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  • Description: All grapes at J are hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without de-stemming, into our special Coquard press for a gentle pressing cycle. Grape juice from the various vineyard lots is fermented and kept separately until blending decisions are made in mid-November. The cuvee (blend) was assembled and cold stabilized to remove excess tartrates, then bottled in the spring. The cuvee included 5% oak-cask aged non-vintage wines that were carefully selected for this blend.
  • Appellation: No
  • Color: WHITE
  • Country: UNITED STATES
  • Food Pairing:
  • Fortified: No
  • Composition: CHAMPAGNE BLEND
  • Rating: A solid bubbly, with delicate aromas of citrus and anise, and festive flavors of raspberry, spice and almond brioche. Drink now. 30,000 cases made.-TF
  • Rating Robert Parker:
  • Rating Wine Enthusiast:
  • Rating Wine Spectator: 89
  • Region: CALIFORNIA
  • Sub-Region: SONOMA COUNTY
  • Tasting Notes: The non-vintage J Cuvee 20 “Anniversary Label" gracefully opens up with crisp lemon peel, honeysuckle and delicate yeast aromas. Upon entry, these notes are followed by a mix of Fuji apple, grapefruit and a sweet hint of angel food cake. The mid-palate flavors are interlaced with toast, caramel, warm pear, and almond. The acidity adds just enough liveliness and the citrus zest leads to a lingering lush finish. This is the perfect celebratory wine. Try it with an apricot-glazed country ham over the holidays or pair it with a fresh spring salad of mixed greens, topped with toasted walnuts and drizzled with a light vinaigrette dressing.
  • Technical Notes: Harvest: August 28 - September 30, 1998Harvest Analysis: Average sugar level 19.2 BrixFinal Analysis: Alcohol 12.4% by volumeFinal Blend:53% Chardonnay 44% Pinot Noir 3% Pinot Meunier 100 % Russian River Valley, Sonoma County25,000 cases produced
  • Vintage: No