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Nicolas-Jay Wines

Nicolas Jay produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the old-vines of our Bishop Creek Vineyard, and sources fruit from uniquely expressive sites in the north Willamette Valley. We invite you to explore these wines at home. For further reference, please see our vintage guide and recommendations for proper care and storage of your wine.


L’Ensemble Pinot Noir

The best blocks and barrels of each vintage; after 5 years of learning intimate, detailed character about our vineyards we have assembled this wine as a showcase to Oregon’s best vineyards and unique terroir

L’Ensemble is truly a cuvée comprised of the most expressive barrels from each  vineyard. Blended for extraordinary depth, complexity, ageability, and finesse. Harvested in small cherry bins, native yeast fermentation and bottled unfined and unfiltered. This wine receives an additional 6 months in barrel to escalate structure and lengthen its aging potential. This blend is comprised of either Bio-dynamic, organic or LIVE certified vineyards only. Learn More>

95 Points Vinous, 95 Points Decanter, 94 Points WineAnorak, 94 Points & Cellar Selection Wine Enthusiast

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Our broadest, most diverse blend of each vintage harnesses the power, grace and intensity of the Willamette Valley into one single cuvée  

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. Learn More>

93 Points Wine Spectator, 93 Points Decanter, 93 Points Vinous

In the glass, the 2016 Willamette Valley is a focused wine, revealing a darker nose than the previous vintage, with black cherry and plum accented by hints of violet, dried herb and bay laurel. The palate is supported by a backbone of racy acidity which lingers long into the finish, and offers bright red fruit along with savory herbs, olive, and a saline edge. The wine will benefit from decanting in the short-term, and will mature in bottle for 10-15 years. Learn More>

94 Points Wine Spectator, 93 Points James Suckling

The 2015 Willamette Valley is a rich, tight and expansive red with remarkable balance.  It starts on the nose, with black cherry fruit aromas underscored by hints of smoke, fresh loamy soil, violet and cassis. On the palate, bright, almost juicy fruit is supported by intense minerality and phenomenal length. It is structural and fine, with resolved tannins and subdued density resulting in a great complexity. If consumed in the next few years, the wine will benefit from a gentle decanting one or two hours before serving. This wine will also age beautifully for 15-20 years in bottle. Learn More>

94 Points James Suckling, 93 Points Wine Enthusiast

The 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir opens up with luxurious layers of blackberry and raspberry jam, underscored by rich tannins. Beneath the bright expression of fruit lies sophisticated notes of fresh loamy soil, black tea, dried cherries and the sweetness of fresh herbs. Although rich and expressive on the palate, the wine’s structural elements provide lovely tension throughout, drawing the wine to an elegant and nuanced conclusion. If consumed within the next few years, the wine will benefit from a gentle decanting one or two hours before serving. Serving Temperature: 18°C/64.4°F. Learn More>

94 Points Wine Enthusiast, 93 Points Wine Spectator & Top 100 Wine

Bishop Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

Our Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs are currently only available to our wine club members. Please log in to your account first for the ability to add to cart. You can join our wine club here.

Our Yamhill-Carlton estate consistently produces fruit of unparalleled power and intensity, and this 2018 vintage does not disappoint. Black cap blackberry, roasted meat, toasted nut and blueberry fruit on the nose. Broad and powerful up front as tannins generate to expose chalky-sweet, dark berry fruits with snaps of refreshing citrus, tobacco leaf and limestone flashes. Impressive balance between strength and focused intensity is sure to impress Pinot Noir loyalists. Learn More>

95 Points Vinous, 94 Points Decanter, 94 Points James Suckling

Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir

Our Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs are currently only available to our wine club members. Please log in to your account first for the ability to add to cart. You can join our wine club here.

The Momtazi vineyard produces expressive and characterful wines vintage to vintage. This 2018 version has vivid aromas of crushed sugared blackberry, passionfruit, pine sap, and pomegranate with snaps of orange peel and zest. A beautiful “ocean shore” salinity to this wine, bramble-berry and cinnamon merge together in a savory, intense core of luscious fruits. Immediate urgency on the pallet with minerality, sweet tannins and black fruits that stretch out into a stunning and remarkable mouth-feel that will continue to unfold in the months to come. Learn More>

94 Points Vinous

Nysa Vineyard Pinot Noir

Our Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs are currently only available to our wine club members. Please log in to your account first for the ability to add to cart. You can join our wine club here.

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. Learn More>

94 Points Vinous, 93 Points James Suckling

Own-Rooted Pinot Noir

This special bottling showcases three legacy Willamette Valley vineyards planted “on their own roots,” or to non-grafted rootstock. These three sites have some of Oregon’s rarest and oldest vines.

Our “Own-Rooted” Pinot Noir showcases several old-vine sites in the Willamette Valley, each at least 30 years old, and planted at a time when  rootstock was relatively rare in Oregon viticulture. Our own Bishop Creek Vineyard supplies a portion of the blend, showing off its characteristic black fruit. Hyland Vineyard, the oldest in the McMinnville AVA, sits atop a hillside looking over the Van Duzer Corridor, and its 45 year old vines supply tension in this wine. 1990-planted Pommard from Nysa Vineyard completes this wine, supplying elegant red fruit and spice.

After a stunning inaugural launch of this wine in 2017, this 2018 edition proves old-vine, ungrafted rootstock produce explosive, breathtaking wines. Stones, fresh strawberry, lavender and clove aromas rise effortlessly to the nose. Savory elements on the palate: olive, roasted meat, cherry cordial, cocoa spice intertwined with an intriguing coastal saline edge. Almost overwhelming intensity, with a wetness and zippiness component on the palate that ignites a curiousness about what beauty the human senses might consume over time. Learn More >

97 Points International Wine Reports, 96 Points Decanter, 95 Points Vinous, 94 Points James Suckling

Bottle of Nicolas-Jay 2019 Chardonnay Affinités Willamette Valley wine

Affinités Chardonnay (Blends)

This beautiful, delicately straw-colored Chardonnay bursts from the glass with lemon verbena, white flowers and citrusy perfume, then swings toward orange zest and Galia melon. Precise and focused upon entry, but the tension escalates quickly with tangerines, white stone minerality and crisp peach flavors that push and elongate into a long, elevated and textured finish. This wine shows stunning detail and persistence throughout.  Learn More >

94 Points WineAnorak, 93 Points Wine.com, 92 Points James Suckling

The 2018 Affinités Chardonnnay is a new member of the Nicolas-Jay family, and represents Jean-Nicolas’ interest in Willamette Valley Chardonnay. This Willamette Valley cuvee showcases complimentary sites, blended with our own estate vineyard Bishop Creek. The result of these deep connections is a wine that is complex yet balanced and embodies the singularity of Willamette Valley Chardonnay.

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Rosé

The inaugural 2020 Nicolas-Jay Rosé was picked and direct pressed from old vine Pinot Noir at our estate vineyard, Bishop Creek. A beautiful pale salmon in color, this wine exudes white strawberry, tangerine zest, and granite on the nose. The palate opens up with juicy Meyer lemon, dried raspberry, and the sensation of intense minerality. Bright in the mouth, driven by precision and length, the 2020 Rosé carries through with fresh fruit and rich texture to a clean beautiful finish.  Learn More >


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