2006 Cristom "Marjorie Vineyard" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir (375ml)

SKU #1132011 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Pinot Noir Marjorie Vineyard is sourced from a vineyard that predates the current ownership. Planted in the early ‘80s, it has low density spacing and has been attacked by phylloxera but the winery believes the old-vine character is worth preserving. It offers up complex spice notes, red and black fruits, and a concentrated sweetness on the palate. It has good structure but is slightly compressed in the finish. Two years in the bottle should round it out and it should continue to drink well through 2018.  (10/2008)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Earthy, meaty, gamy overtones weave through the firm blackberry and coffee flavors, lingering against crisp tannins.  (12/2008)

Wine Spectator

 Earthy, meaty, gamy overtones weave through the firm blackberry and coffee flavors, lingering against crisp tannins. Best from 2009 through 2013. 752 cases made.  (12/2008)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2013 | Send Email
For some reason I’ve always gravitated to the wines from the Marjorie block at Cristom as being the most intriguing and interesting wines from their estate. This leads me to generally pick these wines as my favorite of the single blocks. The Marjorie block existed on the property when the Gerrie Family purchased the land in 1991/1992. The vines date back to 1982 making it one of the oldest vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills. The overall heat in 2006 has been well documented and all wines were struck by it including this one. The good news here is that this wine still has surprising cut and energy. The nose instantly shows the vintage with ripe, sunny tones of warm asphalt, dried raspberry and a bit of barrel char from the 64% new oak that it saw. Lush, expanse and open this is why so many people loved this vintage. This wine is all about texture and mouth feel and fans of more modern styled Pinots will love this will all of its bass toned red and black fruits and it overall round nature.

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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.