Pinot Noir, ‘Marjorie’, Cristom
When Cristom Vineyards founder Paul Gerrie purchased the property in 1992, there were established vineyards with ten year-old struggling vines planted on the eastfacing hillside. He re-named the vineyard Marjorie, in honor of his late mother, and the vineyard would go on to produce the first estate fruit for the winery in 1994. The site is distinctive at Cristom both for being own-rooted and for its lower density plantings (605 vines/acre; 1,495 vines/hectare) than our subsequently planted vineyards.
Being planted on its own roots, the vineyard became susceptible to the root louse phylloxera and the vineyard started to struggle. By 2004, Marjorie was being re-planted with young vines grafted to phylloxera-resistant rootstocks to supplant the older original vines. Now, with the current release of Marjorie the young vines are mature and we are able to select the first barrels of young vine fruit to contribute to the Marjorie Vineyard bottling.
• Hand harvested and hand sorted, sustainably farmed estate fruit
• 37% whole-clusters
• No cold soak before primary fermentation
• Native yeast fermentations
• Minimum effective additions of sulfur and tartaric acid
• 1-3 punch downs daily in 1 – 2.0 ton open-top fermenters
• Gently pressed in a pneumatic bladder press and moved to barrel by gravity, and never racked, unless necessary
• Undergoes a full malolactic fermentation in barrel
• Fined with egg whites, unfiltered
Aged19 Months in French cooperage, 57% new oak