Affordable Sparklers From J: J Cuvée 20 and J Brut Rosé

Two delightful choices for the holidays, this California duo will please you.

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J Cuvée 20 Brut NV

The non-vintage J Cuvée 20 Brut gracefully opens up with crisp lemon peel, honeysuckle and delicate yeast aromas. Upon entry, these notes are followed by a mix of Fuji apple, grapefruit and a sweet hint of angel food cake. The acidity adds just enough liveliness and the citrus zest leads to a lingering, warm pear and lush finish. This wine pairs beautifully with a Kumamoto oyster topped with Tsar Nicoulai Caviar in a J Cuvée 20 mignonette.

 

The vineyards

Celebrating twenty years of winemaking excellence, J Cuvée 20 proudly displays an exceptional, stylish assemblage from the finest cool-climate vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley.

Processing

All grapes at J are hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without destemming, into our special Coquard press for a gentle pressing cycle. Grape juice from the various vineyard lots is fermented and kept separately until blending decisions are made in mid-November. The cuvée (blend) was assembled and cold stabilized to remove excess tartrates and then bottled in the spring. The cuvée included 25% oak cask aged non-vintage wines that were carefully selected for this blend.

Aging

After the secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle, the wines aged for more than three years in our cool cellar. The wines were carefully riddled to remove the yeast sediment responsible for the aging character. Following disgorging, a dosage liqueur of reserve wine and pure cane sugar was added to balance the wine. An additional six months of aging on the cork before release ensured a perfect balance of flavors.

Tasting Notes

The non-vintage J Cuvée 20 Brut gracefully opens up with crisp lemon peel, honeysuckle and delicate yeast aromas. Upon entry, these notes are followed by a mix of Fuji apple, grapefruit and a sweet hint of angel food cake. The mid-palate is interlaced with toast, caramel and almond flavors. The acidity adds just enough liveliness and the citrus zest leads to a lingering, warm pear and lush finish. This wine pairs beautifully with a Kumamoto oyster topped with Tsar Nicoulai Caviar in a J Cuvée 20 mignonette.

Winemaker:George Bursick

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Wine Alcohol:Alcohol 12.5% by volume

Wine Acid:8.60 grams per liter

Wine pH:3.07

Residual Sugar:1.50%

Final Blend:49% Chardonnay, 49% Pinot Noir, 2% Pinot Meunier

Production:22,800 cases

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J Brut Rosé NV


This lovely, shimmering cool pink wine comes from our cool Russian River Valley estates. The round, fresh fruit characters and gentle acidity carry over the long finish, for an effect as engaging as the most lively conversation

J Brut Rosé NV

This delicious bubbly wine takes its cool pink hue from Pinot Noir grapes grown in our Russian River Valley estate vineyards. Delicate floral aromas of jasmine and lilac mingle with ripe cherry character, and notes of vanilla, cream, and toast round out the complex aromas and flavors. Grapes are hand-harvested and whole-cluster pressed in our Coquard press. After secondary fermentation, the wine ages in-bottle, with its yeasts, for three years, then undergoes riddling, dosage, and disgorging. Six additional months of aging prior to release ensures perfectly balanced characters

The vineyards

The grapes for our Brut Rosé were selected from J’s Estate Vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Our vineyards yield a balanced crop of clean, flavorful grapes that exhibit bright, lush aromas.

Processing

All grapes for our J Brut Rosé are hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without destemming, into our special Coquard press for a gentle pressing cycle.

Aging

After secondary fermentation in the bottle, the wines aged for an average of 36 months in our cool cellars. Dosage was made from a blend of wood-aged, reserve wines and pure cane sugar. The wine is aged for another six months before release from our cellars.

Tasting Notes

This J Brut Rosé sparkles with a luminous cool pink hue and exudes delicate aromas of strawberry, nectarine and juicy red apples. On the palate, the wine opens with flavors of cherry, blood orange, citrus peel and tropical star fruit that are underlined by a bright acidity that keeps the overall impression delightfully fresh. The wine engages the entire palate with balance, wrapped in a refined body of elegance and effervescence, ending with a lively and lingering finish.

Winemaker:George Bursick

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Wine Alcohol:Alcohol 12% by volume

Wine Acid:8.0 grams per liter

Wine pH:3.13

Residual Sugar:1.25%

Final Blend:56% Pinot Noir, 44%

 

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