Tyson Crowley has been prowling the cellars of various Oregon wineries for over 20 years and has been crafting wines under his own label since 2006.
The guiding principles of the label include: Sourcing from family-owned vineyards, sustainable agriculture, cool high-elevation sites, and dry farming to encourage deep roots thus enhancing the deep minerality of the wines.
The La Colina Vineyard is on the Southern slopes of the Dundee Hills and yields fruit that is on the higher-toned, bright red fruit spectrum along with bracing acidity and supple tannins.
There is plenty of that “Pinot Funk” inside this bottle, which is charming – but it also eventually blows off and reveals an extremely elegant floral character hiding just underneath it.
A great wine to drink alone or with food as you wish – and will also do well for up to 10 years in the cellar. Just 5 barrels were produced.
From the winery:
The beautiful rolling La Colina Vineyard was our first vineyard holding and it’s been an exceptional site from the very beginning, turning out many of our favorite barrels in the cellar year after year.
Our 2015 Pinots benefited from being completely de-stemmed. It was our intention that this would accentuate terroir and the wines could be stand-alone beauties without the added layering of stem inclusion. It’s true. La Colina is powerful this year. It’s coming of age (now 18 yrs. old) and showing a complex maturity. Each barrel of the 5 had a strong personality and a presence. The Dundee Hills is present to be sure…delicate maple essences combined with earthiness and bright cherry remind us there is no mistaking the dirt! But the concentrated signature of La Colina is the best part…the citrus and tea combined with the angular mouth feel keeps the wine demanding. Never a pushover, La Colina is finding its “voice” and has again delivered a special wine.