Nicolas-Jay 'l'Ensemble' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2018
VINTAGE : 2018
COUNTRY : USA
REGION/APPELLATION : Yamhill-Carlton - Oregon
VARIETAL : Pinot Noir
Nicolas-Jay is a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay venture located in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Celebrated Burgundian winemaker, Jean-Nicolas Méo of Domaine Méo-Camuzet, and renowned music and media entrepreneur, Jay Boberg, lend their individual talents and shared dedication to the winery, where traditional French winemaking meets quintessential Oregon terroir.
After years of working with 8 of the top vineyard sites in the Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity, McMinnville and Yamhill-Carlton AVA’s we could not resist creating a SUPER BLEND to show our BEST OF THE BEST. 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.
Dark, brooding color with purple edges. A unique viscosity to this wine in the glass and immediate savory-spices drifting outward. Dark red berries, Hawaiian starfruit, root beer cask and sweet bark emerge as you lean in. Tightly wound entry with prickly pears and pomegranates that expands quickly inside a light shell of sweet vanilla and roasted nuts. The layers of flavors build well with a tight framing of acids, chalky tannins and a level of tension that will certainly reveal more complexity in the months and years to come.