J Vineyards & Winery Cuvée 20 Brut
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
|Brand||J Vineyards & Winery|
Wine EnthusiastFor 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 SpectatorSleek and crisp, featuring floral pear and spicy yeast aromas, with vibrant flavors of lemon, quince and fresh ginger. Drink now. 31,500 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe sparkling wines include the N.V. Cuvée 20, which is primarily from Russian River fruit, but the blend, 50% Chardonnay, 49% Pinot Noir and the remaining 1% Pinot Meunier. Crisp and well-made, with notes of wheat thins and frothy small bubbles, this wine seems dry, but fruity and with persistent effervescence and clean, pure citrus-like notes. Drink it over the next year or so.