Intense is the first word that comes to mind when encountering this wine. The aroma is concentrated strawberry fruit, which continues in the flavors of the wine, surrounded by a nice thin circlet of vanilla on the palate and in the finish. The style of fruit is very New World, though it’s balanced by a tinge of earth and burnt-sugar cooked fruit too. If you are looking for a super-full pinot from California that has structure as well, this fits the bill. Pairs with everything from lamb to chicken. Highly Recommended (90-94) — BSE

WHO: J Vineyards and Winery

WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE:  Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California
HOW MUCH: $33   (media sample)

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Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work appears in many national publications including Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television.

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