Sunday, July 11, 2010
J Vineyards, Cuvée 20, Russian River Valley
This sparkling is 49% Chardonnay, 49% Pinot Noir, and 2% Meunier. With crisp lemon peel, honeysuckle, and delicate yeast aromas, this sparking opens into fuji apple and grapefruit, with toast, caramel and almond. There is just enough acidity to add a little citrus flavoring and a lush finish. This 90 point (Wine Enthusiast) rated wine pairs wonderfully with Kumamoto oysters.
"There is a slight bias to citrus and chalk here that reminds a bit of good Blanc de Blancs, and, if still fairly young and spry at its heart, the wine shows a nice measure of yeastiness that speaks to time en tirage . Enlivened by a mouthful of fine bubbles and very clean and crisp at the end, this one will work equally well as a foil to mild seafood preparations and as a taste-bud-awakening overture to special meals." Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, Nov. 2008