2012 Niclaire Pinot Noir

Only a few, hand-selected barrels are chosen each year to create the Niclaire release, making this wine the ultimate Pinot Noir statement for the vintage.  Only eleven barrels were seected from the 2012 harvest to make this special wine. It was aged in 100% French oak, 64% in new barrels.

Barrel       Vineyard (Clone)             Cooper/Type                                              
10-199      Doctor's (115)                  Remond / Allier Forest, Medium Long Toast
12-129      Doctor's (Calera)              Remond / Troncais Forest, Medium Long Toast 
11-252      Doctor's (Calera)              Rousseau / Medium Long Toast
12-255      Doctor's (Calera)              Seguin Moreau / Medium Long Toast
12-248      Doctor's (777)                  Seguin Moreau / Medium Long Toast
10-252      Dos Rubios (667)             Seguin Moreau / Medium Long Toast
12-249      Garys'                             Seguin Moreau / Medium Long Toast
12-245      Garys'                             Seguin Moreau / Medium Long Toast
12-124      Rosella's                          Remond / Troncais Forest, Medium Long Toast
12-196      Pisoni                              Taransaud / T5
11-045      Soberanes                        Remond / Troncais Forest Medium Long Toast

September 9, 2013: two hundred sixty-three cases bottled
August 28, 2014:  released to the Jensen Reserve Society

Tasting Notes

Medium red hue.  Initial scents of this ‘best of the best,’ is rightfully shy given its pedigree of age-ability.  Upon some time swirling in the glass, this wine opens up to some subtle notes of pomegranate, raspberry, bing cherry, cloves, vanilla bean, and spice.  As this Pinot Noir enters the palate, there is a surge of complexity, displayed in flavors of cherry, lemon custard, raspberry, and strawberry jam.  While the texture is densely packed with concentration, there is a refreshingly silky, seductive, and smooth experience.  This wine finishes nicely with polished tannins and a lingering fade away.  Drink now through 2021.

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking


94 Points / Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Regales Niclaire with 94 Pts

Niclaire is a gorgeous, rich and layered effort that knocks it out of the park with its cassis and blackberry fruit, vanilla bean and licorice-driven aromas and flavors. Read more