Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2018
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|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
Vivid ruby. Vibrant red currant, boysenberry and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of vanilla, candied flowers and baking spices. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering sappy red and dark berry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that deepen and turn sweeter through the midpalate. Delivers solid closing thrust and finishes on a repeating cherry note, with gentle, nicely integrated tannins that add subtle grip.
An outstanding vintage for this entry-level Pinot, it opens with scents of cranberry and raspberry, leading into pure fruit flavors etched by pineapple acidity. It morphs into a lemon rind flavor and lemon verbena highlight on the palate, while the ripe berry fruit holds through the trailing finish. All native yeast was used, along with 46% whole-cluster fermentation. It spent just under a year in 21% new French oak.