Cristom is one of the Willamette Valley's finest wineries, producing superb Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Viognier, using natural methods, native yeast and minimal handling.
Winemaker Steve Doerner, who has been at the helm since 1992, has a track record of excellence second to none. There is a harmony, finesse, and elegance to the Cristom Pinots that is emulated but never quite equaled by other estates. Even in lesser years, the wines have an almost magical mixture of precision and nuance. Due to the exemplary balance of the Cristom wines, they can be drunk young. Hence their appeal to top restaurants. Given their track record of consistency and excellence, they remain very fairly priced. The wines are named for the women who have made Cristom such a joyous venture.
Doerner – a seasoned Californian winemaker with 14 years experience at the highly regarded Calera vineyard - uses new world technology with old world traditions. Cristom has built its reputation on antique techniques once rare in Oregon Pinot, notably, using native yeasts found on grapes at the time of harvest and fermenting with whole clusters.