Wine Spectator Senior Editor James Laube tastes over 5,000 wines every year. He's written for Wine Spectator for over 30 years and has covered California wines exclusively for over 20 years. To say he has an educated palate would be a gross understatement, so when he sits down to taste one of our wines, we are all ears.
What's been swirling around in Laubes' glass most recently is J Vineyards' soon-to-be-released 2010 estate grown Pinot Noir, sourced entirely from the renowned Freestone Hill Vineyard.
We're thrilled to announce he's given it a score of 92.
“Pleasantly supple and elegant, offering complex tiers of ripe cherry, wild berry and raspberry, with a underlying minerality and spiciness that's compelling."
That underlying spiciness he mentioned is known as the "Freestone Spice," a complex set of coriander and violet notes imparted by the remarkable terroir of this wonderful vineyard.
This wine is in pre-release status, but if you sign up for our email list, we'll let you know when it's out! (Don't worry, we don't over-mail.)