Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label

Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002

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Winemaker Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 94
James Suckling

This has cocoa, dark-chocolate, herbal accents and ripe red to dark cherries on the nose. The palate has a very attractive and vibrant feel with rich, fresh tannins and powerful, fleshy texture. Supple and succulent with very fresh red cherries to close. Drink over the next decade.


RP 92
Robert Parker's 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.
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Cristom Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery that has established itself as a top producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Eola-Amity Hills district of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Second-generation proprietor Tom Gerrie leads the production team, which includes long time winemaker Steve Doerner and recently arrived vineyard manager & winemaker Daniel Estrin. Each bring experience from working at top Pinot/Chardonnay producers in California: Doerner from Calera and Estrin from Littorai. Tom’s parents, Paul and Eileen Gerrie, founded the winery in 1992.

The estate is divided into five single vineyards: Jessie, Eileen, Marjorie, and Louise (all named for Matriarchs in the Gerrie family); and the newly added Paul Gerrie vineyard, acquired in 2012. There are 95 acres on vine throughout the 240-acre property. The majority vineyards are planted at a high density of around 2,300 vines per acre and heavily cropped to produce about 2 tons of fruit per acre.

Cristom farms its estate vineyards according to the biodynamic practices originated by Rudolph Steiner. In 2017 Tom began to implement biodynamic principles to bring the true expression of the vineyard into its wines. Cristom has been a leader in natural winemaking practices, including native yeast and an early pioneer of whole-cluster fermentation in the US. The vineyards and winery are Certified Sustainable by the Oregon LIVE program (Low Input Viticulture and Enology).

Vintage after vintage, Cristom produces top-quality wines, no matter how easy or challenging the elements make it. This consistency is a testament to the deep knowledge of the vineyard, the respect for the land, and a light touch in the cellar. Recognized globally as a leading producer in the beloved Willamette Valley, their wines continue to be a unique blend of tradition, modernity and finesse.

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Running north to south, adjacent to the Willamette River, the Eola-Amity Hills AVA has shallow and well-drained soils created from ancient lava flows (called Jory), marine sediments, rocks and alluvial deposits. These soils force vine roots to dig deep, producing small grapes with great concentration.

Like in the McMinnville sub-AVA, cold Pacific air streams in via the Van Duzer Corridor and assists the maintenance of higher acidity in its grapes. This great concentration, combined with marked acidity, give the Eola-Amity Hills wines—namely Pinot noir—their distinct character. While the region covers 40,000 acres, no more than 1,400 acres are covered in vine.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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