Cristom Pinot Gris Eola Amity Hills Estate 2009

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Pale-gold in color, the 2009 Pinot Gris brings to mind a fruit cocktail, with attitude. On the nose, It offers up the well articulated aromas of white flowers, orange blossom, tangerine zest, bartlet pear and melon. The rich fruitiness is framed—and balanced by, a crisp and refreshing acidity that is mouthwatering. A certain, coconut-milk creaminess echoes into the finish, along with sweet spices. Pair this wine with good times and sunshine or any form of sustainable shrimp or crab harvested from the Oregon coast.

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Cristom Vineyards:
Cristom's founder and owner, Paul Gerrie, used his skills as an engineer and avid researcher to pursue his passion for wine. On his travels to France, he was introduced to the traditional growing practices of the Burgundy region. He learned that soil ( terroir ) and site were key in developing the complexity of the fruit. After a 1991 visit to the International Pinot Celebration in Oregon, Pau... Read more
Cristom's founder and owner, Paul Gerrie, used his skills as an engineer and avid researcher to pursue his passion for wine. On his travels to France, he was introduced to the traditional growing practices of the Burgundy region. He learned that soil ( terroir ) and site were key in developing the complexity of the fruit. After a 1991 visit to the International Pinot Celebration in Oregon, Paul decided the time was right to leave the East Coast and bring his family and his passion for great Pinot Noir to Oregon's burgeoning wine country. But their journey wasn't complete without a winemaker who shared Paul's vision of "letting the land make the wines." Enter Steve Doerner who, after a quarter century of experience, still believes the winemaker's job is to "optimize what nature — the vineyard — provides." In addition to his reputation as a master winemaker with "keen intuition" (possibly from his French heritage), Steve is a biochemist who had been making wine in California. And so with a passion that only wine enthusiasts embrace and a precision that can only come from a chemist and an engineer, the two set out to cultivate their vision, which today, can be seen in the seven distinct vineyards on Cristom's 65 acres. As are most trained scientists, Paul and Steve are keen observers. While they are still advocates of tradition, they continually experiment both in the vineyards and in the cellar. A recent example is the introduction of Viognier to the Willamette Valley. Cristom was one of the first to plant it, even though conventional wisdom assumed the climate was too wet. "We planted it on our sunniest acre and got nice vintages right away," explained Steve. Read less

Member Reviews for Cristom Pinot Gris Eola Amity Hills Estate

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Snooth User: ledavis4
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4.00 5
12/20/2011

Refreshing with lovely citrus flavors and light acidity. Perfect for any occasion


External Reviews for Cristom Pinot Gris Eola Amity Hills Estate

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/19/2011

The 2009 Pinot Gris Estate displays aromas of baking spices, melon, and tangerine zest. On the palate there is a trace of residual sugar balanced with lively acidity, a creamy texture, good volume, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Drink this pleas... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Pinot Gris wine from Oregon in USA. 2009 Cristom Pinot Gris 750ml



Pale-gold in color, the 2009 Pinot Gris brings to mind a fruit cocktail, with attitude. On the nose, It offers up the well articulated aromas of white flowers, orange blossom, tangerine zest, bartlet pear and melon. The rich fruitiness is framed—and balanced by, a crisp and refreshing acidity that is mouthwatering. A certain, coconut-milk creaminess echoes into the finish, along with sweet spices. Pair this wine with good times and sunshine or any form of sustainable shrimp or crab harvested from the Oregon coast.

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