2008 CHARDONNAY RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

100% Chardonnay
J Vineyards & Winery

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $28.00
club price: $25.20
available:None
cases:8000
formats: 750mL
released:Aug 1, 2010
date profiled:Sep 15, 2010
brix at harvest:Blended
alcohol:14.3%
fined:Yes
filtered:Yes
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:40% New  
oak aging: 9 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
chardonnay 100%
 
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Winemaker George Bursick Notes
2008 Proprietor's Reserve Syrah Dutcher Crossing
The Vineyard
The grapes for our 2008 Chardonnay came from several J estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley, as well as from select premium vineyard sites in the western region of the Russian River Valley.

Winemaking
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. A long, slow fermentation allowed the wine to develop slowly, maximizing its expression of the Russian River Valley. Careful blending of more than 25 lots resulted in an elegantl ...more... y beautiful Chardonnay that is both powerful and refined.

Aging
For this wine, we went to great lengths to find unique French oak coopers selected from specific forests. The wine is 100% barrel fermented and aged in 60-gallon Burgundian oak (40% new). An unusual 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. Nearly a year of rest after bottling created a fully integrated and beautifully resolved wine that honors the traditions of Burgundy and Russian River Valley winemaking.

Tasting Notes
The 2008 J Vineyards Chardonnay is an inspirational combination of old world minimalist technique and new world fruit expression. Notes of Meyer lemon, peach, vanilla, toasted almond and honey tickle the nose and mouth. The weighty, seamless palate has a creamy texture reminiscent of crème brûlée. A long, luxurious finish exhibits hints of caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon.
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