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Cristom Vineyards, 2015 Cristom Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard

94
"Deep red. Expansive, spice-accented red fruit and spicecake aromas show excellent clarity and pick up suggestions of cola and sandalwood with air. Juicy, focused and appealingly sweet, offering intense black raspberry, cherry pie and five-spice powder flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Shows outstanding energy and clarity and finishes sappy and impressively long, featuring discreet tannins and an emphatic echo of juicy red fruit."
–Jan-18
Wine Advocate
Cristom Vineyards, 2015 Cristom Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard

94
"Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard has a savory, almost meaty nose over a core of Black Forest cake, red currants, mulberries, cardamom and fenugreek with a touch of potpourri. Medium-bodied, the palate has exquisitely fine tannins and a lively line of acidity supporting generous, multi-layered red berry preserves and spice, finishing with impressive persistence and depth."
–Aug-17
James Suckling
Cristom Vineyards, 2015 Cristom Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard

93
"This pinot noir shows light tobacco, raspberries and orange skin. Hints of cedar, too. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a vibrant finish. Drink from 2020."
–Dec-17
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2015 Cristom Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard
Cristom Vineyards

Planted in 1993, Louise Vineyard was named for Cristom winegrower & owner Tom Gerrie’s great-grandmother, Louise Dinkelspiel. The lowest-elevation Pinot Noir planting on the Cristom estate, Louise Vineyard can be distinctly separated into an “upper” and “lower” section, divided by a 150 ft. (45.7 m) slope. Because of this unique topography, Louise typically has both some of the earliest and latest fruit harvested each year.

WINEMAKING Hand harvested and hand sorted fruit, 43% whole clusters.
Minimum effective additions of sulfur and tartaric acid, Native yeast fermentations, 1-3 punch-downs daily in 1-5 ton open-top fermenters.
Gently pressed in a pneumatic bladder press, moved to barrel by gravity and never racked, unless necessary.
Undergoes a full malolactic fermentation in barrel Fined with egg whites, unfiltered.

AGING 18 months in French oak, 56% new.

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