Stephen Tanzer 93
"Ruby-red. Intense, spice-accented aromas of raspberry, cherry and potpourri, with a bright mineral overtone. Juicy and sharply focused on the palate, offering an array of red fruit flavors and notes of spicecake and sassafras. Closes tangy and very long, with slow-building sweetness and gentle tannins adding shape."
Wine Spectator 92
"Fresh and vibrant, offering depth without weight, with dark berry, plum and spice flavors that hint at savory sage and tobacco as the finish lingers effortlessly. Drink now through 2020. 571 cases made." ~ HS
" This 11 acre estate vineyard is on the steepest slope of the estate. It ranges from about 350 feet to 500 feet in elevation. Cristom began planting Jessie Vineyard in 1994 at the high density of 2300 vines per acre. The site has an east, southeast exposure and is comprised primarily of Nikia soil that is volcanic in origin. Jessie Vineyard has a long and varied slope showing the greatest range of soils and exposures at Cristom. It is a selection of the favorite barrels from the vineyard.
The darkest, deepest, and most savory of the single vineyard wines. It is displaying some rare-beef notes (as in carpaccio) among the darker red fruits. Wood aromas along the range of vanilla-caramel-butterscotch are faintly evident from the barrel flavors that are still integrating in this young pinot. It has a juicy and mouthwatering texture, a pleasurable core of sweet fruit and exquisite balance. Jessie is approachable now and will continue to evolve with some short to mid-term cellaring." ~ Winery notes
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It was the promise of great wines that first drew Paul and Eileen Gerrie, owners of Cristom Vineyards, to Oregon. They conceived of a place where the succulent Pinot Noir grape could achieve its fullest expression – complex, hand crafted wines that are bold yet balanced: both powerful and elegant. Their wines evolve as they age, revealing ever grater richness and complexity with time. The abundance of soils and slopes in the hills of Oregon defined the Gerrie's vision of world class Pinot Noir. The warm winds of summer held the promise of rich Chardonnay, the cool sunny autumn yielded tart Pinot Gris. Since the inaugural vintage in 1992, the Gerries, along with winemaker Steve Doerner, have been producing wines that are considered the benchmark in Oregon and have made Cristom, named after their children, Christine and Tom, a veritable household name.
Farming Practice: Practicing Organic