September 29, 2015

Lumos Wine Company

Owner(s) Dai Crisp, PK McCovy
Web site www.lumoswine.com
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Lumos Wine Company

Dai Crisp and his wife PK McCovy launched the Lumos Wine Company in 2000. Crisp began professionally growing grapes at Croft Vineyards in 1990 and since 1999 has been managing Temperance Hill Vineyard, a 100-acre site in the Eola Hills. Grapes from this vineyard are sold to many of Oregon's top Pinot Noir producers. After feeling secure that he knew how to grow grapes, Dai decided to start his own label.

Lumos Pinot Noir is sourced from the family's home Wren Vineyard and the 100-acre Temperance Hill Vineyard and Rudolfo Vineyard both of which he manages.

Lumos is the first Food Alliance Certified Winery making wine only from Food Alliance Certified vineyards in Oregon.

Lumos wines are distributed in the retail market and sold directly by phoning the winery (541-929-3519). The Lumos tasting room is located on the Crisp family farm in Wren, Oregon, 16 miles west of Corvallis. A cabin left standing on the property from the H bar H Dude Ranch which occupied the property in the 1940s was converted into a tiny tasting room. The winery is located in McMinnville.

Reviewed Wines

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

13.0% alc., $N/A. · 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 ARTICLE »

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

13.5% alc., $N/A. · 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 ARTICLE »

2011 Lumos Chiquita Oregon Pinot Noir Rosè

12.4% alc., 114 cases, $20. From Wren and Temperance Hill vineyards. · Medium rosy red color in the glass. Enticing summer perfume of fresh strawberry glaze, red cherries, blood oranges and pine. Fresh and tangy with good body and substance for a rosè. Flavors of strawberries, tart cherries and a hint of citrus with a lively cut of acidity on the refreshing finish. Very good. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Lumos 5 Blocks 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 ARTICLE »

2008 Lumos Temperance Hill Vineyard Oregon 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 ARTICLE »