2013 Estate Pinot Noir
The Cristom style is a recognizable style that strives to create world-class wines that are an honest expression of the vineyard in any vintage. Whole-cluster fermentations by native yeast followed by extended aging in French oak are the hallmarks of the Cristom winemaking style. The 2013 Estate Pinot Noir spent more than seventeen months in barrel in roughly 50% new French oak. After tasting and comparing the barrels over a year and a half in barrel, the resulting Estate Pinot Noir bottling is a blend of some of the favorite barrels from the four vineyards and offers great complexity of flavor and yet has a balanced, elegant structure.
In the glass, the 2013 Estate expresses itself as if it were grown in a cool year in the Willamette Valley with bright, red-fruit aromatics, elegant, balanced tannins and persistent acidity. Even though we had a warm spring and summer, the rain impacted the season, and like many cooler vintages, our winemaker made the deliberate decision to use less whole clusters in 2013. This wine will be one the finest expressions of the vintage as it is composed of some of the earliest and latest fruit harvested in 2013. The 2013 Estate Pinot Noir is a forty-barrel blend of some of the winemaker’s favorite lots from the four estate Pinot Noir single vineyards.