Juris St. Laurent Wines – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Juris St. Laurent Wines

It is important that a wine or wines make an impression on first taste but I am also fascinated how I remember those wines weeks later.  The ‘several-weeks-later’ test shows there was something lingering and is top of mind.

I was fortunate enough to attend a wonderful tasting in San Francisco Valencia food lane at Bar Tartine where Juris wines were being poured on April 30 of this year (2012).   Axel and Herta Stiegelmar were pouring their wines.  I was delighted to know that this event would be at Bar Tartine–superb food to highlight Juris wines.  While Grüner Veltliner often upstages all other Austrian wines (red or white) –no doubt a great varietal and yet there are other outstanding varietals from Austria: Sankt Laurent (St. Laurent), Zweigelt, Welschriesling, Müller-Thurgau, Blaufränkisch, Blauer Portugieser, Pinot Noir, and Riesling.  Juris wines produces Sankt Laurent, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, blends, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Ottonel, Gewürztraminer to name the majority of wines they produce.

The first taste of Sankt Laurent is prominent and it is seems like a muscular Pinot Noir; a wine that is exceptionally refined with considerable finesse.  Sankt Laurent leaves me with a great and yet delightful mystery–it is ponderable on the palette and that senses delight keeps me coming back for more.  Reviewing Oz Clarke’s entry in ‘Grapes & Wines’ on Sankt Laurent cites Axel Stiegelmar (and I did so a few minutes prior to tasting and was amazed at the coincidence of reading about Axel and also knowing that I would be tasting his wines) and cites Axel about the origin of Sankt Laurent.  Sankt Laurent is related to Pinot Noir and another varietal but that varietal is still not known.

Vividness is a great hallmark of a wine—and tasting several vintages shows yearly changes–these wines showed considerable finesse.

I tasted through each of the Juris Sankt Laurent vintages and found nuance and differences in each vintage–a sturdiness and noted the 2002 was lively, bright and intensely packed with gorgeous spice, earthen and dark fruit notes.  I also enjoyed 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 Sankt Laurent and look forward to seeing how these wines develop.

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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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