2007 Cristom "Louise Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $48)
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.
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.
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.
Crisp, with firm tannins around a lithe core of currant and red berry flavors, lingering delicately. Drink now through 2013.
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."