93pts Wilfred Wong
The 2018 Cristom Eileen Vineyard Pinot Noir stole my heart as it brought its energized style to the fore. This wine exhibits a bright aroma and black fruit flavors, as well as a hint of ripe citrus peel. Enjoy it with a rotisserie leg of lamb accented with freshly-grated whole peppercorns and garden-picked rosemary. (Tasted: October 28, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
92pts Wine & Spirits
From the top end of the Cristom property, where the vines are the most exposed to the Van Duzer winds, this wine is spicy and tightly wound when first poured. The dark plum fruit is steeped in licorice root notes, with a lovely concentration that lingers. It has the tannic backbone and the whole-cluster grip to match duck sausages.
92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Pinot Noir Eileen Vineyard was made with 48% whole clusters and aged 17 months in 57% new French oak. It has a medium ruby color and savory prosciutto and aniseed-laced rhubarb and cranberries plus loads of latent spices. The medium-bodied palate is fresh and silky, its juicy uplift is an excellent foil for its broody, spicy fruits, and it finishes long.
The Eileen Vineyard is named for Cristom’s co-founder, Eileen Gerrie, mother of second-generation winegrower-owner Tom Gerrie. Original planting of the Eileen Vineyard began in 1997 and was later expanded in 2006, resulting in a total of 16.61 acres. Perched atop the Cristom estate, Eileen is also our highest-elevation vineyard, with commanding views of Oregon’s Cascade Range to the east, and Coastal Range to the west.