From winemaker Tyson Crowley: So “Dundee Hills” is an homage to my winemaking roots having spent 15 years learning and making wine there and develop-ing an intimacy with the terroir that defines Dundee Hills. As the winery evolves we have fruit sources from vineyards outside of the Dundee Hills but I will always consider Dundee Hills home to my career and this bottling will always bring me back to that point. It’s the center of Oregon wine and I value the connection I have with its story.
From 1995-2001 with Erath I was able to make wine from and taste virtually every vineyard along Worden Hill Road from low elevation Tuckwilla and Neiderberger vineyards to the highest elevation Prince Hill, Maresh and Knight’s Gambit...and everything in between. I then spent 2002 at Archery Summit working with and tasting even more Dundee Hills selections and finally 2003-2009 with Cameron afforded me the opportunity to work with and taste perhaps the best fruit from the Dundee Hills including Clos Electrique and Abbey Ridge. I developed an acute awareness of the characteristics that make it unique and great.
Besides the amazing cherry and strawberry notes and brickish hue, the signature of Dundee Hills is how it expresses sweetness. It’s a brown sugar (vs. white or confectionary) expression best described as maple candy on the lighter end of the spectrum and sarsaparilla on the darker end of the spectrum, based on vintage, sight location, winemaking etc. There is not another AVA that has this particular brand of sweetness. As I would dig out fermenters, fill barrels, drain barrels, empty tanks and drink the wines I could smell the fruit and the wine and these unique aromatics were persistent and undeniable. The great thing is how well it integrates with the spice and earth tones of Dundee Hills as well as the color and the delicate frame that most of the wines possess. It all works! That “it all works” is what defines great regions all over the world and Dundee Hills falls into that category.