Cristom Eileen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Tasted after a year in bottle, Eileen is showing beautifully with loads of ripe-red-raspberry fruit on the nose. It is layered and textured, offering very pleasant tongue-caressing tannins on the palate. Sweet spices and a creamy oak flavor echo on the elegant and persistent finish. This is a lissome wine that will gain complexity in your cellar over the short to medium term.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Pinot Noir Eileen Vineyard comes from an organically farmed parcel. More forward than the first two wines, it features enticing spice box and red fruit aromas, a silky texture, sweet fruit, and an excellent integration of oak, tannin, and acidity. Enjoy it over the next 8 years. "
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red. Smoky cherry and raspberry on the nose, with hints of anise and cinnamon in the background. Juicy dark fruit flavors are nicely framed by fine, dusty tannins. A sexy note of spicecake joins the bright red fruit on the sappy, focused, long finish. Give this a bit of air if you plan on opening one any time soon."
Wine & Spirits - "From a high-density block planted in 1997, this pretty wine leads with savory aromas of olive, anise and wood smoke, followed by a generous dollop of red cherry fruit on the palate. The texture is lean and spicy, the finish has precision and grace."
- View All
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. View all Cristom Vineyards Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review0 }div>Related Products
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.