Cristom Pinot Noir 2018, Marjorie Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

The famed Marjorie Vineyard boasts Cristom’s oldest estate plantings, predating the company back to 1982. Named in honor of winegrower-owner Tom Gerrie’s grandmother, Marjorie is distinctive at Cristom both for being own-rooted, and for its lower-density plantings, (605 vines/acre; 1,495 vines/ hectacre), with 6 feet between vines and 12 feet between rows. After rigorous cluster thinning to both ensure low yields and maximize flavor complexity, Marjorie is left with 18-22 clusters per vine, each weighing 70 – 80 grams/ cluster depending on the vintage – a testament to the fact that this vineyard produces very small, highly concentrated clusters, and exceptionally dramatic wines. “Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2018 Pinot Noir Marjorie Vineyard leaps from the glass with notes of cherry cordial, violets, rose hip tea and chocolate box plus wafts of forest floor and black pepper. Medium-bodied, the palate is tautly structured with firm, grippy tannins and a great backbone of lively acidity, finishing with lingering earthy notes.”