J. Christopher Pinot Noir Nuages
Nuages (French for "clouds”) pays homage to the moderating influence of Oregon’s autumn cloud cover, which slows ripening to allow for the long hang time that creates fully developed flavors.
Nuages is a very engaging wine. Beginning with a mouthwatering nose of dark, sweet fruit and a hint of smoke and vanilla, it delivers a full impact on the palate, with fine, focused fruit accented by intriguing spice and herbal notes, a juicy grip, firm structure, and good length.
| Wine Advocate 89 points (Mar 2015)
The 2012 Pinot Noir Nuages Chehalem Mountains includes 10% whole-cluster fruit and sees 20 months in barriques, 25% new. It comes from vines that are adjacent to the winery. It has a well-defined, crisp and ”airy” bouquet that is very focused. The palate is sappy on the entry with blueberry and wild strawberry notes, a slight lactic note, hints of dark chocolate toward the finish that does not quite possess the precision of the Dundee Hills Pinot Noir. Still, there is good substance and feels velvety in the mouth on the finish. Enjoy this over the next 5 or 6 years.