2014 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard
Jessie Vineyard tends to produce Pinot Noirs that we recognize by a savory aroma that often calls to mind rare-beef. It also tends to have a very fresh and appealing scent of minerality, along with some higher tone lavender-purple flower notes. On the palate, Jessie tends towards a full mouth-feel and a deeper-darker-rounder impression. We find a certain 'nervosity' in this wine that describes some part of the tension between the ripe fruit and the structure of the wine. Jessie Vineyard, in almost any vintage, exudes floral notes of blue and purple flowers and the 2014 expresses this trademark trait beautifully. The nose swirls with earthy tones, dense strawberry fields, Chinese cinnamon, fennel seeds, cloves and star anise. On the palate there is a richness to the core of opulent fruit and finishes with slightly sandy tannins and a balanced, persistent finish. This wine is drinking well now and may age for the next 10-12 years gracefully.