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Cristom Pinot Noir Eileen Vineyard 2011


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Cristom


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Review:

The aromas are stunning - exotic and pretty. Superbly elegant, seamlessly textured, with a pure Pinot sweetness hanging on the finish. One seriously sexy Pinot noir. - Marcus

2010 vintage notes: Tanzer 94 points. "Vivid ruby-red. An exotic perfume of red fruit preserves, blood orange and candied flowers, along with an Asian spice nuance that strengthens with air. Shows very good clarity and intensity on the palate, offering gently sweet black raspberry and rose pastille flavors and a zesty kick of cinnamon. Spicy and precise on the strikingly persistent finish, which features silky tannins and lingering floral notes." - Josh Raynolds

2010 Vintage Wine Spectator - 92 points - Deft, polished and expressive, this is layered with cherry, rasp- berry, orange peel and pine flavors that meld seamlessly on the harmonious finish, lingering well. Shows intensity without weight. Drink now through 2020. - H.S.

2009 Vintage Tasting Notes

2009 Vintage Tasting Notes

2009 Wine Advocate - 93 points - From an exposed 15-acre (and recently expanded) sector of the estate that reaches up to 700 feet in elevation and hence ripens relatively late, Cristom’s 2009 Pinot Noir Eileen delivers a marriage of lightly-confitured but juicy, ripe cherry and red raspberry – garlanded in buddleia and lily – with rich, toasty underlying nut oils and savory, marrow-rich meat stock that is strikingly pure and uncannily saliva-inducing. Irritatingly vague though it is, the German wine expression “feinherb” springs to my mind here, because there is an alliance of fine (i.e. pleasurable) bitterness with savor – not to mention an overall refinement of texture and purity of fruit that are both memorable and irresistible. An admirable sense of buoyancy (though in collection-typical fashion, this weighs-in at a bit over 14% in alcohol) and a persistently, dynamically complex finish further certify the excellence of a bottling that will probably pay distinctively delicious dividends for at least the next dozen years. - David Schildknecht

2009 Wine Enthusiast - 92 points - This begins as a hard, tight wine with hints of rose petal around a core of blackberry hard candy. The balance is superb, and the wine is lively with nuanced, dark notes blending smoke, espresso and bitter chocolate. An intriguing animal scent surfaces after some hours of breathing. - Paul Gregutt

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

2008 Tanzer - 94 points

2006 Vintage Tasting Notes

Cristom Eileen Vineyard Pinot noir 06 is made entirely from one section of Cristom's own estate vineyard. Less than 600 cases of the wine were made. While the wine was aged in 67% new oak, it is drinking well. A silky texture and mouthfeel surround a core of smooth tannins. It is a richly flavored Pinot noir, true to the varietal at its best.

"Cristom's 2006 Eileen Vineyard Pinot noir is a dark ruby colored wine with rich aromas of ripe blackberries, cinnamon, allspice, cedar and roasted coffee. The equally compelling flavors consist of raspberries, currants and a bit of a wild fruit or a briary component that gives an overall lift to the palate. Although the 2003 vintage was a bit warmer and drier than we typically see, the altitude of this vineyard helped to maintain the bright acidity that keeps this wine balanced. Although there is still some mouth coating tannins, this wine is drinking well now and should improve for 5 to 8 years." ~Steve Doerner

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