Wine Review: 2012 J. Vineyards Misterra Pinot noir Russian River Valley

Misterra is a new wine at J. Vineyards, and by new I mean a blend of grapes no one else has ever blended together. To name this uniquely different California Pinot noir, J. Vineyards winemaker Melissa Stack ran a contest to name the wine. With 90% Pinot noir Pinotage (6%), and Pinot Meunier (4%) comprising the varieties that were used to create the wine it delivers aromas, tastes and textures no other Pinot noir can lay claim to. There is .03% residual sugar left in the wine, contributing to unusual wine Melissa Stackhouse has created. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this wine because it is such a departure from most of the Pinot noir I usually sample. It is almost treason up here in the Willamette Valley to proclaim a proclivity for California Pinot noir, but the palate likes what the palate likes. 

The J. Vineyards Misterra Pinot noir was soft, yet big broad, and focused. Aromas are spicier than most wines that are 100% Pinot noir. County Fair candied apple flavors reflect the trace of residual sugar in the wine with deep blue and red fruit adding to the flavor components. The finish is lengthy and the tannins are slightly pronounced. Combine those characteristics with the excellent flavors and it’s a fun wine to drink. Pinot noir can be fun. It does not have to be scrutinized with a seriousness that sucks the life from the experience. This wine was big enough to pair it with Paprika dry rubbed smoked game hen with Memphis collards.  110 case production.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $50 | 14.3% ABV

J. Vineyards Misterra Pinot noir