Cristom Willamette Valley Mt. Jefferson Cuvee 2011 Wine Review (NW)
Smoky cherry and plum on the nose
Medium bodied on the palate
Finishes with raspberry, dried herbs, and more smoky notes that provide complexity
This wine is always intriguing and enjoyable. It consistently has an alluring smokiness that gives it complexity along with the red fruit and herb core. The 2011 tastes great now and will be good drinking for the next few years. Give the wine plenty of air, and enjoy with lamb or anything roasted or grilled. Prices are typically in the $30 range, which is fair for a well-made Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Oregon. Raise a glass!