2014 Cristom "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $50) SKU #1370156

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VN 95 W&S 93 WS 93
JS 91 RP 91 WE 91
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K&L Notes

Winemaker's vintage notes: "The 2014 vintage will be remembered as one of the great vintages in Willamette Valley winegrowing history. A warm, but nearly ideal growing season delivered the rare combination of abundant quantity and exceptional quality fruit that developed into aromatic wines of balance, depth and concentration. Winegrower Tom Gerrie and Winemaker Steve Doerner thoughtfully taste every barrel in the cellar repeatedly over the course of a year as they create our blends. The barrels selected for the Estate Pinot Noir are chosen as a honest representation of both the vineyards and vintage in which they were grown. By blending barrels from all over the Cristom Estate, we can translate an entire vintage into a glass. 55% Eileen Vineyard, 21% Jessie Vineyard, 21% Louise Vineyard, 3% Marjorie Vineyard."

Staff Reviews

  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    I had the pleasure of visiting Cristom a couple of years ago, and tasting several wines from the barrel alongside the finished products. Not only do they have a beautiful estate, but the wines are fabulous. This 2014 Estate Pinot Noir is a perfect introduction to Cristom. 2014 brought rich fruit, though the Cristom style is more restrained and structured than most, so the combination was dynamite. A few years down the road, and this wine has integrated beautifully.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    An absolute knockout from Cristom! A rare bottling from them made possible by the exceptional quality of the 2014 vintage that has gone down as one of the best in recent history. This wine is composed of all estate fruit from Cristom's diverse patchwork of blocks in the Eola-Amity Hills. Fruit from these blocks typically goes into their top tier single block releases: Eileen, Jessie, Marjorie, and Louise. However in 2014 they chose to take some of those best barrels and make a wine that faithfully represented the entire estate in one wine; the result is this 2nd ever release of an "Estate" bottling that encompasses all their Pinot Noir blocks. The result is simply stunning. Crunchy forest berries, black cherry, hard ground spice, sandalwood, bramble, dark rose petals and forest floor. The wine has reams of whole cluster derived tannin and beautiful aromatic lift. It still feels youthfully compact and focused but its potential is unfurling by the day. I think it has at least a decade of beautiful drinking ahead of it. On a recent trip to the Willamette Valley I tasted several hundred top Pinot Noirs and this wine made my top three.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    I’ve been a fan of the Cristom Pinot Noir’s ever since I tasted my first bottle in 1996 at the Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. While the setting couldn’t be beat the wine held its own. I was dining at a Swiss restaurant at the hotel. The waiter recommended it to pair with my first foray into the Swiss delicacy of Raclette; melted cheese scraped onto a plate of boiled potatoes, pickled onions, and cornishons. I’ll never forget that meal, or that wine. This is a world class Pinot Noir producer.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose is full of earth, smoke and intrigue backed by hints of menthol and touches of wood. On the palate the wine shows lots of structure, more earth, spice and a bit of grit while the fruit slowly develops. This is a complex, dry and earthy wine that is more savory than fruit driven, I like it’s grit and intrigue but this isn’t a cocktail Pinot this is made for food, for some reason or another I’m thinking venison stew, but any sort of a gamey stew would work. Good finish, nice balance.
    Drink from 2018 to 2022
  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    One of my favorite Pinot Noirs I’ve had the chance of trying recently. Hailing from Oregon, the 2014 vintage was warmer than typical, and that is reflected in the aromas of the wine. Ripe berries and cherries are the first notes expressed. A bouquet of rose petal is also present on the back end. On the palate, the wine shows ripe red fruit, especially cherry, along with a firm structure that leads into silky tannins. All the while, there is a pleasant juiciness and bright acidity that cuts through the ripeness of the fruit. Hints of spice on the finish. A layered and complex Pinot Noir that while priced under-$40 drinks as if it were $50 or more
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    This might be the best drinking current release that I have had from Oregon! I love the translucent ruby color, the complex nose of red cherry, bacon and vanilla as well as the developed, silky texture. While I was tasting it, all I could think about is Oregon plank salmon, and how well this purely Oregonian wine would go with the noble, grilled on the wood fish.
    Drink from 2018 to 2034
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    I visited Willamette Valley in June 2014. We walked the famous Bethel Heights to Cristom walk in the Eola Amity Hills AVA. It was hot and the season was off to a strong but early start, with locals claiming you could nearly see the vines' growth in a single day. Given the conditions, I was surprised how much grace, poise, and Willamette spicy typicity was on display with this bottle of Cristom, a selection of their estate vineyards in a cuvee that is a step up from their Mt. Jefferson bottling. Must be a combination of great vineyards, stem inclusion, skillful blending and time in bottle, but this is a Pinot Noir that is delicious now and will absolutely continue to develop nicely for a while yet.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    Cristom has knocked it out of the park on this estate offering. This combo of their single vineyards comes together with tremendous grace. The 2014 vintage in Oregon can be quite ripe and there is certainly no shortage of beautiful fruit here, but there is also savor and freshness. The alcohol is supremely well managed for such a ripe vintage coming in at a modest 13.5 and allowing the incredible terroir of Eola Amity Hills to shine. Considering I'm still drinking my 2008 Cristom pinots to great enjoyment, I expect these beauties to last a very long time.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is an unbelievable value from Cristom Estate! The blend is based on barrel selections from several Estate blocks in Eola Amity Hills. 2014 was a warmer vintage in Willamette Valley, and the complex aromatics and relatively juicy palate reflect this. Aromas of fresh rose petal, orange blossom, ripe strawberry, tamarind and umami lead to a medium bodied, but beautifully structured palate. This wine is unfined and unfiltered, and as a result, subtly dark herbaceous notes peek through the bright fruit. With balanced acidity and powerful minerality, this wine finishes clean, in a flourish of fine, firm, mouth coating tannins.


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