(From 2009 Vintage) The 2009 J Vineyards “Sonoma Coast” Pinot Noir captures the essence of this cool-climate “True Coast” region. This is a luxurious wine bursting with concentrated aromas of blueberries, truffles, and rose petals. Featuring a lusciously rich body and lively acidity, this wine displays nuances of tart cherry, strawberry, and mint, intermingled with caramel, vanilla, cardamom, clove, and cinnamon. This velvety wine pairs well with an earthy mushroom soup or a filet of salmon brushed lightly with extra virgin olive oil and baked on a cedar or oak wood plank.
(From 2009 Vintage) Selected grape clusters were hand harvested at night to ensure fresh fruit character. While still cool, the fruit was hand sorted, gently destemmed and gravity fed into our open-top fermenters for whole-berry fermentation. Daily tastings determined the precise balance of fruit and tannins before the wine went to barrel. Our minimalist approach in making Pinot Noirs is designed to yield a wine that reflects, in both aroma and flavor, the location in which it was grown.
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Burghound(From 2007 Vintage) Here the aromas run more toward the red side of the fruit spectrum with a liqueur-like quality that is trimmed in a discreet touch of wood that is also reflected by the rich, round and relatively forward medium weight plus flavors that are delicious and sufficiently accessible that this could be enjoyed already even though a few years in the cellar should help to develop a bit more complexity. 89/2011+
Wine Enthusiast(From 2008 Vintage) 90 Points J Vineyards & Winery 2008 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast); $50. Defines a coastal style of ripe full bodiedness and bold fruit, although there’s a certain generic quality. Offers masses of cherry and blueberry pie, root beer, orange zest, red licorice and pie spices, with a lovely overlay of sweet, smoky oak. Yet could offer a little more individuality and identity. Drink now. —S.H.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine(From 2008 Vintage) Lightly dusty, hinting at cocoa and straining a bit in showing its mildly cherry-like, strawberry-tinged fruit, this slightly soft and frontal wine is a little too easy on the palate and comes up short on brightness and bounce. Its scant finishing coarseness and last-minute heat will be made moot by service with food, but we do not see a long lifeline here. Reviewed: June 2011