J.K. Carriere

Vespidae Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

9.250 ratings
9.17 pro ratings
Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Julia Crowley

High acid, smooth tannins-the focus of JK Carriere & they've hit the bulls eye on this beauty! Earthy savory & herbaceous components blend beautifully with blackberry and dark cherry aromas and flavors. Herbs, earth & fruit are rounded out by vibrant acidity and a mineral core. Totally divine, elegant yet powerfully complex.

High acid, smooth tannins-the focus of JK Carriere & they've hit the bulls eye on this beauty! Earthy savory & herbaceous components blend beautifully with blackberry and dark cherry aromas and flavors. Herbs, earth & fruit are rounded out by vibrant acidity and a mineral core. Totally divine, elegant yet powerfully complex.

3 people found it helpfulOct 11th, 2014
Meg Maker

Wine Writer, Maker's Table

8.5

Youthful and fresh (it needs a little air), with aromas of cranberry and currant washed in rainwater, plus a whiff of cypress. It’s lean and vertical on the palate, with cranberry fruit, again, and a faint licorice back note. It’s less ripe than many of the 2012 Oregon Pinots, but they’ve thrown a tiny bit of oak at it, with a long élevage, which rounds it out. Fermented with ambient yeast and aged in barrel for 17 months, 10% new, and named for the wasp that plagues the winemaker. 13.5% abv | $42 (sample)

Youthful and fresh (it needs a little air), with aromas of cranberry and currant washed in rainwater, plus a whiff of cypress. It’s lean and vertical on the palate, with cranberry fruit, again, and a faint licorice back note. It’s less ripe than many of the 2012 Oregon Pinots, but they’ve thrown a tiny bit of oak at it, with a long élevage, which rounds it out. Fermented with ambient yeast and aged in barrel for 17 months, 10% new, and named for the wasp that plagues the winemaker. 13.5% abv | $42 (sample)

2 people found it helpfulApr 7th, 2015
Ryan Mullins

Rich, deep and full of oregoness. Pomegranate and apple skin with big tannins. Wouldn't open again for 3 years and would love to know this wine in 2026

Rich, deep and full of oregoness. Pomegranate and apple skin with big tannins. Wouldn't open again for 3 years and would love to know this wine in 2026

Jan 17th, 2016
Rebecca Fletcher

Dark cherry, earth, a bit hot. M+ acid.

Dark cherry, earth, a bit hot. M+ acid.

Oct 1st, 2015
Nabil Saad

Had the 2012 on 12/5/19

Had the 2012 on 12/5/19

Dec 6th, 2019
Merritt Santino Raül Gilé

Took a few minutes, but this really got going. Courses 6-10 @ Painted Lady.

Took a few minutes, but this really got going. Courses 6-10 @ Painted Lady.

Aug 7th, 2016
Ara Hayrapetyan

Delicate and subtle with a hint of cranberries. Excellent Pinot.

Delicate and subtle with a hint of cranberries. Excellent Pinot.

Apr 8th, 2016
Lorena Jordao

Enjoying this greatly

Enjoying this greatly

Mar 8th, 2016
Sean Driscoll

A big mouthful of ripe bing cherry and herbs, good acid, mineral notes and backbone to balance it out. It screams 2012. Going to hold remaining bottles a few more years to tame the fruit.

A big mouthful of ripe bing cherry and herbs, good acid, mineral notes and backbone to balance it out. It screams 2012. Going to hold remaining bottles a few more years to tame the fruit.

Feb 22nd, 2016
Alessandro Nardi

Great Pinot from Carriere.

Great Pinot from Carriere.

Jan 26th, 2016