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2015 Momtazi Pinot Noir

2015 Momtazi Pinot Noir
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92 POINTS Wild, briary fruit tones mingle with notes of dried flowers and sous bois, introducing a fine-grained, more austere wine with a tensile marriage of acidity and tannin- to make a Burgundian analogy, it is more Nuits than Vosne.



The 2015 Momtazi opens with intoxicating aromatics, sweet notes of almond and fennel pollen, that evolve into dark blueberry and cherry. The wine builds on top of youthful tannin, cinching down to create tension and depth. Age will tame these noteworthy but not overly prominent tannins. The complexity of this wine makes it elusive and ever-evolving in the glass. Tart cherry and white flower wrap around the fruit density of the core and overlay the tamed wildness that is expressed from this biodynamic vineyard. Drink now or age for 20+ years.

Located in the foothills of Oregon's Coastal Range, the vineyard is biodynamically-farmed by the dedicated Momtazi family, who planted vines in the late 1990’s. Nicolas-Jay’s block of Pinot Noir lies near the top of the vineyard, at an elevation of 740 feet, with a north-south row orientation and 5’ x 7’ spacing. Elevation, coupled with cool evenings and persistent winds, cause the grapes to ripen slowly, developing a striking combination of concentration, restraint, and earth-driven characteristics


  • Harvested: September 16, 2015
  • Harvest Brix: 23.1
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • TA: 5.6g/L
  • pH: 3.59
  • 50% new French oak
  • 50% neutral oak
  • Date bottled: December 2016
  • Cases made: 85
  • Date released: September 2017
  • Winemakers: Jean-Nicolas Méo and Tracy Kendall