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2014 Bishop Creek Pinot Noir

2014 Bishop Creek Pinot Noir
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85 cases made

This 13-acre vineyard in the hills of Yamhill-Carlton was, in many ways, the affirmation of Nicolas-Jay. In blind tastings from 2012 to 2014, founders Jean-Nicolas and Jay were both drawn to pinot noirs from this site and were surprised to learn that the vineyard was for sale. In 2014, they jumped at the opportunity of owning this famed location.

Characterized by diversity of pinot noir clones, elevation and dense vine spacing, the vines at Bishop Creek were planted in the 1980’s and remain own-rooted. At optimal ripeness, the fruit was hand-picked and gently placed in two layers in small, 1/8th-ton cherry bins, ensuring the clusters arrived at the winery intact for hand-sorting. The wine fermented naturally and spent 15 months in 50% new French oak and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Wine Spectator
July 20, 2016
Harvey Steiman

93 Points
“Lithe, focused and distinctive, with pear overtones to the cherry and floral flavors, coming together with harmony and point as the finish lingers effusively. Drink now through 2024.”

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The 2014 Bishop Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir offers a dark hue, with brooding aromas of blackberry, loamy soil, baking spice and dried marjoram. On the palate, the impression is quite massive at first, with a silky texture, and a dense, compact structure. While it initially seems impenetrable, it soon reveals beautiful and strong sensations, with flavors of cacao, dried fig and dark berry that lead to a lingering finish where the flavors fan out and gain depth. If consumed within the next few years, the wine will benefit from a gentle decanting one or two hours before serving. The youthful tannins, with a few years of aging, will develop further polish, and this wine will reach its best potential from 2021 on.

Serving Temperature: 18°C/64.4°F 

Located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, the site features 13 planted acres, with 11 of those acres being four different clones of pinot noir. The majority of the pinot noir vines at Bishop Creek were planted in the 1980’s, and are own-rooted and dry-farmed. Adding to the site’s diversity, the elevations range from 270 to 600 feet, with predominantly north-south plantings. 


  • 100% Pinot Noir
  • Harvested September 19, 2014
  • Harvest Brix 23.2
  • Alcohol 13.5%
  • TA 5.6 G/L
  • PH 3.65
  • 7-Day Cold Soak
  • Slow, Native Fermentation
  • Gentle Pump-Overs Twice Daily
  • Pressed Gently and Barreled Down After 24 Hours of Settling
  • 15 Months Élevage
  • 50% New French Oak
  • Bottled December 2014, Unfined and Unfiltered
  • 85 Cases Produced
  • Released October 2016
  • Winemakers: Jean-Nicolas Méo and Tracy Kendall