2015 Lumos Wine Company, Temperance Hill Pinot Noir, $45
Winery Info: Lumos was founded in 2000 by long-time, highly respected grape grower Dai Crisp. He continues to grow all of the fruit that goes into his wines, and is probably best known for his Temperance Hill Vineyard, which he has managed since 1999. In addition to his own wines, fruit from this vineyard is used by such distinguished wineries as St. Innocent, Panther Creek, Evesham Wood, and J.K. Carriere. Dai farms naturally and organically to produce the greatest potential flavors and complexity in his wines.
Winemaker: Dai Crisp and Julia Cattrall
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir, typically selected from best barrels of five different blocks of Temperance Hill. Aged 15 months in French oak.
Vineyard source: Temperance Hill, a relatively cool, site in the Eola-Amity Hills. It has basalt-based volcanic soil with varying slopes and exposures with elevations ranging from 660 to 860 feet. The conditions are excellent for growing Pinot Noir, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly, gaining added depth and complexity.
Flavor profile: Dark and aromatic with rich, savory fruit, soft, balancing tannins, and a hint of subtle oak. While smooth and elegant, there is an enticing touch of rustic earth and herbs. Very lovely and food friendly
Availability: 199 cases. The distributor just moved into this vintage so it should be available for a while.
Drinkability: Lovely now, it could cellar nicely for several more years, up to 2022.
Food Pairing: This Pinot could pair with richer fare, like boeuf Bourguignon or cassoulet.
2016 Walter Scott, Cuvée Ruth Pinot Noir, $45
Winery Info: Founded in 2008 by Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon, Walter Scott is based in the Eola-Amity Hills. The winery is named for Walter, Ken’s grandfather, who was a living example for Ken to follow his dreams; and Scott, Ken’s nephew, whose all-too-short life taught Ken to act on his ambitions while he can.
Winemaker: Ken Pahlow
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir, a mix of Pommard, Wadenswill, and Dijon clones, aged ten months in French oak, 30% new. It is a reserve barrel selection blended to best represent the character of each vintage.
Vineyard: Temperance Hill, Lewman, Sojourner, and Seven Springs vineyards, all in the Eola-Amity Hills.
Flavor profile: Beautifully textured and elegant, with complex red and black fruit flavors, and power and depth from the individual vineyard sites. Rich and beguiling, yet very refined, its dark, spicy flavors linger long on the finish.
Production/Availability: 350 cases made. It should be in decent supply for a while.
Drinkability: Ready to enjoy now, though it should age beautifully for another five years or more.
Food Pairing: This Pinot would pair well with grilled salmon (of course), roasted goose, or duck.