Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

United States

The 2017 vintage is indicative of the cooler weather in Oregon this particular year. Picked entirely by hand from eight vineyard sites, Bishop Creek, Nysa, La Colina, Hopewell, Temperance Hill, Hyland,Momtazi, the team found this to be the most intense harvest season they've seen.

On September 27th, some grapes were picked while others were left alone until early October to progress with cooler temperatures and intermittent rains. This gave the later grapes more flavor and a higher probability of larger tannins. Hand-Sorted, fermented and aged in 30% new French oak. Wines were bottled in February of 2019.

  • 13.5% alcohol
  • 2974 cases created

Red fruit and floral aromas on the nose (cherry, strawberry/lavender, rose). The cool vintage gives creates a delicate wine on the palate that only progresses with age. Well balanced with a good structure and tannins.

93 points
"A lovely wine, elegantly complex and expressive, with raspberry and rose petal aromas accented by a hint of cardamom. Builds tension toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2029. 2,974 cases made"
Tim Fish,
Wine Spectator
, February 2021
93 points
"Deep, glistening red. Sexy, assertively perfumed aromas of fresh red fruits, potpourri and baking spices, with a hint of cola in the background. Juicy and focused on the palate, Jay's 2017 Pinot Noir offers vibrant raspberry, bitter cherry, blood orange and rose pastille flavors and a late jolt of spicy white pepper. Made in a fresh, exuberant style, with silky tannins sneaking in slowly to add shape and grip to the impressively long, spice-accented finish. Aged in 30% new oak."
Josh Raynolds,
Vinous Media
, July 2020
93 points
John Gilman,
View from the Cellar
92 points
"Very attractive, ripe red and dark cherries, framed in ground espresso, leading to a rich, red-cherry and plum palate that has abundant flesh and spicy, cherry-pip tang to close. Drink or hold."
James Suckling,
, July 2019
93 points
"High-toned and damp, this wine displays aromas of wet earth, Earl Grey tea and cocoa nibs, followed by flavours of pomegranate and red plum skin. It's classic Oregon Pinot Noir, and one can see the Méo-Camuzet influence, albeit with a softer generosity. The blend is based around Bishop Creek Vineyard, with smaller portions of other sites including Hyland, Knight’s Gambit and Hopewell."
Matthew Luczy,
, September 2019

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Pinot Noir
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