• Nicolas Jay Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014 94

    Nicolas Jay Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014

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    94pts, Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast

    Top 100 Wine of 2016, 93pts - Wine Spectator

    "Flavors that keep singing on the focused finish." Wine Spectator

    From a decidedly notable and near-perfect vintage in the epicenter of Pinot Noir, we have the Nicolas Jay Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.  The 2014 vintage is being touted as one of Oregon’s finest. Warm sunshine and a perfect growing season produced wines of complexity, depth and outstanding fruit character while having the backbone to age.  It's brimming with rich, jammy red and blue fruit, a hint of earthiness and herbs, gorgeous tannins, and an oh-so elegant finish.

    We recommend going big on the starter and wowing the crowd with pulled pork sliders with truffle fries. Takeout char siu pork is a terrific and easy dinner option. Steam up some baby bok choy and you've got a great meal. If you're in the mood to cook, make it grilled salmon with a honey-mustard/brown sugar crust. The balance of sweet and tart in the crust, combined with the rich fish is really lovely with this Nicolas Jay. If you like a good quail dish now and again, try basting it with sage and honey and serving it with a cherry compote on the side. That ought to keep you happy for a while...

    Wine Enthusiast:  Designated Editors' Choice. "A stunning debut for this new boutique, a joint project between Jean-Nicolas Méo (Bordeaux's Domaine Méo-Camuzet) and Jay Boberg, co-founder of the IRS Records music label. Deep and penetrating fruit flavors of blackberry and raspberry are buttressed by ample, proportionate acids and tannins. There's a graceful touch of fresh herb, along with black tea and clean loam." Dec 2016

    Wine Spectator: Designated Top 100 Wine of 2016. "Broad, expressive and light-footed, this brims with cherry, plum, licorice and cashew flavors that keep singing on the focused finish. Drink now through 2024. 1,750 cases made." Jun 2016

    Winery:  "The 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir opens up with luxurious layers of of blackberry and raspberry jam, underscored by rich tannins. Beneath the bright expression of fruit lies sophisticated notes of fresh loamy soil, black tea, dried cherries and the sweetness of fresh herbs. Although rich and expressive on the palate, the wine’s structural elements provide lovely tension throughout, drawing the wine to an elegant and nuanced conclusion. If consumed within the next few years, the wine will benefit from a gentle decanting one or two hours before serving.

    The 2014 vintage is being touted as one of Oregon’s finest. Warm sunshine and a perfect growing season produced wines of complexity, depth and outstanding fruit character while having the backbone to age. The climate was perfect: warm and sunny heading into harvest, our fruit developing no shortage of sweetness, color and tannin. Without the typical threat of fall rain in the forecast, winemakers were given a luxuriously roomy window in which to pick the fruit at optimal ripeness and with rich flavor development. In the best vineyards, the complexity of flavors was apparent right on the sorting table. Nicolas Jay worked closely with vineyard managers and growers to ensure picking each and every vineyard block at the most ideal time. Our decisions were guided first and foremost by flavor development, which led us to make balanced wines that are expressively true to the vintage."

    Bottle:
    750ml, cork
    Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
    Alcohol %:
    13.5
    Total Acidity g/L:
    5.6
    pH: 3.63
    Aging: 15 months in 33% new French oak
    Production: Limited at 1,750 dozen
    Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon