2000 Cristom "Louise Vineyard" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
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.'
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.
Round and generous, a nicely proportioned Pinot that shows pretty berry and vanilla flavors, plus a floral note as the flavors linger.
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.