Walter Scott Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot noir 2021
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Once again, Temperance Hill shines as the co-star of Walter Scott's 2021 Pinot noir lineup. Like previous vintages, it begins with a core of old vine ethereal elegance but from there, it radiates to further dimensions showing a profoundly pillowy texture we've never, ever tasted in any single Temperance Hill Pinot noir from any producer or vintage.
Supremely seductive in aromas and flavors—rubbed sage and lavender, huckleberries and super-pretty raspberries, this stretches from deep and cool to bright and vervy. The ultra-silky texture courtesy of vintage '21 adds to its subtly commanding presence.
Somehow I envision this as the molten essence of an exceptional Pinot noir vineyard Pinot noir—that's what I wrote in my handwritten notes and as esoteric as it might sound, I'm sticking to it. -Marcus
2015 vintage notes
96-97 points PinotFile: "I was at a loss of words in describing this joyful nose offering aromas of dark berries, spice and underbrush with a feral tone. One can really taste the Temperance Hill terroir in this wine, with its structured sense and its typically vigorous black cherry and black raspberry fruit flavors. The wine is in perfect harmony, with a silky mouthfeel, gracious acidity, fine-grain tannins, and a lasting finish. Still an overwhelming experience when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Pinot Noirs from this vineyard are consistently captivating."
Pure and pretty: prototypical Temperance Hill Pinot. Mouthwatering aromatics melding sweet, floral, and savory elements give way to elegant red and blue fruits. This wine is built for the cellar and will deliver an ethereal drinking experience in five to ten years. Only 100 cases made. - Marcus
2014 vintage notes
Our unanimous favorite of the line-up. This wine is gorgeous. Equal parts supple, concentrated, balanced, it's damn near perfect Pinot noir. Attractive fruit, complementary sweet, savory and spicy components. Production of Temperance doubled in 2014; still there were only 150 cases made. Buy it. A Reserve Pinot Noir Club selection. - Marcus
92 points Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir, comes from a single acre planted in 1990 and apparently had so much fruit that they bought some fruit from the Pumphouse block. It has a sense of airiness on the nose, brambly red berry fruit, cold stone and brown spices. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a little chalkiness on the entry with fine acidity and a very precise finish that lingers long in the mouth. Just a very classy Pinot Noir destined to age with style and panache."