Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2015
Cristom Vineyards was founded 25 years ago as a collaboration between an engineer and a biochemist who both possessed passion and respect for the land, natural winemaking, and the noble Pinot Noir grape. Today, second-generation winegrower and owner Tom Gerrie leads winemaker Steve Doerner and an experienced viticulture team in tending Cristom's estate vineyards, producing elegant, dynamic wines, with whole-cluster fermentation by native yeasts.
James SucklingThe 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 spicy, crunchy red fruit, tangy acidity, firm tannins and a long finish. So good now but better in 2019.
Wine EnthusiastEditors' Choice. This is Cristom's entry-level Pinot, and it over-delivers in every regard. The texture, depth and detail of higher-priced vineyard designates are all here, matching brambly berry fruit and streaks of char and coffee grounds. Drink now through the early 2020s.
Wine AdvocatePale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Mt Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir has vibrant red cherry and black raspberry notes with suggestions of baking spices, fertile soil and violets. Medium-bodied with a good core of rich, ripe red berry flavors and a solid backbone of grainy tannins, it finishes with a refreshing lift.
Wine SpectatorFresh cherry and pomegranate flavors are accented by notes of sweet anise and hibiscus. Drink now through 2023. 9,562 cases made.