Cristom Pinot Noir 2019, Eileen Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Eileen Vineyard, named after co-founder Eileen Gerrie, is situated at the highest elevation on the original Cristom estate rising to over 735 feet with commanding views of the Cascade Range to the east and the Oregon Coast Range to the west. Perched at the crest of the Eola Hills, Eileen Vineyard is defined by the cold, Pacific Ocean winds and dramatic volcanic soil variation from ancient basalt flows. Among the most geologically complex sites on the farm and our most wind-swept vines, the fruit from Eileen can be structured, vibrant and persistent. First established in 1997, Eileen Vineyard has grown to nearly 22 acres of Pinot Noir and more than 2 acres of Chardonnay. The Chardonnay vines extend to the summit of the hill, best capturing the cold nights and fierce winds of Eileen’s maritime climate allowing the vines to retain fresh acidity in the fruit. Winemaking: 44% whole cluster. 1005 native yeast fermentations. 1-3 punch-downs in 1.5-5 ton open-top fermenters. Gently pressed in a pneumatic bladder press and moved to barrel by gravity. 43% new French oak. Full malolactic fermentation in barrel. Fined with egg whites, unfiltered.