2016 PINOT NOIR
Marjorie's Long Goodbye
VINEYARD | marjorie
clones | Pommard, Wädenswil
APPELLATION | EOLA-AMITY HILLS
WINEMAKERS | Steve Doerner and Tom Gerrie
HARVEST DATES | SEPTEMBER 11–13, 2016
BOTTLING | march 1, 2018
ALCOHOL | 13.5%
PRODUCTION | 5 cases
A remarkable piece of Willamette Valley wine history, Cristom Vineyards 2016 Marjorie’s Long Goodbye Pinot noir is composed entirely of the precious few own-rooted vines remaining in our Marjorie Vineyard—the oldest planting on the Cristom estate, dating back to 1982. So few of these Pommard and Wädenswil vines remain that 2016 was the final vintage they produced enough to fill one small fermenter with 100% own-rooted fruit—yielding just three final barrels from the old vines. Marjorie’s Long Goodbye is a 66% Pommard, 34% Wädenswil blend from these three barrels, fermented with 55% whole clusters and aged 17 months in 66% new French oak.
Cristom Vineyards began over a quarter of a century ago as a collaboration between an engineer and a biochemist who each possessed a deep-rooted respect for the land, the natural winemaking process, and Pinot noir. 26 years later, second-generation winegrower and owner Tom Gerrie leads winemaker Steve Doerner and our tenured viticulture team in tending our estate vineyards and producing elegant, dynamic wines, recognizable by our hallmark style of whole-cluster fermentation by native yeasts.