93pts Wilfred Wong
The 2018 Cristom Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir comes right at you with focused intensity. This wine shows up with aromas and flavors of ripe berries, black fruits, and a slight accent of oak. Enjoy it with well-seasoned pork kebabs. (Tasted: October 28, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard comes from vines planted in 1993-1995. This iteration was made with 49% whole clusters and was aged 17 months in 55% new French oak. The nose offers concentrated cranberries and rhubarb, blood orange and violet with accents of tobacco and prosciutto. Medium-bodied, the palate is powerful, concentrated, firmly framed and fresh, and it finishes very long and flavorful. It's enjoyable now if you love a fully fruited Pinot, or it will age well in the cellar over the next 3-5+ years.
92pts Wine & Spirits
From blocks mostly planted on Jory soils in 1993, this has a subtly smoky whole-cluster scent, along with a fair bit of oak, but the fruit has rhubarb lift, tart, pretty and suave, with fine mineral tannins. For cumin-spiced pork.
Planted in 1993, Louise Vineyard was named for Cristom winegrower &owner Tom Gerrie’s great-grandmother, Louise Dinkelspiel. The lowest elevation Pinot Noir planting on the Cristom estate, Louise Vineyard can be distinctly separated into an “upper” and “lower” section, divided by a 150 ft. (45.7 m) slope. Because of this unique topography, Louise typically has both some of the earliest and latest fruit harvested each year.