Review: J Vineyards Cuvee 20 and 2016 Pinot Gris

Two new releases from Sonoma’s J Vineyards (now part of Gallo) have arrived — a sparkler and its always crowd-pleasing pinot gris. Let’s dive in.

NV J Vineyards Cuvee 20 Brut Russian River Valley – This dry sparkler is nonetheless quite fruit forward, with tons of apple and pear notes leading the way to a palate that dazzles with creme brulee, sharp lime notes, and a chewy, brioche-infused body. Bold and acidic on the finish, with just the right amount of fizzy pop. A / $38

2016 J Vineyards Pinot Gris California – A creamy ‘gris, this wine blends lemon notes with custardy flan, some cinnamon, and hints of white flowers. The semi-sweet attack leads to a relatively dry finish, with some steely acidity lingering on the palate. B+ / $20

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