Wine Review – 2006 J Vineyards Pinot Noir, Russian River, California

jvydsrrvpinotnoir_05_large1Winery: J Vineyards and Winery

Bottling: 2006 J Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Region: California

Sub-Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma

Estimated Retail Price: $30 – $35

Purchase Details and Tasting Source: A close friend of ours cooked up a great dinner where this was one of several bottles of the evening

Tasting Notes: We haven’t had a delicious pinot noir in a long time, so this was indeed a treat.  We love Russian River and Sonoma Coast pinot noirs for their consistently texturally pleasing qualities.

This pinot had a pretty, perfumed, entrancing nose of both red and dark cherries as well as strawberries and earth.  You could just smell the juiciness in the glass.

Dark cherries, raspberries, strawberries and earth were the flavor sensations in the mouth.  Also in the mouth was mouth-filling, juicy fruit and spices framed by firm tannins that need just another year or two to mellow out.  This is 750 ml of refined, classy, liquid deliciousness.

Food Pairings and Context in Which to Enjoy: We had this with a table full of grub that included a beet, blood orange and chevre salad and pumpkin ravioli with browned butter, sage and speck.

I wish we had more pinot left when the porterhouse arrived.  Don’t be afraid to pour this alongside a steak or some other robust red meat.  How about a seared duck breast with a port fig sauce?  Yum.

Winery Background: The winery takes the food and wine pairing experience to another level by offering a host of fine dining-esque quality nibbles to pair with their wines in the tasting room.  I guess if you have an executive chef on staff, you can expect more than just saltine crackers and water in the tasting room.

Proprietor Judy Jordan is the daughter of Tom Jordan of Jordan Vineyards and Winery.  I guess it’s safe to say that wine is in the blood of this family


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