• Cristom Mt. Jefferson Pinot Noir 2015 95

    Cristom Mt. Jefferson Pinot Noir 2015

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    95pts James Suckling

    #1 Pinot in America's Best Restaurants - W&S Annual Restaurant Poll 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013

    Yet another home run from the oh-so fecund Willamette Valley in Oregon. The Cristom Mt. Jefferson Pinot Noir brings red berry and fruit flavors, nice acidity, and subtle earthiness to the table. We're thinking the first glass would only be elevated by mushroom caps stuffed with sage, garlic, bread crumbs and a little bacon. After that, roast pork with a cranberry glaze will bring out the red fruit in the wine beautifully.  Grilled salmon with a dijon, brown sugar crust is another delicious option. Feeling French? Coq au vin will bring out the earthiness of the wine, and it's lovely acidity is perfect for the rich ingredients in the dish. Refill your glasses and serve up a nutty Gruyere cheese with toasted walnuts, dried and fresh strawberries. That ought to garner 9.7's and up from the judges...

    James Sucking: "The nose is fresh and shows great depth with raspberry crumble, dried wild strawberries, orange peel and milk chocolate shavings. Medium- to full-bodied with lots of spicy, crunchy red fruit, tangy acidity, firm tannins and a long finish. So good now but better in 2019." Dec 2017

    Winery: "After multiple tastings of every lot of the vintage, it is the "Mt. Jeff" blend that our winemaker crafts first. Whole-cluster fermentations by native yeast and extended aging in French oak are the hallmarks of the Cristom winemaking style. This wine ages in the barrel for twelve months, and can stylistically be the most fresh and approachable of the Cristom Pinot Noirs in its youth.

    Much like a twin to the 2014 vintage, 2015 will be remembered as a warm year that produced extremely high-quality fruit of great intensity -- and also like 2014, the 2015 wines will likely one day be remembered among the better vintages in Willamette Valley winegrowing history. In 2015, the Pinot Noir vines got off to a warm and dry start with the earliest budbreak (March!) ever recorded at our estate – a full 3 weeks earlier than our twenty- ve-year average."

    Bottle:
    750ml, cork
    Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
    Alcohol %:
    13.5%
    Acidity g/L:
    5.7
    pH: 3.7
    Aging: 12 months in French cooperage, 12.5% new oak 
    Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon