We don’t hide our fondness for Eola-Amity Hills’ Temperance Hill Vineyard. One of the finest and most distinct vineyards on the West Coast, expertly, organically farmed by Dai Crisp, utilized by many of our favorite Willamette Valley wineries. Speaking with the wineries who are fortunate enough to source from Temperance Hill, each one mentions how grateful they are to work with Dai and to craft beautiful wines from the vines he tends.
Temperance Hill is a high-elevation site that experiences directly the influences of the Van Duzer Corridor, which brings cool ocean breezes through a gap in the Coast Range. Those breezes are especially important in warm vintages like 2014; wines retain verve and freshness because of the acidity maintained by cool evenings and nights.
Their Temperance Hill 2014 is a wine we’ve watched since it was in barrel (maybe we should say barrels, as in the two barrels that were made!). Deep and intense, nervy and age-worthy, it exudes beaming black cherry and tobacco leaf notes, then fleshes out to a cherry melange highlighted by mineral accents. It’s a complex and serious Pinot noir that is best aged for a handful of years and if you plan to open it sooner, it is best decanted. Only 50 cases made.