2012 J Vineyards Pinot Gris

SKU #1132006 Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* This is J’s best Pinot Gris in years. It’s rich and focused, with bright acidity, a clean mouthfeel and complex orange, mango, honey and vanilla flavors.  (9/ 2013)

K&L Notes

A fantastic 2012 harvest has yielded an exciting and generous Pinot Gris from J Vineyards. Sourced from Clarksburg (33%), Russian River Valley (32%), Lodi (30%), and Monterey (5%), this cross-appellation blend creates a snapshot of how complex, yet easygoing a California white can be. The grape clusters were hand-harvested and gently pressed before fermenting at low temperatures to preserve the fresh aromatics. From the winemaker: "Our Pinot Gris has an enticing bouquet of apricot and tropical/pineapple fruit. The crisp, lush mouthfeel is also bursting with flavors of lemon and lime and finishes with a distinct minerality on the palate. A hint of kiwi and sweet orange blossom honey on the palate complements the fruit and acid."

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Varietal:

Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.8