Hello friends. The current vintage of today’s well-reviewed Pinot Noir being offered by the winery is 2012, and it’s going for $50. Our offer today is not for the 2012 (nor the 2011, nor the 2010), and it’s considerably less than fifty bucks:
Wine & Spirits Magazine (Patrick Comiskey): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]t. 93pts.”
We’ve offered Cristom’s Mt. Jefferson Pinot before. That one blends Cristom estate juice with purchased juice. This Sommers, however, comes entirely from Cristom’s four estate vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills. For those not familiar with this producer, here’s an excerpt from the outstanding wine writer Neal Martin, writing about Cristom during his first year covering Oregon for Wine Advocate:
That’s a fine description both of the winery and of this particular wine. And Cristom did something a bit unusual with Sommers Reserve. They held off on releasing their 2009 vintage, believing it was too structured and unyielding in its youth. Instead, they released the 2010, and then the 2011, and then the 2012, all ahead of the 2009. When they eventually did release the 2009, they first did so exclusively through restaurants, with fairly aggressive pricing (low enough to work as a high-end glass-pour). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: why should the somms get to have all the fun? Fortunately, the folks at Cristom, and their reps here in Seattle, have been willing to spread the pricing love to include a few select retailers, and we’re one of them.
This 2009 clocks in at 14.0% and begins with a wonderful, maturing nose of dried cherry and red licorice, roasted cremini mushroom, and resinous forest floor. Lovely. The palate offers a ripe, rich, mouthful of salty red and black fruits. Texturally it drinks like an Oregon-Cali tweener. We offer plenty of Oregon Pinots that play on the more austere, Burgundian end of the spectrum. Not this one, from the warm, come-hither 2009 vintage: it’s all generosity and pleasure, and if at one point it was tight, tannic, and unyielding, that point is now clearly in the rearview. The tannins are fine-grained, supple, and mostly resolved, helping support an easy/seamless glide path from the front of palate through to the finish.
This is a rare treat, accessing Oregon Pinot at seven years past vintage. I can’t remember the last time I was presented with an ’09, and I won’t expect to see any more anytime soon. Let’s get while the gettin’s good. First come first served up to 24 bottles, and the wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.