1.5L - 2006 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
6 In Stock
This wine has a rich, juicy aroma of raspberry jam, dark cherry, oak spices, and a slight vegetal quality (dill, cold ashes) that is distinctly Temperance Hill Vineyard. The flavors show rich earthiness and sweet dark cherries, blackberries, dark chocolate, layered with cigar box-oak spices. The mouth feel is thick, rich and sweet with a spicy finish. The texture shows rich sweet tannins that melt with the fruit in the long finish.
Temperance Hill Vineyard is located in northern Polk County in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA; it was initially planted in the late 1970’s. Torii Mor’s portion of the vineyard is a steeply sloping, west-facing field planted to the Pommard clone and south-facing Dijon 777 clone of Pinot noir. The average elevation of the blocks are between700 and 800 feet, with volcanic Nekia-Ritner soils being dominant.
The Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot noir, harvested on October 12th at 1.71 tons per acre, was fermented by indigenous yeast in small fermenters. It was punched down three times daily, pressed very gently, and racked to a variety of new (40%) and used French oak barrels (60% neutral). The barrels were racked in April, then again in August, when the blend was put together before returning to barrels for another 3 months. This wine is compromised of 70 % Pommard and 30% Dijon 777 clones.