Cristom 'Mount Jefferson' Pinot Noir
This is the most approachable of the Cristom Pinots and is a terrific introduction to the Cristom style with great balance and lots of strawberry, Oregon fruit. Produced by this world-renowned winery Mount Jefferson Cuvée is a blend of the Cristom estate Pinot Noir vineyards along with fruit that has been sourced from neighbouring vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Each vineyard site adds to the character, fruit and structure of the wine, giving Mount Jefferson its deserved reputation as one of the most stylistically consistent Pinot Noirs in the world. This is Cristom`s Flagship wine which makes up nearly 50% of their production.
Cristom's founder and owner, Paul Gerrie, used his skills as a petroleum engineer and avid researcher to pursue his passion for wine. On his travels to France he was introduced to the traditional growing practices of the Burgundy region. He learned that soil (terroir) and site were key in developing the complexity of the fruit. After a 1991 visit to the International Pinot Celebration in Oregon, Paul decided the time was right to leave the East Coast and bring his family and his passion for great Pinot Noir to Oregon's burgeoning wine country. Today, the estate can be seen in the eight distinct vineyards on Cristom's 65 acres in the Eola Hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley.
The Mount Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir 2013 vintage is bright in colour with red fruit aromatics. A beautifully structured wine with excellent balanced tannins and a persistent acidity. Impressions of pomegranate and mixed berries are evident in this mid-weight wine which has a spicyness on the palate coupled with a velvety texture.
Serve with smoked salmon rillettes.