Cristom Mt. Jefferson Pinot Noir - $34.00
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Light ruby color. The Mt Jefferson Cuvee displays crushed raspberry, strawberry and red currant aromas. There are higher tones of tomato leaf and cola berry along with some brambly notes. It follows through on the palate with a core of ripe red fruits and notes of spicy complexity (cinnamon, allspice). Lower octave flavors of truffle and forest floor are forming as the wine rounds out in the finish.
The Mt Jefferson Cuvée is the first of their six Pinot Noirs to be released each year and has been produced at Cristom since 1994. It is named for Mt Jefferson (10,501 ft) in the Cascade Range that is due east of Cristom and dramatically visible from their tasting room. It is comprised of a large percentage of fruit from 4 estate vineyards, along with a much smaller proportion of fruit that we trade for or purchase. Origin: 79% Eola-Amity Hills, 12% Coastal Foothills, 8% Yamhill-Carlton, and 1% Dundee Clones: Dijon (113, 114, 115, 667, 777 and 828), Pommard, and Wädenswil Appellation: Willamette Valley Fermentation: 30% whole clusters 1 to 12 ton open-top fermenters Native yeast used exclusively Many individual lots Aging: 12 months, Burgundian cooperage 11% new oak Alcohol: 13.2% Total Acidity: 5.7 g/l pH at bottling: 3.74 Production: 8569 cases produced Winery Notes Aromas: brooding deep Oregon-strawberry, pekoe-tea leaves, cola notes Taste Impression: great vitality and liveliness, core of seductive ripe fruit, very pretty, complete wine. Future: best in 3-4 years, but may pleasantly surprise you at 8-10 years