We work with the highest quality fruit from our own organically-farmed Bishop Creek and from esteemed vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley wine region, including Nysa, Momtazi, and Knight’s Gambit, among others.
We work with passionate and exacting grape-growers across the Willamette Valley. The result is a well-rounded reflection of the region’s geographical diversity.
Nestled in the hills of the Yamhill-Carlton appellation lies Nicolas-Jay's Bishop Creek Vineyard. This famed and enchanting site is concurrently steep and rolling, with densely-spaced vines planted in the 1980’s. Year after year, the own-rooted vines produce exceptional fruit full of character—an unmistakable element in a cuvée and beautifully distinctive as a single vineyard bottling.
Domaine Nicolas-Jay acquired Bishop Creek in 2014, and farm the property using 100% organic methods. The site, which sits above the town of Yamhill, in the rain-shadow of the Coast Range, features 13.5 planted acres, with 11 of those acres being pinot noir. The majority of the vines at Bishop Creek were planted in 1988 and 1990, and are own-rooted. Adding to the site’s diversity, the elevations range from 270 to 600 feet, with predominantly North-South plantings.
Southwest of McMinnville, the Willamette Valley meets the foothills of the Coast Range, and Oregon White Oak savannah mingles with Douglas Fir in a system of rolling hills and valleys. Here the McMinnville AVA is notable both for its size and the relative scarcity of planted acres, giving the AVA a remote, secluded charm. In 1997 Mo and Flora Momtazi purchased a 500 acre wheat farm in these hills, and began converting a portion of it to biodynamically farmed Pinot Noir. Today the property is one of the premiere vineyards in Oregon, and contains a diversity of soils and microclimates.
The nearby Van Duzer corridor, a low pass through the mountains which allows coastal air to enter the Willamette Valley, cools these vines, which sit atop a mixture of volcanic and marine sedimentary soils. Domaine 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.
photo credit: Maysara Winery
Situated at an elevation of 600 to 700 feet in the Dundee Hills, 40-acre 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.The resulting wine from this old-vine Dundee Hills site is fragrant, elegant and enticing, with concentrated red fruit, strawberry and candied cherry. High elevation contributes a backbone of acidity and fine-grained tannin.