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November 29, 2013 Wine Pick of the Week

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J Cuvee-20-Brut-NV Picmonkey

J Cuvée 20 Brut (N/V)

 

Producer: J Vineyards & Winery

Appellation: Sonoma County

Alcohol: 12.5%

Suggested Retail: $28

 

“Mostly Chardonnay (54%), the balance from the red varieties Pinot Noir (44%) and Pinot Meunier (2%) in this cuvée sourced from Russian River Valley fruit. Freshness and elegance here as citrus and green apple characteristics appear in a bright, sparkly package. There's a nice creamy background to complement the zingy acidity. A high quality exemplar of the California style of sparkling wine.”

Food Affinity: “Would work with any of the traditional pairings at this time of year—caviar, smoked salmon, salted nuts, etc. We'd love it with deviled Dungeness crab on toast points.”