Nicolas Jay Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015 [6/cs]

nicolas-jay willamette valley pinot noir
Oregon
Pinot Noir
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2015
Nicolas-Jay is the culmination of 30 years of friendship between famed Burgundian winemaker Jean-Nicolas Méo (of Méo-Camuzet) and visionary music entrepreneur Jay Boberg, a celebration of their shared love of Oregon Pinot Noir.

 

At Nicolas-Jay, the pair has created a new classic by applying knowledge gained from working with the Grand crus of Burgundy to the finest grapes from Oregon. Fruit is sourced from almost every AVA in the Willamette Valley, ensuring optimal blending potential and representation of the diversity of Pinot Noir in the appellation. Unique sites include vineyards located in the high-elevation Eola-Amity Hills, the foothills of the cool coastal range in the McMinnville AVA, the warm red-soiled vineyards of the Dundee Hills, and the winery’s expressive Bishop Creek Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. This wine is sourced almost exclusively from biodynamic, organic, and LIVE certified vineyards. From this fruit, Jean-Nicolas, Jay, and talented associate winemaker Tracy Kendall make alluring and expressive wines that convey the special character of Oregon Pinot Noir.

 

2015 is another excellent vintage in Willamette Valley; hot and dry, yielding a generous crop of exceptionally high quality Pinot Noir. The 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot is a rich, tight, and expansive red with remarkable balance. It starts on the nose with black cherry fruit aromas underscored by hints of smoke, fresh loamy soil, violet, and cassis. On the palate, bright, almost juicy fruit is supported by intense minerality and phenomenal length. It is structural and fine, with resolved tannins and subdued density resulting in great complexity. If consumed in the next few years, the wine will benefit from a gentle decanting one or two hours before serving. This wine will also age beautifully for 15 to 20 years in bottle.

 

“A lovely and delicately complex wine, with expressive violet and raspberry aromas and harmoniously layered cherry, floral tea and stony mineral flavours that glide through a long finish. Drink now through 2021.”

91 points, Wine Spectator, Oct 2017