J. Christopher Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Cuvee
This cuvée is a blend of selected barrels from several excellent vineyard sites in the red Jory clay of the Dundee Hills AVA. It shows the depth and power that are typical of this area, and makes a very interesting comparison to the "Nuages” cuvée from the rockier soil of the Chehalem Mountains AVA.
| Wine Enthusiast 92 points (Jun 2015)
Sourced from several different Dundee Hills vineyards, this wraps its black cherry fruit in tart acids, chalky minerals, and a hint of iron. Substantial, muscular and stiff out of the bottle, it will blossom with further bottle age. It’s already a sturdy, expressive, impressive wine with deep flavors of fruit, earth and rock.
Wine Advocate 91 points (Mar 2015)
The 2012 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Cuvee comes from five vineyard sources, including Bella Vinda and La Colina. Picked October 11-18, 100% destemmed and matured for 20 months in oak barriques, it has a focused and vibrant bouquet with clean redcurrant and black plum fruit, with just a slight tinny quality coming through. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, understated on the entry, but very nicely balanced with a focused and elegant, feminine finish. There is a sense of suaveness about this Pinot Noir that ticks all the boxes.
Wine Spectator 88 points (Jun 15 2015)
Taut, crisp and focused, with generous blackberry and currant flavors on a modest frame, hinting at smoke and spice as the finish lingers. Best from 2016 through 2020. 943 cases made.