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Wine & Spirits Top 50 Wine Brands in America’s Top Restaurants: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Wine & Spirits “Top 100 Wineries of the Year:” 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011

The Wine Advocate “Extraordinary Winery of the Year” nominee: 2020

The Wine Advocate “Best Oregon Winery” nominee: 2017

Food & Wine Magazine “Best Oregon Wineries to Visit:” 2016

“One of Oregon’s longest-running acts, Cristom’s winemaking and vineyard team have been in place since the winery’s founding in 1992, and their naturally produced Pinot Noirs are among Oregon’s most acclaimed wines.”

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Mt. Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

2019 Vintage

97 Points – Jamessuckling.com
This is very seductive on the nose with ripe strawberry, spice, flowers and hints of cloves.  Full bodied, but very reserved and tight with chewy, polished tannins and a long, long finish.  Racy and structured.

2018 Vintage

94 Points – Jamessuckling.com
A very spicy and fresh array of blueberries, ripe darker cherries and plums.  Cassis aromas, too, as well as more savory notes of graphite and fragrant wood.  The palate has very striking depth and presence with expansive, fleshy tannins carrying intense fruit flavors, in the darker spectrum of cherries and berries.  Cocoa powder to close. 

2017 Vintage

93 Points – Jamessuckling.com
An attractive array of rich red to dark cherries that delivers a fine layer of perfume and a wealth of bright raspberries and red cherries.  The palate is subtly earthy and gently spicy with a very lush and assertive core of blueberries and red cherries.  Smooth, supple and very energetic.  Drink over the next six to eight years.  

2016 Vintage

93 Points – Jamessuckling.com
Seductively floral red-fruit and sweet-spice complexity to this cleverly styled, quality pinot noir. The palate has an x-factor textural quality that holds firm and long, but does so in an ethereal, elegant mode. Seductive, playful finish.

2015 Vintage

91 Points- Josh Raynolds, Vinous
“Bright red. Fresh red berry and candied rose scents show impressive clarity and energy. Sweet and vibrant in style, offering lively, mineral-tinged raspberry and spicecake flavors and seamless texture. Closes with very good focus and alluring spiciness; fine-grained tannins add shape and subtle grip.” Drinking Window 2020-2025

95 Points- JAMESSUCKLING.com
“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 spciy, crunchy red fruit, tangy acidity, firm tannins and a long finish.”

91 Points- “Editor’s Choice”, The Wine Enthusiast 
“Mt. Jefferson Cuvée is a blend of the Cristom estate Pinot Noir vineyards along with exceptional fruit we source from neighboring vineyards in the Willamette Valley. These contributing sites have been thoughtfully selected over the years, and are planted on a variety of soil types, elevations and aspects, representing the Willamette Valley Appellation as a broader whole. Each of these vineyards are farmed by committed winegrowers we are proud to partner with, with each site adding to the character, fruit, and structure of the wine, giving “Mt. Jeff” its deserved reputation as one of the moststylistically consistent Pinot Noirs in the world.”

2014 Vintage

94 Points – JAMESSUCKLING.COM
“Aromas of walnuts, berries and spices with hints of orange peel. Full-bodied with soft texture and chewy tannins. A juicy and delicious wine already. Needs a year or two to soften. Better in 2018.”

91 points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous 
“Bright red. Forward, spice-accented aromas of fresh red berries, cola and lavender are joined by mineral and allspaice nuances that emerge with aeration. Sweet and incisive in the mouth, oferring juicy raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of smokiness. Finishes silky and very long, with repeating red fruit charecter; gentle tannins come in slowly to contribute grip. This wine shows quite a light touch for the vintage.”

90 points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
“Has a lively, wild strawberry and candied orange peel scented bouquet, a touch of freshly sliced tangerine in the background. THis is a vivacious bouquet with more intensity than the 2013. The palate is nicely intergrated with a subtle saline note towards the earthy finish.”


Eileen Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills

2019 Vintage

96 Points –Jamessuckling.com
Dried-strawberry, rose-stem and wet-earth aromas follow through to a full body with firm, intense tannins and a flavorful finish. This is structured and very tight at the moment. Give it time to open and show its true self.

2018 Vintage

95 Points – Jamessuckling.com
A complex nose with sappy, foresty notes framing ripe blueberries, red cherries and sultry, gently herbal, bunchy influence. The palate has impressive power and drive, packed with fresh red-cherry and boysenberry flavors. The acidity is a feature and holds a very long, supple and lively finish.

92 Points – P.J.C. (Wine & Spirits)
From the top end of the Cristom property, where the vines are the most exposed to the Van Duzer winds, this wine is spicy and tightly wound when first poured. The dark plum fruit is steeped in licorice-root notes, with a lovely concentration that lingers. It has the tannic backbone and the whole-cluster grip to match duck sausages. 

2017 Vintage

94 Points – Jamessuckling.com
This has a very bright array of rich red cherries, together with a herbal accent and a thread of rose-like perfume, as well as autumnal leaves and sweet, woody spices. The palate has very assertive red cherries with elegant tannins that are paper-fine, but have combined length and strength. Great detail here.

95 Points – Wine & Spirits P.J.C.
This pinot, from the top elevations of Cristom’s property, topping out at 720 feet, dramatizes a tension between savory whole-cluster scents and luminous lean-fruit expression. It’s aromatically seductive, with its scents of clove and thyme, lavender and autumn leaves leading into dark cherry flavors. What’s most impressive, though, is the texture, firm but lively, with an acid-tannin matrix that drives the wine with firm, silky intensity. 

2016 Vintage

95 Points – – Jamessuckling.com
Very alluring, spice-laced, ripe red and black cherries, making a complex statement on the nose. The succulent and focused palate has a very considered feel with impressive balance and a long and focused, cherry core that delivers detailed textural allure.

2015 Vintage

95 points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous
“Lurid red. Intense, highly expressive aromas of raspberry preserves, cherry cola, Asian spices and incense carry a sexy floral overtone. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet Chambord, rose pastille and five-spice powder flavors that become more energetic with air. Closes sappy, spicy and extremely long, delivering emphatic red fruit thrust, lingering florality and talc-y tannins that merge effortlessly into the energetic fruit.” Drinking Window 2021-2028

94 points- JAMESSUCKLING.COM
“A very refined and elegant nose but one that jumps out with orange zest, cranberries, citrus, slate, sour cherries, herbs and even pink grapefruit. Medium to full body, a firm yet structured, dusty tannins backbone, really fresh acidity and a long, zippy finish. Delicious now but better in 2019.”

94+ points – Lisa Perotti Brown, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
“Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Eileen gives bold raspberry preserves and red currant jelly notes with suggestions of chargrill meat, truffles, forest floor and cedar. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers a solid backbone of grainy tannins and loads of freshness supporting the generous, muscular fruit, finishing with great persistence.” Drink Date 2017-2025

2014 Vintage

95 points – Wine & Spirits Magazine
“Perhaps the best thing to be said about this wine is how much it compelled us to want to drink more of it. Grown at Cristom’s highest-elevation vineyard, this is captivating from start to finish, by turns propulsive and generous, light and penetrating, invigorating in its earthy lavender scents, its wisp of bergamot and cherry. Fully ripe, it maintains a light tone, propelled by vigorous acidity and suspended by a pulsing, mineral grip.”

94 points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous
“Brilliant red. Highly frangrant, expansive scents of ripe red berries, Asian spices, blood orange and candied rose; a smoky mineral element builds in the glass. Silky and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining raspberry and floral pastille flavors that show a striking interplay of depth and vivacity. Closes sweet, gently tannic and impressively long, delivering lingering notes of emphatic red berry, spice and floral pastille.”

94 points – JAMESSUCKLING.COM
“Subtle aromas of cedar, dark berries, tea and orange peel follow through to a full to medium body, compacted fruit and a fine tannin backbone. Excellent acidity as well. Drink in 2019.”


Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills

2019 Vintage

96 Points – Jamessuckling.com
The aromas are pretty amazing here with dried flowers, pure fruit, sweet berries and dark strawberries. It’s full-bodied and very layered with ripe, velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Richness with focus. Very drinkable now, but better after 2023.

2018 Vintage

99 Points – Jamessuckling.com 
This dramatically steep site delivers a wine of real personality and distinctiveness. The nose has a very layered mix of red cherries and berries with some plums, leaves, dry stones, forest wood and a wealth of sweetly fragrant spices. The palate holds such intensity and concentrated flavor with striking focus and drive. Mouthwateringly fresh red-cherry flavors are delivered in essence-like mode and hold long, on a super vibrant, explosive finish. The star of 2018 at Cristom and indeed for Willamette Valley pinot per se.

93 Points – P.J.C. Wine & Spirits
Named for Paul Gerrie’s grandmother, Jessie is an 11-acre vineyard that’s among the Willamette’s steepest. In 2018, the wine leads with a smoky, austere expression of those shallow soils, viewed through a lens of cluster spice. But bright, warm cherry flavor comes bursting through the austere frame, mouthfilling and delicious. This is still far from peak expression; cellar it. 

2017 Vintage

97 Points – Jamessuckling.com
A very distinctive nose with a wild array of red berries and cherries and a thread of blue fruit, too. There’s a dried wild-rose perfume and a violet-like thread with subtle, herbal-based notes. It’s a moving target in the glass with incredible complexity. This has a gift of revelation. The palate has a very assertive edge with a powerful core of intense tannins that carry a spicy thread of rich dark cherries and dark plums in a defined, savory and athletic stance. A star of the vintage. Drink over the next decade or more. 

92 Points – P.J.C Wine & Spirits
Like a Highland single malt, this leads with scents of peat and pepper. The flavors fall deftly between plum, black cherry and savor, with a suave texture that belies a granular intensity, succulent and energetic for veal marsala.

2016 Vintage

94 Points –Jamessuckling.com
There’s a sense of resolve from the get-go here with very pure red and darker cherries making a youthful impression. The palate has a succulent and finely detailed array of well-judged tannins that frame the finish very neatly. Good depth and detail here.

93 Points – Wine & Spirits Magazine
The 2016 Jessie comes from Cristom’s steepest vineyard, an east-facing slope planted in 1994. It’s so attractive that, at first, you may miss its complexity. Sure, it has the Earl Grey tea character that’s typical of the winery’s whole-cluster style, but it’s surrounded by a bright dark-berry flavor, gentle and clean, lightly propelled by savory spice.

2015 Vintage

94 points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous
“Vivid red. Ripe red fruits, potpourri and a hint of blood orange on the assertively perfumed nose, lifted by a vibrant mineral quality. Silky and precise on the palate, offering alluringly sweet, spice-tinged cherry and raspberry liqueur flavors and a hint of five-spice powder. Becomes richer with air, with no loss of vibrancy, and finishes with powerful, spicy thrust, fine-grained tannins and an exotic floral pastille note that lingers with serious tenacity.” Drinking Window 2021-2027

92 points – JAMESSUCKLING.COM
“Aromas of plums, raspberries and orange skin to this pinot noir. Light to medium body, firm tannins and a pretty finish. Drink now or hold.”

94 points – Lisa Perotti Brown, The Wine Advocate
“Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard is scented of kirsch, mulberries and raspberry tart with underlying Chinese five spice, hoisin and mossy bark hints. Medium-bodied, there’s a very seductive mid-palate of red berry and exotic spice flavors, supported by velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with spicy layers.” Drink Date 2017-2024

2014 Vintage

94 points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous
“Deep red. Ripe black raspberry and cherry cola scents are complemented by suggestions of exotic floral oils, Indian spices and woodsmoke. Plush, sweet and sappy on the palate, offering concentrated red and dark berry and cherry liqueur flavors that become more lively with aeration. In a rich but decidedly vibrant style, thanks to a spine of juicy acidity. Finishes smooth, focused and extremely long, with building spiciness and smooth, gently gripping tannins.”

93 points – Rusty Gaffney M.D., The Prince of Pinot
“Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas are varied and include cherry, rose petal, spice, earth and oak. Noticeable vigor in a mid weight styled wine with flavors of cherry, raspberry, spice and floral goodness. A little more masculine and “grounded” than the Marjorie with a little more structural tannins and perhaps a little less exuberant. The texture is refined and polished and there is noticeable intensity on the finish.”

2013 Vintage

93 points –  The Wine Enthusiast 
“Bright and brambly, this dense and textural wine brings strawberry and cherry fruit goodness front and center. It remains powerfully focused deep into a long finish, nuanced with cured meat and barrel toast.”

92 points – Wine Spectator Magazine
“Ruby-red. Highly perfumed scents of dark berries, cola and rose oil. Fleshy, expansive black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors display a suave blend of richness and energy, picking up a spicy character with air. Finishes juicy and very long, with lingering dark fruit flavors and slow-building tannins. Drinking window: 2019-2024.”


Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills

2019 Vintage

95 Points – Jamessuckling.com
I like the richness and freshness on the nose with strawberry and floral aromas and some rose-hip tea. It’s medium-to full-bodied with round tannins and a creamy-textured finish. Lightly chewy, showing the structure and seriousness of the wine. 

2018 Vintage

96 Points – Jamessuckling.com
Very attractively vivid raspberry, strawberry and red-cherry aromas on offer here. This is really bathed in ripe fruit and expressed in a very pure mode. The palate has intensity of flavor and piercing depth. The red cherries and plums run so deep and crescendo into an explosive, upbeat finish. Wow factor is high.

92 Points – P.J.C Wine & Spirits
From blocks mostly planted on Jory soils in 1993, this has a subtly smoky whole-cluster scent, along with a fair bit of oak, but the fruit has a rhubarb lift, tart, pretty and suave, with fine mineral tannins. For cumin-spiced pork.

2017 Vintage

95 Points – Jamessuckling.com
This cuvée has a very energetic and intense feel with a wealth of fresh and attractive red cherries and raspberries, plenty of florals and subtle herbal, forest-wood and light-chocolate notes. There’s a very keenly articulated feel to the palate with a plush, very fleshy and assertively long, detailed finish. Deep fruit presence here. Drink across the next decade. 

94 Points – P.J.C Wine & Spirits
Louise is one of Cristom’s warmer, low-elevation sites, with both Jory soils and flood deposits on its lower slopes. The wine is sleek and warm, with scents of tar and black cherries, and bright flavors of cherry and red plum delivered with polished tannins. It could age for years; then serve with quail.

2016 Vintage

96 Points – Jamessuckling.com
This delivers an ethereal and fragrant impression on the nose with a bright, red-fruit theme that is framed in sweet spices and flowers. The palate has a strong array of ripe red cherries with sappy complexity and crisply defined tannins. Impressive tension here. Needs time. Try from 2021.

92 Points – – Wine & Spirits Magazine
The 2016 Louise is at once earthier and more fruit-driven than the 2016 Jessie Vineyard (also recommended in this issue). Leading with floral notes, it’s deeply flavored yet precise, the tannins holding the wine in a demonstrative grip, lasting with a sous bois scent.

2015 Vintage

94 points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous
“Deep red. Expansive, spice-accented red fruit and spicecake aromas show excellent clarity and pick up suggestions of cola and sandalwood with air. Juicy, focused and appealingly sweet, offering intense black raspberry, cherry pie and five-spice powder flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Shows outstanding energy and clarity and finishes sappy and impressively long, featuring discreet tannins and an emphatic echo of juicy red fruit.” Drinking Window 2021-2028

93 points – JAMESSUCKLING.COM
“This pinot noir shows light tobacco, raspberries and orange skin. Hints of cedar, too. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a vibrant finish. Drink from 2020.”

94 points – Lisa Perotti Brown, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
“Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard has a savory, almost meaty nose over a core of Black Forest cake, red currants, mulberries, cardamom and fenugreek with a touch of potpourri. Medium-bodied, the palate has exquisitely fine tannins and a lively line of acidity supporting generous, multi-layered red berry preserves and spice, finishing with impressive persistence and depth.” Drink Date 2017-2024

2014 Vintage

95 points – Rusty Gaffney M.D.,  The Prince of Pinot
“Light cherry red color in the glass. The aromas of crushed cherry, spice, rose petal, pine sap and vanilla oil draw your nose into the glass. A perfectly ripe core of dark red cherry essence fills every nook and cranny in the mouth and really clings to the finish. There are nuances galore, including accents of cardamom spice, boysenberry juice and subtle oak spices. The wine has noticeable energy and enough tannin for the long haul. Even more giving when tasting the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle exhibiting dreamy balance.” 

93 points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous 
“Dark red. Ripe dark berry, cherry, incense and floral pastille scents are accented by a strong note of smoky Indian spices. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering juicy, densley packed black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter with air. Shows impressive depth as well as vivacity, finishing with powerful, spicy thrust, gentle tannic grip and striking persistence. This was the richest wine of my tasting of Doerner’s ’14s and looks to be a solid cellar candidate.”

93 points – JAMESSUCKLING.com
“Aromas of toffee, ripe fruit and chocolate follow through to a full body, soft tannins and walnut/hazelnut undertones. Soft-textured. Delicious finish.”

91 points – Wine & Spirits Magazine
“Scents of cedar and warm leather suggest an oak-driven wine, but with air a dark, mineral-inflected black plum flavor comes to the fore, accented by savory stem spice. Give this time in the cellar to knit and then serve with tea-smoked duck.”

2013 Vintage

94 points – “Cellar Selection”, The Wine Enthusiast 
“Set at the top of Cristom’s excellent lineup, this lush, round and seducive wine is built upon ripe black-cherry fruit. It plays out broadly across the palate, open and smooth, wih nuances of cola, sandalwood and spice. Crisp, natural acidity keeps it lifted and lively.” 

94 points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous 
“Deep red. Hugely aromatic bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, incense and Asian spices, along with a bright mineral overtone. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sweet raspberry preserve, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out with air. Delivers a suave blend of power and elegance, finishing with harmonious tannins and remarkable clarity and length.”

91 points – Wine & Spirits Magazine
“Pretty and austere, this quiet pinot has a core of fruit held at some remove by its structure. The wine’s acidiy is elegant and pleasing, framing dusty cranberry flavors and a whole-cluster breadth to the texture.”


Marjorie Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills

2019 Vintage

95 Points – Jamessuckling.com
There’s purity of fruit to this pinot with strawberry and floral aromas that follow through to a medium body with ultra-fine, firm tannins and pretty, tangy acidity. Lemon undertones. Needs time to open. Better after 2024.

2018 Vintage

96 Points – Jamessuckling.com
This has attractive red and blue-floral tones to the nose with fresh blueberry and cassis notes too. So much fragrance here. The palate holds a very plush and fleshy stance with ripe red cherry, dressed in sleek oak spice and tannin. Impressive clarity and depth here.

91 Points – Wine & Spirits
Marjorie is one of Cristom’s oldest vineyards. Named for Paul Gerrie’s mother, this wine smells of bright cherry and cinnamon, the flavors full and firm, the whole-cluster elements and the oak combining for a guided, wood-driven finish.

2017 Vintage

95 Points – Jamessuckling.com
An earthy thread here with more savory, herbal and gently spicy notes, as well as graphite. Latent red cherries, too. The palate has a very sleek and succulent feel with evenly cast, sturdy tannins that harness great length and depth. Powerful yet measured and all about the earth. 

93 Points – Wine & Spirits
This wine starts out aromatically wild, with scents of crushed, dried violet petals and smoke. After a day it becomes elegant, with flavors of crushed plums infused with soft oak spice, lasting with a fine savor.

2016 Vintage

95 Points – Jamessuckling.com
Such impressive depth and grace here with a graphite-like, woody thread and abundant, rich, red-cherry and dark-berry aromas. Wild-herb nuances, too. The palate has a very concentrated core of ripe, smoothly rendered tannins with good density and exceptional balance. Approachable now, but will age well over the next eight to ten years.

95 Points – Wine & Spirits Magazine
Cristom wines usually reflect some sort of tension between smoky, whole-cluster spice flavors and firmly expressed, finely wrought fruit. This 2016, from Marjorie, an 8.5-acre site on the lower slopes of the property, reflects a generous vintage with a smoky, Volnay-like suppleness, a velvety texture and gentle persistence, like waves lapping on a lakeshore. It lasts like this for days after opening, the flavors delicate and complex as it mingles with air. 

2015 Vintage

95 points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous
“Brilliant red. Powerful red berry liqueur, Asian spice and incense aromas are brightened by a smoky mineral nuance that builds steadily in the glass. Sappy, sweet and penetrating in the mouth, offering vibrant raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors joined by lively five-spice powder and white pepper accents. Spicy and seamless on the finish, showing silky, harmonious tannins and superb, floral-dominated persistence.” Drink Window 2021-2028

94 points – JAMESSUCKLING.COM
“A wealth of flowers on the nose of this pinot noir such as roses, peonies and violets as well as red fruits in the red cherry and ripe cranberry spectrum. On the attack the beautiful acidity really surrounds the full-bodied palate with tangy fruit, but then the firm yet encompassing tannins come into play and ensure this finishes not just bright but really dense and structured. Delicious now but better in 2019.”

94 points – Lisa Perotti Brown, The Wine Advocate
“Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Marjorie Vineyard leaps from the glass with notes of cherry cordial, violets, rose hip tea and chocolate box plus wafts of forest floor and black pepper. Medium-bodied, the palate is tautly structured with firm, grippy tannins and a great backbone of lively acidity, finishing with lingering earthy notes.” Drink Date 2018-2015

2014 Vintage

96 Points – The Pinot File
“Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose offers a whole cluster delight of back cherry, rose petal, cinnmon, and exotic spice aromas. The whole cluster also embellishes the palate that features a mid-weight core of succulet, well-spiced cherry fruit that is flat-out delicious. Welcome balance with silky tannins and juicy acidity, finishing with a lengthy stream of spiced cherry and raspberry fruits. Even better the following day when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle showing more power and depth and an even more gorgeous finish.”

94 Points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous
“Vivid red. Sexy, intensely perfumed cherry, boysenberry and floral pastille scents are complemented by hints of cola, rhubarb and Asian spices.”

93 Points – JAMESSUCKLING.COM
“Lovely richness and decadence to this on the nose with plum, cholocate and violet charachter plus hints of violets. Medium to full bod, silky tannins and a savory finish. Hints of hazelnuts.”

91 Points – Paul Gregutt, The Wine Enthusiast
“This matches deep purple fruits to aggressive herb and stem flavors. The impression is that some percentage of whole clusters were included in the ferment. This definitely needs extra bottle age- put it away until 2020.”

2013 Vintage

93 Points – Paul Gregutt, The Wine Enthusiast
“This complex wine shows a whiff of stem from 37% whole-cluster fermentation, and quickly moves into a soft center, loaded with strawberry preserves. It coats the mouth, smooth and textural with graphite highlights. The tannins are substantial and suggest it’s worth tucking into the cellar for a few more years. Drink through 2020.”

93 Points — Josh Raynolds, Vinous
“Brilliant ruby-red. Exotic, highly expressive aromas of raspberry liqueur, Asian spices, cola and smoky minerals, with a swave floral overtone building in the glass. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering intense red and dark berry and spicecake flavors given spine by juicy acidity. A distinctly elegant, seamless Pinot Noir with superb finishing energy; the gentle tannins are quickly absorbed by the wine’s vibrant fruit. A standout of its vintage. Drinking window: 2019-2024.”


Paul Gerrie Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills

2019 Vintage

95 Points – Jamessuckling.com
A perfumed nose of violets, wild raspberries, lemon zest, red tea, cinnamon stick and crushed stones. It’s medium-bodied with sleek, seamless tannins and fresh acidity. Very fine and precise. Minerals and gently bitter tea notes on the finish. 

2018 Vintage

94 Points – Jamessuckling.com
This has some earthy aromas, as well as dried red flowers, lightly leafy tones and a gently herbal edge. Complex pinot. The fruit aromas and flavors sit in the ripe red-cherry and red-plum zone. Smoothly rendered tannins and fresh acidity to keep the red fruit fresh across the finish. 

2017 Vintage

93 Points – Jamessuckling.com
An attractively fragrant nose with ripe dark cherries, cinnamon and orange rind, as well as some stony notes. Very focused palate that establishes good volume with ample dark cherries and fine, layered tannins. Drink over the next six to eight years.

94 Points – Wine & Spirits
Paul Gerrie is the latest vineyard to join the pantheon of what Cristom calls “the four ladies,” its estate vineyards. The wine is impressively complex for such a youngster: Steve Doerner’s whole-cluster regimen adds a turfy note and lush, resinous tannins to a resolutely red-plum-and-cherry mélange of fruit. Elegant and fine; for salmon.


EOLA-AMITY HILLS CHARDONNAY

2019 Vintage

93 Points – Jamessuckling.com
Pretty aromas of honeysuckle, white peach, lemon tart and flint. It’s full-bodied, yet bright, with tangy acidity. Textured and fleshy. Some spice and hay notes to close. 

2018 Vintage

91 Points – Wine & Spirits Magazine
Restrained and delicate, this cool chardonnay leads with dry lemon-lime scents. With its tart green-apple flavor, lemon-rind lift and talc-like mineral tang, it’s a Chablis-like chardonnay for oysters.


LOUISE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY

2019 Vintage

93 Points – Jamessuckling.com
Aromas of apple pie, ripe apricots, yellow nectarines, salted butter and butterscotch. It’s full-bodied with lively acidity and concentrated, textured layers. Bright and firm finish. 


Estate Pinot Gris, Eola-Amity Hills

2016 Vintage

2015 Vintage

92 points- Paul Gregutt, The Wine Enthusiast
“Lovely from the first sniff on, this is packed with mineral-drenched fruit flavors. Pear flesh and skin dominate, along with suggestions of cucumber and white melon. The leesy minerality is a great palate cleanser.”

92 points- The Pinot File
“Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Nicely appointed aromas of citrus, spiced pear, honey, vanilla and flint. Slightly viscous on the palate, with appealing flavors of pear, apple, lime and honeydew melon. Bright, clean and very Alsatian in character. I never get particularly excited about Pinot Gris, but this one piqued my interest.”


Estate Viognier, Eola-Amity Hills

2015 Vintage

93 points – The Pinot File
“Lightly fined and filtered. Very light platinum color in the glass. Inviting aromas of jasmine and other white flowers, pear, peach and tropical fruits. Delicious flavors of pear, apricot and pastry cream, with a hint of tropical fruit and nuts. Slightly creamy in the mouth, with impeccable balance, finishing with a lingering and refreshing presence. One of the New World’s best examples of Viognier.”

2014 Vintage

92 Points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous
” Light green-tinged yellow. Ripe citrus and orchard fruits and violet on the highly fragrant, mineral-accented nose. Shows impressive energy and heft to the juicy pear, white peach and honey flavors; a touch of candied ginger adds back-end lift. I really like the blend of heft and vivacity that’s happening here. Closes with powerful thrust, building spiciness and excellent fruit-driven tenacity.”

92 points- Paul Gregutt, The Wine Enthusiast
“Barrel-fermented in stainless steel and neutral oak, this aromatic wine rolls into a gorgeous palate loaded with rich fruit flavors of pineapple, grapefruit and Meyer lemon. There’s a suggestion of softness to the acids, and a lick of butterscotch runs through the finish. It’s a totally engaging wine.”


Estate Syrah, Eola-Amity Hills

2014 Vintage

93 Points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous
“Highly perfumed scents of black and blue fruits, Indian spices, pungent flowers and cola, joined by a smoky nuance that builds in the glass. Palate-staining blackberry and boysenberry flavors show very good depth, and exotic violet pastille and black pepper nuances add complexity. Finishes smooth, spicy and warm, displaying lingering notes of sweet dark berry liqueur and gentle tannins.”

92 Points – The Pinot File
“Dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of blackberry compote, leather and tobacco lead to a middleweight style wine that drinks like a Pinot Noir. Flavors of blueberry and blackberry are strikingly glorious and nicely spiced with a peppery note. Balanced fine tannins make for easy approachability and my only nit is a hint of alcoholic warmth on the finish. A wine like this makes you think that Oregon should be doing more with Syrah crafted in a cool climate style.”

2013 Vintage

92 Points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous
“Inky ruby. Spice- and mineral-accented black and blue fruits, pungent flowers, olive and minerals on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy, sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn smokier on the back half. The dark berry and floral notes echo on a sappy, very long finish that’s given shape by dusty, slow-building tannins. There’s a good dose of Old World character here, but nothing in the way of rusticity.”


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