2015 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard, Willamette (750ml)

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Country: United States
Region: Oregon
Sub-Region: Willamette
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Review Score: 94WA, 94V, 92W&S, 92JS
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard is scented of kirsch, mulberries and raspberry tart with underlying Chinese five spice, hoisin and mossy bark hints. Medium-bodied, there's a very seductive mid-palate of red berry and exotic spice flavors, supported by velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with spicy layers.

94 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # 232 - Aug 2017)

Vivid red. Ripe red fruits, potpourri and a hint of blood orange on the assertively perfumed nose, lifted by a vibrant mineral quality. Silky and precise on the palate, offering alluringly sweet, spice-tinged cherry and raspberry liqueur flavors and a hint of five-spice powder. Becomes richer with air, with no loss of vibrancy, and finishes with powerful, spicy thrust, fine-grained tannins and an exotic floral pastille note that lingers with serious tenacity.

94 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jan 2018)

Jessie is a low-elevation, east-facing vineyard that has the property’s highest-density planting. The 2015 takes time and air to unfurl; what starts out as a jumble of earthy, savory elements aligns and resonates in the glass after a half hour, the whole cluster spice at first anise-like, then more peppery. The fruit seems lacy, shaping the wine rather than filling it, a fruit-skin bitterness providing evidence of a long life ahead in the cellar.

92 points, Wine & Spirits (Feb 2018)

Aromas of plums, raspberries and orange skin to this pinot noir. Light to medium body, firm tannins and a pretty finish. Drink now or hold.

92 points, James Suckling (Dec 2017)