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
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.
93pts Wilfred Wong
The beautiful and alluring 2017 Nicolas-Jay Willamette Valley Pinot Noir glides and dances nicely on the palate and into a lasting finish. This wine offers bright red fruit and mineral notes in its aromas and flavors. Enjoy with ginger root and cracked who peppercorn-accented, grilled salmon over a bed of couscous. (Tasted: May 23, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
93pts Wine Spectator
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.
92pts James Suckling
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.
92pts Wine Enthusiast
A continuing exploration of French winemaking technique applied to Oregon terroir, the latest releases from Nicolas-Jay show a savvy complexity that rewards your focused attention. Here the strawberry fruit is accented with flavors of composted earth, coffee grounds and cocoa powder, all well-integrated and proportionate. The wine is supremely tasty right from the start, and should continue to provide pleasure during the course of this decade.
Black cherry and plum accented by hints of violet, dried herb and bay laurel. The palate is supported by a backbone of racy acidity which lingers long into the finish, and offers bright red fruit along with savory herbs, olive, and a saline edge.