92 Points Wine Enthusiast
One of a series of wines named for their soils, this shows a gravelly, grainy foundation, with sleek cranberry-raspberry fruit above. The herbal components are kept in check but are definitely in the mix, along with tannins that show flavors of stem and bark. With ample aeration the fruit explodes into lovely cherry.
91 Points Wine & Spirits
J. Christopher’s entry-level wine overdelivers, leading with a bright burst of extracted plummy flavor that holds a wheat-and-rye savor. It’s exuberant, with a veil of tannins that grounds the wine and gives it a pleasing bitterness. Best Buy
91 Points Wine Spectator
Graceful and supple, with nuanced raspberry and orange peel flavors, accented by stony minerality on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2026.
Diversity and Complexity are the hallmarks of the J. Christopher Volcanique Pinot Noir. It is a blend of 5 of the finest vineyards in the Dundee Hills AVA: Baptista Maresh, La Colina, Bella Vida, Charlie’s and Abbey Ridge. Four different clones make us the source vine material: Pommard, Wadenswil, Coury and Dijon 777. This cuvée is comprised of the top tier of barrels from their numerous Dundee Hills sources. They feel the blend of vineyards and clone types leads to a complex wine with aromas of black tea, rhubarb, ripe raspberry and dusty earth notes. Medium bodied but serious on the palate, sneaky density in an elegant package that features, red fruits, Asian spices and lovely echoes of toasty oak.
This can stand up to rack of lamb or BBQ strip steak, but sophisticated enough for swordfish or scallops with a rich sauce.
$29.99 Regular Price