Crisp and lively, with green apple, cream and fennel aromas and vibrant tropical fruit. The lemon and spice flavors finish on a clean mineral note. Drink now. 30,000 cases made.
90 points, Wine Spectator (Dec 2013)
With mid-summer comes the annual release of J’s nonvintage Cuvée 20. This year’s bottling is richer than last year’s, and offers broad citrus, raspberry, vanilla and yeasty brioche flavors. The wine feels clean, vibrant and smooth.
90 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2008)
54% Chardonnay; 44% Pinot Noir; 2% Pinot Meunier. J’s new Cuvée 20 is an inviting, very-easy-to-sip bubbly, the star player in which is lively, lightly candied, lemon-like fruit, yet there is a nice trim of subtle yeastiness at work as well, and the wine is clear about its champenized origins. It is fresh, clean tasting and frothy, and, while it finishes with plenty of bright, palate-cleansing acidity, it is never so tart or austere that it cannot also be enjoyed on its own as stand-alone sipper.
89 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (Dec 2013)