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.
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white flower, orange blossom, Bartlett Pear, and melon aromas. Taste fruit is framed, and balanced by, a very refreshing acidity, coconut creaminess on the finish, semi-serious Pinot Gris. more
Savory aromas with high-tone mineral (read volcanic) notes, wild blueberry, lavender scented. Uplifting, juicy taste. Bright and ripe at the center, high-tone red and blue fruits, mineral notes, and some saline. Will soften in the sort term and continue to gain complexity for many years. more
Produced since 1994, Mt. Jefferson Cuvee is regularly rated one of the
most popular Pinot Noirs on restaurant wine lists across the country. Made
with a blend of grapes from each of the estate vineyards and top quality
fruit traded or purchased from neighboring vineyards, the Mt.... more
Deeply-ruby-colored, like all of our 2008 wines, and darkly-fruited like all of our 2008 wines, the bouquet of Eileen Vineyard is distinguished by aromas of mint, black licorice and chervil. The wine is savory on the palate, more than fruity, with a gorgeous and mouthwatering texture. It's very... more
The 2008 edition of the Sommers Reserve is full of promise! Swirled in the glass, there's a riot of intriguing and complex aromas that seem to change every time you revisit your glass. It does reveal a pleasant brambly and green quality that brings to mind basil and and an entire blackberry bush... more
Pale straw in color. The 2008 Pinot Gris is clean and bright, showing pippin apple and lime blossom aromas. On the palate the wine is rich and ripe yet still agile. The finish is clean and mouthwatering. We just paired this wine with Hot Smoked Sockeye Salmon over fresh corn cakes for a lunch at... more
This wine comes from a blend of twelve different vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley, including fruit from our four estate vineyards. The Mt. Jefferson Cuvee is the first of our six Pinot Noirs to be released each year and has been produced at Cristom since 1994. It is named for Mt Jefferson... more
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... more
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... more
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... more