The Wine Curmudgeon has almost run out of nice things to say about the J Winery pinot gris. You can look here. Or here. Or even here. But given that the 2013 vintage may be J’s best yet ($15, sample, 13.8%), I’ll try to find a couple more:
• Round, soft white fruit — peach, perhaps — but not flabby or overdone so that the fruit is the only thing you taste.
• Fresh and crisp without any bitterness in the back, something else that is not common in this style of wine.
• Honest winemaking, in which the goal was to make a quality wine and not to hit a price point or please a focus group. Those are things that also happen too often with this style of wine.
This California white wine is highly recommended, as always, whether to finish out the summer on the porch or with grilled chicken or even fried catfish.