Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
This estate vineyard is on our steepest slope. It is a selection of our favorite barrels from the vineyard. We began planting the Jessie vineyard in 1994 at a density of 2300 vines per acre. Today this vineyard consists of Dijon Clones 113,114,115,667 and 777 as well as the Pommard clone. The site has an east, southeast slope and is comprised primarily of Nikia soil, which is volcanic in origin.
The Wine Advocate - "The intensely floral, red fruit aromas of the 2002 Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard lead to a lush, concentrated personality that is awash in fruit. This fleshy, softly-textured, medium-bodied wine has gorgeous power, texture, and length. Its engaging, expressive character reveals loads of red cherries, raspberries, blueberries, and hints of strawberries which linger in its long, harmonious finish."
International Wine Cellar - "Pale red. Exotic floral, spicy nose incorporates raspberry, blackberry, orange zest, maple syrup, gingerbread, cinnamon and fresh rose aromas. Shows a suave, elegant texture, with bright, high-pitched flavors of red berries, smoked game and Asian spices. This had me thinking about high-end premier cru from Vosne-Romanee. There's nothing at all heavy about this wine, which finishes long and spicy, with mouthwatering acidity."
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 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.
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