J Vineyards & Winery: Top Quality Sparkling Wines

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For twenty years, J Vineyards & Winery has been making fine sparkling wine from their vineyards in the Russian River Valley. These wines define the RRV style — a combination of balance, complexity and elegance and the classic expression of quality .

Below are two sparkling representatives that will charm you for the holidays or any time of the year. The J Cuvée 20 Brut NV is austere and classic, while the J Brut Rosé NV will teach those, whose favorite wine-color is not pink, that Rosé  is beautiful and in sparkling wines, often sells at a premium for good reason.

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A Wine On Line Special Selection: Outstanding in The Sparkling Wine Category

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The vineyards

J Brut Rosé NV
The vineyards

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

Processing

All grapes for the J Brut Rosé are hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without destemming, into their 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 their 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 the 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% Chardonnay

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J Cuvée 20 Brut NVThe 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 the  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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