Vineyard: Temperance Hill

OwnerEdward Koo
AppellationEola-Amity Hills
StoryPlanted mostly to Pinot Noir in 1981. Sustainably farmed by viticulturist Dal Crisp. 660-900 feet elevation so it is a cool, late ripening site. Exposed to the Van Duzer Corridor so large daily temperature swings leading to good flavor development and bright acidity.
VarietiesPinot Noir

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 Evesham Wood Temperance Hill Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $27. Produced from organic grapes. · Woodsy aromas of black cherry and cranberry lead to a light to mid weight, savory wine that is elegant and polished. Flavors of cherry and red berry predominant with a woodsy, sous-bois tone. Rather rustic, with balanced tannins and some gratifying finish. Score: 87. Reviewed December 11, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Ransom Selection Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.6% alc., pH 3.32, TA 0.65, 781 cases, $29. Harvest Brix 23.2º (average). Sourced from JMD, Temperance Hill, Zielinski, and Johan vineyards. Dijon, Pommard and Wädenswil clones. 100% de-stemmed with a high percentage of whole berries sent to 1.5-ton fermenters. 6-day cold soak, wild and inoculated yeast fermentation. Aged 16 months in mixed French oak cooperage one to two-years-old. 100% free-run juice with no fining or filtration. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Scents of black cherry, forest floor, conifer and seasoned oak lead to mid weight flavors of bright cherry, raspberry and Damson plum fruits that coat the mouth and persist through a citrus and cranberry imbued finish that has some persistence. Silky smooth on the palate with the balance weighted toward vibrant acidity. Tasted twice with consistent findings. Score: 88-89. Reviewed January 23, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 St. Innocent Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 1,045 cases, $35. This high altitude site is located ten miles northwest of Salem. Sourced from three blocks planted in 1984 (East Block), 1995 (Pump Home Block) and 2004 (“R” Block). Yield 1.4 tons per acre. 100% de-stemmed, fermented in stainless steel bins, aged in 23% new French oak for 16 months and bottled without fining. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Significantly more aromatic and expressive the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Aromas of black cherries, dried herbs, and subtle oak. Crisp, bright and easy going with light to mid weight flavors of cherries and raspberries with some finishing power and length. The tannins are modest and the backing acidity is bright. Needs time to integrate the oak and become fully engaged. Decant if you must open now. Score: 91. Reviewed July 6, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 J.K. Carrier Vespidae Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., pH 3.62, 891 cases, $42. Flagship wine. Vespidae is the Latin name of the family of wasps that tried to kill Jim Prosser. Sourced from Shea, Temperance Hill, Black Walnut and Gemini vineyards. Wild yeast fermentations in stainless steel, aged for 19 months in 29% new, 19% one-year, 19% two-year and 32% three-year or older French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in March 2013. · Plenty of concentration and noticeable finishing intensity in this wine that features a spiced cherry core accented with herbs. Easy going and food friendly. Score: 89. Reviewed July 4, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Adelsheim Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.60, 363 cases, $68. 100% clone 667 planted in basaltic-origin (volcanic) soils. This 100-acre vineyard was established by Edward and L.S. Koo in 1981. Adelsheim replanted on of the ideal sections of the vineyard. A late ripening site. Fifth single vineyard bottling. Aged 10 months in 33% new medium toast French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is striking with bright aromas of Bing cherries, raspberries, and spice. Outstanding depth and length of flavor featuring a core of dark red cherries and berries with a hint of graham, cola and spice. Seductively ethereal in the mouth, with firm, supportive tannins, and a long, long, long finish. A brilliant wine with superb balance. Still extraordinary when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 94. Reviewed October 11, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 St. Innocent Temperance Hill Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 583 cases, $28. From blocks planted in 1984 and 1995. Yields 1.5 tons per acre. 100% de-stemmed, 2-day cold soak, aged 16 months in 32% new French oak, bottled unfined. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherries and toasty oak. Elegant, yet offering some richness of red fruit flavor underpinned with notes of tea and tarry oak. Round and polished, soft in the mouth, finishing with a dark cherry bonus. Becomes more expressive over time in the glass indicating decanting is beneficial at this early stage. Good (+). Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Brooks Temperance Hill Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

11.8% alc., 200 cases, $45. Old vine vineyard. · Light reddish-purple hue in the glass. Enticing aromas of spiced dark red fruits, brier, forest floor and earth. Light, but pleasantly flavored, featuring crisp, red cherries and cranberries, finishing with a citrus note. Mild tannins and easy drinkability. Good. Reviewed January 19, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Evesham Wood Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $30. · Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. A series of ever-changing aromas rise out of the glass including ripe dark cherries, fresh raspberry tart, sassafras and Herbs de Provence. The flavors echo the nose with a noticeable savory bent of pine, leaf and bramble. Plenty of nuance and character with remarkable aromatic persistence on the finish. Still great the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good (+). Reviewed May 11, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 J.K. Carriere Wines Antoinette Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.75% alc., 148 cases, $65. Antoinette was Prosser’s maternal grandmother. Sourced from 27 year-old vines in Temperance Hill Vineyard, the oldest from this vineyard. Wild yeast fermentation, aged 18 months in 6 French oak barrels, 2 new, 2 twice-filled and 2 neutral. Unfined and unfiltered. · Deeply colored. Dark fruits tending toward raisin with aromas of smoke, oak and a bit of good barnyard. On the palate there is plenty of satisfying oak-wrapped dark fruit which is shy and restrained. Currently the tooth-sticking tannins and hi-tone acidity overshadow the fruit. Not extremely charming or approachable yet but patience will pay dividends down the road (Prosser predicts a potential life of 12 to 20 years). Reviewed March 26, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »