94pts James Suckling
A very spicy and fresh array of blueberries, ripe darker cherries and plums. Cassis aromas, too, as well as more savory notes of graphite and fragrant wood. The palate has very striking depth and presence with expansive, fleshy tannins carrying intense fruit flavors, in the darker spectrum of cherries and berries. Cocoa powder to close. Drink or hold.
92pts Wilfred Wong
The 2018 Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir is appealing and endearing. This wine brings ripe red fruit aromas and flavors that stay long though the wine's finish. Enjoy it with grilled lamb. (Tasted: August 22, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Mt. Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir is the first iteration labeled with the Eola-Amity Hills appellation. Proprietor Tom Gerrie is still developing new vineyards at Cristom, and he hopes to source at least 80% of the fruit for this bottling from the estate in the future. This vintage contains about 60% estate fruit; it was made with 46% whole cluster and aged 11 months in 21% new French oak. It has a medium ruby color and savory aromas of cured meats and tar, layered with blackberries, rhubarb and licorice hints. The palate is light-bodied, firm and fresh with earth-laced fruits and a perfumed finish. Cristom's largest cuvée, the Mt. Jefferson overdelivers at this price point.
90pts Wine & Spirits
Dry and turfy, this feels angular and grippy, with a tight weave and mineral grip that gears it toward a meal, something like duck breast.
Mt. Jefferson Cuvee is Cristom's flagship Pinot Noir. The longer "hang-time" for the fruit in 2018 created brighter, blue-fruited wines. Showing surprising complexity and firm structure in its youth, this wine will age well for years to come.