"Vivid ruby-red. Heady, mineral-laced aromas of ripe red berries, allspice and potpourri. Sweet raspberry and rose pastille flavors show impressive energy and focus, with a spicecake nuance emerging with air. The floral element repeats strongly on the very long, juicy finish, which is framed by gentle, slow-mounting tannins." –Oct 2015
"Lithe, focused and expressive, with wet earth and accented currant, pear and floral flavors, wrapped in gentle tannins and singing expressively on the well-modulated finish. A hint of chocolate adds richness. Best after 2017. 1,079 cases made."
"The 2012 Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve will be released near the end of 2015. It offer lively red berry fruit with redcurrant and wild raspberry scents, fine delineation with cheeky hints of marmalade and orange rind. The palate is medium-bodied and almost feral on the entry, as it seems to shoot off in a different direction. Then the acidity begins to bind it all together to form a cohesive, sorbet-fresh, bay-leaf finish that is long in the mouth. It needs to develop a little more persistence on the balsamic-tinged aftertaste, but otherwise this has good potential." –April 2015
Jessie’s (of Jessie Vineyard) maiden name was Sommers and in a continuation of the matriarch series this wine was renamed from 'Cristom Reserve' to 'Sommers Reserve' with the release of the 2004 vintage. Comprised of barrel selections from sustainably-farmed estate vineyards and their traded or purchased fruit (about 80% estate).
The extensive use of whole clusters and the exclusive use of native yeast are defining characteristics of Cristom's winemaking. Wines are fermented in open-top fermenters, with no pre-fermentation cold soak, and punched down 3 times a day. When fermentation is complete, the wines are pressed lightly in a pneumatic press. The young wines are then moved into barrel by gravity for aging. Sommers Reserve averages about 50% new oak for 18 months.