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January 25, 2013 Wine Pick of the Week

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J Brut Rose Picmonkey

J Brut Rosé (N/V)

 

Producer: J Vineyards & Winery

 Appellation: Russian River Valley

 Alcohol: 12.5%

 Suggested Retail: $38

 

“Attractive packaging—clear glass bottle adorned by the simple scripted J, shows off the wine's pink/coral hue. Predominantly Pinot Noir (64%), this rosé is lighter and more sophisticated than most. There's another 2% of red juice from Pinot Meunier, the other traditional red variety in Champagne, but the Chardonnay component (34%) may be what gives such elegance to this wine.”

“Aromas of strawberry, peach and maybe a little green apple. Crisp flavors of raspberry and strawberry follow with a hint of fresh lemon zest. There's a subtle yeasty presence which evokes more France than California.”

Food Affinity: Champagne and good sparkling wines are more versatile and food-friendly than many realize. This rosé could accompany anything from filet of sole through poultry dishes and even many veal preparations. Of course, oysters are always a good idea and if you can find a restaurant serving Lobster Newberg, that classic from a bygone era, the J rosé would be a wonderful accompaniment.