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Domaine Nicolas-Jay 2015 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $60
The continued exploration of the Willamette Valley by famed Burgundy producers is on display at Domaine Nicolas-Jay where Jean-Nicolas Méo of Domaine Méo-Camuzet collaborates with Tracy Kendall, and their work with the warm 2015 vintage took in four of the North Willamette Valley appellations. It began Sept. 3 in the Chehalem Mountains and concluded Sept. 19. Along the way, they picked from Nysa Vineyard in the Dundee Hills and their estate Bishop Creek Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton region. That’s lead to a sense of Burgundy with notes of Marionberry, President plum, forest floor and white pepper, a collection of purple fruited flavors that break across the palate with a dense flourish of pomegranate and Montmorency cherry. It’s minimal alcohol and wealth of acidity bode well for the cellar, and in the meantime, they suggest decanting one to two hours prior to service.
Production: 2,400 cases