Crew Members Dedicated To The Vineyard
Wineries That Source Fruit From The Vineyard
Age Of The Oldest Planted Vines
Classifications in Burgundy define vineyards as grand, very good, or worthy, at least, of the village name. New World vineyards, with less history, have no such official levels. But vineyards do rise to the top of our tastings, the quality and distinction of their fruit showing through the winemaking of any number of different producers. This year, when we tallied the vineyard-designated wines from across the US, Temperance Hill came out on top.
The site always has a kind of death-defying balance. It’s so explosively aromatic it jolts you out of your chair, showcasing one of Oregon’s more esoteric bouquets.
(Dai Crisp) is a spectacularly good grape grower. He pays a lot of attention to balance and the health of the individual vines. As a result the fruit is more complex. The wines are more layered and more consistent in their quality.
2014 Grower of the Year
Crisp is as respected as any grower in the state. An unassuming man with an obvious love for his work, he farms for an all-star client list, 80 percent of which makes vineyard designates from Temperance Hill grapes.
What’s evident is that for each of these winemakers, Temperance Hill grapes occupy the highest rung of the quality ladder.