Cristom Eileen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
|United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Saturated garnet. Vibrant red fruit, floral and exotic spice qualities on the nose; deeper dark berry and licorice notes arrive with air. Juicy and tightly wound on entry, offering appealingly sweet raspberry, boysenberry, cherry cola, candied lavender and allspice flavors and a touch of vanilla. Shows superb clarity and mineral lift on the persistent finish, which features gently firming tannins and repeating cherry, floral and spice notes. 44% whole clusters and 43% new French oak.
Medium ruby, the 2019 Pinot Noir Eileen Vineyard is pure, delicate and so pretty! It has layered aromas of raspberries and blueberries with tangerine peel, aniseed and an array of earthy accents. Bursting with juicy acidity and super silky in texture, the palate has a weightless feel despite its intense, layered flavors, and it finishes with tremendous length.
The tight raspberry and cherry fruit is showcased with a dusting of cocoa from barrel aging. The winery uses native yeast and a percentage of whole clusters in the fermentations, adding complexity and texture along with highlights of stem and leaf. There's a lemony twist to the acidity, which lift the finish. Another year or more of bottle age is recommended.
Sinewy and coiled up with tension, this red offers brooding red berry, dusky spice and hints of fresh earth. Firms up on the finish, revealing broad-shouldered tannins. Drink now through 2030. 749 cases made.