Cristom Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Tasted after one year in bottle. The attractive and complex aromas of raspberry and cocoa powder lead to a very balanced, textured and layered wine on the palate. The fruit flavors are buttressed by sweet vanilla and graham cracker notes. The wine has great nerve, persistent length and good potential for short to medium term cellaring.
Wine & Spirits - "Drawn from five blocks on the Cristom property, this complex pinot has savory scents of olive and dried leaves, Christmas spice and black cherry. There's a definite fleshiness to the strawberry flavors, the earth and herb notes contrasting bright fruit, suggesting a pairing with roast salmon."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve is a barrel selection aged in 60% new oak. It exhibits an expressive nose of cinnamon, allspice, smoke, black cherry and black raspberry. On the palate it has plenty of succulent fruit, good depth and concentration, and enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. It will be at its best from 2011 to 2019."
International Wine Cellar - "Medium red. Intensely perfumed bouquet of black raspberry, cherry-cola, anise and dried flowers, with a smoky undertone. A spicy, almost peppery midweight that offers sweet dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and slow-building smokiness. The very persistent finish repeats the spice note strongly."
Connoisseurs' Guide - "While it may not be the biggest or most muscular of Christom's line-up of Pinots, this wine earns our nod as the most complete of the bunch. Its very solid, nicely concentrated, ripe-cherry fruit is enriched by a careful complement of sweet oak, and, while quite well extracted, it has the balance to seem always light on its feet. Its bias to firmness makes us believers in its future, yet it is eminently tasty right now and is never so stiff as to dissuade early drinking."
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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.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
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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.
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