J Vineyards Russian River Valley Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine

SKU #1031177 89 points Wine Enthusiast

 With a pretty salmon color, this is a dry and very rich bubbly. It has subtle strawberry, raspberry, lime and yeast flavors. Could be smoother and more refined in texture, but it’s a polished wine to drink now, especially with sushi.  (3/ 2011)

Wine Spectator

 Crisp and lively, with a light pink hue and floral strawberry, citrus and spice aromas that lead to focused raspberry, ginger and yeast flavors. Drink now through 2012.  (11/ 2008)

K&L Notes

*San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 of 2012* A blend of 56% Pinot Noir and 44% Chardonnay were selected from estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Bottles spent 36 months in secondary fermentation in J's cellars before being disgorged and aged for another eight months before release. Mouth filling body fills the palate with cherry and citrus with tropical nuances. Very few wines offer the diversity of culinary application as a well-made, bright sparkling rose! Jon Bonné of the San Francisco Chronicle writes of it: "J's pink wine makes the most of Sonoma Pinot Noir, with flavors of green pear and ripe currant matched by deep creaminess, accented by pencil shavings and wet roses. It's built for no-holds-barred decadence; think crab in cream sauce." In the paper's Top 100 of 2012 he adds: "There's a return to form at this Healdsburg house, with its pink brut offering a sweet yeasty note that underscores raspberry and rose petal, and vibrant citrus tying it all together in a mouthwatering way. Think of it for the holiday table."

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By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/7/2011  | Send Email
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I love this Brut Rose and it is finally not being overlooked by the Cuvee 20. Bright cherry fruit and hazelnuts with cream. Strawberry and raspberries in the mouth with a nice, long dry finish. Yummy!

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

United States

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California

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Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.