Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2012

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We found impressions of pomegranate and mixed berries and the youthful aromas to be complex and intriguing. It is a mid-weight wine, spicy on the palate, and has a luscious, velvety texture that is very promising. It will be best served in the next 3-4 years though it may please you after 8-10 years.
Category Red Wine
Country United States
Region Oregon
Appellation Willamette Valley
Brand Cristom
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
  • wa89

Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Mt Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir comes from vines located above the winery augmented by purchased fruit from notable vineyards. It contains around 40% whole-cluster fruit (one of the central tenets at Cristom), and only undergoes one racking during its 12 months in barrel: one just before filtration and then just before bottling. It has an attractive tertiary/woodland-scented bouquet with dried rose petal notes coming through, much less fruit driven than many other 2012 Pinot Noirs. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry. It is quite sappy in style with crisp black fruit rather than red, leading to a focused, slightly austere, tobacco-tinged and saline finish. I would afford this a year in bottle for this "classic" style of Oregon Pinot.

Neal Martin, March 30, 2015
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorFirm in texture, with fine tannins around a lean core of dark berry and roasted tomato flavors, persisting on the grainy finish. Best from 2017 through 2020. 8,649 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, 2015