Cristom Eileen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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The 15-acre Eileen Vineyard is a group of vineyard plots named for Paul Gerrie's wife. Farmed organically, the vineyard extends to the top of the winery's property where cooler conditions and the chance to soak up the last sun of the day encourage the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. 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. In 2006, 4 ½ acres of new vines were added to the Eileen Vineyard, producing fruit that promises the best of Eileen is yet to come.
'Continuity and consistency are the key at Cristom; same family ownership, same winemaking team with Steve Doerner at the helm...' Wine Advocate

Owners Paul and Eileen Gerrie founded Cristom with the goal of producing world class Oregon Pinot Noir. With winemaker Steve Doerner at their side, they have achieved this and more. Using natural methods, native yeast and minimal handling, Doerner combines new-world technology with old-world traditions to produce some of the Willamette Valley's finest wines. Today they produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and even a small amount of Viognier, from the 65 acre estate. Total production comes in at about 12,500 cases per year. Doerner fashioned fine wines in California for 14 years before coming to Cristom in the early 90s. Today, he is known internationally as a master of the world's most challenging and most rewarding grape... Pinot Noir. "Only Pinot Noir can give you a silky finesse that also has depth and power," Steve claims. "You can't achieve that harmony with other grape varieties."
Category Red Wine
Country United States
Region Oregon
Appellation Willamette Valley
Brand Cristom
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Pinot Noir Eileen is the youngest estate-vineyard cuvee that debuted in 2000, so the vines are now around 15 years old, located at the highest elevation (it was once a Christmas tree farm.) It is planted with Dijon clones at 2,300 vines per acre. The nose is very attractive with refined red cherry, wild strawberry and red plum fruit that gently unfolds in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a pert entry, crisp acidity and lip-smacking salinity. This is nicely structured with firm backbone that neatly offsets that black fruit toward the grippy finish. Give this a year in bottle and then it should continue drinking nicely over the next decade.

Neal Martin, March 2015
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorFirm in texture, with a sleek feel to the spicy plum flavors as they glide into a long and expressive finish, trailing hints of toast and iron as they linger. Best from 2016 through 2020. 715 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, 2015