2007 Cristom "Louise Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 375ml

SKU #1132010 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: 6/20/2013 | Send Email
I’ve loved the 2007 pinots from the moment they were released which was a unpopular stance to take. Sandwiched between the ripe, or mostly overripe, 2006’s and the blockbuster 2008’s 2007 got lost in its cool vintage nuance and subtlety. The wines were always incredibly aromatic, a note that is lost on most critics sadly, and had incredible energy, acidity and life. The problem was, for most, that they didn’t have a lot of stuffing, power or heft. Fast forward to now and many people are eating crow on the 2007 vintage. The wines have become even more wonderful adding mid-palate complexity and weight and are beginning to fully flesh out. This 2007 Louise, the warmest block on their property helpful in this cold year, is just delicious. Exotically perfumed with a load of tropical fruits, rose petal, cardamom and talc this is why I loved the aromatics of the vintage back when it was released. Bright and savory on entry this has loads of earthen/forest-y spice and an energetic yet surprisingly textural feel. White cherry, thyme, fern, apple skin and cranberry are delicately meshed on the palate and lead to a wine of great polish and poise.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14