J Pinot Gris
The J California Pinot Gris begins with delightful aromas of roasted pineapple, candied lemon rind and honeysuckle. A warm year, 2015 created a rich, fruit forward wine with ripe flavors of zesty orange, tangerine and Asian pear. The palate is complex with notes of honeydew, jasmine and a sliver of minerality.
A crisp acidity and layers of fruit flavors make this wine a great pairing for manchego cheese with a peach chutney, chilled melon gazpacho, or a J favorite of pineapple brown butter sauce over scallops.
Founded by Judy Jordan in 1986, J Vineyards & Winery is an independently owned Sonoma County winery. Located on Old Redwood Highway south of Healdsburg, the winery focuses on Brut and Brut Rose sparkling wines, as well as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris - terroir-driven varietal wines, produced from estate-grown grapes farmed primarily within Sonoma County's Russian River Valley appellation. In 1994, the first small lots of Pinot Noir varietal wines were produced at J, but sparkling wine continued to be the winery's focus. In 2006, J formally launched an estate varietal program based on its 254-acres of Russian River Valley vineyards. Today, under the direction of winemaker Melissa Stackhouse, J Vineyards & Winery produces several small-lot Pinot Noirs. The winery celebrates its 25th harvest in 2012.