The Olet’te Pinot Noir “King Jay” 2019 marries ripe, high-toned fruit with warm and earthy spices. Deep, dark cranberry/raspberry, ruby red grapefruit, wild red cherry, allspice, porcini mushroom, bay leaf and juniper smells and flavors are cohesive, intense and wonderful. Such wines so often go thin at the end…not here. Flavors, sweet and savory, persist along with a mouth-watering acidity. Super-tasty now and a future of steady improvement as it takes on flesh. Best drinking I suspect will begin about 2025.
“King Jay,” a proprietary name and an ode to owner/winemaker Jenny Lyn Heim’s father, is sourced from a 6-acre vineyard, surrounded by coastal redwoods, 5 miles from the Pacific and 1200 feet elevation. It’s a special spot for Pinot Noir, and Olet’te’s Jen Heim pays it due respects with this exceptional wine.