Cristom Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard
Planted in 1993, Louise Vineyard was named for Cristom winegrower &owner Tom Gerrie’s great-grandmother, Louise Dinkelspiel. The lowestelevation Pinot Noir planting on the Cristom estate, Louise Vineyard canbe distinctly separated into an “upper” and “lower” section, divided bya 150 ft. (45.7 m) slope. Because of this unique topography, Louisetypically has both some of the earliest and latest fruit harvested eachyear; in the 2015 vintage, we recorded our earliest-ever pick date,bringing in the first estate fruit of the harvest from the Louise Vineyardon September 1st.
95 James Suckling
This cuvée has a very energetic and intense feel with a wealth of fresh and attractive red cherries and raspberries, plenty of florals and subtle herbal, forest-wood and light-chocolate notes. There’s a very keenly articulated feel to the palate with a plush, very fleshy and assertively long, detailed finish. Deep fruit presence here. Drink across the next decade.
94 Wine & Spirits
Louise is one of Cristom’s warmer, low-elevation sites, with both Jory soils and flood deposits on its lower slopes. The wine is sleek and warm, with scents of tar and black cherries, and bright flavors of cherry and red plum delivered with polished tannins. It could age for years; then serve with quail.
Vivid red. Expansive aromas of ripe red berries, candied flowers and baking spices, with a smoky mineral topnote that gains strength as the wine opens up. Coats the palate with appealing sweet raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors that tighten up and become spicier on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and floral lift on an impressively long finish that's shaped by fine-grained, even tannins.
92 Wine Spectator
Refined and elegantly complex, with harmonious raspberry and cranberry flavors, accented by black tea notes and building structure toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2024.
92 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard was made with 49% whole clusters and aged 18 months in 66% new French oak. Pale to medium ruby, it has a pretty nose of dried lilac and lavender, dusty earth, saline, rhubarb and cranberry with amaro accents and a savory undercurrent. The palate is medium-bodied and silky with slowly blossoming flavor layers and a finely knit frame, finishing long and minerally with juicy acidity to lift. This is a more serious style that will require a couple more years in bottle to fully come into its own.
91 Wine Enthusiast
This delivers lightly spicy cherry fruit in a swath of milk chocolate. Two-thirds of the barrels were new, and half the ferment included whole clusters. Balanced throughout, it finishes with an astringent tea leaf note.