What We’re Drinking – J Vineyards Pinot Noir

Red cherries and redcurrant show on the nose. The palate is round and pillowy soft, offering sweet cherry, ripe strawberry, and hints of cola. Leafy herbs start to show on the mid-palate. Sweet red fruit lingers. This is a soft, sweet, fat glass of wine, which would pair nicely with duck. Recommended. 89 points. DBH

WHO: J Vineyards & Winery
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHEN: 2015
WHERE: Monterey, Sonoma, & Santa Barbara Counties, California
HOW MUCH: $25 (media sample)