I truly believe there is some type of connection between the Jura and Piemonte.  Whether it has to do with soils, climates, grape varieties, wine making techniques, or some mythical combo plus some fairy dust, I don’t know, but I cannot help but think of a Nebbiolo and classic Barolo when I drink red wines from the Jura.  Maybe it’s just the Poulsard grape, as I recall thinking of Barolo when I recently checked in on a bottle of Puffeney Poulsard, and it was all there again with a recent bottle of Domaine de la Tournelle Ploussard de Monteiller.

I mean look at that color?  Translucent brick and orange.  Maybe it’s the high toned notes that can be present, maybe its the delicate savory red fruits, maybe its the earth, the tar, maybe it’s the metallic bite.  Maybe it’s just that so many wines in the Jura are still made very classically.  I think with the last few bottles of Jura I have rediscovered a life long friend that I had under appreciated.  As I mentioned before, I kind of ran from the Jura when the wines became über hip a few years ago and everyone began putting them on their wine lists.  In a way they were trendy for a minute and that made me a little uncomfortable.  Now that the buzz has leveled out, hopefully serious attention remains on what is one of the worlds truly unique wine regions.