We have high/nit-picky even curmudgeonly standards for Willamette Valley Pinot noir -- you could say we've earned it over our 25 combined years writing about and selling Oregon wine. It's hard enough to meet, let alone exceed, those standards. The wine that landed in our glasses minutes ago is gorgeous and frankly, even better than we expected it to be.
Vivid and and wonderfully aromatic, we could have a glass sitting on our desks for hours just to keep sniffing its sublime perfume. It is subtly, elegantly powerful and persistent. The black cherry is unstoppable. While labeled a "mere" Willamette Valley," this is 100% a "reserve" wine in its flavor, structure, and movement. We love it.
$58.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($64.95 regular)
94 points Wine Spectator:"Precise, deeply structured yet graceful, with expressive black cherry, river stone and black tea accents that build richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024."
We actually think that Wine Spectator (mostly) nailed the tasting note. While after all this time we still don't know exactly what "precise" is, there's precision to the Nicolas-Jay '16, plus depth and grace to spare. We find it utterly engaging today and as for aging -- Wine Spectator we're looking at you -- this has way more than enough goods to age well past 2024, should that be your M.O.
Some wines speak to the past, some are here and now, others offer glimpses at how the Willamette Valley might evolve. Only one winery encompasses it all–storied past, delicious present, thrilling future: Eyrie.
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