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Wine Review:
Cristom Vineyards
Mt. Jefferson Cuvee 2009 Pinot Noir

Wine: Mt. Jefferson Cuvee 2009 Pinot Noir by Cristom Vineyards Region: Willamette Valley (Oregon) Price: $29.99 Aside from important and serious discussions about worldly matters, Ludovici Club members must reserve […]

Wine: Mt. Jefferson Cuvee 2009 Pinot Noir by Cristom Vineyards

Region: Willamette Valley (Oregon)

Price: $29.99

Aside from important and serious discussions about worldly matters, Ludovici Club members must reserve time to sit back and enjoy the lighter banter brought on by the joys of consuming alcohol.

To this end, let us travel to the Willamette Valley of Oregon in the United States.  Nestled to the south, east and west by mountain ranges and to the north by the Columbia River, the Williamette Valley is home to several hundred wineries.  Given its landscape as a valley and the resulting relative coolness, the wineries are well suited to grow the quickly ripening pinot noir grape.

For a 2009 vintage selection, Cristom Vineyards Mt. Jefferson Cuvee 2009 has a beautiful nose.  Unlike aged wines with deep blackberry and purple hues, Cristom’s pinot noir has a clean and illuminatingly cranberry red appearance.  To the nose, the rich smell of spice and red raspberry excite you to take the first sip. The body has remarkable structure, with a warmth that sings to you, coupled with bright flavors of the red raspberry and even a hint of black raspberry on your palette.  It finishes strong, not too dry, but with a bouquet that entices you to take the next sip.

Pinot Noir’s are not known for long shelf lives, so I recommend consuming this 2009 vintage within the next 10 years.  Cristom Vineyards has been a consistent brand in my wine cache.  The 2009 Mt. Jefferson Cuvee reinforces my opinion that this winery’s selections will remain in my collection.