J Pinot Gris Russian River Valley 2006
2006 J Pinot Gris, Russian River Valley The VineyardsThe 2006 J Pinot Gris is a wonderful blend of 100% Pinot Gris fruit from the unique growing conditions of the Russian River Valley. The fruit for this wine comes from our own Cooper and River Road Vineyards, the famed Saralee's Vineyard and Preston Vineyard. The cool region and well-drained soils help to ripen the grapes slowly, allowing fully mature flavors to develop while preserving a crisp elegance. ProcessingGrapes were hand-harvested in the cool early morning when fruit flavors and acidity achieved an optimal natural balance. Whole clusters were then gently pressed in J's Coquard press. This unique press minimizes the extraction of harsh components from the skins of the grapes. AgeingThe juice is kept in separate lots and fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks using a variety of yeasts. This gentle treatment allows each lot to develop a unique flavor profile while preserving the integrity of the fruit. Tasting NotesThe 2006 J Pinot Gris leads with tropical fruit aromas of pineapple, mango and guava blended with delicate notes of honeysuckle, pear and Fuji apple. On the palate, flavors echo the nose, exploding with bright and juicy tangerine, pear and apple flavors that carry on to a crisp and tangy finish. Its opulent texture and balanced acidity make this Pinot Gris an ideal wine to pair with a variety of foods. 14.5% Alcohol by volume
A really great Pinot Grigio, pretty round and consistent in all aspects: medium bodied with smooth consistent but non-distinct fruit that delicately bounces from the glass to your nose. An all together pleasant wine that I had open for a few days and it kept pretty well.
Poured and drank at room temp. Honestly, the nose was rather disappointing. I was struggling to get anything from it. Initially, I was able to sense a hint of pear, and some general light fruit scents, like green apple; but that was it. I kept trying and trying to sniff, but really could get anything else....boo. First taste was fairly smooth and fruity. It has a fresh green and yellow orange fruit to it. Again, like the nose, difficult to pinpoint, but I do agree with some others about the pear and peach. It is very pleasant and smooth, fairly well structured. Almost none to none at all, effervescence. Most of the PG's I have had, always have a hint or more of it, but this does not. It finishes a little on the hot side (+14% alc.). Despite how this note sounds fairly negative, I rather enjoyed this wine. If the nose opened up a bit more and didn't finish quite so hot, it would definitely fall into the +90 category; however with these factors, 86+
One of my favorite wines. I've loved it for years and it never disappoints.