Our Wines

2014 Pinot noir Temperance Hill Vineyard - ONLY sold as part of '18 Spring WineClub


An exposed, high altitude vineyard, Temperance Hill is the coolest of our seven sites. Therefore it ripens the latest making these Pinot noir grapes some of the last fruit brought in at harvest. The de-stemmed grapes were fermented in small stainless steel fermenters with no SO2, allowing the fermentation to proceed naturally. After gentle pressing and settling, the wine aged in French oak barrels, 21% of which were new, for 16 months before bottling by gravity without fining.

Crop Level: 2.5 tons/acre
Harvest: 9/27 - 10/8
Bottled: January 2016

Vineyard Details

Situated at 760' atop the Eola Hills, this is our coolest and therefore latest ripening vineyard. Managed by Dai Crisp, one of Oregon's great grapegrowers, it is farmed organically. We have two older blocks: one high on an east facing ridge ("East", six acres), the other slightly lower and facing south ("Pumphouse", 1.5 acres). Another block, called the "R" block lies on a long, gently south facing field between the two ridges of the vineyard (4.5 acres). It was planted between 2006 and 2009 with Dijon clones of Pinot noir on phylloxera resistant rootstock and at a higher density.

Vintage Description

The 2014 season began with sunny and warm spring weather. Bloom occurred in the second week of June, about 10-14 days earlier than normal. Good weather during bloom set a normal to large crop requiring thinning at about half of our vineyard sites where we removed 20-50% of the clusters. The summer continued to be warm with more 90º+ days than normal. Extra vigilance in the vineyard was required in July due to humidity that increased the mildew pressure. We began the harvest with Oeil de Perdrix on September 12th, closely followed by Chardonnay on the 17th and the first Pinot noir on the 19th. The last Pinot noir from Temperance Hill Vineyard arrived on October 8th and the final Pinot blanc from Freedom Hill Vineyard arrived on 10th. This was our largest harvest ever: 240 tons of fruit resulting in 13,200 cases of wine. With clean, ripe, and very flavorful fruit we were able to create bright and pleasurable wines.

Tasting Notes

The 2014 Pinot noir, Temperance Hill is dark ruby in color. Its nose is full with dark cherry and berry notes. Fragrant lilac and iris aromas are complimented with hints of allspice, and sweet herb and chocolate. Very fresh and concentrated on the palate with sweet red fruits, pungent ground spices and hints of red peppercorns. Supple tannins with an almost sweet acidity linger along with the black cherry and spice flavors that linger and slowly fade into its finish. This is a vintage with spectacular clarity for this cool, late ripening vineyard. It is one of the best wines I have made from this site. Beautiful now, it will continue to provide pleasure for more than a decade.


93 Vinous, December 2016

Vivid ruby-red. Vibrant mineral - and spices- accented aromas of fresh dark berries, cherry cola and candied rose develop a hint of incense with air. Shows excellent clarity and depth on the palate, where sappy black raspberry, cherry compote and floral pastille flavors are complemented by hints of spicecake and vanilla. Finishes impressively long and sweet, offering sneaky tannins and strong, spicy persistence. - Josh Raynolds