Red Wine
J. Christopher
Medici Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017, 75cl

approx. £67.70



 Serve at 14º-16º

91/100  Wine Spectator


Vinous, tasting note published in February 12th 2021

Pure, expressive red berry, candied rose and exotic spice qualities on the intensely perfumed nose, along with a mineral element that strengthens with aeration. In a seamless, graceful style, showing superb clarity and smooth, rounded tannins on the strikingly long, floral-driven finish.

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J. Christopher

An elegant and delicately nuanced Pinot Noir from one of the oldest vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains appellation.

The Medici vineyard is situated on the south-facing slope of Chehalem Mountain, just a few kilometers east of the J. Christopher winery. The oldest blocks, planted in 1976 on volcanic soil, bring complexity and layers of minerality, with less emphasis on overt fruitiness, making this location ideal for J. Christopher’s winemaking style that employs traditional Old World methods. Owned by renowned Mosel vintner Ernst “Erni” Loosen (owner of the Dr. Loosen estate), the wines are handcrafted in small batches. J. Christopher’s philosophy is to produce terroir-driven wines in an Old World style that emphasizes focus, longevity, and balance.

The 2017 harvest was excellent in the Willamette Valley, despite a very hot summer. After the fast start to ripening in summer, September was cooler and had a bit of rain; this interval gave the grapes time to finish ripening at a much slower pace while maintaining refreshing acidity.

Vinification: 100% destemmed; native yeast fermentation; unforced malolactic; 18 months in barrels (25% new); no fining or filtration.

In the press:

“Reveals the warm and delicate aromas that old vines can bring. Beautiful rose petals and raspberries are in the mix, with balanced but discreet acidity.” – Wine Enthusiast

“Floral and lithe, with delicate flavors of cherry and strawberry accentuated by hints of savory tarragon that glide on an elegant finish.” – Wine Spectator

Allergens information

Contains sulphites.

SKU: 107123

Weingut Dr. Loosen

When in 1988, Ernst F. Loosen took over the management of the family-owned business with over 200 years of history, he had already traveled the world and visited the most prestigious wine producers in search of the secret behind the greatest wines, with the aim of producing world-class wines himself. These journeys of discovery inspired his own philosophy that great wines are the perfect expression of the soil, climate, and grape variety.
It is in the heritage of his ancestors, in the old vineyards located in the Mosel Valley, that he found the material he needed to produce exceptional and complex wines, classified as “Grosse Lage” (equivalent to Grand Cru in Burgundy). Today, Weingut Dr. Loosen is the standard-bearer for a rediscovered German Riesling culture and a member of the VDP (Association of German Quality Wineries).
“Enjoying a great wine is a unique pleasure, both sensually and intellectually. The aromatic and textural sensations in a bottle of wine capture a whole cosmos, from the change of seasons to the distinctive terroir of a vineyard, the passion of the winemaker, and the distinctive stamp of the vintage. Wine is a historical record of the regional and cultural information collected in the grapes at a particular point in time, delivered directly to your glass. To achieve this marvel of humans working with nature, all the great winemakers I have met started with a clear vision of what their wines should express before the first grape is picked. For them, individual terroir triumphs over technology. And quality always comes before quantity. Great wines grow from great passion and dedication, and from clear convictions that are realized without compromise.
(…) That ability to transmit a visceral connection to a people, place, and time is what sets wine apart from any other beverage.” – Ernst Loosen


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