2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir - 92+
"The second pinot noir release from Domaine Nicolas Jay, the joint venture of Burgundian Jean-Nicolas Méo and American Jay Boberg, has been sourced from a wider range of vineyards than the 2014 version, and the team here has done an excellent job of managing the ripeness inherent in this vintage and the 2015 comes in at a very nicely measured thirteen percent octane. Like the 2014 version, this wine was raised in one-third new oak and offers up a fine bouquet of black cherries, cola, dark soil tones, woodsmoke, fresh nutmeg and a nice framing of nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a sappy core, lovely soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a long, tangy and beautifully balanced finish. This is really, really good and shows that Jean-Nicolas is fast learning the lay of the land in the Willamette Valley! 2022-2050. 92+"