2018 Cristom "Eileen Vineyard" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1492801 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A complex nose with sappy, foresty notes framing ripe blueberries, red cherries and sultry, gently herbal, bunchy influence. The palate has impressive power and drive, packed with fresh red-cherry and boysenberry flavors. The acidity is a feature and holds a very long, supple and lively finish. Inner quote mark (6/2021)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Deep scarlet. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes spice-tinged raspberry liqueur, cherry and potpourri, along with a deeper cola nuance and a hint of smoky minerality. Velvety and seamless on the palate, offering expansive red and blue fruit, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Shows impressive delineation and finishes extremely long and spicy, with polished tannins and resonating floral and cherry notes. (JR) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Pinot Noir Eileen Vineyard was made with 48% whole clusters and aged 17 months in 57% new French oak. It has a medium ruby color and savory prosciutto and aniseed-laced rhubarb and cranberries plus loads of latent spices. The medium-bodied palate is fresh and silky, its juicy uplift is an excellent foil for its broody, spicy fruits, and it finishes long. (EB) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark From the top end of the Cristom property, where the vines are the most exposed to the Van Duzer winds, this wine is spicy and tightly wound when first poured. The dark plum fruit is steeped in licorice-root notes, with a lovely concentration that lingers. It has the tannic backbone and the whole-cluster grip to match duck sausages. (PJC) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This block selection shines in 2018, with a mix of red fruits and a dusting of cocoa. Fermented with native yeasts and half whole-clusters, it was aged 17 months in 57% new French oak. The tannins are firm and astringent, and another year or two of bottle age is recommended. (PG) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

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