94 points Vinous, Josh Raynolds: "Brilliant red. Sexy, highly perfumed red and dark berry liqueur, potpourri and Asian spice scents are complemented by a bright mineral topnote. Silky, penetrating black raspberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors show a suave blend of depth and vivacity, while a core of juicy acidity adds spine and structure. Displays a deft blend of power and finesse on an impressively long, floral-tinged finish, which leaves behind subtle hints of cola and star anise."
Luke Jefferson is a thrilling new project from Steve Doerner, winemaker for Cristom, and his wife Irene Steh-Doerner. Named partly for their son, Luke, and partly for Thomas Jefferson (and perhaps just a tiny bit for Luke Skywalker).
"The Head and the Heart bottling pays homage to Thomas Jefferson, whose thoughtful dialogue contrasts reason and emotion. We hope this wine will also spark one's intellect as well as passion, whether enjoyed with a boisterous crowd, an intimate gathering or quietly alone.
Nestled on the eastern slopes of the Eola-Amity Hills, our tiny 2.5 acre Pinot noir vineyard was planted in 2000 to five clones. With a strong belief that traditional handling techniques result in the most complexity, the wine was bottled unfiltered." - Steve and Irene