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Cristom Vineyards, 2013 Cristom Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard

"Deep red. Hugely aromatic bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, incense and Asian spices, along with a bright mineral overtone. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sweet raspberry preserve, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out with air. Delivers a suave blend of power and elegance, finishing with harmonious tannins and remarkable clarity and length."
–Oct 2015, Josh Raynolds

Cristom Vineyards, 2013 Cristom Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard

Cristom Vineyards, 2013 Cristom Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard

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2013 Cristom Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard
Cristom Vineyards

Paul Gerrie’s maternal grandmother was the namesake of Louise Vineyard, the first Cristom estate vineyard planted. Thanks to a slope that separates the upper and lower parts of the vineyard, Louise is distinctive because it usually has some of the first and last fruit harvested each year. Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir was first released in 1996. It typically has more acid and tannin than other single vineyard estate Pinot Noirs – a result of its lower elevation and warmer site.

The wine is more heavily textured, dark-fruited, and more concentrated in flavor than Cristom's other estate Pinot Noirs. Creamy, mocha notes on the bouquet co-mingling with dark red fruits that are reminiscent of fresh mulberries, very ripe blackberries, plums, and black cherries along with hints of chocolate. Louise stands out for its delightful velvet texture and full, persistent finish.

Aging: 19 months in Burgundian cooperage (54% new oak); Bottled unfined.

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