As part of our Oregon Wine Month features, we bring you a great boutique winery out of Oregon, Nicolas-Jay, a project winery founded by eminent Burgundian winemaker Jean-Nicolas Meo and music entrepreneur Jay Boberg. Jean-Nicolas Meo has experience working with grand crus of Burgundy and has translated that into understanding Oregon terroir. Jean-Nicolas has truly produced wines from some of the finest vineyards in Burgundy such as the Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot, Corton Clos Rognet and Echezeaux vineyards. Jay Boberg serves as cellar rat and aids assistant winemaker Tracy Kendall. The winery sources from their estate Bishop Creek Vineyard on in the Yamhill-Carlton appellation, as well as grapes from other outstanding Willamette Valley vineyards, including Nysa, Momtazi, Hyland and La Colina. The resultant wine is a wonderful blend of terroir and red fruits.
The new releasee, their 2015 Nicolas-Jay ‘Willamette Valley’ Pinot Noir (WWB, 91) shows really good range and earthy tones. Beautifully balanced, this is a wine that will cellar well for a decade or more. Nicolas-Jay also produces single vineyard bottlings that are mailing list only. Learn more about this great Oregon winery at https://www.nicolas-jay.com Here is the great new Pinot Noir release by Nicolas-Jay
2015 Nicolas-Jay ‘Willamette Valley’ Pinot Noir- This translucent hued Pinot Noir starts off with heady aromatics of cran-pomegranate, forest floor and suggestions of cigar ash. The palate shows a nice acidity and brightness with guava, red cherry candy and raspberry preserve flavors that sit with the astringency. With a touch of citrus rind towards the back end, this outstanding feminine style Pinot Noir wine will cellar well over the next decade. Drink 2018-2028- 91