It is Thursday night and spring has just sprung, thunder rolling in the background with a spring rain escorting in warmer weather for the weekend. Tonight I have chosen the 2014 Nicolas & Jay Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. This wine was the #96 wine on Wine Spectators list of Top 100 for 2016.
The wine has a beautiful deep garnet color. The aromas are red fruit driven with notes of cranberry, strawberry, and raspberries that transition into nice clove and cola notes.
On the palate I get tart bing cherries, cranberry, plum, raspberry, black tea with herbal notes at mid palate ending with toasty oak and wet forest soil.
The wine is a medium bodied wine with rich medium smooth tannins and gives us ample medium + acidity that brings it all together. A nice fresh long finish that can be enjoyed any time with any food.
Let's all have a great start to the weekend and be safe doing it. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🖒 — 2 days ago
If you don't already know the name Kelley Fox, then its time to take note. The nose was intense with a mix of wildberry, strawberry and dusty cinnamon and spice, then turning more to minerals and crushed fall leaves. On the palate, I found silky, enveloping textures with ripe red fruits, hints of exotic spices, and inner floral tones. The finish was long with spicy red fruit and hints of grippy tannin. The 2014 seems to be getting better and better. #oregonpinotnoir #kelleyfox — 4 days ago
Balanced. Smooth. Nice weight. Good fruit. But a bit muted and not exhibiting much character. Perhaps it needs another few years to show its stuff... but after coaxing a few nights I'm afraid that's it. Surprised at the WS 96 rating. As usual the delectable rating seems more accurate. — 7 days ago
Sexy salmon color with a beautiful nose of cherries, lavender, and citrusy fruits after some time. The floral aromatics are just plain spectacular. Dry and feral stuff. You expect the palate to follow the nose and it does, for a time. The fruit eventually takes over in a kaleidoscope of flavors. Strawberries, orange peel, and satsuma. Long, spicy finish with herbal hints and minerality. Simply outstanding. — 21 hours ago
A little more reserved than previous vintages, the 2015 is a very pretty cherry/candy red on the eye moving toward clear/white at the rim. Wine is totally clear, no sediment, medium viscosity. Nose sees oak, vanilla, cooked sweet cherries, currants. Palette sees sour cherries, bitter and stemmy/vegetal qualities, medium acid, medium alcohol but more than I'd expect from a Pinot. A solid wine at a great price point. — 4 days ago
@Jonathan Wall - got me back on track. One of my favorite examples of Pinot Noir from anywhere. 2008 showing loads of structure, forest-y notes and wonderfully deep red fruit. This will be long lived and will really hit stride in a few years, but drinks very well with about an hour of air right now. — a day ago
Such a great value. Very Burgundian yet very Oregon. Nose has characteristic sappy cherry, a beautiful gravelly earthiness, and a cinnamon-like note. Palate shows dark cherry, great minerality and a fresh forest floor thing. Nice concentration. Balanced and pure. Will improve for a year or two. — 10 days ago
Silky, spicy, texturally perfect. Tyson makes some of the best wine in Oregon, including a Pinot and Chardonnay from this site. Four winds is a horse farm, 8 miles northwest of McMinnville, about 6 acres of fruit (?), marine-sedimentary, dense on the palate, acid, fresh. Pretty much perfect. This wine is why you drink Pinot with pork and salmon. Going to be really good in 2020-2021, maybe longer — 6 days ago
Mind blowing good Pinot. Best Block Pinot. 5 barrels from the highest quality block of Pinot. Barrel aged for 11 months and then bottle aged for 14 months prior to release. . Stunningly Striking notes of Cocoa, Leather & spice. The entire table could not put this one down last night. The Nose and palate were Rapturous. Paired with a Poached Salmon Course. @David L As good as if not even slightly better than the 2010 sea smoke 10.
I'm sending you a bottle to get your opinion! You are the king of Pinot!!! — 15 days ago