Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 31978
"According to Christom’s Randy Ford, the 3.7ha Louise vineyard is first and last to have its grapes picked, depending on the vines’ altitude and position on the lower or upper bench. The difference in picking date could be as much as five weeks. Biodynamically farmed and aged in 50% new oak, the Louise Pinot has Cristom’s hallmark floral, potpourri character on the nose and palate. Gorgeously refined red and black fruits combine with a dash of Asian spice notes to give a linear, medium-bodied red with some tannic heft and spine-tingling acidity. Stunningly good. Drinking Window 2018 - 2026"
Vinous Media 94
"Brilliant red. A complex bouquet displays scents of fresh dark berries, cola, baking spices and woodsmoke, along with a sexy floral nuance. Shapely and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry, cherry-cola, violet pastille flavors and a trace of succulent herbs. Finishes sweet, chewy and very long, with slow-mounting tannins and insistent floral and spice notes.
-- Josh Raynolds"
Wine Spectator 93
"Deeply structured, yet elegant and precise, with rose petal and dark cherry aromas, layered with wet stone and spiced tea flavors that build toward broad-shouldered tannins. Drink now through 2025. 728 cases made.
Wine Advocate 92+
"Pale to medium ruby, the 2016 Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard opens with classic aromas of black and red cherries, cola, dried earth and autumn leaves over a peppery, spicy background. It's medium-bodied and silky in the mouth with lovely red and black fruit layers accented by licorice, earth and black tea. It's framed with firm tannins and mouthwatering acidity, finishing long and lively."
Wine Enthusiast 92
"This is the original block at the estate vineyard, and the wine remains tight and a bit astringent at the moment. Wild berries, orange peel and a touch of meat stock all combine, with stiff, chewy tannins. It has all the hallmarks of a wine that needs another couple of years to pull itself together. It should drink well through the 2020s."
Louise Vineyard was named for founder Paul Gerrie’s maternal grandmother and was the first vineyard Cristom began planting in 1993. Louise Vineyard is distinctly different from our other estate Pinot Noir vineyards on the hillside because it can be divided into “upper” Louise and “lower” Louise across the 290 feet to 440 feet (88 m to 134 m) elevation change. Upper Louise is planted at 2,311 vines/acre (5,710 vines/ha) in very deep Columbia River Basalt soils known as Jory that grades downslope to moderately deep Nekia. Both of these soils are known to be mineral rich and very well draining allowing the roots to drive deep in the ground. The upper corner of the 9.31 acres (3.77 hectares) vineyard lies in a sun shadow and is often the last fruit harvested off of the estate.
“Lower” Louise has a strong influence of Missoula Flood deposits in addition to the moderately well drained soils formed from sedimentary rocks. The Pinot Noir vines planted closest to the winery are planted at 1,815 vines/acre (4,485 vines/ha) entirely on Missoula Flood silts and is often the first fruit harvested at Cristom. Louise Vineyard is the only Pinot Noir vineyard on the Cristom estate that can claim this dramatic soil diversity and we believe it has contributed to the balance in the wines that have come from this densely planted vineyard since its initial 1996 release.
• Hand harvested and hand sorted, sustainably farmed estate fruit
• 32% whole clusters
• No cold soak before primary fermentation
• Minimum effective additions of sulfur and tartaric acid
• Native yeast fermentations
• 1-3 punch downs daily in 1-5 ton open-top fermenters
• Gently pressed in a pneumatic bladder press and moved to barrel by gravity, and never racked, unless necessary
• Undergoes a full malolactic fermentation in barrel
• Fined with egg whites, unfiltered
Aged 18 months in French cooperage, 42% new oak
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 greater 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