M. AND THE DEUCE VS. LADY LINDA AND BRANDON VORST OF J VINEYARDS: RUSSIAN RIVER JEWELS AND OH, WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

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The last time I saw Brandon Vorst from J Vineyards, I played for a different team (The Mordor Orcan Douchenozzles) and he was a special guest, the featured speaker presenting his wares, back in March of last year.  Fast forward a little over a year later and we meet again, this time as I play for a Major League team (The Party Source Purple Sox) and Brandon is still slinging juice for J:

J Vineyards Brut Cuvee 20 NV.  Grade=Outstanding.  A standout sparkler from California, this light, effervescent gem displays pretty floral notes, lemon zest and fresh-baked sourdough.  Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a little bit of Pinot Meunier.

J Vineyards Pinot Gris California 2011.  Grade=Outstanding.  One of my favorite Pinot Gris, this light-bodied white gives you lots of citrus aromas and flavors, hints of stone fruit, mush melon and light mineral.  Way more going on than your pedestrian Pinot Grigios.

J Vineyards Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2008.  Grade=Outstanding+.  Though a touch of fruit has faded, it still shows really well, with toasted almonds and hazelnuts, white baking spices, roasted corn and baked apple.

Lady Linda, dressed to kill in her leopard spot dress, was minus J’s Pinot Noir due to a snafu at the office, and vowed to return, fresh samples of the 2010 Chard and the current PN the very next day, which she did, without fail:

J Vineyards Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2010.  Grade=Outstanding+.  Fresher and livelier than the 2008 (obviously), this full-bodied white gives you creamy vanilla, baked pear, butterscotch and caramel, finishing up with toasted vanilla bean, peaches and tangerine.

J Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2011.  Grade=Amazing.  Incredible example of Russian River Pinot Noir, expressing itself mightily with notes of Oolong tea, cocoa and cherry cobbler notes.  Possesses solid acidity to provide balance.

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