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J Vineyards Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018


Synopsis, Our Opinion: A GOOD everyday California Chardonnay.

Producer/Winery: Nicole Hitchcock; J Vineyards and Winery; Healdsburg, California.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Russian River Valley; Sonoma County, California.

Vintage: 2018

Price: $25.00+ estimate (1 of 3 bottles of J Vineyards wine included with the take out dinner)

Purchased From: Undercurrent Restaurant; Greensboro, North Carolina “Harvest Party Bites”.

Paired With: Roast pork tenderloin; Chapel Hill Creamery “Hickory Grove” cheese; curry sweet potato chips; roasted apple compote and grapefruit-peach preserves (Second course Harvest bites).

Tasting:

    Chilled before drinking. Clear, very light wheat straw color. Vanilla & oak, pineapple and apple aromas with hints of nuttiness. Dominating creamy mouthfeel, medium to full body and 100 or less-grit texture. Vanilla, pineapple and apple flavors. Crisp acidity, but, less than expected and a medium length spicy apple finish. Not bad California Chardonnay, but in a market where there are many excellent Chardonnays at this price point it gets lost without having something special about it. The food was simply OUTSTANDING and the Chardonnay paired surprisingly well, but wasn’t nearly as good sipping without food. Unfortunately we have been spoiled by the VERY DELICIOUS Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay that’s at about the same price point. We called the wine tonight a GOOD everyday California Chardonnay.

Nicole Hitchcock, Head Winemaker at J Vineyards & Winery
Photo from Undercurrent Restaurant.

Comments: Learn more about J Vineyards and their wines.

Alcohol Content: 14.3%

Closure: Aluminum covered 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: 7 24624 11801 8

Imported by: Not applicable.