2012 Vintage Brut

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Our complex and refined J Vineyards & Winery 2012 Vintage Brut opens with a creamy mousse and bright aromas of raspberry, pineapple chutney and almond paste. The lively, nuanced palate opens with rich notes of baked pie crust, brioche toast and a hint of sea spray. The crisp, clean finish has suggestions of lemon marmalade and grapefruit. Pair this stunning sparkler with seafood, like butter-poached lobster with Meyer lemon risotto or Scallops en croute, or cream of mushroom soup garnished with porcini mushrooms and white truffle. Or try a cheese pairing with triple cream brie with truffle honey and Marcona almonds.

Vintage Comments:

The 2012 growing season in the Russian River Valley was phenomenal. A mild growing season with the perfect amount of warmth and sun allowed our grapes to ripen at a steady pace. With no major challenges, the wines produced stunning flavor concentration and excellent balance. With a balance between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this wine delivers outstanding varietal Pinot Noir characteristics enhanced by a brisk, acidic backbone and crispness from of Chardonnay.

Winemaking Notes:

All of the grapes were hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without destemming, into our special French Coquard press for a gentle pressing. The juice was fermented in stainless steel, which allowed us to highlight aromatics, and kept separate until the final blending decision, which occurred in November 2012.

As is customary for traditional method sparkling wine production, the secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle. During the next five years, the wine was aged en tirage in our cellars, developing deeper complexity as the years went by. In early 2018, we carefully disgorged the bottles to collect and remove the yeast sediment. Following disgorging, a dosage of barrel-aged reserve wine was added for balance. This wine aged an additional six months on the cork before release

Technical Notes

Appellation:
Russian River Valley
Disgorgement Date:
June 7, 2018
Release Date:
November 2018
Final Blend:
61% Chardonnay, 36% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier
Dosage:
0.90% RS
Alcohol:
12.5%
Titratable Acid:
0.75g/100ml
pH:
3. 16

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