Perched high on a hill, Eileen Vineyard has a commanding view of the Cristom Estate, the Eastern Cascade Mountains, and the Western Coastal Range. The vineyards elevation soars from 540 to 705 feet, giving Eileen the highest elevation on the Cristom property. Eileen is also known for having the youngest vines: 16.6 acres of Pinot Noir were planted in 1997; in 2007, 4.52 acres of Wädenswil clone Pinot Noir were added. This gives Eileen the distinction of having the youngest vines on the farm and the largest planting. Named for Paul Gerries wife (and co-owner of Cristom), Eileen Gerrie, the Eileen Single Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir was first released in 2000.
Eileen Vineyard tends to produce a wine that is the most precocious of our four estate vineyards and its often the first wine we release into the market. It is always the wine we show first in a line-up of Cristom Pinot Noir. We often find them softer, meaning rounder on the palate with less minerality. Typically, Eileen is textured, layered and creamy on the palate and often recognizable by its bouquet of sweet spices.
Scent: subtly-perfumed, red fruit, dried-orange rind
Taste Impression: silky texture, uplifting acidity, supple & balanced
Future: very pretty now, but with good aging potential for the medium to long term
100% Estate fruit: Sub-Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills; Appellation: Willamette Valley
Dijon (114,115, 777); Pommard; Wädenswil
Aging: 17 months in Burgundian cooperage, 75% new oak
Bottling: Bottled unfiltered on May 20, 2012
Total Acidity: 5.3
pH at Bottling: 3.84
Production: 487 cases produced