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2010 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir

2010 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Vintage
2010
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Vineyard Designation
Temperance Hill
Alcohol %
11.8
Stephen Tanzer's
91
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2010 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir

91 Points - Stephen Tanzer

The Temperance Hill is intense in the nose. More than ever, the wine has a perceived minerality and could be a dead ringer for Burgundy, perhaps Nuits-St.-George or Gevrey-Chambertin. It has a classic cooler climate nose of green tea, red bell pepper, crimini mushroom, red cherry, raspberry and beet root. Very unique in its mix of spices, red fruits and chalkiness in the nose. Can’t wait to taste this.

The texture is like velour or cashmere. It coats the mouth with rich fruit and brown spices, but also has bright acidity and a wonderful stemmy finish. There is an herbal aspect that reminds me of eating a blackberry that is 3/4 overripe and 1/4 slightly underripe. I would guarantee you could fool a seasoned sommelier in a blind tasting of Burgundy vs. Oregon. Such a wonderful wine to contemplate!

I was thinking that the perfect pairing would be a preparation of grilled salmon served over a bed of pureed peas, edamame and mint. I love the complexity and nerve of this wine in the long lasting finish.

Winemaker Notes

 

VINIFICATION

The grapes were hand sorted and 100% destemmed. They fermented in individual lots and went through a cold soak for 10-15 days. After racking to barrel, the wines aged for 18 months in French Oak. Coopers: Sylvain, Rousseau, Saint Martin, Damy, Billon, Cadus, Gillet, Gamba and Vadai. This wine is unfined and filtered.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2010
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Vineyard Designation
Temperance Hill
Alcohol %
11.8
Stephen Tanzer's
91

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