"Very Fine" Pinot Noir: Jamie Goode visits Nicolas-Jay
Wine writer Jamie Goode paid a visit to our Dundee House in July to taste through some wines and meet Jay and Jean-Nicolas. He tasted through the (now sold-out) 2016 Single Vineyard wines, and has now published his reviews along with a overview of his time at the winery.
Read the article here and read below for his reviews!
Nicolas Jay Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015 Oregon
This was very warm and hot even until the end of August. It was then overcast and cool before and during harvest. There was a little bit of rain and everyone panicked, but as a result the wines don’t have the warm and sweet character that they had in 2014, and the alcohol level is a bit lower. 30% new oak in all three. Sweetly aromatic with fine, juicy, mineral notes and nice red cherry and plum fruit. Nice texture with a fine spiciness. Supple, elegant and very drinkable, with a nice sweetness to the fruit. 94/100
Nicolas Jay Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016 Oregon
Ripe year, harvested in early September. Very ripe but with charm and this prevents it from being heavy says JN. A touch of spice and cedar on the nose, with sweet, supple, finely elegant cherry fruit. There’s some spiciness here: really supple and expressive with lovely precision and a bit of grippy structure. Lovely structure to this wine. 94/100
Nicolas Jay Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017 Oregon
Absolutely charming year: lighter vintage showing extremely well. Balanced. Says JN. Supple, rounded and textured. Very fine. Has a faint cocoa and cedar edge to the elegant sweet red fruits. Has lovely finesse and purity with a lightness and precision. Very fine. 95/100
Nicolas Jay Nysa Pinot Noir 2016 Dundee Hills, Oregon
This was one of the vineyards we loved right from the start, says JN. Extremely velvety, fine and seductive, but has length also. DH can be a bit syrupy at the end but this ends in a lovely way. Own rooted, planted in 1990. Lovely elegant, vivid, bright raspberry and cherry fruit with nice structure and precision. Great concentration and structure here, alongside the pure vivid fruit. 96/100
Nicolas Jay Momtazi Vineyard 2016 McMinnville, Oregon
Planted in 1999. Herby slightly rubbery reductive note on the nose. Supple, fresh red cherry and plum fruit, with lovely finesse. Taut and light at the same time, showing restraint and focus. This is sleeping now, but has great promise for the future. Very expressive and mineral on the finish. Intriguing. 94/100
Nicolas Jay Bishop Creek Pinot Noir 2016 Yamhill Carlton, Oregon
Planted in 1988 on marine sedimentary soil. This is concentrated and quite structured with some grunt on the mid-palate. Has broad shoulders and bold tannins. Has weight and power but also lovely finesse. Lots of promise for the future. Such an interesting wine, and really quite serious. 96/100