Oriel Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Jasper 2006
Aroma: Raspberry and black cherry with notes of baking spices. Taste: Deep black cherry with Mexican chocolate overtones, enveloped in silky tannins. 100% Pinot Noir. Picked: September 25–October 25, 2006 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). Winemaker:Dan Goldfield first moved to California in 1980 to work as a research chemist at UC Berkeley, but, bitten by the wine bug, he decided instead to study winemaking. In 1987 he graduated with a Masters Degree in Enology from UC Davis and followed with spells at Mondavi, Schramsberg and La Crema, a premium winery in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley specializing in Burgundian-style wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. His winemaking incorporates traditional techniques, with the use of small open fermenters and punching down by hand for the Pinot Noir, and barrel fermentation with lees stirring for the Chardonnay. The venture has been a great success, with the wines garnering considerable critical acclaim.
Editorial Reviews for Oriel Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Jasper
Quite candied on the nose with notes of milk chocolate, tamarind and butterscotch. A nice bit of acid on entry adds a counterweight to the rather sweet profile of the candied fruit tones across the palate. No real tannic presence leaves this a wine built on the tension between sweet and acid. The fruit flavors are nice with a complex herbal note adding some contrast to the sweetness, but, in the end, this comes off as a touch candied. 86pts
Very robust cherry, vanilla, oak, candied apple, cinnamon and pear, with a nice acidity that lingers. The toasted oak combined with the fruit makes it a really great pair for BBQ. I enjoyed it with fried chicken, but something saucy would be perfect.
I found a very fruity nose, but little character in this wine. Tinny aftertaste and short finish. I wonder if it would have been better if drunk earlier than now (March 1, 2013). Seems to me that the fruit has diminished.
smoky, grilled meat or a nice slice of Gouda 2010
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
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.
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.
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.
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