94-97 POINT '12 Pinots - $55!!
Cristom quietly makes some of Oregon's finest and most sought-after pinots. In this vintage (arguably the best EVER) they are spectacular. For serious pinot-philes only!!
The guy who sells these wines to me has been telling me for months: "Dude, you HAVE to offer these - they're fantastic and WILL get big scores, too....just taste them!!" And then the highly respected Pinot Report comes out a few days later and does just that!!!
I managed to cajole a few cases out of him, luckily, before they sold out, and my advice is: GET 'EM. These are gorgeous, beautifully made, and richer/fuller than what you normally get from Oregon - frankly, I'd put them right up there with KISTLER and WILLIAMS-SELYEM.....just read the reviews! Likely more to come, too!
MIX UP A 6-PACK ANY WAY YOU LIKE FOR $330!!
2012 CRISTOM JESSIE VINEYARD EOLA-AMITY HILLS PINOT NOIR $54.95! PR94-95!
94-95 points: "One of the steepest vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley. This wine is typically deep, dark and displays a tension between the fruit and structure. Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Vibrant aromas of black cherry and Marionberry elevate over time in the glass. A wine that astonishes with a charge of cherry fruit that is pure and deeply flavored. The amazing spiced cherry essence caresses the palate and expands in the mouth, finishing with impressive length and a pleasing snap of acidity. This wine’s impeccable balance insures long term age ability. An exquisite wine that is fresh and vivid, and aims to please even at this young age."
2012 CRISTOM EILEEN VINEYARD EOLA-AMITY HILLS PINOT NOIR $54.95! PR96-97!
96-97 points: "Typically the most precocious of the four estate vineyard wines and often the first wine released to the market. This vineyard extends to the crest of the property exposing the vines to the last rays of sun and the first cooling breezes from the Pacific Ocean. Volcanic soils. Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The seductive scents of dark berries, black cherries, rose petal and cardamon spice really get the juices flowing. It is challenging to adequately describe this nose since the aromas saturate the olfactory senses with so much whole cluster goodness. “Wow” might be the best descriptor. On entry, this wine delivers a charge of black raspberry fruit and exotic spices that really brings the palate to alert. This is a stunning wine with a silky texture, healthy young tannins, and a peacock finish that hangs on for at least a minute. There is some umami at work in this wine as well. Scary to think that this wine will be even better with more bottle age."
It seems so cliche to reference Burgundy when talking about Oregon pinot, but in this case it really is apropos. Owner Paul Gerrie fell in love with Burgundy many years ago, and in 1991 bought property in the Eola Hills to pursue his dream of making it. He hired the perfect winemaker - Steve Doerner. His passion for Pinot Noir was inspired by working at Calera Vineyards with owner Josh Jensen and studying under Jacques Seysses of Domaine Dujac in Burgundy. Doerner considers Jacques his mentor. For my palate, these are the finest EVER from this winery, and of course 2012 is such a monumentally successful vintage. Fantastic wines --- must-haves for serious pinot-philes!
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