2017 Nicolas Jay, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

2017 Nicolas Jay, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

Product: 20171462094
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2017 Nicolas Jay, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

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A suave pinot noir from a favourite producer and a top Oregon spot that the cognoscenti agree can be every bit as awesome as much of the Côte d’Or. What you get is oodles of soft, silky yet tangy red plum and raspberry fruit.
Jane MacQuitty, The Times (February 2021)

This wine is sourced from various vineyards across the Willamette Valley AVA, with the majority of the grapes coming from biodynamic and organically certified sites. The 2017 vintage was cool and the wine therefore displays floral, jasmine tea and red berry fruit notes, combined with a spiciness on the palate, refreshing acidity and fine-grained tannins. There’s a mineral core that is typical of Old World Pinot Noir. This wine will pair well with hard cheeses and red meat dishes. Drink now to 2027.
Fiona Hayes, Buyer (December 2019)

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This is sufficiently reduced to blur the nuance of the nose though the underlying red berry fruit is clearly ripe. There is both good volume and verve to the delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess a caressing and rounded mouthfeel, all wrapped in a nicely complex and sneaky long finish. This is very forward, indeed it could easily be enjoyed now.

Alan Meadows, Burghound.com (April 2020) Read more
Jancis Robinson MW16.5/20
Rich and juicy with sweet fruit. Lots to enjoy here (apart from the price) and more moderate and balanced than some other wines from this producer I have tasted. Shows the pleasure to be had from Oregon Pinot...
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (November 2019)
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James Suckling92/100
Very attractive, ripe red and dark cherries, framed in ground espresso, leading to a rich, red-cherry and plum palate that has abundant flesh and spicy, cherry-pip tang to close. Drink or hold.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (July 2019)
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High-toned and damp, this wine displays aromas of wet earth, Earl Grey tea and cocoa nibs, followed by flavours of pomegranate and red plum skin. It's classic Oregon Pinot Noir, and one can see the Méo-Camuzet influence, albeit with a softer generosity. The blend is based around Bishop Creek Vineyard, with smaller portions of other sites including Hyland, Knight’s Gambit and Hopewell.

Drink 2021 - 2030

Matthew Luczy, Decanter (Sept 2019) Read more
Jamie Goode95/100
Absolutely charming year: lighter vintage showing extremely well. Balanced. Says JN. Supple, rounded and textured. Very fine. Has a faint cocoa and cedar edge to the elegant sweet red fruits. Has lovely finesse and purity with a lightness and precision. Very fine. 
Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com (October 2019)
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Deep, glistening red. Sexy, assertively perfumed aromas of fresh red fruits, potpourri and baking spices, with a hint of cola in the background. Juicy and focused on the palate, Jay's 2017 Pinot Noir offers vibrant raspberry, bitter cherry, blood orange and rose pastille flavors and a late jolt of spicy white pepper. Made in a fresh, exuberant style, with silky tannins sneaking in slowly to add shape and grip to the impressively long, spice-accented finish. Aged in 30% new oak.

Drink 2021 - 2028

Josh Reynolds, vinous.com (July 2020) Read more

About this WINE

Domaine Nicolas-Jay

Domaine Nicolas-Jay

Nicolas-Jay is a collaboration between Jean-Nicolas Méo of Burgundy’s Domaine Méo-Camuzet and American music producer and wine enthusiast Jay Boberg. Established in 2013, the enterprise makes wines from its own fruit and fruit sourced from other high-quality growers. The partners initially used the winemaking facilities of Adelsheim and later those of Sokol Blosser. They subsequently bought some promising vineyard land and constructed a new winery. Both initiatives will create scope for improvements to what is already a hugely successful operation, which has established itself among the Willamette Valley’s finest producers.

American music producer Jay Boberg and Burgundian winemaker Jean-Nicolas Méo had been friends for over 30 years when, in ’13, they established Nicolas-Jay in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Their initial plan had been to buy grapes and run a négociant operation. But when they discovered that the property whose fruit they rated most highly was for sale, they bought it: the 7-hectare, organically farmed Bishop Creek in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA became their estate vineyard.

Nicolas-Jay’s first vintage was ’14. Today, the range includes several bottlings of Pinot Noir, notably Ensemble, a special barrel selection from the Willamette Valley blended by Jean-Nicolas Méo, and several single-vineyard wines, along with a small amount of Chardonnay. Their early vintages were a hit with consumers and critics alike, despite tiny volumes.

Nicolas-Jay obtain fruit from three sources. First is their own vineyard, Bishop Creek in Yamhill-Carlton. This steep site, with elevations ranging from 80 to 180 metres, was planted in the 1980s. There are six hectares of Pinot Noir and one hectare of Chardonnay. This fruit is the source of a single-vineyard wine.

Second, they source fruit from specific blocks within vineyards owned by other growers, notably: Momtazi in the McMinnville AVA, planted to Pinot Noir in ’97, farmed biodynamically and with volcanic soils; and Nysa in the Dundee Hills, where Nicolas-Jay’s block consists of low-yielding Pommard-clone vines planted in ’90. Both sites are used to make classy, almost Burgundian, single-vineyard wines. Others are used for Nicolas-Jay’s Willamette Valley blend.

The third source will, in due course, be their new vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton. This site features Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in three distinct sites with different aspects and soil types, all farmed organically.

The new winery gives winemaker Jean-Nicolas Méo and his associate Tracy Kendall greater control over temperature. It also provides space to keep wines in barrel for more than one vintage, which had not been possible in either of their previous facilities. The winery is operated by gravity flow, allowing for gentle fruit reception and processing.

All fruit is destemmed and fermented with natural yeasts. The Pinot Noir is aged in 30-35% new French oak; the Bishop Creek Chardonnay is aged in 20% new wood.

All of Nicolas-Jay’s estate vines are farmed organically. Most of the grapes they purchase are organic or biodynamic.

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Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley

The Willamette Valley Viticultural Area lies in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. At 5,200 square miles (13,500 km2), it is the largest AVA in the state, and contains most of the state's wineries; The Willamette Valley AVA was established in 1984, and since then six  smaller AVAs have been created within the northern portion of Willamette Valley (Dundee Hills, probably the best known, Chehalem Mountains, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge, and Yamhill Carlton ).

Its soils, rich in volcanic and glacial deposits are ideal for wine-growing. This combines with the Willamette Valley’s relatively mild climate: cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers.

The region's terroir provides some of the best conditions for growing Pinot Noir. Although Williamette Valley is worldwide acclaimed for their production of Pinot Noir wines, it also produces such varietals as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, and limited quantities of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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