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Nicolas-Jay Pinot Noir Willamette 2016

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CWA96

RP

WS94

JS

AG

ST

W&S

JH

Price: $65.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 96 Points
“A big rush of juicy cranberry, strawberry preserve, raspberry leaf, lingonberry and hints of dried sage. Silky mouthfeel with an umami component within a caramel, brown sugar sweetness in the middle that lends a distinctly Burgundian feel towards the long, fruit-forward, cherry-rich finish. A true representation of the best of Willamette Valley.” - California Wine Advisors

“Outstanding” 94 Points
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Deeply structured yet graceful, with expressive black cherry.” - Wine Spectator

BACKGROUND
WINE SPECTATOR: French Connections
Issue: March 31, 2019

Jean-Nicolas Méo, Tracy Kendall and Jay Boberg strive for the Willamette Valley's ultimate expression.

Oregon's Pinot Power - Terroir-driven Pinot Noir has become the state’s calling card and the world is taking notice, including an influx of Burgundy vintners following in the footsteps of local pioneers.

In the late 1970s, Jay Boberg was one of the people who saved us from disco. As co-founder of I.R.S. Records, he helped discover R.E.M., The Go-Go's, English Beat and other alternative and New Wave bands that changed the music world. It's fitting that Boberg is now part of another new wave, this time pushing the wine envelope in Willamette Valley.

Nicolas-Jay is his partnership with winemaker Jean-Nicolas Méo of Burgundy's Domaine Méo-Camuzet. Boberg and Méo met three decades ago at a dinner party, where they bonded over a mutual love for wine, and the two stayed in touch.

The winery's third vintage in release, the Nicolas-Jay Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2016 (94, $65) is densely structured yet graceful and precise, which epitomizes the winery's style. "Jean-Nicolas brings the Burgundian approach and palate to Oregon," says Boberg. Considering that Méo-Camuzet wines are among the most sought- after in the Côte-d'Or, that says a lot about the ambitions the partners have for Nicolas-Jay.

Méo and his crew are among the first in the neighborhood to harvest, with the goal of preserving acidity; in the cellar, only indigenous yeast is used. Grapes are destemmed and cold-soaked on the skins for at least three days, and the wine is aged for 14 to 17 months in French oak, about 30 percent new. The 2016 Willamette Valley is a modest 13.5 percent alcohol.
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  • Reviews
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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 96 Points
“A big rush of juicy cranberry, strawberry preserve, raspberry leaf, lingonberry and hints of dried sage. Silky mouthfeel with an umami component within a caramel, brown sugar sweetness in the middle that lends a distinctly Burgundian feel towards the long, fruit-forward, cherry-rich finish. A true representation of the best of Willamette Valley.” - California Wine Advisors

“Outstanding” 94 Points
“
Deeply structured yet graceful, with expressive black cherry.” - Wine Spectator

BACKGROUND
WINE SPECTATOR: French Connections
Issue: March 31, 2019

Jean-Nicolas Méo, Tracy Kendall and Jay Boberg strive for the Willamette Valley's ultimate expression.

Oregon's Pinot Power - Terroir-driven Pinot Noir has become the state’s calling card and the world is taking notice, including an influx of Burgundy vintners following in the footsteps of local pioneers.

In the late 1970s, Jay Boberg was one of the people who saved us from disco. As co-founder of I.R.S. Records, he helped discover R.E.M., The Go-Go's, English Beat and other alternative and New Wave bands that changed the music world. It's fitting that Boberg is now part of another new wave, this time pushing the wine envelope in Willamette Valley.

Nicolas-Jay is his partnership with winemaker Jean-Nicolas Méo of Burgundy's Domaine Méo-Camuzet. Boberg and Méo met three decades ago at a dinner party, where they bonded over a mutual love for wine, and the two stayed in touch.

The winery's third vintage in release, the Nicolas-Jay Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2016 (94, $65) is densely structured yet graceful and precise, which epitomizes the winery's style. "Jean-Nicolas brings the Burgundian approach and palate to Oregon," says Boberg. Considering that Méo-Camuzet wines are among the most sought- after in the Côte-d'Or, that says a lot about the ambitions the partners have for Nicolas-Jay.

Méo and his crew are among the first in the neighborhood to harvest, with the goal of preserving acidity; in the cellar, only indigenous yeast is used. Grapes are destemmed and cold-soaked on the skins for at least three days, and the wine is aged for 14 to 17 months in French oak, about 30 percent new. The 2016 Willamette Valley is a modest 13.5 percent alcohol.



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery Nicolas-Jay

Vineyard Designate

AVA

Region Oregon