Christopher Bridge Cellars 2017 Satori Springs Estate Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $60

By on January 26, 2020

Retired educator Chris Carlberg continues to be a steward of the pastoral 80-acre farmland he grew up on near Oregon City, transitioning some of it to Satori Springs Vineyard where the focus is on cool-climate varieties along the Mt. Hood Territory Wine Trail. There, he practices LIVE-certified viticulture, and his Pinot Noir in Jory soil includes Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777, as well as Pommard and Wadensvil. The free-run juice of top lots from each goes into this reserve, a deliciously easy drink and understandably youthful example. There’s a theme of Bing cherry, red currant and cola with touches of forest floor, brown sugar and cinnamon. The blend of black raspberry acidity with cherry skins and nice toast make for a finish of finesse.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 150 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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