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

2014 LUMOS Five Blocks Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

590 cases, $25. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose reveals itself slowly over time in the glass, eventually offering very pleasant aromas of dark red fruits with cherry standing out. Black cherry flavor is at the core of this mid weight styled wine, but added accents of spice, herbs and oak add interest. The tannins are mild, making for easy approach ability, and the velvety texture is immensely satisfying. Along with the textural interest, the finish attracts interest with its intensity. Score: 91. Reviewed October 19, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 LUMOS Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

190 cases, $45 · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. An exceptional wine with very expressive aromas of muddled black cherries and spicy oak. Sleek and refined on the palate, with powerful black cherry and black raspberry fruit flavors that saturate the mid palate and persist through a very long finish. A wine of pedigree, with courageous balance and an aim to please. Score: 94. Reviewed October 19, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Brooks Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., pH 3.69, TA 0.51, 250 cases, $48. A legacy vineyard planted in 1981 at 675 feet elevation in volcanic basalt. Vineyard farmed sustainably and organically by Dai Crisp since 1999. 40% 777, 31% Pommard and 29% Wädenswil clones. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Cross-flow filtration. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose draws you into the glass with uplifting scents of crushed dark cherries, blackberry jam, earthy flora, herbs and vanilla. Very silky in the mouth, with a complex flavor profile of black cherry, blackberry, root vegetables, earth and mushrooms. Plenty of sap to satisfy, yet with an elegant demeanor, and exceptional length on the finish. Score: 93. Reviewed September 18, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 LUMOS Five Blocks Wren & Temperance Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 290 cases, $25. Release January 1, 2016. Certified organic vineyards. Vegan-friendly. Sourced from the 15-acre Wren Vineyard planted to Pommard clone Pinot Noir, located on grower and winemaker Dai Crisp’s 100-acre family farm, and the 100-acre Temperance Hill Vineyard. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very inviting aromas of cherry, forest floor and a hint of tobacco-laden oak. Vivid and crisp, with black cherry, black raspberry and spice really popping on the palate. Amazing grip and persistence on an incredibly long finish. Beautifully crafted, with integrated tannins and deft oak seasoning. An incredible wine at this price. Score: 92. Reviewed November 22, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Evesham Wood Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 145 cases, $36. Made from organic grapes grown on non-irrigated vines. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Complex nose leading off with both savory and fruity aromas of cherry, rose petal, underbrush, tobacco and dry grass. Earthy red cherry and berry fruits form the backbone of this middleweight wine that adds peppery spice to the mix. Nicely balanced tannins add needed structure to the ebullient fruit which shows up on the lingering finish. Score: 92. Reviewed January 17, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 LUMOS Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 143 cases, $45. Release January 1, 2016. Vineyard is USDA certified organic. Vegan-friendly. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Inviting perfume of dark berries and pie cherries with an earthy underpinning. Heavenly flavors of marionberry, plum, pomegranate and spice that fills the mouth with layers of goodness. This wine comes at you from all angles and refuses to leave on the fruit-laden finish. A Pinot Noir that is both husky and masculine, yet refined and sophisticated. The serious fruit intensity is deftly balanced by a tannic backbone that insures age ability. I can’t say enough good things about this special wine. Score: 94. Reviewed November 22, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 LUMOS Five Blocks Wren & Temperance Hill Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $25. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Enticing but shy aromas of dark berries, rose petals and spice. Attention-grabbing attack of mid to fullbodied blueberry, boysenberry and black cherry fruits with an earthy undertone. This wine is still young, sporting defined tannins and toasty oak which show up on the huge, generously fruited finish. Still a bit tight the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle but the potential is obvious. No rush to drink this one. Score: 92. Reviewed February 8, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

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 »

2012 LUMOS Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $38. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very shy nose offering a whiff of black cherry and ashen oak. Fullbodied, luscious core of black cherry, black raspberry and pomegranate fruits backed by firm, but not obtrusive tannins. Very vivid and classy, soft and smooth in the mouth, with a lengthy finish of uncommon generosity. The oak overlay is a bit much now, but should mitigate some over time. A man’s Pinot. Score: 90. Reviewed February 8, 2015 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 Brooks Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.2% alc., 200 cases, $48. · Light cherry red color in the glass. Reflecting the very cool 2011 vintage, this is a very elegant and demure offering of red fruits, spice and herbs. Bright, with lithe tannins and sparkling acidity. This wine will appeal to connoisseurs more than hedonists. Score: 88-89. Reviewed April 4, 2015 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 Lumos Five Blocks Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 504 cases, $24. Aged 15 months. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Primarily cherry aromas which build in intensity over time in the glass. Tasty mid weight flavors of dark cherries and raspberries with hints of cola, cocoa and spice. Juicy and refreshing with supple tannins and well honed acidity. A pleasure to drink. Very good. Reviewed May 11, 2012 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 »

2008 Lumos Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

688 cases, 13.6% alc., $32. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. This is a curious wine because upon opening it has very attractive ripe, rich fruit aromas and flavors, but over time oak and peppery notes take over and it loses some appeal. Sweet black raspberry and black cherry flavors dominate, framed by lively acidity and firm tannins. Delicious upon opening with impressive length, the wine becomes ponderous and rather ordinary over time. Tasted twice with the first bottle unappealing due to marked reduction and dominate oak presence. Second bottle is 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 »