"Bright red. Tightly wound red berry and Asian spice aromas pick up a suave floral nuance with air. Silky and precise, offering energetic raspberry and bitter cherry flavors with a touch of star anise. A suave, seamless Pinot with no excess weight. Closes tangy and very long, with silky tannins and lingering spiciness. -Josh Raynolds" –Oct 2015, Josh Raynolds
Perched high on a hill, Eileen Vineyard has a commanding view of the Cristom Estate, the Eastern Cascade Mountains, and the Western Coastal Range. The vineyard’s elevation soars from 540 to 705 feet, giving Eileen the highest elevation on the Cristom property. Eileen is also known for having the youngest vines and the largest planting. Named for Paul Gerrie’s wife (and co-owner of Cristom), Eileen Gerrie, the Eileen Single-Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir was first released in 2000.
Eileen Vineyard tends to produce a wine that is the most precocious of the four estate vineyards. It is usually softer & rounder on the palate with less minerality and more fruit. Typically, Eileen is textured, layered, and silky on the palate with an intriguing bouquet of sweet spices.
Origin: 100% Estate fruit
Fermentation: 43% whole clusters; 1 to 5 ton open-top fermenters. Native yeast used exclusively.
Aging: 17 months, Burgundian cooperage (56% new oak).