Joleté Le Verre Cuvée Pinot Noir 2014 | One of Willamette Valleys finest Pinot’s
Joleté Le Verre Cuvée Pinot Noir 2014 displays vivid ruby red. Lush aromas of baked cherries, strawberry compote, citrus peel, and cola spice. While richly layered on the palate, full-bodied, and bursting with red and black fruits, plum notes, pomegranate. And hinting at chocolate-covered cherries and baking spice. In addition, an excellent tannic grip balanced by Burgundian-like acidity. While the finish unfolds in silky dark fruit and spice and hints at earthy minerality. Drink now through 2020.
93JS | Joleté Le Verre Cuvée Pinot Noir 2014 offers fascinating aromas of ripe strawberries, lemon meringue, and crushed stones. Full body, chewy tannins, and a fruity finish. Yet deeds to open a bit to soften and come together. A beauty. Better in 2019.
Stunning Willamette Pinot Discovery
So, one of our finest Willamette Pinot discoveries ever is this 2014 Joleté “Le Verre Cuvee. While the cuveé blends beautifully concentrated, tight-skinned Pinot Noir grapes from several sites. Beginning with the in Yamhill-Carlton AVA, plus neighboring Tony Soter’s Mineral Springs Vineyard and Ken Wright’s Abbott Claim Vineyard. Another site, in the Chehalem AVA, was planted by Gary Andrus (Archery Summit Winery) to Burgundian spacing and clones from Le Musigny. Most of all, in the glass, Willamette opulence and earth meets Burgundian structure and mouthwatering acidity.
Winemaker Jim Sanders
Jim Sanders is the winemaker and a founding partner in Aubichon Cellars. Notably named by Wine Spectator as one of “Eight Names to Know” in 2015. While Jim focuses on small production, hand-crafted wines, aged exclusively in top-tier French oak from the finest cooperages in Burgundy. Now through 18 vintages in the Willamette Valley. As a result, Jim’s winemaking portfolio features some of Oregon’s most acclaimed wines. Also including several cuvees of highly rated Pinot Noir from Le Cadeau Vineyard.
Beyond Joleté, Jim Sanders is also the owner and winemaker of Aubichon Cellars and Le Cadeau Vineyard. Racking up a bevy of 90+ scores from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator. In 2014, one of the finest vintages in Oregon history—Spectator awarded it 96 points. Sanders crafted his finest “Le Verre Cuvee” since Joleté debuted in 2008.