J Demi-Sec NV

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The newest edition to our J Sparkling portfolio, the J Demi-Sec opens with opulent aromas of peach blossom, jasmine and macadamia nut. Vibrant notes of honey-poached pear, Satsuma orange and ripe golden raspberry dance on the lively, deeply textured palate, while a delicate, creamy mousse and crisp acidity lingers on the layered, lengthy finish. With a generous amount of sweetness, this wine shows the complexity to pair throughout the meal, from an appetizer of seared fois gras with a citrus gastrique, an entrée of caramelized scallops with vanilla verre blanc, to a dessert of walnut cake topped with peaches and vanilla caramel.

The Vineyards

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes for our Cuvée XB were hand-harvested from premier Sonoma County vineyards. Balanced between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir/Meunier, this wine delivers outstanding characteristics from each of the three varietals, enhanced by a honeyed mid palate and a surprisingly crisp finish.

Winemaking

The grapes for this cuvée were hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without destemming, into our French Coquard press 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 the spring of 2014. 

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 30 months, developing deeper complexity as the months passed. Bottles were carefully riddled to remove the yeast sediment prior to disgorgement. Dosage made from reserve wine from the 2015 vintage was added to the wine at a rate of 40 grams per liter to create this complex, yet sweet bubbly.  Finally, the wine was aged for an additional eight months on the cork before release.

Technical Notes

Appellation::
Sonoma County
Final Blend::
49% Chardonnay, 46% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol::
12.5%
Acid::
0.75g/100ml
pH::
3.24

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