Wine Spectator 93
"Bright, distinctive and tangy, with lime and green pear overtones to the raspberry and spice flavors, coming together with intensity and minerality on the finish. Drink now through 2022.—H.S."
Wine Advocate 93 - NM
"From the steepest east-facing vineyard with heterogenous soil types located just outside the winery, the 2012 Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard includes about 40 or 50% whole cluster fruit. It has a perfumed, quite floral bouquet with generous crushed strawberry and raspberry scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a lovely mineral-core of fruit cloaked in dark cherry and bilberry fruit. There is fine salinity here, very good depth, with a long and quite powerful saline finish. Excellent."
" Jessie Vineyard tends to produce Pinot Noirs that we recognize by a savory aroma that often calls to mind rare-beef. It also tends to have a very fresh and appealing scent of minerality, along with some higher tone lavender—purple flower notes. On the palate, Jessie tends towards a full mouth-feel and a deeper—darker—rounder impression. We find a certain ‘nervosity’ in this wine that describes some part of the tension between the ripe fruit and the structure of the wine.
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