VOLUME 10, ISSUE 25
February 5, 2016
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.
Articles About Lumos Wine Company
2015 Oregon Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans (10.23 12/27/2015)
2015 Oregon Pinot Noir Value Priced First Team All-Americans (10.23 12/27/2015)
Large Review of 2009 & 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs With a Few from 2008 & 2011 (9.7 5/9/2012)
Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Pinot Noir (10.4 2/8/2015)
Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir (10.21 11/22/2015)
2013 LUMOS Wren & Temperance Hill Five Blocks 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 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 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 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 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 »
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