Top 100, and We're Won Over: Nicolas-Jay

We're won over. 

Tasting and re-tasting the first vintage of Nicolas-Jay Pinot noirs has us teeming with excitement for what's to come.

A partnership between Jean-Nicolas Méo, owner and winemaker of famed Burgundian winery Domaine Méo-Camuzet and longtime friend Jay Boberg, one of the most influential music entrepreneurs of the last several decades, Nicolas-Jay has exceeded our expectations and softened our cynical edge. We highly recommend you check them out. And so does Wine Spectator (wink). 

Nicolas-Jay Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2014

$58.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($64.95 regular) 

#96 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2016, 93 points: "Broad, expressive and light-footed, this brims with cherry, plum, licorice and cashew flavors that keep singing on the focused finish. Drink now through 2024."

A richer, more voluptuous expression of Oregon Pinot -- a fitting description of the 2014 vintage as a whole -- this silky-textured beauty is an absolute pleasure to drink. Dark berries, a layer of dried cherry, black tea and thyme mingle but to reiterate, it's all about the silk. Tannin management is key to Jean-Nicolas, which is supremely evident. - Marcus  

Nicolas-Jay Nysa Vineyard Pinot noir 2014

$80.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($89.95 regular) 

I don't hesitate for a moment to say that this is one of the ten best 2014 Oregon Pinots I've tasted. Don't hate me for making that statement then saying there's only 12 bottles to go around (which, there are). Trust me, I wish more were available (only 40 cases total were made). Combining nearly unmatched elegance and refinement, its multi-dimensional appeal weaves savory and mineral elements through seductive red fruits. - Marcus