Nicolas Jay

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

9.253 ratings
9.213 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
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Chip Hughes

Meo-Camuzet’s Oregon collaboration. Dark fruits, sap. Noticeably oaky. Not as high-toned or polished as Drouhin’s Oregon PN, but satisfying and very good. #meocamuzet #oregon #pinotnoir

Meo-Camuzet’s Oregon collaboration. Dark fruits, sap. Noticeably oaky. Not as high-toned or polished as Drouhin’s Oregon PN, but satisfying and very good. #meocamuzet #oregon #pinotnoir

Dec 3rd, 2017
Christine Havens

Comprised of grapes sourced from seven vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley, 35% of which is from the winery's own Bishop Creek Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA—the 2015 Nicolas Jay Pinot Noir strikes a balance between power and elegance. More red fruited than black, the nose is perfumed with rose hips, underbrush, damp soil, and crushed stone. Texturally, I love what the acid does in this wine, as it builds and crescendos, fanning out towards a finish of nuanced white pepper and mineral splendor. 13.0% ABV | Sample

Comprised of grapes sourced from seven vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley, 35% of which is from the winery's own Bishop Creek Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA—the 2015 Nicolas Jay Pinot Noir strikes a balance between power and elegance. More red fruited than black, the nose is perfumed with rose hips, underbrush, damp soil, and crushed stone. Texturally, I love what the acid does in this wine, as it builds and crescendos, fanning out towards a finish of nuanced white pepper and mineral splendor. 13.0% ABV | Sample

Jul 31st, 2017
Beth Novak Milliken

Enjoying with Jonah and Sara Beer at Boulevard Restaurant in SN Francisco!

Enjoying with Jonah and Sara Beer at Boulevard Restaurant in SN Francisco!

1 person found it helpfulFeb 10th, 2018
Daniel P. Drake

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! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🖒

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! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🖒

1 person found it helpfulMar 24th, 2017
Swanky Wine Life

Nose: dark and concentrated with dusty rose and cherry. Hot on the nose but not too much on the palate. Underripe black berry, dusty rose, no detectable oak, dark fruits. Very well balanced. .

Nose: dark and concentrated with dusty rose and cherry. Hot on the nose but not too much on the palate. Underripe black berry, dusty rose, no detectable oak, dark fruits. Very well balanced. .

Feb 25th, 2017
Dan Fredman

Chef Sommelier World of Pinot Noir

9.3

Bishop Creek single vineyard shows a little more edge-to-edge minerality, and overall definition than basic release. Needs tonevin the cellar, but very impressive wine.

Bishop Creek single vineyard shows a little more edge-to-edge minerality, and overall definition than basic release. Needs tonevin the cellar, but very impressive wine.

Oct 25th, 2016
Christine Havens

Tasted in the cellar with Jay Boberg and winemaker, Tracy Kendall. I wish the wine had been just a few degrees warmer, even so, the nose is sumptuous and expressive. Black cherries and woodland trails followed by more ethereal notes of star anise, dried orange peel, and spice. What is most striking about this Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is the structure, it rolls out across the palate, with ultra-fine tannins, reminiscent of black tea and forest brambles. The interplay of tannins and acid in the 2014 are outstanding, its tight right now, and needs more time to express its full potential, evidence of Jean Nicolas Méo's deft touch. I have quite honestly never come across an Oregon Pinot Noir with this kind of structure, it's profound, one feels that the potential for aging is akin to those coveted Grand Crus in Burgundy. There is power here and incredible finesse. I can't wait to see how this Oregon wine and winery evolves.

Tasted in the cellar with Jay Boberg and winemaker, Tracy Kendall. I wish the wine had been just a few degrees warmer, even so, the nose is sumptuous and expressive. Black cherries and woodland trails followed by more ethereal notes of star anise, dried orange peel, and spice. What is most striking about this Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is the structure, it rolls out across the palate, with ultra-fine tannins, reminiscent of black tea and forest brambles. The interplay of tannins and acid in the 2014 are outstanding, its tight right now, and needs more time to express its full potential, evidence of Jean Nicolas Méo's deft touch. I have quite honestly never come across an Oregon Pinot Noir with this kind of structure, it's profound, one feels that the potential for aging is akin to those coveted Grand Crus in Burgundy. There is power here and incredible finesse. I can't wait to see how this Oregon wine and winery evolves.

Oct 13th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

On the nose, dark fruits and beautiful red flowers. The is broad and fresh. Dark cherries, black plum, minerality has smooth edges, rich moist earth and a long round elegant finish. One to cellar for further reward. Barrel tasted the single vineyard 15's that will go into bottle in December. All three a special and should be in anyone's collection or Oregon Pinot's.

On the nose, dark fruits and beautiful red flowers. The is broad and fresh. Dark cherries, black plum, minerality has smooth edges, rich moist earth and a long round elegant finish. One to cellar for further reward. Barrel tasted the single vineyard 15's that will go into bottle in December. All three a special and should be in anyone's collection or Oregon Pinot's.

Oct 1st, 2016
Matt Duncan

Quite tannic with blue fruit hidden underneath toasted oak, peppercorn and asphalt.

Quite tannic with blue fruit hidden underneath toasted oak, peppercorn and asphalt.

Jul 20th, 2016
Adam Dromi

Great first release. Very curious to see what else they do

Great first release. Very curious to see what else they do

May 16th, 2016