Cristom Vineyards 2018 'Mt. Jefferson' Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, OR, USA [375ml Half Bottle]

Cristom Vineyards 2018 'Mt. Jefferson' Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, OR, USA [375ml Half Bottle]

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Cristom Vineyards 2018 'Mt. Jefferson' Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, OR, USA [375ml Half Bottle]

Cristom is about 10 miles north of Salem, Oregon and 10 miles south of Dundee, about 36 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and about 65 miles west of the crest of the Cascade Range. Soils are comprised of a wide range of mineral rich volcanic materials that are very well drained. The Eola-Amity Hills AVA is influenced, and primarily defined by, cool afternoon breezes that blow off the Pacifc Ocean. This wind blows directly east and finds its way through the Van Duzer Corridor that is the lowest point in the Pacific Coast Range. It has the effect of quickly lowering vineyard temperatures after warm summer days, helping to preserve acidity and structure in the wines.

  • Winemaker: Steve Doerner, Daniel Estrin
  • Farming: Organic and Biodynamic
  • Variety: Pinot Noir
  • Terroir: The Mt. Jefferson Cuvée is the first of six Pinot Noirs to be released each year and has been produced at Cristom since 1994. It is named for Mt. Jefferson (10,501 ft) in the Cascade Range, which sits due east of Cristom.
  • Vinification: Made with a blend of grapes from each of the estate vineyards, the Mt. Jefferson Cuvée conveys a rich diversity of place. Whole-cluster fermentations by native yeast and extended aging in French oak are the hallmarks of the Cristom winemaking style.
  • Aging: This wine ages in barrel for twelve months, and can stylistically be the freshest and approachable of the Cristom Pinot Noirs in its youth.
  • Tasting Note: Aromatically the wine is red and blackberry driven, perfumed with fine vanilla cake, damp forest floor, and violets. On the palate, the wine is juicy and full, with perfectly ripened berry fruits, well-integrated tannins, and mulling spices.
  • Scores: 94 Points, James Suckling, A very spicy and fresh array of blueberries, ripe darker cherries and plums. Cassis aromas, too, as well as more savory notes of graphite and fragrant wood. The palate has very striking depth and presence with expansive, fleshy tannins carrying intense fruit flavors, in the darker spectrum of cherries and berries. Cocoa powder to close. Drink or hold. - January, 2020

Founder and owner Paul Gerrie has used his skills as an engineer and avid researcher to pursue his passion for wine. On his travels to France, he was introduced to and embraced the traditional growing practices of Burgundy, an approach which his winemaker Steve Doerner also believes in strongly. In 2012, 20 years after founding Cristom, Paul made the decision to retire and pass the reigns to his son Tom. Tom joined the Cristom Vineyards production team full-time in 2007 and in 2012 he began overseeing all aspects of production, both in the winery and in the vineyard. He started transitioning the estate to Biodynamic farming in 2017 and is working hard to lead and build on the foundation of the great winegrowing team his father assembled, and inspire innovation to drive the company forward with a 100-year vision. Today, Cristom embodies this vision of "letting the land make the wines". In fact, the vineyards and winery are now Certified Sustainable by the Oregon LIVE program (Low Input Viticulture and Enology).

There are 60+ acres in vine on the 130-acre property. The vineyards are planted at a high density of around 2,300 vines per acre and cropped to produce about 2 tons of fruit per acre.

Largely on the strength of sales of the Mt Jefferson Cuvée, Cristom Vineyards has been the #1 Pinot Noir on restaurant wine lists in America in the Wine & Spirits Magazine Restaurant Poll overall for the last six years, and in 2017’s Restaurant poll, Cristom was again in ‘The top 50 Restaurant Wine Brands in America’ for the 5th time in the last 6 years and the only winery representing Oregon on the Top 50.

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