2000 Cristom "Louise Vineyard" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1132015 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From 7 year old vines, the medium to dark ruby-colored 2000 Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard is a deep, layered wine. Its intense, concentrated core of cherries, spices, and plums lingers throughout its wonderfully long finish. Medium-bodied, its soft, velvety texture caresses the taster's mouth. Projected maturity: 2003-2010. 'For an Oregon winery, 2000 was a boring vintage because we didn't have to face drought, cold, harvest rains, or any other problems we had to try and surmount,' said Steve Doerner, Cristom's winemaker. He went on to say that, 'I was so much in love with the 1999s that I overlooked the 2000s until recently. Now I see this vintage as close as can be to 1999 without reaching that year's peaks.'  (10/2002)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Cristom has a handful of single-vineyard estate wines, but it’s usually the Louise that stands out. It begins with inky black fruit aromas, soy and wintergreen. The palate issues waves of black cherry, plum, mocha, espresso and char. The round, spicy finish is glorious; the total package is solid.  (10/2002)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Round and generous, a nicely proportioned Pinot that shows pretty berry and vanilla flavors, plus a floral note as the flavors linger.  (5/2003)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Aromas of black raspberry, strawberry, mocha, mace and sandalwood. Supple, sweet and broad, with lush red fruit and spicy oak flavors. Rich but nicely delineated. Finishes firmly tannic but not dry, with good length and sweetness. An earlier bottle showed a bit less personality and some charred oak on the back; this second bottle was sweeter and more expressive.  (4/2003)

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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.