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Cristom, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2020
The 2020 is a fresh wine of precision. A bouquet of soft red berries raspberry, cranberry and a touch of peppery spice. The mouth feel bright with a lovely tart raspberry subtle vanilla and baking spice.
The fruit for this wonderful pinot is sourced from 17 sites including 61% estate fruit. 5% of the fruit is left as whole-cluster. This vintage produced 420 barrels 13% new French oak Sirugue, François Frères, and Mercurey cooperages.
Cristom Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery that has established itself as a top producer of Pinot Noir 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.
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).
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