Hot Wine Deal! 2007 J Vineyards & Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley

My wine cellar is full and I'm currently on a wine-buying furlough or I'd snap up this deal myself! I'm a HUGE Russian River Valley fan, especially Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and J Vineyards is an excellent winery.

Release price is $28.00/bottle! Get it for just $18.99/bottle or $15.99 per bottle if you buy 12 or more!

Tasting Notes from Wine Access:

“Pale green color. Bright aromas of apple and citrus, a touch of wood. Rich and firm on the palate, with a tight kernel of honeyed fruit, bracketed by brisk Russian River acidity. Excellent weight, and fine persistence, speaking of the vineyard pedigree and that great Indian summer hang time of 2007. Drink now for its refreshing vibrancy or age for up to 4 years.”

Check it out at WineAccess or read on…

Wine information from J Vineyards & Winery:

The vineyards
The grapes for this Chardonnay come from our estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley, as well as from select premium vineyard sites in the western region of the Russian River Valley.

Processing
Whole grape clusters were hand-harvested between 23 and 24 brix, and then pressed gently in our Coquard press to minimize the extraction of harsh components from the skins of the grapes; free-run and press fraction juices were fermented separately using a combination of indigenous and unique custom yeast strains from Burgundy. Long fermentations allowed the wine to develop slowly, maximizing its expression of terroir. Careful blending of more than 30 lots resulted in a beautiful expression of Chardonnay that is both powerful and refined and true to the Russian River Valley.

Aging
For this wine, the winery went to great lengths in finding unique French oak coopers selected from specific forests. The wine is 100% barrel-fermented and aged in 60-gallon Burgundian oak (40% new). A long, six-month malolactic fermentation was carried out resulting in automatic batonage, which produced exceptional sur lie character, as well as complex, layered aromas and flavors. A year of rest after bottling created a fully integrated and beautifully resolved wine that honors the traditions of Burgundy and is a true testament to the terroir of Russian River Valley.

Tasting Notes
The 2007 J Vineyards Chardonnay is a sublime combination of old world minimalist technique and new world fruit expression. The senses are aroused by scents of Meyer lemon, peach, vanilla, toasted almond and honey. The weighty, seamless palate has a creamy texture reminiscent of crème brûlée. A long luxurious finish exhibits hints of caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Winemaker: George Bursick
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Harvest Date: September 4 – October 8, 2007
Wine Alcohol: 14.3% by volume
Wine Acid: 5.90 grams per liter
Wine pH: 3.55
Production: 5,700 cases
Bottling Date: August 2008
Release Date: September 2009

Posted on by Arianna Armstrong in Great Wines Under $20

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