2018 Nicolas-Jay Bishop Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
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2018 Nicolas-Jay Bishop Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley, Oregon, UNITED STATES
$210. 00
$2520.00 Dozen
ABV: 13.5%
Closure: Cork

Nicolas-Jay was formed by long time friends Jean-Nicolas Méo of renowned Burgundy producer Domaine Meo-Camuzet, and music entrepreneur and Oregon Pinot Noir lover Jay Boberg. Over the years they have both become fond of what Oregon has to offer for Pinot Noir devotees, and at Jay's prompting in 2011 they began a journey that would result in them purchasing the organically farmed estate Bishop Creek vineyard.

Other Reviews....
Bright violet. Powerful, oak-spiced cherry and blackberry scents, along with suggestions of incense, star anise, vanilla and musky sassafras. Alluringly sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering intense red and dark berry preserve, cherry cola and spicecake flavors and building smokiness. In a pretty primary state right now. Closes impressively long and gently chewy, with slowly building tannins and repeating spice and dark fruit notes. 50% new French oak. Drink 2024-2033.
95 points
Josh Raynolds - Vinous

Complex aromas of cherry stones, blueberries, wild plums, lemon zest, wet earth and dried spices. It’s medium-bodied with tight-grained tannins. Tight and refined. Better in a year or two. Unfiltered. Drink from 2022.
94 points

The first estate vineyard in the Nicolas-Jay joint venture is Bishop Creek, located in Yamhill-Carlton AVA and planted on its own roots in 1988 and 1990. Jean-Nicolas Meo and his Oregon winemaker Tracy Kendall have produced a winning result in 2018, with ripe red and black cherry aromas, a hint of spice, and a texture that is lovely, rich, and dense but not heavy. This wine shows well now but will certainly age for at least a decade. Drink 2021 - 2031.
94 points
Charles Curtis MW - Decanter

A wine with presence and density, offering richly structured black raspberry, rose petal and dusky spice flavors that take on richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2029. 290 cases made.
93 points
Tim Fish - Wine Spectator