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Dumb Ox shows delicious blue and purple fruits, with hints of violet woven throughout. Juicy and deep from start to finish, with dried thyme accents adding length. From the 24 year-old "Dumb Ox" block of Eola Springs Vineyard. - Marcus

2011 vintage notes: Opening with an enticing sweet dark cherry and blackberry nose layered over hints of savory spice and earth - classic Eola Hills characteristics. The black fruit and savory ribbon continues and expands, crescendoing on the finish, dancing together with fresh, uplifting acidity. This delicious combination of dark and bright hits the sweet spot where Oregon Pinot becomes ethereal. We highly recommend it. The second release of Dumb Ox from a 22 year-old block in Eola Springs Vineyard. 100 cases made. - Avalon

The Dumb Ox is a 22 year-old block of vines within Eola Springs Vineyard planted to Pommard clone. It is named for the brilliant theologian of the Middle Ages, Thomas Aquinas, known familiarly as the "Dumb Ox." The Vineyard faces South and is located on the West slope of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. This wine shows the classic Eola black fruit with density and structure, balanced with brilliant acidity. 100 cases made. 13.25% alcohol.

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2010 vintage notes: Seductive scents of fresh blackberry mingle with an earth, floral and fir essence. Layered, creamy fruit - black berry, black raspberry, dark cherry - is supple and inviting, moving towards a finale accented by white pepper and red licorice. Killer! A March 2012 Oregon Reserve Pinot Noir Club selection.

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How Dumb Ox Got Its Name

Early tastings of the wines made from this vineyard, were described as "brilliant" and "an enigma." Thus the name "Dumb Ox." (An adjacent block is named St. Augustine.)

Dumb Ox was a nickname for the most brilliant thinker/theologian of the Middle Ages - Thomas Aquinas. "Brilliant" because he successfully merged Aristotelian philosophy with early church thinking. "Enigma" because his huge physical stature and one huge eye dwarfing the other made him mysterious and puzzling. We like to think of Dumb Ox fruit having similar attributes.

Enigma is defined as "something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained" and "it remains one of nature's secrets."

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