2003 J Vineyards Vintage Brut Russian River Valley

2003 J Vineyards and Winery Late Disgorged Vintage Brut Russian River Valley

As the tiny bubbles burst, they expose aromas of mandarin orange and lime essences, with hints of intriguing smoke. The bubbles also give up a delicate yeasty brioche like smell that is quite nostalgic. In the mouth a fancy parade of apple, lemon and pear flavors cascade across the palate keeping step with a nuance of fresh grated cinnamon. During the decade of aging this wine has seen, sophisticated flavors have developed that will warrant reaching into your pocket for a vintage California Sparkler. In fact after the first sip it tastes like a bargain. You might want to reach into that pocket again and pony up for some triple cream brie, caviar or fresh lobster. All three will pair well with this wonderful wine. Who knows–this sparkler might even pique your curiosity at Discovering the Effects of Post Disgorgement Maturation!! 500 case production.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $90 | 12.5% ABV



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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

One Comment

  1. J Winery April 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM - Reply

    We appreciate your sophisticated and flavorful praise for our 2003 LD Vintage Brut, and are honored you find our sparkling wine to be quite wonderful. Cheers!

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