The famed Marjorie Vineyard boasts Cristom’s oldest estate plantings, predating the company back to 1982. Named in honor of winegrower-owner Tom Gerrie’s grandmother, Marjorie is distinctive at Cristom both for being own-rooted, and for its lower-density plantings, (605 vines/acre; 1,495 vines/ hectacre), with 6 feet between vines and 12 feet between rows. Because of these low density plantings, Marjorie is left with 18-22 clusters per vine, each weighing 70 - 80 grams/cluster depending on the vintage – a testament to the fact that this vineyard produces very small, highly concentrated clusters, and exceptionally dramatic wines.
WINEMAKING At least 50% whole clusters of hand-harvested and hand-sorted fruit 100% native yeast fermentations. 1-3 punch-downs daily in 1-1.5 ton open-top fermenters. Gently pressed in a pneumatic bladder press and moved to barrel by gravity. Undergoes a full malolactic fermentation in barrel. Fined with egg whites, unfiltered. Ages for 18 months in Frech Oak, 75% new.