J Vineyards & Winery Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
|Brand||J Vineyards & Winery|
The 2008 J Vineyards Chardonnay is a sublime 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.
Solid, with straightaway flavors of ripe fig, pear and light cedary oak. Appealing, if lacking pizzazz. Drink now through 2015.
New oak constitutes 40% of the barrel regime, but it dominates, with toothpicky sweet, caramelized vanilla aromas and flavors. Beneath that is lemon and green apple fruit. Production was 8,000 cases.