prior to bottling.
Whole grape clusters were hand-harvested, and then pressed gently to minimize the extraction of harsh components from the skins and seeds. The wine from each appellation was broken into multiple lots and exposed to a variety of yeasts. The wine was fermented and cooled slowly in stainless steel tanks at 55 degrees to preserve the freshness of the fruit. There was no malolactic fermentation in this process.
After fermentation the lots were aged separately in stainless steel tanks. Once the wine lots naturally settled and clarified, they were blended together. This allowed the development of a range of aromatic and flavor components that ultimately melded to create a layered, complex wine.
This Pinot Gris has an enticing bouquet of Fuji apple, ripe cantaloupe, and apricot. The crisp, clean mouthfeel is bursting with flavors of lemon and lime. A hint of kiwi and sweet orange blossom honey on the palate complements the fruit and acid. The lingering finish invites you to relax and enjoy another taste. In fact, it is the perfect sipper when entertaining with friends. This layered and well-balanced wine is a great accompaniment to a variety of foods, from Japan and Mexico, to India and China, all accented with a variety of spices.
APPELLATION: Clarksburg 62%; Monterey 16%; RRV 12%; Napa 10%
HARVEST DATE: August 31 – October 2, 2011
WINE ALCOHOL: 13.8 % by volume
WINE ACID: 6.3 grams per liter
WINE PH: 3.36
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.35%
PRODUCTION: 36,000 cases
BOTTLING DATE: March 20 – April 10, 2012
RELEASE DATE: May 2012
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