2001 J Russian River Valley Vintage Brut

February 15 2008 - 1:42 PM

For Valentine’s Day I decided to open a bottle that had been hanging out in the house a couple years, none other than from J Winery in the Russian River Valley appellation of Sonoma County.  I don’t drink a lot of champagne and defer to others with much more expertise on the topic, but J jeux gonflables seems to exhibit a lot of the Champagne characteristics.  It has a sort of yeasty mustiness that I quite enjoy in French champagne, and it has characteristics of green apples and a hint of lime.   I bought it direct from the winery but found a Non-Vintage (NV) at Sam’s for $31.99–I cannot comment on the non-vintage but the 2001 is superb if you can find it in Chicago.  The 1999 wine is for $42.50 on their website (www.jwine.com)