2014 Maison L'Envoyé "The Attaché" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1290866 93 points Vinous

 (35 percent new oak) Limpid ruby-red. Powerful red berry and Asian spice aromas, along with suggestions of smoky minerals and incense. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors and a subtle touch of blood orange. Silky tannins emerge slowly and fold smoothly into the vibrant fruit on the long, nervy finish, which leaves notes of five-spice powder and red berries behind. (JR)  (12/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Light and savory, with meaty, peppery overtones to the cherry and floral flavors, finishing gracefully. Has layers of complexity and terrific persistence. Best from 2018 through 2022. (HS)  (10/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Maison l'Envoyé 2014 Attaché comes from 16 vineyards from all six AVAs, matured in 40% new French oak for just under 12 months. The nose is fuller and denser than the Two Messengers with bright red cherry and loganberry scents, nicely integrated oak and displaying commendable purity. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite tensile tannin. This has a pleasing freshness, more cohesion than the Two Messengers with attractive tart cherry fruit on the finish. Pay another ten dollars and gift yourself this rather than the Two Messengers. (NM)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

Simply put 2014 is a great vintage in Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. It may not be the most "classic" vintage or the most bombastic vintage but it is a richly fruited vintage that is perfectly ripe and carries some solid heft. The best wines will age for years and will be some of the best of the decade but even the wines that are a bit more accessible are head turners. The 2014 Maison L'Envoyé "The Attaché" is one of those wines. At $29.99 it is a wine that has tremendous charm, intensity and complexity and really shows just how good 2014 is as a vintage. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2017 | Send Email
Made from some of the best vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley: Croft, Hyland, Eola Springs, Bishop Creek, amongst others this Pinot is about as close to a “can’t miss” for not only Oregon Pinot Noir lovers but for any pinotfile out there. It probably doesn’t hurt that Louis-Michel Liger-Belair is the consulting winemaker here either. Blue fruited and with a pretty this has the aromas reminiscent of the forests of the Valley in the morning, wet/warm earth, evergreen and wild mushrooms with blackberry and fresh fennel. The complexity here is off the charts and is only rivaled by the equally interesting and irresistible palate. Slick and high toned, plush and sexy this wine has it all with flavors of fresh blueberry, loganberry, Chanterelles mushroom and a subtle but lasting oak spice. The best thing about this wine is that it is so drinkable, so approachable that it will be equally loved by your wine snob friends as it will be by your, well let’s just call them your less discerning friends.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2017 | Send Email
A tremendously serious wine for thirty bucks, that's for sure. The wine shows notes of fresh purple fruits, baking spices and a smokey, almost syrah-like characteristic that comes in on the mid-palate. It's a wildly intriguing Pinot Noir that should age gracefully for another 5 to 8 years.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2017 | Send Email
Maison L’Envoye, founded by Mark Tarlov, began in Burgundy and is now making wine in Tasmania and Williamette Valley as well. The Attache Pinot Noir is a barrel selection of the best lots and showcases true Williamette Valley terroir. Lifted and lush with blue and red fruits, the oak and spice add even more layers to this powerful Pinot.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2017 | Send Email
This mid tier offering from Maison L'Envoye shows aromas of fresh cherry and raspberry, baking spices, and a slightly savory, smoked meat quality that was particularly intriguing. Again, fresh red fruits shined with perfectly integrated oak and a hint of tanin on the back end. This is a seductive Pinot Noir; very pretty fruits and a bright palate, yet layered and quite powerful!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13