J Cuvée 20 Brut NV

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Our J Cuvée 20 Brut opens with nuanced aromas of toasted almond, followed by notes of Braeburn apple, dried cranberry and ginger snap. A delicate dance of bubbles leads to a soft palate with flavors of lemon meringue pie, as the wine’s creaminess is whisked away by a lively finish. Pair this versatile sparkler with Dungeness crab cake or lobster roll, fresh popped white cheddar popcorn or goat cheese rolled with herbes d’provence.

Due to current state laws, this product cannot be shipped to Louisiana or Wyoming.

The Vineyards

Our signature J Cuvée 20 non-vintage Brut proudly displays an exceptional and stylish assemblage that can only be created from the finest cool-climate vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley.

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.

Aging

As is customary for traditional method sparkling wine production, the secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle. The wine was aged en tirage in our cool cellars for an average of 24 months, developing deeper complexity as the months went by. Bottles were carefully riddled to remove the yeast sediment prior to disgorgement. Following, the wine was aged for an additional six months on the cork before release.

 

Technical Notes

Appellation::
Russian River Valley
Final Blend::
54% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol::
12.5%
Acid::
0.76g/100ml
pH::
3.12
Residual Sugar::
1.05%
  • 91 POINTS - NV Russian River Valley Cuvée 20

    Broadly defined in honeysuckle, peach, brioche and moderate acidity, this is a crowd-pleasing and immensely likable sparkling wine. The finish lingers on a deep, nutty tone.

    Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone, November 2018
  • 90 POINTS - NV Russian River Valley Cuvée 20

    For a large-production sparkler made from an almost 50-50 split of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, a dollop of Pinot Meunier blended in, this is impressive, dry and refreshing in acidity. Flavors of stone fruit, apple and almond linger on the palate, balanced by a distinct layering of fresh-squeezed citrus, from orange to lime."

    Wine Enthusiast, Virginia Boone, August 2015 
  • 90 POINTS - NV Russian River Valley Cuvée 20

    Crisp and lively, with green apple, cream and fennel aromas and vibrant tropical fruit. The lemon and spice flavors finish on a clean mineral note."

    Wine Spectator, Tim Fish, November 2013
  • 89 POINTS - NV Russian River Valley Cuvée 20

    It is fresh, clean tasting and frothy, and, while it finishes with plenty of bright, palate-cleansing acidity, it is never so tart or austere that it cannot also be enjoyed on its own as stand-alone sippers."

    Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, Charles Olken, December 2013

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