Temperance Hill’s (30-year-old) late-harvested and cooler high-elevation vines deliver old vine complexity with fresh acidity. The five best barrels became this wine. The vines are from the front block east, the oldest at Temperance, and their massive root systems go deep to deliver both high flavor and nuance to the limited yield.
Ancient, exposed basalt soils
Small-lot wild yeast fermentations
100% barrel aged for 19 months in French oak barrels (one new, three neutral). Bottled unfined and unfiltered
(made from 35-year-old vines from the Temperance Hill vineyard) Vivid red. An assertively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, five-spice powder, potpourri and a touch of cola. Juicy and expansive on the palate; brisk acidity adds vibrancy to intense cherry, black raspberry, floral pastille and spicecake flavors. Shows excellent clarity and thrust on the finish, which features harmonious tannins and a lingering suggestion of candied rose.
The Antoinette cuvée from Jim Prosser hails from the oldest block of pinot noir vines in the Temperance Hill Vineyard, which were planted in 1979. This is one of the highest elevation and coolest sections of this vineyard. The wine is barrel-fermented with natural yeasts and raised in just under forty percent new oak (three new casks out of eight) and bottled unfined and unfiltered. The 2014 Antoinette is beautifully light in color and offers up a very classy, red fruity bouquet of red plums, pomegranate, fresh nutmeg, mustard seed, a complex base of soil, cedary wood and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and beautifully tangy, with a nice touch of sappiness in the core, with fine-grained tannins, excellent acids and a very long, focused and nascently complex finish. This will be a superb bottle in the fullness of time. 2022-2060+.
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