2017 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir F&F Bundle
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Unfined & Unfiltered, Native Yeast Fermentation
Organic, Bio-dynamic and/or LIVE certified, Hand-picked, Hand-sorted
93 Points Decanter
“...Earl Grey tea and cocoa nibs, followed by flavours of pomegranate and red plum skin. It's classic Oregon Pinot Noir, and one can see the Méo-Camuzet influence...”
93 Points International Wine Report
“The 2017 Nicolas-Jay Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a gorgeous release...the nose evokes some wonderful freshness with bright red fruits that mingle with citrus zest and wet stone tones that mingle in the glass. The silky texture entices as ripe strawberry and guava flavors enter the fray, mixing with shades of Mandarin orange zest and earthy undertones that shine brightly on the palate. This is seriously good now and will only improve with cellaring.”
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.
Harvested: September 27th—October 5th, 2017
Harvest Brix: 22.8
Cooperage: 30% new French oak
Date bottled: February 1st, 2019
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.