Cristom “Eola-Amity Hills Louise Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR 2013


6 in stock

Deep red. Hugely aromatic bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, incense and Asian spices, along with a bright mineral overtone. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sweet raspberry preserve, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out with air. Delivers a suave blend of power and elegance, finishing with harmonious tannins and remarkable clarity and length. As more and more Pinot Noir producers, including those in California, adjust their winemaking style to a market that’s asking for low-octane, graceful wines, Cristom’s Steve Doerner, who was a pioneer of the style, has become a sort of wizened visionary for a new generation of winemakers. Doerner, who worked at Burgundy’s Domaine Dujac in the late 1970s, began to hone his style, which emphasizes whole-cluster fermentations, at Josh Jensen’s Calera Winery in the early 1980s and has further refined it since moving to Oregon to help establish this winery in 1992. While Doerner’s style of spicy, highly floral Pinot is now commonplace, that was not the case when he first began to make his mark, a fact that he acknowledges with a shrug and slight embarrassment. While he has made small tweaks here and there to his winemaking style over the decades, he told me he still has the same philosophy, ‘which is to get elegant, complex wines that show their place–so pretty simple.’ (JR)  (7/2015)94pts Cellar Selection

94 points Vinous

Weight 3 lbs