Notes from Crowley:
La Colina Vineyard is located in the Dundee Hills AVA and was planted in 1999 to a mixture of Wadenswil and Pommard pinot noir clones. The elevation is 600 ft. and has a south east orientation. The Dundee Hills are known for their rich, red volcanic Jory soils, which were formed from ancient volcanic basalt and consist of silt, clay and loam. They typically reach a depth of 4-6 feet and provide excellent drainage. Signature characteristics of the Dundee Hills include bright red strawberry and cherry notes mixed with warm spice and earth.
The 2019 La Colina is polished and pure and represents the pinnacle of this vintage’s potential. While we aspire, we don’t throw “Burgundian” around unless the elusive signature truly exists. We found it here, in the space of the midpalate that is difficult to put into words. This wine is positively energetic on the nose, high tone and fresh with earthen complexity of wet potting soil, anise, potpourri and hints of graphite. The visual is classic Dundee Hills light red. The entry is buoyant and firm as fine grain tannins frame the palate. Mandarin orange, cherry, strawberry, light maple and musty blackberry make up a complex and evolving fruit profile. While the terroir is tightly packaged and precise this wine is authentic and expressive, long on the finish and changing constantly. Drinking well now, will benefit from age and be long lived.