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Cristom 'Sommers Reserve' Pinot Noir 2011
Wine Advocate 91
"The 2011 Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve contains a higher percentage of estate fruit compared to the Mt. Jefferson, around 80%, and is treated like the single-vineyard–matured for 18 months in around 50% new oak. It includes 50% whole-cluster fruit. It has a mellow, natural bouquet with lifted brambly red berry fruit with touches of bay leaf and autumn leaves. I like the delineation here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite crisp ... read more
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Size:750mL (wine)
Closure:Cork
Store Item ID:#18147
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Wine Advocate 91
"The 2011 Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve contains a higher percentage of estate fruit compared to the Mt. Jefferson, around 80%, and is treated like the single-vineyard–matured for 18 months in around 50% new oak. It includes 50% whole-cluster fruit. It has a mellow, natural bouquet with lifted brambly red berry fruit with touches of bay leaf and autumn leaves. I like the delineation here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite crisp and reserved at first, but it gently fans out with pretty red berry fruit mixed with plenty of dried herbs. This adheres to Cristom's classic style, much more Old World inspired than its peers, and certainly well crafted." ~ NM

Wine Spectator 88
"Firm in texture, light on its feet, with dark berry and wet earth flavors in equal proportions, channeling into a refined finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,733 cases made." ~ HS

" This deep garnet colored Pinot Noir has great aromas of black cherries, currants, and orange zest with hits of leather and vanilla. The well integrated flavors include ripe cherries, pomegranate, cinnamon and sweet oak. This well balanced, beautifully concentrated wine shows a lot of complexity, probably due to its diverse vineyard sources. I expect this wine will improve for 5 to 10 years, although it is drinking very well now.

Sommers Reserve is comprised of grapes from our four estate vineyards, along with some traded or purchased fruit. It contains fruit from fourteen vineyard sites that include seven different Pinot Noir clones. Cristom introduced the “Sommers Reserve” with the 2004 vintage, replacing the Cristom Reserve designation and continuing stylistically as the same wine. ‘Sommers’ is Jessie’s (of Jessie Vineyard) maiden name.

Aromas: cherry-cola, red forest berries, forest floor, meaty
Taste Impression: red-velvet, camphor, sweet spice, balanced and very complete
Future: mid-term cellaring. " ~ Winery notes
About Cristom
Cristom Vineyards

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
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