2017 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Magnum
2017 was a cool harvest, a reminder of past years in Oregon, with grapes picked under cloudy skies as autumn unfolded in the vineyard. After a moderately warm summer, September gave us a ten-day heat spike, taking temperatures into the upper 90s. As we prepared for another early harvest, the third week of September brought cool temperatures in the mid-60’s and a few days of intermittent rain to slow progression and give the grapes time to deepen flavors and evolve tannins. Our first grapes were picked on the 27th of September and we picked our last on the 5th of October, making 2017 one of our shortest and most intense harvests to date. The resulting wines are light on their feet, with beautifully integrated tannins and elegance of a nature reminiscent of cooler years.
93 POINTS WINE SPECTATOR "A lovely wine, elegantly expressive and complex, with raspberry and rose-petal aromas accented by a hint of cardamom. Builds tension toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2029"
93 POINTS DECANTER “…this wine displays aromas of wet earth, Earl Grey tea and cocoa nibs, followed by flavors of pomegranate and red plum skin. It's classic Oregon Pinot Noir, and one can see the Méo-Camuzet influence…”
93 POINTS VINOUS “Deep, glistening red. Sexy, assertively perfumed aromas of fresh red fruits, potpourri and baking spices, with a hint of cola in the background. Juicy and focused on the palate, Jay's 2017 Pinot Noir offers vibrant raspberry, bitter cherry, blood orange and rose pastille flavors…”
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES The 2017 Willamette Valley is a pure and vibrant ruby in the glass, with aromatics of tart cherry and crushed strawberry, alongside hints of dried rose petal and lavender. The cool vintage reveals a wine which is lithe and ethereal on the palate, a bit shy in its youth, but with fine texture and tannin. A very pretty wine, already well-balanced and approachable. Seductive, with an elegant lightness that makes it very drinkable and enjoyable. From 2020 to 2025.
- Harvested: September 27th—October 5th, 2017
- Harvest Brix: 22.8
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- TA: 4.9g/L
- pH: 3.66
- 30% new French oak
- Date bottled: February 1st, 2019
- Winemakers: Jean-Nicolas Méo, Tracy Kendall
- Cases made: 2974