Cristom Vineyards

Winemaker Steve Doerner has served his time in Burgundy, working for the likes of Domaine Dujac and this can be seen in the style of Cristom’s wines. Burgundian in style with delicacy, elegance and lightness of colour but these wines are most certainly from the Willamette valley. In the words of Steve Doerner `the winemaker`s job is to optimize what nature, the vineyard, provides`. Cristom is one of the greats of Oregon. Founded in 1992, much of the success of Cristom can be attributed to the continuity of winemaker, with Steve Doerner having been there since the beginning. At the core of Doerner`s winemaking style is his extensive use of whole clusters, ranging from 25% for the Mount Jefferson to 50% for the single vineyard wines. Cristom has been a great favourite of ours since the very beginning but what we are only just learning about is just how ageworthy these wines are. Ten year old single vineyard wines have been put up against Grand Cru Burgundy and have compared very favourably. `Cristom being one of the best-known Oregon producers on this side of the Atlantic.` Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com, Mar 2015

Winemaker: Steve Doerner

Parcels:
Eileen Vineyard 16.6ha
Jessie Vineyard 11.5ha
Louise Vineyard 9.3ha
Marjorie Vineyard 8.4ha
Emilia Vineyard 5ha
Germaine Vineyard 0.5ha

Website: www.cristomwines.com

Wines

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    The Eileen vineyard is 16.6 acres and this includes 4 acres (all of Wadensvil Clone) that were planted in 2006. Ranging from 550 to 720 feet, Eileen is Cristom`s highest elevation vineyard, facing entirely to the south east. The first vintage was in 2000 and the producion is around 700 cases.

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    Eileen is one of the oldest plots and sits atop the estate. This has an impressive sense of vibrancy and bite. There is nice power and intensity but as always the colour is light and delicate. Drink from 2018

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    Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Eileen gives bold raspberry preserves and red currant jelly notes with suggestions of chargrill meat, truffles, forest floor and cedar. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers a solid backbone of grainy tannins and loads of freshness supporting the generous, muscular fruit, finishing with great persistence. - Lisa Perrotti- Brown, 94+

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    11.5 acres and ranging from 320 to 560 feet, Jessie is on one of the steepest vineyard sites in Oregon. The vineyard faces due east and has a diverse range of soil types. The first vintage was 1998 and the production is around 700 cases

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    Jessie enjoys the steepest aspect of the estate and produces arguably the most Burgundian-like wine of all the single vineyard offerings. This 2013 has a delightful mix of spice, red fruits and fresh, brambly Pinot character. Drink. 2019-2024

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    Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard is scented of kirsch, mulberries and raspberry tart with underlying Chinese five spice, hoisin and mossy bark hints. Medium-bodied, there`s a very seductive mid-palate of red berry and exotic spice flavors, supported by velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with spicy layers. Lisa Perrotti- Brown, 94+

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    Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard has a savory, almost meaty nose over a core of Black Forest cake, red currants, mulberries, cardamom and fenugreek with a touch of potpourri. Medium-bodied, the palate has exquisitely fine tannins and a lively line of acidity supporting generous, multi-layered red berry preserves and spice, finishing with impressive persistence and depth. Lisa Perrotti- Brown, 94

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    Brilliant ruby-red. Exotic, highly expressive aromas of raspberry liqueur, Asian spices, cola and smoky minerals, with a suave floral overtone building in the glass. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering intense red and dark berry and spicecake flavors given spine by juicy acidity. A distinctly elegant, seamless Pinot Noir with superb finishing energy; the gentle tannins are quickly absorbed by the wine`s vibrant fruit. A standout of its vintage. Drink. 2019-2024

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    Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Marjorie Vineyard leaps from the glass with notes of cherry cordial, violets, rose hip tea and chocolate box plus wafts of forest floor and black pepper. Medium-bodied, the palate is tautly structured with firm, grippy tannins and a great backbone of lively acidity, finishing with lingering earthy notes. Lisa Perrotti- Brown, 94