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J Vineyards & Winery

J Vineyards & Winery in Sonoma County, CA

Profile: J Vineyards & Winery (formerly J Wine Company) has found a proper home with its new Russian River Valley winemaking facility and tasting room. The coastal climate of the winery's 250 acres lends itself perfectly to growing the grapes used in sparkling wine, the style on which J built its reputation. Founded in 1986, it is named for owner Judy Jordan (see interview with Jordan). Today the winery also offers still wines, including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. The company's dedication to the pairings of wines with food is evident in the unique tasting room setup, where its samplings are served with hors d'oeuvres selected to enhance wine choices. They also launched their Essence Tasting program in August 2007, which aims to offer a world-class dining experience through seven food-and-wine-paired courses.

Wine bottle of J Vineyards & Winery 1998 Late Disgorged
1998 Vintage Brut Late Disgorged
J Vineyards & Winery

Varietal/Style: Brut
Russian River Valley, CA

With the addition of veteran winemaker George Bursick to the team, J has truly hit its stride. This is demonstrated in the winery’s 1998 Late Disgorged, which easily ranks among the top ten sparkling wines in the United States. The bubbly offers inviting bread dough aromas, and its flavors combine with a hint of tangerine and lime. Crisp and daringly tart, the wine is definitely refreshing and yet has the body to stand up to a substantial meal. With a creamy mouthfeel and delightful length, we would welcome this sparkler at the holiday dinner table or as a New Year’s Day toast. (Date tasted: 12/08/08)

Rating: 15.5/20
Price: $115

Wine of the Week October 28, 2008:
1998 Late Disgorged Brut

Also see our Tasting Notes for other J wines:
Brut Rosé
J Cuvée 20 Brut NV
J Cuvée 20 Brut NV "25th Anniversary"
1999 Late Disgorged Brut
2003 Late Disgorged Brut
2005 J Vintage Brut
2007 J Vintage Brut
2007 Nicole's Vineyard Pinot Noir
2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2009 Russian River Valley Vin Gris
2010 Hoot Owl Vineyard Viognier

11447 Old Redwood Highway
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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