Thesis: Disarming in its lack of disarray
The Cliff Notes: Dark garnet in color, the wine on the nose yields green spice, cherry, cherry esters and Play-doh. It’s a mouth-filling, ridiculously balanced on red, Pinot noir. It plays right down the middle of medium-plus concentration, presenting neither too much, nor too little. Its mass is perfect.
The Story: The wine is named after my daughter, Lola. She is a spark, a live ember. The intent of this wine is to “touch off” those that taste it. It is my best . . . second only to the girl.
The Building of: Small-lot wild yeast fermentation, 100% barrel aged for 18 months in one neutral French oak barrel. Bottled, unfined and unfiltered, in April of 2012.
Ageability: Absolutely decant to get it air within its 3 three years. Well cellared, you should anticipate additional complexity during its first 15 years with a potential 10- to 20-year drinking horizon.
Vineyards: Temperance Hill’s (31-year-old) later and cooler high-elevation vines at the very top of the Eola Hills AVA deliver old vine complexity with fresh acidity. It’s the definition of power and grace.
— Jim Prosser, owner/winemaker