2007 Cristom "Louise Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $48)

SKU #1076304 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full red. Musky red berry and cherry skin scents are joined by cola and rooty sassafras with air, along with sexy oak spice and potpourri qualities. Broad, spicy red fruit flavors are firmed by juicy acidity, gaining sweetness in the middle palate. Fine-grained tannins arrive on the finish, which leaves behind notes of candied red berries and cola. Not an overly powerful style but boasts sneaky depth of fruit and doesn't lack for heft.  (8/2010)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 All herbs and loamy earth at the outset, this wine has high-toned, bright red fruit that emerges with air. It develops pomegranate and dried cherry scents, marked by rosemary oil and a hint of pepper. There's tension between the fruit and the savory elements that suggests some cellar life. Allow it to age, then uncork for Provençal chicken.  (4/2011)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard has an alluring perfume of sandalwood, spice box, strawberry, and cherry. Medium-bodied, elegant, and savory on the palate, this well-balanced, lengthy effort will provide pleasure through 2019.  (10/2009)

89 points Wine Spectator

 Crisp, with firm tannins around a lithe core of currant and red berry flavors, lingering delicately. Drink now through 2013.  (12/2009)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "Cristom Vineyards hangs its hat on a well earned reputation for making exceptional Pinot Noir. Their rich track record of excellence is the result of a twenty-year collaboration between three men-an engineer, a biochemist and a farmer-who are, first and foremost, stewards of the land. Strengthened by an independent and pragmatic spirit, and the belief that great wine begins in the vineyard, their partnership illustrates the unique blend of tradition, modernity and finesse that defines Cristom's wines."

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2012 | Send Email
Some of you might not know what kind of love we have for Cristom. Simply put, it is one of K&L Wine Merchants favorite Oregon wineries. We believe that from front to back there are few producers in the Willamette Valley that are cranking out wines as delicious as the team at Cristom. The good news is that Cristom graciously receives our love and had been kind enough to open their cellar doors to us from time to time allowing us to sell selected Library Releases. One of these releases is the 2007 Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir which we couldn’t be happier with, especially with this outrageously cheap price tag. Louise is commonly one of the last wines that Cristom releases due to its power and deep seated dark fruit personality. Wildly aromatic this wine exudes sandalwood, pomegranate seed, Black cherry and sage aromas in the complete and alluring nose. Big and powerful for the lighter 2007 vintage this had wide streaks of woodsy spice and savory meatiness to go with the dried cherry, blood orange and apricot flavors found on the palate. If you haven’t tried the wines from Cristom yet this would be a perfect place to start, if you have, well, you probably don’t need me to tell you that you should buy this.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.