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Cristom Vineyards Pinot Noir Mt Jefferson 2010Cristom Vineyards Pinot Noir Mt Jefferson 2010
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Size: 750ml.

WS 87 WA 88 IWC 89


This wine comes from a blend of thirteen different vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley, including fruit from their four estate vineyards. The Mt Jefferson Cuvee is the first of their six Pinot Noir to be released each year and has been produced at Cristom since 1994. It is named after Mt Jefferson (10,501 ft) in the Cascade Range that is due east of Cristom and dramatically visible from their tasting room.

The 2007 Mt Jefferson Cuvee is light ruby in color. It has a dusty and cinnamon-scented nose that is reminiscent of a village level Burgundy. It shows off the elegant style of the 2007 vintage with cran-raspberry and higher tone red-fruit notes on the palate. In typical Mt Jefferson style, the wine will gain some meat-on-the-bones in the short term. Cristom believes this wine is a candidate for short term cellaring. But try it now with a foil such as simply prepared roasted poultry finished with pan juices.

Reviews:

"Light and fragrant, with a distinct hibiscus note adding interest to the strawberry and guava flavors, lingering easily. Drink now through 2011. 5,161 cases made. –HS" -Rated 87, Wine Spectator

"The excellent 2007 Pinot Noir collection begins with the entry level 2007 Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Cuvee. Medium ruby-colored, it offers up a spicy, slightly herbaceous bouquet along with cherry and cranberry aromas. Medium bodied with savory flavors, at the moment it is a bit tightly wound but has the balance to fill out with another 1-2 years of bottle age. Continuity and consistency are the keys at Cristom; same family ownership, same winemaking team with Steve Doerner at the helm." -Rated 88, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

" Light, bright red. Sexy aromas of strawberry and raspberry preserves, with a lively floral overlay. Juicy, gently sweet red berry flavors are modestly concentrated but very pure and spicy. A graceful, spicy pinot that's delicious right now. This reminded me of a top-notch cru Beaujolais." -Rated 89, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar