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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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.
"Bright red. Raspberry and cherry-cola on the nose, with complicating notes of vanilla bean and Asian spices. Supple, round and quite exotic today, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and strong spiciness. Finishes with lingering notes of dark fruits, cherry-cola and sweet vanillin oak spice. The most primary of this set of 2007s today; I'd come back to it in a couple of years."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2007 Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard favors the darker fruit side of the spectrum. Cedar, earth notes, black cherry and black raspberry scents lead to a savory wine with emerging spice and mineral notes and a solid core of black fruit. It has enough ripe tannin to blossom for another 1-2 years. Drink it from 2011 to 2019. Continuity and consistency are the keys at Cristom; same family ownership, same winemaking team with Steve Doerner at the helm."
The Wine Advocate
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...Read More About Cristom
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...Read More About Willamette Valley
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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