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From Erath Pinot Noir Clone 95: A Promising Oregon Suitcase Selection

2016 Prince Hill CL 95 Grand Vin De Garage Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

Harvest Brix 23.9º. pH 3.39, TA 0.61. 100% de-stemmed. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, dried rose petal, balsam and earthy flora. Mid weight in style, with flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, savory herbs, baking spices, vanilla and caramel. Impressive fruit purity and a sterling expression of cherry fruit. Satiny in texture with suede tannins and a very long finish. More enticing when tasted later in the day from an opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Prince Hill CL 95 Grand Vin De Garage Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

45% whole cluster fermented. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Enticing aromas of cherry, dark berry and sandalwood. The nose is intoxicating. Mid weight flavors of black cherry and black raspberry with a welcome spice accent. The wine offers well-structured tannins that are in balance, a deft touch of oak, and a pleasingly sappy cherry presence woven through the finish. Reminded me of Pommard in character and even a Chambertin. This charming wine continued to evolve in the bottle over a day’s time and became flat-out terrific. Score: 95. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Prince Hill CL 95 Grand Vin De Garage Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

Light ruby red color with an orange tinge in the glass. Shy, but pleasing aromas of red cherry, strawberry and grill rub spices. Light and delicate, with slightly confected flavors of cherry, raspberry and spice, showing more fruit flavor than one would expect from the light color but still a tad shallow. Silky in the mouth, finishing tangy with a citrus-coated cranberry theme. The higher yields show in the lighter concentration of this wine. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Recently Tasted Pinot Noir & Other Wines

2016 Cristom Estate Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Gris

13.5% alc., 602 cases, $20. 5 acres of vines planted in 1993. The only Cristom vineyard planted solely on sedimentary soils. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Lofty aromas of pear, pineapple, ripened peach, kiwi, nut oil, olive oil and balsam. The flavors echo the aromas with added notes of lemon and melon. Good richness of flavor while maintaining a crispness and brightness. A serious, highly nuanced wine with an uncommon finishing length. Pinot Gris is Oregon’s Rodney Dangerfield varietal as it receives little respect. Yet when made in this fashion, it is a connoisseur’s wine that is highly versatile at the dinner table as well as offering superb aging potential. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2016 Cristom Estate Eola-Amity Hills Viognier

14.0% alc., 468 cases, $30. Cristom pioneered this grape variety in Oregon with a 1993 planting. Barrel fermented in a combination of stainless steel and neutral French oak. · Very light golden yellow color in the glass. Satisfying perfume of tropical fruits including mango and banana, as well as orange peel and grassland. The flavor profile is quite typical with tastes of peach, apricot, citrus and petrol. Nicely composed and refreshing, with the slightest tannins adding body. The finish has purpose and quenching acidity. Along with the Penner-Ash version, this is the best Viognier currently produced in Oregon. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Comartin Cellars R-Bar-R Ranch Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 50 cases, $29.99 (SRP is $55 on website). Vineyard is located at 1,100 feet elevation at the southern tip of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Adam Comartin is the winemaker. A puzzling wine for me as Wine Enthusiast awarded this wine 94 points. The winery has been highly praised for a number of varietal releases so I was curious to try this wine that I purchased. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The nose reveals piquant aromas of tobacco, hot smoke and toast. The mid weight core of black cherry fruit is heavily infused with charred oak and green tobacco flavors. Silky in the mouth, with fine-grain tannins and some cherry-driven finishing intensity and length. Unchanged when tasted the following day and somewhat unpleasant to drink. Can’t reach any definitive conclusions other than this may have been a bad bottle. Not scored. Score: NA. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvée Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.57, 9,562 cases, $32. A blend of Cristom estate Pinot Noir vineyards and fruit sourced from neighboring vineyards in the Willamette Valley. The aim with this wine is consistency each year. Clones 113, 114, 115, 667, 777, “828,” Pommard and Wädenswil. 41% whole cluster, native yeast fermentation, fined with egg whites, unfiltered. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 12.5% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Engaging aromas of black cherry, ripe strawberry, blueberry, and exotic spices. Mid weight flavors of black cherry and pomegranate have an earthy, rustic lean. Forward drinking and satisfying, with micro grain tannins, adequate acidity and some finishing length. One of Oregon’s most true to type wines that offers special value. Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Yamakiri Filigreen Farm Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $33. Produced and bottled by Balo Vineyards, Philo. Name means, “Mountain Fog.” · Moderate ruby red color in the glass. Lovely aromas of red grape, cherry, rose in bloom, and earthy vegetation. Light to mid weight flavors of cherry, cranberry and spice framed by spirited acidity and notable fine-grain tannins. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine was even more appealing with better acid and tannin integration. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Windrun Vintage Selection No. 12 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.44, 359 cases, $34. Four clones including 667 and 115 from primarily Evans Ranch and nearby vineyards. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Moody aromas of well-ripened black fruits, raisin, toasty barrel and underbrush. Fruit driven in a mid weight style, with a foundation of blackberry and cassis flavors overlain with toasty, even charred oak. Deep, dark and mysterious, with integrated tannins, a satiny mouthfeel and some finishing intensity. Too much barrel input for my taste. Score: 87. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 MacRostie Kent Ritchie Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.9% alc., 315 cases, $46, screw cap. Kent Ritchie has farmed his iconic vineyard for nearly 40 years. Wente selection from original 40-year-old plantings and 15- to 20-year old vines. Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented and aged on the lees with occasional stirring for 15 months. 15% new French oak. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Soaring aromas of lemon, pineapple, pear, creme brûlée and a hint of slate. Lovely flavors of pear, lemon, pineapple and melon that are both intense and lifted by vibrant acidity. Impeccably composed and balanced, with a slightly viscous mouth feel and a grand finish that really holds on. Goes down like mother’s milk. A special wine from a venerable vineyard and exceptional by any measure. Terrific price to boot. Score: 95. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Big Basin Vineyards Coastview Vineyard Monterey County Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 155 cases, $50. Release February 2018. 17-year-old vines planted at 2,200 feet elevation in decomposed quartz Diotite and limestone over base rock. Clones 667, 777, 113, 114, 115, Swan and Pisoni. One lot fermented 33% whole cluster and the other 75% whole cluster. Native fermentation. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Seductive aromas that build over time in the glass including back cherry, spice, floral goodness, pipe smoke and fresh turned earth. Good richness in a mid weight plus style, with flavors of earth-kissed boysenberry and blackberry fruits with a riff of tobacco, toast and spice in the background. A lot going on in this wine with an inquisitive texture of suede and a prolonged finish. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Cuvaison Single Block Series Adda Carneros Napa Valley Chardonnay

14.2% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.58, $50. A barrel selection of lowest yield Old Wente vines averaging 15 years of age. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels 50% new. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. Shy aromas of lemon peel, peach skin and nutty oak. Richly endowed with well-ripened citrus, yellow peach and tropical fruit flavors blessed with a deft touch of oak. Rich and creamy in the mouth, with engaging finishing power. This wine reflects plenty of California sunshine in a style more driven by fruit than acidity. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Cuvaison Single Block Series Spire Carneros Napa Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.51, $52. Clone 115, 18-year-old from a low-yieldings high elevation site on the estate vineyard. This site stands out for its depth and concentration according to the winemaker. Yields in 2015 were down about 40%. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of dark cherry and a compliment of oak. More expressive on the palate, offering a mid weight plus charge of black cherry and black raspberry fruit flavors underlain with earthiness and notes of dark chocolate and cola, Satiny in texture, with inviting harmony, finishing with some generosity. Can be enjoyed now but will benefit from another year in the cellar. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $55. Released August 2017. Heavy wax on neck with pull tap opener, Winemaker Joseph J. Wagner. Produced and bottled by Belle Glos Wines in St. Helena. Martini clone. 100% de-stemmed. Up to 2-week cold soak. Fermented in a combination of closed and open-top stainless steel fermenters with punch downs and pump overs. Free-run juice to barrel. Aged 9 months in French oak barrels, 60% new, 40% seasoned. Racked twice, once after MLF and once before making the final blend. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of boysenberry jam, vanilla, caramel and menthol. Full-bodied and lush, with flavors of blueberry, boysenberry and blackberry backed by sweet oak and vanillin. There is a vanilla ice cream cone flavor that stands out to me. A flowing wine with a velvety texture that will appeal to those who like a succulent style. Very similar to Meiomi Pinot Noir. Score: 86. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Big Basin Vineyards Coast Grade Vineyard Ben Lemond Mountain Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 70 cases, $55. Release April 2018. 7-year-old vines planted at 1,240-1340 feet elevation. Pommard and “828” clones planted in sandy loam over limestone base rock. Extensive shatter resulted in a very small harvest. The majority of grapes were de-stemmed since the clusters were sparse and contained some green shot berries that were eliminated. 25% whole cluster native yeast fermentation. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 33% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Highly aromatic, with hi-tone scents of cherry, rose petal, burnt tobacco and savory herbs. Light to mid weight in style, noticeably fresh and juicy, with flavors of red cherry and cranberry and a hint of tobacco framed by frisky acidity. The most vibrant and juicy wine in the 2015 lineup. Still pumping out enticing aromas when sampled two days after opening. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Big Basin Vineyards Lester Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 200 cases, $55. Released November 2017. 17-year-old vines in Corralitos planted at 485-570 feet elevation in sandy clay loam over sedimentary bed rock. Mt Eden, 115 and 667 clones. 70% whole cluster native yeast fermentation. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels.. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Very reserved and savory nose, offering aromas of earthy flora, vegetal juice and seasoned oak. Mid weight flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and burnt tobacco emerge royally over time in the glass. Silky in the mouth with gentle tannins and a quenching finish. The wine seems a bit closed even when re-tasted two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Time will tell, but for now, Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 MacRostie Winery & Vineyards Thale’s Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 740 cases, $56, screw cap. Steve and spouse Thale founded MacRostie together in 1987. Thale’s Vineyard surrounds the winery’s new home in Westside Road in the Russian River Valley. The winery’s first estate vineyard. Clones 2A and 23. 100% de-stemmed, inoculated with yeast after a 3-day cold soak. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 37% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The nose offers a combination of fruity black cherry aromas and savory notes of earthy flora, herbs and toasty oak. Light to mid weight in style, offering flavors of Bing cherry and purple grape with an accent of baking spice and herbs. Somewhat reserved in character, but displaying satisfactory mid palate intensity and a juicy finish. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Big Basin Vineyards Alfaro Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 100 cases, $60. Released November 2017. 16-year-old vines planted at 588-730 feet in sandy gravelly loam in Corralitos. Clones 115, 667 and 777. 100% whole cluster native yeast fermentation. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Enveloping aromas of blackberry, cassis, potpourri, fertile earth and ash. Satiny, smooth and flowing on the palate, with impressive richness that fills every nook and cranny in the mouth with serious intent. The mid weight flavors of purple grapes, blackberry, pomegranate, tea and tobacco really saturate the finish. Beautifully balanced, this wine’s mouthfeel is highly seductive. Still exceptional when re-tasted two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Laetitia Single Vineyard La Colline Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $60. Name means “The Hillside” in French. Sourced from low-yielding blocks in the heart of the Laetitia estate vineyard. Only produced in exceptional vintages. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Nicely appointed aromas of cherry reduction sauce, rose petal, pomegranate and terra cotta. Light to mid weight cherry core with a subtle smoky note in the background. Inviting juiciness and balanced fine-grain tannins, finishing a bit flat and short. The aromatics are the most appealing feature of this wine at this stage. I have had much better examples of this wine in previous vintages. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Laetitia Single Vineyard Les Galets Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc. $60. The name means “Stones” in French. Sourced from low-yielding blocks of modern plantings. Only produced in the most promising vintages. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of purple berry, underbrush and barrel are muted. Mid weight flavors of blackberry and boysenberry with a thread of oak in the background. Very lacy and silky, with spot-on balance, but the fruit flavor is a bit flat and infused with a conflagrant taste that is unusual and persists even over a day’s time of tasting. This wine is not up to its usual excellence in this vintage. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Big Basin Vineyards Woodruff Family Vineyard

13.0% alc., 80 cases, $65. Release April 2018. About 38-year-old vines planted at 436 to 515 feet elevation in sandy loam. Unknown heritage selection. 100% whole cluster native yeast fermentation. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 33% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of underbrush, mulch and flower blossom persist in the glass. Quite restrained initially with a primarily savory undergrowth and earth character. When tasted later in the day from a previously opened bottle, this wine showed the most dramatic change, offering appealing mid weight flavors of blueberry, boysenberry, black cherry and spice.The silken mouthfeel attracts. Somewhat rigorous tannins need time to mollify. This is definitely a wine to lay down for a year or two. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Cristom Eileen Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.64, TA 0.56, 1,043 cases, $65. This vineyard is named for Cristom’s co-founder, Eileen Gerrie. Planting began in 1997 and expanded in 2006, resulting in a total of 16.61 acres, making Eileen the largest Cristom estate vineyard. It is also the highest elevation vineyard. Clones 113, 114, 115, 777, Pommard and Wädenswil. 42% whole cluster native fermentation. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 56% new. Fined with egg whites and unfiltered. · Moderate light garnet color in the glass. An array of charming aromas including cherry, rose petal, mushroom and sous bois greet the drinker. Upon opening, the wine is a bit flat and withdrawn. The following day, mid weight flavors of black cherry, dark strawberry, spice, mushroom and green vegetable emerge.The tannins are highly structured, yet integrated with the healthy fruit sap. The whole cluster vegetal note leaves me concerned. Perhaps time in the cellar will fully revive and acclimate this wine and prove the score too conservative. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Cristom Jessie Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.56, 1,006 cases, $65. This vineyard is named for winegrower and owner Tom Gerrie’s great-grandmother Jessie Summers. Vineyard was established in 1994 on one of the steepest hillsides in Oregon and therefore one of the most challenging to farm on the Cristom Estate. High-density plantings of 2,311 vines per acre. 49% whole cluster native yeast fermentation. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 52% new. Bottled after egg white fining without filtering. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of fresh berry basket, spice, burnt tobacco and toasty oak, soaring in intensity over time in the glass. Mid weight flavors of black cherry and black raspberry have a savory spice and tobacco underpinning. Fresh and vivid, with somewhat firm tannins and a satiny mouth feel. A bit tight upon opening, showing more openness and harmony when re-tasted the next day and two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Cristom Louise Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.57, 945 cases, $65. Vineyard planted in 1993 and named for winegrower and owner Tom Gerrie’s great-grandmother, Louise Dinkelspiel. The lowest elevation Pinot Noir planting on the Cristom estate. The first vineyard established by Cristom and densely planted. 43% whole cluster native yeast fermentation. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 56% new. Bottled fined with egg whites and unfiltered. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, clove, brioche and barrel lead off. More aromatic the following day, showing attractive cherry, spice and dried rose scents. A well balanced wine with harmonious flavors of dark red and purple berry fruits and firm, but supportive tannins. Silky in texture, with some finishing power, This wine was more expressive when re-tasted the following day and even better when re-tasted two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Migration Drum Canyon Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $68. This vineyard was planted in 2003 by the Dierberg family and is located at the eastern edge of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 40% new and 60% neutral. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Reserved aromas of black cherry, earthy flora, toast and cigar box. Stunning on entry, with loads of black cherry, raspberry and spice flavor in a mid weight plus style that delivers immersed tannins and vibrant acidity. Nuances of earth and mushroom add interest. Very sleek and refreshing with the longest finish of the trio of 2015 Migration Pinot Noir wines tasted. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Migration Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $68. There is not much specific about the Dutton Ranch designation since the Duttons farm so many acres, but this bottling concentrates on the Green Valley or coolest and foggiest part of the Russian River Valley. Clones 115 and “828.” Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 40% new, 60% neutral. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The nose opens broadly in the glass, sporting aromas of black cherry, Asian spices, and underbrush. An intense attack of black cherry fruit alerts the senses in this middleweight styled wine that is giving and forward. Creamy and sleek in the mouth, with melded tannins, and compatible acidity. The finish is gratifying but not extraordinary. The mild oak shadow needs some time to fully integrate. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Migration Running Creek Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $68. Migration’s estate vineyard located in the heart of the Russian River Valley. A selection of the best blocks and barrels from this site (only about 3% of the vineyard’s total grapes). Second vintage. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels 40% new and 60% neutral. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Shy, but pleasurable scents of black fruits and gentle oak. A little riper fruit and more sap and structure than the Dutton bottling. Fruit-driven, with hints of cola, earth and oak. Nicely balanced, with a satiny texture and an agreeable ending. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Cristom Marjorie Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.55, 554 cases, $70. Marjorie Vineyard is Cristom’s oldest estate plantings, predating the company back to 1982. Named in honor of winegrower-owner Tom Gerrie’s grandmother. Own-rooted, lower-density plantings. Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon 114, 115 and 777. Vines produce very small, highly concentrated clusters. 59% whole cluster native yeast fermentation. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 58% new. Fined with egg whites, unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Complex and sexy nose, presenting aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, spice, tobacco leaf, menthol and vanilla. Mid weight flavors of dark cherry and berry framed by husky tannins. Commendable richness and length in the mouth, with the fruit becoming more charming over time in the glass. The juicy, persistent finish rounds out a special wine. Noticeably better when re-tasted later in the day and still exceptional when re-tasted three days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Marjorie is usually my Cristom paramour. Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Martinelli Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.4% alc., $70. 23 acres of clones 114, “828,” 777, 667, 943 and Calera planted in Goldridge sandy loam soil. · Very dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black fruits, toast and vanilla creme. Full-bodied and luscious with copious purple and blackberry flavors supported by complimentary oak. The alcohol and tannins are well-integrated in this wine that could be mistaken for a Zinfandel. Well-made in this style that pleases with a slick and smooth mouthfeel.There is less acidity than wines from Green Valley typically offer but there is enough to propel the wine. Noticeably more mellow when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Martinelli Zio Tony Ranch “Grace Nicole” Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.3% alc., $70. This vineyard is named after Lee Martinelli Sr.’s uncle. Zico means “uncle” in Italian and is pronounced “tseo.” At one time, this site was the largest apple orchard in Sonoma County. When Zico Tony passed away in 1971, his nephew, Lee Martinelli, Sr., took over management of the estate. This 45-acre vineyard was planted to Pinot Noir (115, 777 and “828”), Chardonnay and Syrah wine grapes in 2000, 2001 and 2006. Goldridge sandy loam soil. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Reserved aromas of blackberry reduction sauce, spice, raisin and redwood forest. A mid weight plus styled wine that has a bit more vibrancy than the Bondi Home Ranch bottling and more Pinot charm. The sappy fruit flavors of blackberry and ollaliberry are engaged with a welcome spice note. Very silky in the mouth, with good balance, finishing with willing intensity. Unchanged when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Windrun Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.46, TA 0.68, 733 cases, $32. 100% Wädenswil 2A clone, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Enjoyable fragrance of Bing cherry, cola and brown spice. Light to mid weight oak-kissed cherry core that is more intense on entry than exit. Easygoing, silky and refined, with good acidity and equitable tannins. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Cristom Estate Eola-Amity Hills Pinot NoirCristom Estate Eola-Amity Hills Pinot NoirCristom Estate Eola-Amity Hills Pinot NoirCristom Estate Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 777 cases, $50. First produced in 2013 to replace the Sommers Reserve. An ensemble of each of the four estate Pinot Noir vineyards to tell the story of the specific vintage. Whole cluster fermented by native yeast. Unfiltered. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Comforting aromas of cherry, potpourri, rose petal and herbs. Lighter weighted flavors of cherry and strawberry fruits in a refined, juicy and crisp style with very suave tannins and a modest finish. Elegantly composed and welcoming now, with the slightest herbal oak note in the background. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »


Robert Parker’s 100 point wine scoring system, which became popular in 1983 and adopted by the Wine Spectator in 1988, has been a homing beacon for consumers seeking to buy good wine. Currently, a majority of United States based wine critics and magazines use the 100 point scale.

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