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2018 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard
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2018 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills
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Tasting Notes
Dark cherry and blackberry aromas with black pepper, cinnamon/clove spices and cedar smoke. The mouth begins with a big hit of smoky spice and black raspberry with notes of roasted chilies and dried plums. The finish has loads of substantial skin tannins with plenty of juicy acidity that elevates the pallet, maintaining ample ripe flavors long into the finish. This is an especially intense Temperance Hill, reflecting the small berries and full ripeness achieved in 2018. This wine will stand up to blackened fish and grilled ribs with a smoky barbeque sauce without a problem. Its remarkably concentrated and will drink beautifully well past a dozen years.


Vinous - Josh Raynolds 

"Limpid ruby-red. Mineral tinged black raspberry, cherry cola, pungent flowers and exotic spices on the highly perfumed nose. Palate-caressing red and dark berry, spice cake and candied rose flavors show superb clarity, underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Concentrated but distinctly lithe in character, with a strikingly long, focused finish that features sneaky tannins and reverberating floral and spice notes."
- February 2022
94 Points

Wine & Spirits

Mark Vlossak draws from windswept and shallow-soiled blocks at Temperance Hill, where the plantings date to 1984. This bottling is slow to rouse, earthbound and tobacco-scented. The fruit takes on a balsamic tone after a day of air, while the turf and cherry flavors feel balanced against each other, the warmth of the vintage translating to generous fruit and ripe but firm tannins.
93 Points

James Suckling

Bright and vivid aromas of pure strawberries and cherries with hints of fresh flowers. Medium to full body with firm, chewy tannins and a solid finish. Smoky undertone.
93 Points

Vineyard Notes
Temperance Hill Vineyard is located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, ten miles NW of Salem, Oregon, and is organically farmed. This exposed, cool high altitude site ripens later than surrounding vineyards. Our Pinot noir grapes come from three blocks planted on thin weathered basalt. The East Block planted in 1984 is on a steep hill rising to 870’. The “R” (2004) and Pump House Blocks (1995) face south.
Production Notes
Release Date: Mar 2021; Production: 1021 cases. The de-stemmed grapes were fermented in 4-8 ton stainless steel and Burgundy oak fermenters with no SO2, allowing the fermentations to process naturally. After gentle pressing and settling, the wine aged in French oak barrels, 19% of which were new, for 16 months before bottling by gravity and without fining.
Food Pairing Notes
Salmon, lamb chops, pork tenderloin and simply prepared grilled foods.
Now + 10 years