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Cristom Vineyards

2014 Marjorie Vineyard Pinot Noir

2014 Marjorie Vineyard Pinot Noir

Marjorie Vineyard was picked over the course of just two days in 2014 and we harvested just less than 8 tons of fruit.  The 2014 vintage began in Marjorie Vineyard on September 14th, when 2 tons of the original vine Pommard was picked at a near optimal ripeness of 24.3 degrees Brix and 3.23 pH.  The following day on September 15th, just over 2 tons of original vine Marjorie Wädenswil was picked along with just under 4 tons of the Marjorie young vine fruit picked at 23.9 degrees Brix and 24.7 degrees Brix respectively.  The clusters were very small, with small and concentrated berries as the fruit almost always is in Marjorie resulting in wines of depth and power.

The 2014 Marjorie is a seventeen-barrel blend of some of the finest barrels in the cellar.  The overall 2014 blend is composed of five clones of Pinot Noir, including:  29% original vine Pommard, 24% original vine Wädenswil, and 47% young vine Pommard, Wädenswil, 114, 115 and 777.  The 2014 Marjorie Vineyard Pinot Noir explodes from the glass with concentrated red-fruits, dusty earth aromas, savory spices and baking spices.  There is a pleasing strawberry briar patch note that blends with a sweet pipe tobacco as the wine opens up.  There is a richness of fruit on the palate, with soft delicate tannins that marry well with juicy acidity that lingers and lingers.  This wine is approachable now, and it will reward those with patience for 12-15 years or more.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Willamette Valley
Alcohol %
14