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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 109357)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Jessie, named for Paul's paternal grandmother, is Cristom's steepest vineyard. It is the most diverse of the vineyards because it has the most variable soils and altitudes. The first release was the 1998 vintage

Tasted with a year of bottle age, Jessie shows darker red fruits on the nose that mingle pleasantly with scents of tobacco leaf, plum and leather that reminded us of a new baseball glove. On the palate Jessie displays the classic Cristom texture that we would describe as ‘nervosity', meaning bright and lively with good structure. We tend to identify Jessie by the savory (towards rare beef), or floral notes (towards lavender), on the bouquet. More will be revealed with a few years in your cellar but don't be afraid to try a bottle the next time roast pork is on the menu.

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About Cristom Vineyards:

Utilizing Old World winemaking techniques - whole clusters, native yeast fermentation, and gentle and minimal handling - Cristom handcrafts wines that are smooth, elegant and subtle.

These characteristics have earned Cristom distinction among wine enthusiasts and industry leaders alike, including being named 'Best New World Red' by Decanter magazine.

Our 65-acre estate in the Eola Hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley offers a long growing season, mild climate, warm winds and ancient volcanic soils that make it ideally suited to grow Pinot Noir and other traditional French varietals.