The 2008 growing season was a bit of a roller coaster, with frosts in April and a warm summer. The sparkling harvest got underway at J in early August, yielding low yields of perfectly ripened fruit.
The 2008 stood out as a sparkling vintage from very early on. Now that it’s matured on the lees, characteristics that were once expressed as floral, fresh pear and Meyer lemon have developed into dried fruits, candied citrus peel, honeycomb and toasted nuts.
I like to describe our sparkling wines at J as “unapologetically Californian,” given the wines’ signature bright, fresh fruity notes born from the California sunshine. The 2008 XLD has undertones of these qualities — but what truly stands out are baked candied, luscious fruit notes supported by an every-vibrant backbone of lingering acidity. This wine is relishing in its golden years.