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Cristom Vineyards Eileen Eola-Amity Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2013

Vinous 92pts:

Bright red. Tightly wound red berry and Aisan spice aromas pick up a suave floral nuance with air. Silky and precise, offering energetic raspberry and bitter cherry flavors with a touch of star anise. A suave, seamless Pinot with no excess weight. Closes tangy and very long, with silky tannins and lingering spiciness. Drinking window: 2018-2023. (Galloni)

From the winemaker:

Though the growing season was warm leading us to an early start to harvest, the rainstorm in late September changed the very nature of the vintage. You can speak about 2013 as two vintages in one because the wines produced from the fruit harvested before and after the rain made very different wines stylistically. Because of the warm spring and summer, the first blocks harvested before the rain produced ripe expressions of Pinot Noir with great depth of flavor and concentration. The fruit picked after the rainstorm produced more refined, elegant expressions of Pinot Noir as if grown in a cool Willamette Valley vintage.

Like many cooler vintages, our winemaker made the deliberate decision to use less whole clusters in 2013, resulting in spicy aromatics without overpowering the wine with tannin. The resulting 2013 Eileen Vineyard is a thirty-six barrel blend from some of the favorite lots from the vineyard. Because all of the fruit was picked entirely after the rain, The 2013 Eileen is delicate in its tannin structure and offers great complexity of flavor with a balanced, elegant finish.

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Category: 2013, 90+ points, Oregon

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