J California Cuvée

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The inaugural release of our vibrant and approachable California Cuvée opens with a pop of tart pineapple and orange blossom on the wonderfully aromatic nose. The palate is lively and rich with layered notes of Asian pear and honeysuckle, overlaying hints of fresh mandarin peel and marzipan before a zesty, focused finish.

Viticulture Notes

Our exclusive J California Cuvée is a stylish assemblage from our best cool-climate vineyard sites throughout California, notably from the Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Mendocino County. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes were primarily grown in the 2015 growing season. In that vintage, a warm spring and little rain ushered in the earliest harvest in the history of J, with plenty of mouthwatering acidity and rich, concentrated fruit. In the final blend, 7% reserve wine from previous vintages was added to round out the mouthfeel.

Winemaking

Grapes for the California Cuvée were primarily hand-harvested into small half-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without destemming, into our presses for a gentle, low-pressure pressing to minimize the breakdown of grape skins and seeds. Each vineyard lot was fermented and kept separate until blending. Ultimately, our Cuvée was assembled and cold-stabilized to remove excess tartrates and then bottled in march of 2016.

Aging

As is customary for traditional method sparkling wine production, the secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle. The wine was aged on the yeast in our cool cellars for a minimum of 24 months, developing deeper complexity as it aged. A dosage of aged reserve wine and cane sugar was added to further complexity. The California Cuvée was then aged for at least an additional four months on the cork before release.

Technical Notes

Final Blend:
61% Chardonnay,
36% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol:
12.5%
Acid:
0.83G/100ML
pH:
3.24
Dosage:
1.20%

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