2018 J Vineyards Chardonnay Black Label
2018 J Vineyards Chardonnay Black Label Our bright 2018 Russian River Valley Chardonnay showcases the best of this Classic Chardonnay growing region. Opening with aromas of orange blossom, golden delicious apple and ginger, the lengthy palate offers layers of depth and nuance. Creamy and textured on the forefront, the wine evolves to crisp and lively acidity at the mid-point middle before finishing with richness and roundness. Layered notes of ripe Anjou pear, baked apple, lemon curd and candied grapefruit on the palate mingle with hints of toast, clove and vanilla that support the fruit notes on the lengthy finish. Try this Chardonnay with a Madras curry with grilled shrimp or pork loin stuffed with apricots and almonds. For a cheese pairing, sip alongside St. George or a farmstead cheese.
California’s most praised white wine, Chardonnay is also the state’s most planted white grape variety. Diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles.
Chardonnay planted in the cooler, coastal zones takes on bright characteristics like lemon zest, key lime, green apple and wet flint. For this style, look to the chilly Sonoma Coast, Carneros, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Lucia Highlands and Edna Valley.
The inland zones of California’s coast, such as the Russian River, Sonoma, Napa and Livermore Valleys maintain a more Goldilocks-esque climate where both styles go. Early picking retains acidity and creates a leaner style but leaving the grapes to hang creates an approachable Chardonnay, balancing richness and finesse.
Chardonnay also plays a major part in the sparkling wine production of the Anderson Valley and Carneros.