Review: 2019 Nicolas-Jay Pinot Noir L’Ensemble Willamette Valley

Review: 2019 Nicolas-Jay Pinot Noir L’Ensemble Willamette Valley

Here’s a curious wine born from a  partnership between music entrepreneur Jay Boberg and Burgundian winemaker Jean-Nicolas Méo, which has been producing Oregon pinot noir in the Willamette Valley since 2014. “Meaning “together” or “whole” in French, this cuvée brings together fruit from Jay and Jean-Nicolas’ favorite vineyards and the best resulting barrels from each.”

Let’s try it.

This classically styled Oregon pinot noir features lots of cola and dark cherry notes throughout, winding its way through a moderately acidic body to a finish that ultimately features notes of milk chocolate, almond, and a slug of licorice. The wine is never earth-shattering, but it features just about everything you expect from the Oregon pinot experience — and it pairs very well with food.

A- / $70 /

2019 Nicolas-Jay Pinot Noir L'Ensemble Willamette Valley




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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