James Suckling
Cristom Vineyards, 2014 Cristom Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard

93
"Aromas of toffee, ripe fruit and chocolate follow through to a full body, soft tannins and walnut/hazelnut undertones. Soft-textured. Delicious finish. Drink or hold."
–Nov-16
Vinous
Cristom Vineyards, 2014 Cristom Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard

93
"Dark red. Ripe dark berry, cherry, incense and floral pastille scents are accented by a strong note of smoky Indian spices. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering juicy, densely packed black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter with air. Shows impressive depth as well as vivacity, finishing with powerful, spicy thrust, gentle tannic grip and striking persistence. This was the richest wine of my tasting of Doerner's '14s and looks to be a solid cellar candidate."
–Dec-16
Wine Advocate
Cristom Vineyards, 2014 Cristom Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard

92
"Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard has subtle red berry and dried herb notes with suggestions of potpourri, charcoal and raspberry leaves and hints of cardamom and forest floor. Medium-bodied with a good core of black cherry and black raspberry notes with hints of underbrush, garrigue, fungi and lavender. It is a more structured style, with firm chewy tannins and soft acidity, finishing long and earthy."
–Aug-17
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2014 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.

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

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