Oriel Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Jasper 2005
Aroma: Blackberry, cranberry and caramel cream. Taste: Black cherry and blackberry. Pomegranate and vanilla spice finish, with fine, silky tannins. Name story: Jasper is named for a red semi-precious stone found in California with legendary properties to drive away evil spirits and to offer healing powers. Vineyards and winemaking: Dijon clones planted on cool sloping hillsides with sandy loam soils. Small lots fermented in open-top containers. Cold soaked for several days and punched down by hand. Aged for 10 months in French oak (25% new).
I'm not surprised 'winelvr' had a preference between Jasper 2004 and Jasper 2005-- they are very different wines. Jasper 2004 is a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and from 2005 on, Jasper has been grown in Sonoma Coast. Though you may prefer the effects of the warmer, dryer Russian River AVA, the Sonoma Coast's combination of rocky soil, steep slopes, warm sun, and the cool pacific air is making some really nice Pinots-- like Jasper 2005 and 2006.
I have to say, I was not thrilled with the 2005 Oriel Pinot after having loved the 2004. Too much oak, flat finish, not much character. Oriel is a great label, but if you want to try their pinot search for the 2004.
External Reviews for Oriel Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Jasper
Wine Tasting NotesAroma: Blackberry, cranberry and caramel cream. Taste: Black cherry and blackberry. Pomegranate and vanilla spice finish, with fine, silky tannins. Drink: Now through 2009.
Medium to full bodied with rich and complex aromas and flavors of black cherry, cola, and raspberry; silky and multitextured; moderately long, balanced, fruity finish. Duck; game birds.
Made from 100% Pinot Noir, Dijon clones, planted on cool, sloping hillsides with sandy loam soils. Jasper is named for a red semiprecious stone found in California, with legendary properties to drive away evil spirits and to offer healing powers. Winemaker Dan Goldfield has crafted a sure-to-please, medium-bodied Pinot packed with black cherry, blackberry, zesty pomegranate and a creamy vanilla-spiced finish.
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