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The Temperance Hill Vineyard is one of the highest elevation vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Perched at 700-900 feet above sea level, it sits atop the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. What makes Temperance Hill even more unique is its location, which is directly in the path of the Van Duzer wind gap which blows cool coastal winds into the valley from the Pacific Ocean all year long. This cool and lofty situation makes for late-harvested wines of incredible complexity and beauty, without over-ripeness.
The 2017 Bergström Wines Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir is red cherry in color and has wonderful aromas typical of the vineyard, but atypical to the Willamette Valley: ruby red grapefruit pith, Douglas Fir sap, Elderberry flower, citrus oils, and dark fruits like boysenberry and marionberry. The wine is intensely fruited, juicy on the palate with acidity for miles, and so much saline saltiness it could pair well with oysters, fish, meats, and even a cheese course.
This is a young and vibrant Pinot Noir that needs time to flesh out but will delivery years of drinking pleasure.