(From 2005 Vintage) Tasting Notes by Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse I love the fine, persistent bubbles in this Vintage Brut. The 2005 vintage features luscious aromas of ripe citrus, pear, and honeysuckle. A noticeable yeasty brioche and butterscotch aroma lures you in for the first sip. Slight toasted almond characters add to the layers in the mouth with pear, taffy apple, and citrus flavors. An excellent balance of toast and rich fruit flavors is the hallmark of this vintage brut. It is the perfect apéritif or first-course accompaniment to a potato leek purée drizzled over curly endive with a dash of truffled caviar.
(From 2001 Vintage) The 2001 J Brut extended tirage bottling has aromas of bright citrus, Bosc pear and light honeysuckle, along with more noticeable yeast tones of brioche. Slight nutty and toasty characters join in, lending a nice balance to the fruit. Pear and citrus notes continue through on the palate, joined by hints of gingersnap. Complex toasty aromas and flavors balance beautifully with a long and lingering citrus finish. Firm structure and creamy qualities of this wine make it a wonderful apéritif as well as a good pairing for richer dishes.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine(From 2001 Vintage) Year in and year out, the J Vintage Brut impresses for its refinement, its sophistication, its nuance and its depth. But, it is a kind of depth that is carried by a light-touch, a fine hand, an elegance that is both incredibly rare and entirely enjoyable. Its clean, brisk, lemon and brioche aromas lead to a mouthful of small bubbles and to flavors that are crackling with citrusy fruit and enriched by a layer of toasty, aged yeasts. This is seriously good sparkling wine for every grand occasion. - Charles Olken
Wine Enthusiast(From 2000 Vintage) A great California bubbly, right up at the top. It’s unusual for a sparkling wine house to hold back their basic vintage brut this long, but J did, and consumers benefit. The wine has some bottle age, and is softly picking up nutty, dried fruit, floral and yeasty notes. Enormously complex, it should continue to develop for many years.
Wine Spectator(From 2001 Vintage) Vibrant, with lively apple and citrus aromas and supple but crisp, layered baked pear and fresh almond flavors that linger with a yeasty finish. Drink now through 2012. -T.F.