Magnum Monday: Remembering Franklin with Cristom Sommers Reserve

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Tonight’s Magnum Monday at Nopa will be dedicated to Franklin. We will pour the 2011 Cristom Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir by the glass out of magnum starting at 5:30pm and going until we run out. Franklin loved Oregon Pinot Noir, and this vintage and producer were among his favorites. In fact, he mentioned recently that he was excited to have just joined Cristom’s wine club.

Here’s to celebrate his good taste! Franklin attended nearly every Magnum Monday, either to capture the moment for Nopalize or to simply to hang out at the Comm T with friends over some baller large format wines…

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From winemaker, Steve Doerner: In 1992, after working for Calera (a California Pinot Noir producer) for 14 years, I was ready for a change. I identified two goals to help determine where I wanted to work next. First, I wanted to continue making Pinot Noir, and second I wanted to work for a small company.

It didn’t take much persuasion from Paul Gerrie to convince me that Oregon was the place and that Cristom was the company. At the time it seemed like a hard decision but it’s been twenty years now, and I’ve never looked back.

My goal is to make wines that have balance, wines that have weight and power and finesse and elegance. I’ve honed my craft by traveling and studying winemaking around the world. I’ve been to Chile, Italy, France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. But Oregon is always home and I like working at Cristom because it’s so varied. My work is influenced by the seasons and by a constant desire to meld the art of winemaking with the terroir of the Willamette Valley. Of course I’m incredibly proud of our Pinot noirs, but also of our exceptional Chardonnay, Viognier, and Syrah.

Sourced primarily from our four estate Pinot Noir vineyards, Sommers Reserve is crafted in the same style as our single-vineyard wines. It is an elegant combined expression of the Cristom estate, with some variety created by small amounts of our purchased or traded fruit. Sommers Reserve was known as ‘Cristom Reserve’ until 2004, when [owner] Paul added ‘Sommers’ to honor his paternal grandmother, Jessie Sommers