Letting the Land Make the Wine
Cristom Vineyards hangs its hat on a well earned reputation for making exceptional Pinot Noir. Their rich history of excellence is the result of a 22 year collaboration between three men—an engineer, a biochemist and a farmer—who are, first and foremost, stewards of the land. Strengthened by an independent, pragmatic spirit, and the belief that great wine begins in the vineyard, their partnership is a unique blend of tradition, modernity and finesse defining Cristom’s wines.
Cristom’s Pinot Noirs have a purity of fruit, precision, balance, complexity, and elegance that put them in a class by themselves.
Karen McNeil – author of The Wine Bible
We have been enjoying the wines from Cristom for a number of years. Being one of the top Oregon producers in the business, they have fashioned some of the region’s finest wines, so expectations were high as the 2012 corks were popped. “It was a very strong vintage,” explained winemaker Steve Doerner, before commencing a tasting through their recent releases. “I’ve never been one to overpromote a vintage and I was less exuberant about it. But you cannot complain when everything lines up.” Like most artists, winemakers are never truly happy it seems, as these wines are stunning and well worth crowing about!
SHERLOCK’S is excited to offer three superstars of Cristom’s powerful 2012 lineup. Each one a unique expression of the very land which “made it”. These are small production wines (around 600 cases each), so our inventory IS LIMITED!
2012 Cristom Pinot Noir “Eileen”
The 15-acre Eileen Vineyard is a group of plots named for owner Paul Gerrie’s wife and is (of course) also the youngest cuvee of Cristom. Once a Christmas tree farm, it sits at the highest elevation on the property. Sweetly spiced, with forward-focused fruit and gentle tannins that coat the mouth, Eileen offers immediate drinking pleasure, with an even and voluptuous quality that gives her wide appeal. Medium-bodied with a lively entry, crisp acidity, and lip-smacking salinity. A solid backbone offsets its black fruit with a grippy finish and should sustain it in a cellar for the next decade.
92 points – The Wine Advocate
2012 Cristom Pinot Noir “Louise”
Louise is named for Paul’s maternal grandmother and was the first estate vineyard from Cristom. Fruit is harvested first AND last from this plot as parts of it lack ripening late afternoon sun. A well defined, very natural bouquet of red berry fruit laced with rose petals and cedar notes. Medium-bodied with silky tannin, wonderful focus and superb tension right to the finish. It feels a little more compact than Cristom’s other 2012s, but there is clearly good breeding and sophistication here for cellaring or enjoying young.
94 points – The Wine Advocate
2012 Cristom Pinot Noir “Jessie”
The steepest vineyard Cristom farms is just outside the winery gates and named after Paul’s paternal grandmother. She’s notoriously “difficult” to farm and has some of the most diverse soil structure in Oregon (a very good thing!). Nearly 50% whole cluster fruit is used in this wine and it shows with a gorgeous nose of wildflowers and a menagerie of red fruits. A lovely mineral core and an almost savory quality provide Jessie with an appealing texture capable of seducing when young or aging gracefully into the future. Rich and round, with multiple layers of flavor and a powerful finish, Jessie is reputed to be the winemaker’s favorite.
93 points – The Wine Advocate
All 3 Cuvées are $59.99/btl*
Mix Any 6pk – $341.94 – $56.99/btl (5% 0ff)
Mix Any Case – $647.89 – $53.99/btl (10% off)
Stock is VERY limited on these special wines!
* Before Tax