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Jonathan Ziemba
January 20, 2018 | Jonathan Ziemba

"Oregon Pushes the Quality Needle"

In the latest posting on Vinous, Josh Raynolds reviews the 2015 vintage of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and praises the freshness and aromatic intensity of these otherwise warm-vintage wines. Notably, several of Nicolas-Jay's wines were reviewed:

2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir: Drinking window: 2020 - 2026 Deep vivid red. Intense aromas of fresh raspberry, cherry and five-spice powder; a sexy floral nuance gains strength as the wine stretches out. Sweet and seamless on the palate, showing very good heft and focus to the sappy red berry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors. Shows impressive energy on the gently tannic finish, which hangs on with strong, fruit-driven persistence. 92 POINTS PURCHASE

2015 Nysa Vineyard Pinot Noir: Drinking window: 2021 - 2027 (50% new French oak) Limpid ruby-red. Highly perfumed and focused on the nose, displaying intense red berry liqueur, potpourri and Asian spice aromas and a touch of smoky minerals. Appealingly sweet raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors show an adroit blend of richness and delicacy and a floral nuance that gains strength with aeration. The red fruit and spice notes resonate on a very long, seamless finish that's given shape by gentle, well-knit tannins. For a ripe year, this Pinot shows tons of finesse. 93 POINTS

2015 Bishop Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir: Drinking window: 2022 - 2028 Brilliant red. A highly perfumed, nuanced bouquet evokes ripe, mineral-tinged red fruit, mocha, candied flowers and incense. Silky and seamless on the palate, showing impressive density as well as energy to the sweet raspberry, cherry and spicecake favors. The floral notes comes back strong on an impressively persistent, gently tannic finish that leaves suave Asian spice and red fruit preserve notes behind. 93 POINTS


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