For over three decades J has been producing an amazing number of wines, most notably their sparkling wines. Sometimes overlooked are their still wines, like this terrific Pinot. Comprised of over 40 smaller lots of Pinot Noir. Then blended, this is really a wine that showcases al of the Russian River Valley. It offers bright and lively black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, plum and huckleberry, all conspiring to bring fresh bright fruit flavors to the glass. There are back notes of pomegranate, slight leather, cocoa powder and youthful but firm tannins. This is a thoroughly enjoyable wine to drink.
ORIGIN: Russian River Valley, Sonoma
PRICE: $42 (750 ml)
SCORE: 92 POINTS