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Cristom Vineyards

Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir Accolades

2014 Vintage

95 Points – 2014 Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills
"Light cherry red color in the glass. The aromas of crushed cherry, spice, rose petal, pine sap and vanilla oil draw your nose into the glass. A perfectly ripe core of dark red cherry essence fills every nook and cranny in the mouth and really clings to the finish. There are nuances galore, including accents of cardamom spice, boysenberry juice and subtle oak spices. The wine has noticeable energy and enough tannin for the long haul. Even more giving when tasting the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle exhibiting dreamy balance." 
- The Pinot File

93 Points – 2014 Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills
"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, densley 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."
- Josh Raynolds, Vinous

93 Points – 2014 Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills
"Aromas of toffee, ripe fruit and chocolate follow through to a full body, soft tannins and walnut/hazelnut undertones. Soft-textured. Delicious finish."
- Jamessuckling.com

91 Points - 2013 Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills
"Scents of cedar and warm leather suggest an oak-driven wine, but with air a dark, mineral-inflected black plum flavor comes to the fore, accented by savory stem spice. Give this time in the cellar to knit and then serve with tea-smoked duck."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine

2013 Vintage

94 Points - 2013 Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Estate
"Set at the top of Cristom's excellent lineup, this lush, round and seducive wine is built upon ripe black-cherry fruit. It plays out broadly across the palate, open and smooth, wih nuances of cola, sandalwood and spice. Crisp, natural acidity keeps it lifted and lively." Cellar Selection
- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast

94 Points - 2013 Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills
"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."
- Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media

91 Points – 2013 Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills
"Pretty and austere, this quiet pinot has a core of fruit held at some remove by its structure. The wine's acidiy is elegant and pleasing, framing dusty cranberry flavors and a whole-cluster breadth to the texture."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine

 

2014 Louise Estate Pinot Noir

The 2014 Louise Vineyard exhibits dark fruits, and a dusty, earthy nose with balanced oak vanilla as the high note.  The palate has mouth-coating tannins with great persistence and balance.  The fruit profile is mixed on the palate with a combination of concentrated black currant, black cherry, and black licorice, along with bright, vibrant red fruit and great integration of cinnamon spice from the stem inclusion.