Nicolas Jay Bishops Creek Pinot Noir 2014

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The 2014 Bishop Creek vineyard-designate Pinot Noir offers a dark hue, with brooding aromas of blackberry, loamy soil, baking spice and dried marjoram. On the palate, the impression is quite massive at first, with a silky texture, and a dense, compact structure. While it initially seems impenetrable, it soon reveals beautiful and strong sensations, with flavors of cacao, dried fig and dark berry that lead to a lingering finish where the flavors fan out and gain depth. While the youthful tannins are still slightly prominent, with a few years of aging this wine will develop further polish. Powerful today, and with great promise, this wine has the potential for exceptional complexity. If consumed within the next few years, the wine will benefit from a gentle decanting one or two hours before serving. The youthful tannins, with a few years of aging, will develop further polish, and this wine will reach its best potential from 2021 on.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country United States
Region Oregon
Appellation Yamhill County
Brand Nicolas Jay
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
  • we93

Wine EnthusiastA big, chunky tannic wine, loaded with black-cherry fruit. The structure is there to age awhile, and 15 months in 50% new French oak has added notes of coffee and dark chocolate. There's a hint of tar, and overall an impression of bridled power. Drink now through 2025.

Paul Gregutt, April 1, 2017
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorLithe, focused and distinctive, with pear overtones to the cherry and floral flavors, coming together with harmony and point as the finish lingers effusively. Drink now through 2024. 85 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, 2016
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Bishop Creek Pinot Noir comes from their own estate vines on shallow basalt soils and was harvested on 19 September, and matured for 15 months in 50% new French oak. It has a very refined bouquet, well defined, quite pure with attractive dark cherry, clove and a touch of sous-bois, a subtle marine scent emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine delineation, quite tensile in the mouth, cold stone and a pinch of dark chocolate towards the presently introverted finish. It will need a couple of years in bottle, but it should turn into a very fine Oregon Pinot Noir, even if it has strong competition at this price point.

Neal Martin, June 29, 2016