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J. Christopher, 2012 J. Christopher Pinot Noir 'Lumière'

"The 2012 Pinot Noir Eola Amity Hills Lumiere includes 10% cluster fruit, although Jay Somer told me that there is no intention to rank it up much higher at the moment. It comes from the northeastern flank of the Eola-Amity hills on volcanic soils with a lot of basalt and sees 20 months in 25% new French oak. It has a clean and precise bouquet with red cherries, kirsch and touches of orange sorbet that gain intensity with aeration - great clarity here and a great expression of "the dirt." The palate is medium-bodied with sappy ripe, slightly saline fruit, a little grainy texture with good density toward the finish that is a little terse and strict, but displays very fine tension. Superb."
–April 2015

J. Christopher, 2012 J. Christopher Pinot Noir 'Lumière'

J. Christopher, 2012 J. Christopher Pinot Noir 'Lumière'

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2012 J. Christopher Pinot Noir 'Lumière'
J. Christopher

“Lumière” makes reference to the light that contributes to Eola-Amity Hills’ discernible qualities in Pinot Noir. This terroir wine is made from fruit sourced from three small vineyards; “Dubay”, "En Gedi" and “Three Angels” on Walnut Road. This string of hills ranges from 250 to 700 feet in elevation. The weather here is mild, with cool summer afternoons lending firm acidity to developing grapes. The shallow, rocky soils here are mainly volcanic basalt, with some marine sediment and alluvial deposits, providing good drainage for grapes of great concentration.

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