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J.K. Carriere Provocateur Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

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The Name: Provocative. Pure. Troublemaker. A Story: 2015 was another warm and great year for growing grapes. Quality was high, harvest was early, and the yield was generous for the second year in a row. The story of this bottle is really about the ridiculous (read ridiculously great) vineyards that went into it, including all but one barrel of Shea Vineyard, the most expensive grapes in Oregon. Fermentation: Small-lot wild yeast fermentations in open-top stainless steel tanks. Limited pre-ferment maceration, followed by minimal, but targeted temperature and punch-down intervention. Elevage: 100% barrel aged for 17 months in French oak: 11% new, 13% one year, 2% two year, 74% older. Racked and bottled, unfined and unfiltered in February of 2017. Ageability: Drink now to seven years and think about getting it some air in the first three. Vineyards: A blend of six vineyards, Louis Vineyard (11 years), Shea Vineyard (17 years), our St. Dolores Estate (8 years), Temperance Hill (36 years), Anderson Family (25 years), and Gemini Vineyard (24 years). TastingNotesThe wine is a deep ruby red jewel as it sits in glass. The youthful nose is pungent cherry, cola, floral rose, miso and wood-grilled quail. The palate is pure and vibrant as if eating a bowl of raspberry sorbet while breathing in the dark fresh minerality of a damp old- growth forest.

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J.K. Carriere:
Ours is focused winemaking of classically structured, ageable, high-acid, smooth-tannin Pinot noir (and a little bit of Chardonnay). Nuance, movement and grace are the goal. Small production – 3500 cases for the 2007 vintage – allows owner/winemaker Jim Prosser to make the highest quality wine on a barrel-by-barrel basis. Established in 1999, the winery's name is a combination of Jim's grandfa... Read more
Ours is focused winemaking of classically structured, ageable, high-acid, smooth-tannin Pinot noir (and a little bit of Chardonnay). Nuance, movement and grace are the goal. Small production – 3500 cases for the 2007 vintage – allows owner/winemaker Jim Prosser to make the highest quality wine on a barrel-by-barrel basis. Established in 1999, the winery's name is a combination of Jim's grandfathers' names. A wasp features prominently on the label because it has twice nearly killed him. For its first ten years, J.K. Carriere operated from a historic barn nestled in a working hazelnut orchard in Yamhill County, Oregon. In November 2007, J.K. Carriere purchased 40 acres of grape-growing land on the southeast flank of Parrett Mountain, about three miles due east of its original location, in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The first vineyard blocks were planted in March 2009, and the new winery facility and tasting room opened in September 2009. View the photo gallery to check our progression. We invite you to come explore our distinctive wines at our new tasting room. We're open Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm, mid-February through November and by private appointment. The $10 tasting fee is refundable with a three-bottle purchase. The winery participates in Oregon's Thanksgiving and Memorial Day weekend wine country open houses. J.K. Carriere wines are available in wine shops, fine dining establishments and specialty markets in thirteen states, as well as directly through the winery. Read less

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Snooth User: firedancer22
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/23/2012

Smooth and easy-drinking, with a nice earthy finish. Wish it was easier to find in Brooklyn!


Snooth User: RPerro
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 04/11/2009

Was a bit warm to be drinking red wine, but this showed surprisingly well. Ample fruit, earth and light tannins.


Snooth User: garymdmd
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 07/01/2009

This is one of the smoothest yet bold Pinot's from Oregon I have had.



The Name: Provocative. Pure. Troublemaker. A Story: 2015 was another warm and great year for growing grapes. Quality was high, harvest was early, and the yield was generous for the second year in a row. The story of this bottle is really about the ridiculous (read ridiculously great) vineyards that went into it, including all but one barrel of Shea Vineyard, the most expensive grapes in Oregon. Fermentation: Small-lot wild yeast fermentations in open-top stainless steel tanks. Limited pre-ferment maceration, followed by minimal, but targeted temperature and punch-down intervention. Elevage: 100% barrel aged for 17 months in French oak: 11% new, 13% one year, 2% two year, 74% older. Racked and bottled, unfined and unfiltered in February of 2017. Ageability: Drink now to seven years and think about getting it some air in the first three. Vineyards: A blend of six vineyards, Louis Vineyard (11 years), Shea Vineyard (17 years), our St. Dolores Estate (8 years), Temperance Hill (36 years), Anderson Family (25 years), and Gemini Vineyard (24 years). TastingNotesThe wine is a deep ruby red jewel as it sits in glass. The youthful nose is pungent cherry, cola, floral rose, miso and wood-grilled quail. The palate is pure and vibrant as if eating a bowl of raspberry sorbet while breathing in the dark fresh minerality of a damp old- growth forest.

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