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Maison L'Envoye, Two Messengers

Pinot Noir,
 2017

$26.99 $23.99/bottle

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Description

Made by the team at Maison L’Envoyé from handpicked pristine Pinot Noir vineyard blocks that express a clear reflection of Willamette Valley – crunchy cherries, cranberries and raspberries fill the palate and are complemented by a savory truffle nuance

Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Winemaker:  Maison L’Envoye
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13.5%

Winemaker's Notes

The nose is a vibrant mixture of red berries, rhubarb, vanilla essence and clove. Crunchy cranberries and vibrant purple fruits fill the palate and are complemented by a savory truffle nuance. The palate is opulent but focused and the wine feels alive throughout its impressive length. Possibly the best Two Messengers made to date

John's Notes

Maison L’Envoye also produced Straight Shooter Pinot Noir 2017 which WineJug featured in early July. The entire lot of Straight Shooter sold out in 1 hour!

A beautiful medium intensity ruby with a slightly garnet meniscus, notes of red cherry, cranberry, raspberry, and vanilla lead the nose. On the palate, the red fruits are elegant and supported by blackberry, cigar box, black licorice, a hint of mushroom, and a smooth mouthfeel with a long toasty, smoky finish.  An enjoyable Pinot Noir

Nerdy Details

Winemaker:  Maison L’Envoye, winemaker Louis-Michel Liger-Belair

  • Driven by a tireless hunt for elusive sites where Pinot Noir shines, Maison L’Envoyé, ‘The House of the Messenger’ traverses the globe with the intention of presenting the acme of regionality and winemaking styles
  • With winemaking footprints in Burgundy, Willamette Valley, Central Otago and Tasmania, we champion many unsung growers who have farmed their vineyards for decades and generations, some mere feet away from more illustriously cited neighbors

Variety:  Pinot Noir Clones: Pommard/114/115/777/Wadensvil/667

Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon

Climate:  

  • The Willamette Valley is relatively mild throughout the year with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. While moisture is abundant, most of the rainfall occurs in the winter, not during growing season. This temperate climate, combined with coastal marine influences, makes the gentle growing conditions within the Valley ideal for cool climate grapes such as Pinot Noir
  • A wet, cool spring delayed flowering until late June, setting the stage for a later harvest than the previous three years. Hot, dry conditions prevailed through the summer. A few days of rain in September refreshed the soils, slowed ripening and thickened skins, adding further complexity to the fruit. Mild, dry weather in October allowed the grapes to be picked at optimum ripeness and acidity

Viticulture

  • Working with several key growers, and farming individual rows, it’s our belief that Oregon’s “Grand Cru” sites will eventually be tiny enclaves found within the most admired estates
  • AVAs & Vineytards:
    • Eola Amity – Eagle Crest, Eola Springs, Popcorn
    • McMinnville – Hyland
    • Willamette Valley – Croft
    • Yamhill Carlton – Fairsing, Gran Moraine, Stardance

Winemaking:  

  • The fruit was 100% destemmed and underwent an indigenous ferment in two and five-ton stainless steel open top tanks
  • The grapes were “infused” as whole berries at a moderate temperature, in an oxygen rich environment until pressed
  • The wine then matured in 100% French oak barriques (25% new) for 12 months

Alcohol: 13.5%

Pairs With: Pork tenderloin, wood-fired pizza, herb-roasted chicken

Reviews

Wine Spectator (92): Plump and polished, showing a lively structure, with floral raspberry and sassafras flavors that pick up speed toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2024

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (90): Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Two Messengers Pinot Noir has an inviting fragrance of earth, pipe tobacco, Angostura bitters, underbrush, black cherries and baked blackberries with accents of clove and aniseed. The palate is medium-bodied and silky with earthy, spicy fruits, grainy and fresh with a long finish

Wine & Spirits (90): A lush scent of warm, crushed strawberries is framed by a bit of tobacco savor. The flavors are sleek, with plenty of fruit and freshness, the finish slightly smoky and firmly tannic; for duck confit

Wine Enthusiast (88): A lightly fruity vintage for this wine, it’s a pretty little thing, front-loaded with flavors of strawberry and cherry soda. Though the label claims 25% new French oak, the impact is barely noticeable. Paul Gregutt 4/1/20

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