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Cristom Vineyards

Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir Accolades

2012 Vintage

91 Points – 2012 Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
"This wine has pleasing richness, lending warmth across a full palate. Forward berry and cherry flavors fill the mouth, offering an accessible burst of fresh flavor in a somewhat blocky frame. There's a jolt of spice and a streak of cola, all quite tasty. The wine spent 19 months in 53% new French oak."
- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, published 4/1/2016

92 Points – 2012 Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
"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. Drinking window: 2018-2023."
- Josh Raynolds, Vinous

90 Points - 2012 Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills
"Cristom’s reserve pinot noir is a monolith at the moment, with plenty of dark oak flavors to contain the ripe fruit and a little whole-cluser spice. It’s dense, powerful and built for the cellar."
- Wine and Spirits Magazine

2011 Vintage

91 Points – 2011 Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
"Deep red. Vibrant red berry and peppery spice scents are deepened by notes of cola and mocha. Silky but penetrating, showing excellent clarity to its raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Becomes more floral with air and finishes smoky and long, with resonating spiciness and silky tannins. Drinking window: 2017-2020."
- Antonia Galloni, Vinous

91 Points - 2011 Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
"The 2011 Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve contains a higher percentage of estate fruit compared to the Mt. Jefferson, around 80%, and is treated like the single-vineyard–matured for 18 months in around 50% new oak. It includes 50% whole-cluster fruit. It has a mellow, natural bouquet with lifted brambly red berry fruit with touches of bay leaf and autumn leaves. I like the delineation here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite crisp and reserved at first, but it gently fans out with pretty red berry fruit mixed with plenty of dried herbs. This adheres to Cristom’s classic style, much more Old World inspired than its peers, and certainly well crafted."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2010 Vintage

91 Points – 2010 Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
"Bright ruby red. Intense red berry and Asian spice aromas are given depth by notes of cola and mocha. Juicy and incisive on the palate, offering appealingly sweet raspberry and rose pastille flavors and a bright kick of cinnamon. Finishes on an energetic note, with excellent clarity and gentle tannic grip. The 2009 version carried 14.3% alcohol while this one checks in at 13.5%."
- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar


2012 Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir

The 2012 “Sommers” is a selection of barrels by our only-ever winemaker from a total of eight different vineyard sites including parcels in the Eola-Amity Hills, Dundee Hills and Yamhill-Carlton Appellations. 91% of the grapes that make up this wine were grown in the Eola-Amity Hills Appellation.