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Review: NV J Vineyards Cuvee 20 Brut Russian River Valley (2020)

We last considered J Vineyards’ flagship sparkler — Cuvee 20 — in 2017, and it remains a top performer in the nonvintage Cali-verse. Historically a blend of 51% chardonnay, 41% pinot noir, and 8% pinot meunier (though that may not be accurate today), this creamy wine offers a thoughtful exploration of the Russian River Valley, in sparkling form. Creamy as all get-out, it’s loaded with fresh apple, pear, and sweetened brown butter, with hints of apricot, a shake of baking spice, and some floral notes all coming along in short order. Complex and gently sweet — not exactly brut — it’s a delightful expression of summertime in a bottle.

A / $38 / jwine.com

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NV J Vineyards Cuvee 20 Brut Russian River Valley (2020)

$38
9.5

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9.5/10
Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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