Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2018 - Liquors Inc.
Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2018
SKU: 37942

Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2018

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Category Red Wine
Region United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Brand Cristom
Alcohol/vol 14%
This Pinot Noir is a medium garnet color. On the nose it is showing cola berry, oolong tea and wild berry aromas. It has the 'signature' Mt. Jefferson liveliness on the palate with bright, juicy red cherry flavors that echo on the finish. There are more complex flavors of earth and spice evident on the palate but they need a little time to show through more completely. This Pinot Noir will develop nicely in the short to medium term.
James Suckling
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A very spicy and fresh array of blueberries, ripe darker cherries and plums. Cassis aromas, too, as well as more savory notes of graphite and fragrant wood. The palate has very striking depth and presence with expansive, fleshy tannins carrying intense fruit flavors, in the darker spectrum of cherries and berries. Cocoa powder to close. Drink or hold.

  • v92

Vivid ruby. Vibrant red currant, boysenberry and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of vanilla, candied flowers and baking spices. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering sappy red and dark berry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that deepen and turn sweeter through the midpalate. Delivers solid closing thrust and finishes on a repeating cherry note, with gentle, nicely integrated tannins that add subtle grip.

Josh Raynolds, August 2020
Wine Advocate
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The 2018 Mt. Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir is the first iteration labeled with the Eola-Amity Hills appellation. Proprietor Tom Gerrie is still developing new vineyards at Cristom, and he hopes to source at least 80% of the fruit for this bottling from the estate in the future. This vintage contains about 60% estate fruit; it was made with 46% whole cluster and aged 11 months in 21% new French oak. It has a medium ruby color and savory aromas of cured meats and tar, layered with blackberries, rhubarb and licorice hints. The palate is light-bodied, firm and fresh with earth-laced fruits and a perfumed finish. Cristom's largest cuvée, the Mt. Jefferson overdelivers at this price point. 10,200 cases are available.

Erin Brooks, December 30, 2020
Wine Enthusiast
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An outstanding vintage for this entry-level Pinot, it opens with scents of cranberry and raspberry, leading into pure fruit flavors etched by pineapple acidity. It morphs into a lemon rind flavor and lemon verbena highlight on the palate, while the ripe berry fruit holds through the trailing finish. All native yeast was used, along with 46% whole-cluster fermentation. It spent just under a year in 21% new French oak.

Paul Gregutt, December 1, 2020