This month's theme, hosted by Culinary Fool, is Sparkling Wines (except no Champagnes, so my Duval-Leroy didn't count and I HAD to drink another bottle!). WBW is the monthly online wine tasting event detailed here.
NV J Vineyards Brut Rose ($38) - Russian River Valley, California. A blend of Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (69/29/2). Hand picked and gently placed in the Coquard press, the only one in North America. Aged at least 36 months in cellar. 860 cases produced. 12% alcohol, 11 grams sugar.
The winery is very popular with one of my customers, so when an extra bottle of the Rose was left around, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. This wine is scarce as only a few cases made it to Ohio.
Pale pink color, soft bubbles and long finish. This is a special wine for a very reasonable price that is south of $40.
PS: I think Sparklers are better served in standard wine glasses and not flutes as the aromas get lost in the tiny openings and I get mostly bubbles.