Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

The sparkling Wines of J Winery tasted 12/13

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 J Brut Cuvee 20 Russian River (NV)
Comments: Launched in honor of 20th anniversary two to three years 14gr Bright and citrusy on the nose with a light leesy edge to the almond, brioche and orange peel Aromas. Starting off a little creamy in the mouth with a hint of vanilla, bright acids emerge to help support the fairly big lemony fruit. There are gorgeous acids here that really drives the palate,full of green apple and mineral flavors with a gentle mousse. This is really quite elegant with lovely cut on the palate and a strong finish filled with the flavors of panettone and brioche tempered with a steely edge. Finishes just a touch sticky. 92pts
Average price: $26.99 from 1 store
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2 J Vineyards & Winery Vintage Brut Russian River Valley (2007)
Comments: Five years, 12gr Nutty, earthy and complex on the nose with a little red fruit, subtle sultanas, hints of chalk and smoky almonds adding nuanced complexity. On entry this is clean, and precise with a lovely bright attack, gorgeous balance, subtle sweetness, great acids. There’s a soft mineral accent to the apple and pear fruit on the palate and this finishes with great length, though it still shows a little sweetness on the finale. Very pure and fresh fruit flows through to the green apple finish with accents of marzipan and delicate hints of butter and toast adding further detail. Lovely and complete. 93pts
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3 J Brut Rose (NV)
Comments: Two to three years 12gr Strawberries and smoke greet the nose joined by earthy aromas and hints of cherry pie and minerals. This is quite powerful in the mouth with lots of raspberry and baked strawberry fruit, strawberry/rhubarb pie, a hint of herb, shortbread cookies and a little mineral. Holding its sugar very well, and showing firm mineral and dried berry fruit on the finish, this remains very very precise through the palate but lacks a little nuance and complexity. 89pts
Previously available for $23.99
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4 J Vintage Brut Late-Disgorged (2004)
Comments: Seven years, 12gr Layered smoky, toasted nuts,clay, dough, and little creamy strawberry aromas on the nose are joined by hints of honey and river stones with air. Right out of the gate this is elegant and refined with a lovely mouthfeel that is both firm and creamy, rich yet fresh, and attractively complex with earthy, mineral notes framing a core of citrus pith and leading to a big, aromatic finish with lingering mineral notes. 92pts
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5 J Cuvée Xb (NV)
Comments: New offering Two to three years, 4gr Dusty, steely, firm nose shows hints of toast, chalk, dried pear and dried flowers. Wonderfully tense, and snappy in the mouth this offers up mineral driven flavors laced with hints of dried herbs, polleny flowers and gorgeous yeasty notes that support a core of dried apple and pear fruit. gentle and delicate in the mouth with a finish that is clear and tense with dry white fruit and a little lemon curd accent. Wonderfully pure and focused. 92pts
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