Cristom Marjorie Vineyard Pinot Noir 1997

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Winemaker Notes

This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir has a deeply perfumed nose of plums, cherries, cinnamon and cloves with earth and oak overtones. The generous flavors of this wine exhibit many of the components found in the nose as well as licorice and cedar. This wine has an exotic character that although is rather subtle, is also very seductive. The texture and balance of the wine give it an almost luxurious feel in your mouth. Although 1997 was not my favorite vintage to start with, this wine has slowly grown on me to the point that I wouldn't be surprised if it eventually becomes one of our best.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 1997 Pinot Noir Marjorie Vineyard has aged beautifully, offering singular and fully mature aromas of dried hollyhock and autumn leaves, mushroom powder, aged sake, leather and hoisin with notes of graphite, earth and dried black cherries. It’s light-bodied and silky in the mouth with lovely tertiary character, still retaining some grip and freshness and finishing long. Cristom started adding fruit from younger vines to the blend in 2013, so this was made entirely from the original own-rooted vines planted in 1982. It was made with 33% whole clusters and aged 16 months in 83% new French oak before being bottled. 481 cases were made.

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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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