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The Jura is a world unto itself. It's a melting pot of curious whites and reds, many you've probably never heard about. A narrow valley wedged between Burgundy and Switzerland, this is countryside filled with limestone cliffs and hillocks upon which the best vines are planted. These wines are tangy, complex, pure and delicious.
Red or White?
Both. The whites provide a gamut of styles from the fresh and crisp Savagnin and chardonnays topped up (ouillé), to the oxidative, rich and nutty styles left purposely under-filled to encourage flor development. Minerality is a recurrent theme, threading the whites together. The reds can be a little paler in colour but don't be fooled as they carry a lot of flavour.
Ploussard (or Poulsard), Trousseau, Pinot Noir
Most of the whites show saline and hazelnut tones, and if they are developed under flor there are richer yeasty and oyster shell flavours. As for the mountain reds, there is a cooler tannin profile and a lovely show of earthy freshness.
Domaine Pelican, Stephane Tissot, Jean Francois Ganevat, Frederic Puffeney
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Lethbridge Pinot Noir 2019Ray Nadeson writes some of the most lyrical wine labels going. His hope with this wine is to reveal tannins that feel 'like you are melting into a soft cushion'. Well, they are certainly supple. A big proponent of whole-bunch fermentation, his '19 is striking in its structure and force of personality, with an imposing herbal imprint, chocolate cherry and red berries. Balance of oak/fruit/tannin is impressive, but the sustained length is that and more. (95) JENI PORT, Wine Companion2010Pinot noirAustralia395$52.00 As low as $46.80
Norton Ridge Pinot Noir 20182018Pinot noirUSA362$56.00 As low as $50.40
Shadowfax Little Hampton Pinot Noir 2018It’s a cranberried wine. Washy. Spicy too, gently autumnal, smoky, fleshed with red cherries, just a little reductive. A pinch of this and a pinch of that. It carries dry, chalky tannin; it’s strung on a taut line of acidity; it’s measured out in coffee spoons. Both delicacy and perfume are evident. Time will be kind.CAMPBELL MATTINSON , The Wine Front2018Pinot noirAustralia395$64.00 As low as $57.60
Hobo Wine Camp Ghostwriter Santa Cruz Pinot Noir 20192019Pinot noirUSA362$66.00 As low as $59.40
Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2021
This is a beauty. Fragrant and attractive from the outset but then expansive on the palate as well. Earth, twigs, root vegetables and cherries with woodsy spice notes rippling throughout. Tension and flow, texture and tannin. There's a smoky meatiness to the aftertaste, mixed in with decaying red roses, and it's most attractive way for the wine to sail out. Drink it now, drink it later; it will deliver. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, winefront.com
A wine of real gravitas and presence, the '21 reflects a most impressive year. Abundant, enticing aromas in pristine red fruits, maritime herbs, humus and dusty beets. The palate fairly bristles in fruit freshness and energy, the tannins pricking the tastebuds and laying the foundation for a long life. Oak? Yes, it's evident in the texture and the binding but totally integrated. JENI PORT, winecompanion.com2020Pinot noirAustralia395$73.00 As low as $65.70
Jean-Baptiste Boudier Pernard Verglesses Rouge 'Les Vigne Blanches' 2020From old vines planted in the 50's, 100% de-stemmed and with indigenous yeast fermentation only. Boudier relies on minimal extraction in the winery with the wines spending 12 months in barrel and 1 month to settle before bottling.2020Pinot noirFrance375$105.00 As low as $94.50
Domaine de Pelican Trois Cepages 2019This is the historic red cuve?e from Domaine du Pe?lican. They have been producing it since their inaugural vintage, in 2012. At the time, they decided to vinify together all of their red grapes and thereby created this blend of Pinot Noir (60%), Trousseau (35%) and Poulsard (5%). Hence the name, Trois Ce?pages. The vineyards from which this cuvee is produced are all located on the village of Montigny-lès-Arsures, where the winery also sits. The soil is made of grey and black marls, partially covered with fallen rocks. The vineyards broadly face west, at an elevation of between 300 and 400 metres. Élevage is in burgundy barrels (50%) and foudre.
Light, bright crimson. Juicy and lively with both red and dark-red fruit. Pure and with a light dusting of stoniness. This is a wine that draws you in with its pretty and vibrant fruit and then holds you captive with freshness, super-fine tannins and great length. Charming but not in the least insubstantial. Delicate and intense at the same time. A wine of real beauty. JULIA HARDING, jancisrobinson.com
2019Pinot noir, Poulsard, TrousseauFrance412$115.00 As low as $103.50
Sandhi Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2020The 2019 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is a very beautiful and expressive wine. Blue/purplish fruit, lavender and spice open in a mysterious, sensual Pinot loaded with class. Vineyards site are Domaine de la Côte, La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict, which is to say about as good as it gets.ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous.com2020Pinot noirUSA362$115.00 As low as $103.50
Peay Vineyards Savoy Pinot Noir 2016The 2016 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard, from Anderson Valley, is the most accessible and open of these Pinots. Bright red cherry, plum and orange peel are all nicely pushed forward. Although not as complex or pedigreed as Peay's Sonoma Coast wines, the Savoy is tasty and very easy to like. ANTONIO GALLONI2016Pinot noirUSA362$130.00 As low as $117.00
Peay Vineyards Ama Estate Pinot Noir 2017A brilliant wine, Peay's 2017 Pinot Noir Estate Ama offers an explosion of sweet red/purplish berry fruit, floral notes and spice, all with a hint of blood orange-infused acidity that gives the wine vibrancy. The 2017 Ama is wonderfully bold and luscious, and yet remains light on its feet. A striking wine from Peay. ANTONIO GALLONI2017Pinot noirUSA362$145.00 As low as $130.50
Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2021 1500ml
A wine of real gravitas and presence, the '21 reflects a most impressive year. Abundant, enticing aromas in pristine red fruits, maritime herbs, humus and dusty beets. The palate fairly bristles in fruit freshness and energy, the tannins pricking the tastebuds and laying the foundation for a long life. Oak? Yes, it's evident in the texture and the binding but totally integrated. JENI PORT, winecompanion.com2020Pinot noirAustralia395$150.00 As low as $135.00
Peay Vineyards Scallop Shelf Pinot Noir 2017The 2017 Pinot Noir Estate Scallop Shelf is distinguished by its bright, focused personality and energy. As it often is, the Scallop Shelf is a wine of reserve and tension, showing plenty of savory and mineral character and less overt fruit than some of the other wines in the range. The 2017 is likely to require at least a few years to come into its own, but it is super-impressive. ANTONIO GALLONI2017Pinot noirUSA362$155.00 As low as $139.50
Peay Vineyards Ama Pinot Noir 2019The 2019 Pinot Noir Estate Ama is a rich, ample wine. Rose petal, blood orange sweet red cherry. Racy, succulent and perfumed, the Ama is one of the most approachable Pinots in this range, as it so often is. In 2019, the Ama is marked by a strong red cherry, blood orange and spice character. Not quite as open as it can be. ANTONIO GALLONI, vinous.com2019Pinot noirUSA362$165.00 As low as $148.50