2018 Nysa Vineyard Pinot Noir
Situated at an elevation of 600 to 700 feet in the Dundee Hills, Nysa Vineyard was planted in 1990 by Michael Mega, and is recognized as the source for some of Oregon’s most exciting pinot noirs. Nicolas-Jay’s grapes come from a coveted block of own-rooted Pommard clone vines that are some of the site’s original 1990 Plantings. These tightly spaced vines grow in Jory volcanic soils with an underlying layer of basalt bedrock that helps allow the vines to be dry farmed. The older vines on this block naturally produce yields of just under 2.0 tons per acre.
93 POINTS JAMES SUCKLING "Wild raspberries, violets, dried leaves, gravel, crushed shells and cedar on the nose. It's medium-bodied with sleek tanning and lively acidity. Wonderfully fresh and bright. Tight. Unfiltered. Drink or hold."
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES Always a complex, textural wine with a hauntingly ethereal personality. The Nysa vineyard is one of the most alluring sites in the state. Flint, candy cane, grapefruit and crushed raspberry converge and rise at first pass. Granite and slate push against sweet cloves and sandalwood with charm and generosity. A core of acids, graininess and a tightening sensation as it pushes to the outside of the tongue. Snappy precision and focus generates dusty earth and crisp red fruits that sharpen inside a tightly wound core of citrus, red fruits and rose petals.
- Harvested: September 21st
- Harvest Brix: 22.7
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- TA: 5.4g/L
- pH: 3.52
- Cooperage: 50% new French oak
- Date bottled: June 16, 2020
- Cases made: 150
- Winemakers: Jean-Nicolas Méo, Tracy Kendall