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

When founders Paul and Eileen Gerrie purchased the estate in 1992, there was an existing vineyard with tremendous potential planted in the mid-slope of the east facing site. Paul re-named the vineyard Marjorie after his mother and the first single vineyard wine was produced from the 1994 vintage. The vineyard is situated on a gently sloping bench of consistent, moderately deep volcanic soil in the heart of the hillside between the lower slopes of Louise Vineyard and the higher elevation Eileen Vineyard at the crest of the Eola Hills. Marjorie is distinctive at Cristom with lower density plantings, very small, highly concentrated clusters and wide-spacing rows that harken back to the earliest days of Oregon viticulture. First established in 1982 with own-rooted Pinot Noir, the 8.4-acre vineyard has been mostly re-planted now due to Phylloxera but the wines continue to retain the signature concentration, grace, texture and elegance that make this a distinguished site.