2014 Maison L'Envoyé "The Attaché" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir SKU #1290866


VN 93 JS 92 WS 92
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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)

Staff Reviews

  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Jim Boyce
    By: Jim Boyce
    K&L Staff Member
    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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