Mailing list offer on new 2014 wines

Today I sent out a new offer to my mailing list with special pre-release pricing on my upcoming Spring releases. These wines are my final releases from the 2014 vintage. They are:

2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard – $39 full retail
2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard – $39 full retail
2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills – $27 full retail

For special pre-release pricing (best prices I offer all year!) you need to join my email list. There’s never any obligation to buy. Sign up and I’ll send you the latest offer. If you want to make a purchase, reply and I’ll take care of the rest. It’s that simple.

Vincent pictured in Bon Appetit

I was pleasantly surprised to find my 2013 Vincent Chardonnay Willamette Valley among 50 wines pictured in Bon Appetit magazine this month, accompanying what is really a terrific article about the current world of wine. Definitely check it out.

Let’s face it, only people who already know my label would notice it. But many have and I won’t lie, it’s sweet to feel people’s happiness and encouragement about it.

Really it’s important simply because my label and several of my friends’ are pictured with the like of Marcel Lapierre’s Morgon. That wine is my inspiration, never mind that it’s Gamay and not Pinot. I have been inspired by Lapierre’s wine for years, the ’98, the ’02, wines I can still taste just by closing my eyes and imagining.

I even blatantly copied Lapierre’s label for my three years of homemade Vincent wines from 2006-2008, as documented in these rolls. When he died a few years back a friend came over and we drank Lapierre to mark the significance.

So even something small like this means everything to me. Cheers to Marcel Lapierre and anyone interested in his wine maybe thinking of Oregon too.

2014 wines now available

Yes, you can buy my new wines from 2014 direct from the winery. Order by emailing Vincent. I will arrange everything, including shipping if you need it.

Here’s what I have available:

Whites – very limited amounts on both!
2014 Vincent Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley – $20
2014 Vincent Chardonnay Willamette Valley – $23 ALLOCATED

2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Willamette Valley – $23
2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge – $27 ALLOCATED
2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard – $39
2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Crowley Station vineyard – $39 (almost gone)

Looking ahead to spring, I’ll release the rest of my 2014s including Zenith and Bjornson vineyard bottlings as well as my 2014 Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir cuvee in April 2015.

ps – turns out I have maybe five two cases of my 2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard still available. Price is $39 per bottle. Earlier this fall, this wine was named by 1859 Oregon Magazine as one of the top local red wines of the vintage.  I agree, it’s delicious.

Thanksgiving weekend Open House!

Please come to our special Thanksgiving weekend open house at Grochau Cellars – our winery home in the beautiful Eola Hills in the heart of Oregon’s WIllamette Valley wine country.

Our Open House runs Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28, noon-5pm each day. Grochau Cellars is located at 9360 SE Eola Hills Road. Click here for a map.

I’ll be pouring new 2014 releases along with John Grochau of Grochau Cellars and Terry Sullivan from southern Oregon’s Upper Five Vineyard. Taste wines from all three of us for just $15, with your tasting fee refunded if you purchase more than $75 of wine.

Quantity discounts will be available on 6+ bottles and 12+ bottles. We’ll also have special three-packs featuring each winery, perfect for gift giving.

Grochau Cellars is just up the hills from Brooks Winery, and close to several other great producers in the Eola Hills. Make a day of it. We hope to see you.

Mailing list event Sunday, November 1

Vincent mailing list members, we’re holding an open house tasting and pick up event for 2014 futures orders on Sunday, November 1, 2015, from 1-4pm. Location is our new winery home in wine country, Grochau Cellars, at 9360 SE Eola Hills Road, outside of Amity, OR.

We’ll be pouring a selection of new releases from the 2014 vintage, have those wines for sale, and have futures orders ready for pick up for all who pre-ordered.

This event is not open to the public, just for mailing list members. Please RSVP by email RSVP by email to let us know you’re coming. There is no charge for this event. Hope to see you on November 1.

Rainy weekend

After an exceptionally warm and dry summer, how great to see rain fall this weekend in the Willamette Valley. As I mentioned on my Twitter, this is the Oregon I love, fresh and cool damp air, breezy and so refreshing.

Winemakers usually fear rain near harvest, but this year we need a break from all the hot and dry conditions. The vines need a drink and thinking back to 2013, I like how late August rains that year helped mitigate what was a pretty hot and dry growing season.

I hope something similar happens this year, where grapes that might have ended up too ripe came into the winery in perfect shape. Picking could start this week so we’ll know soon enough.

Harvest is approaching

IMG_5007 Harvest 2015 in the Willamette Valley is almost here. I’ve only been here 15 years but this certainly will be the earliest harvest in that time, likely the earliest since at least 1992. Last year I began picking on September 13, for me the earliest start I’ve seen. This year, I expect to be picking perhaps a full week earlier. That’s crazy!

However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Yesterday out at Armstrong vineyard on Ribbon Ridge, usually the first site that I pick, veraison or color change in the grapes is not complete.

IMG_5003Two things strike me when seeing that. One is that there’s natural (and desirable!) berry to berry variation in any cluster. The notion of perfectly even ripening is a myth, and honestly I think complexity and nuance comes from some amount of variability in ripeness grape to grape, cluster to cluster.

The second thing that strikes me is that harvest won’t be here as early as I feared. That’s good news because, with everything happening early this year from bud break to flowering and veraison, an early September harvest still gives the grapes an appropriate length of time on the vine for flavor development. An overly compressed growing season – one this year would have the Pinot Noir harvest begin before the end of August – would be tough. I’m happy that’s not how things are shaping up.

As usual, things will come down to harvest weather. As warm and dry as it’s been, things in September will prove pivotal. In 2013 a warm summer saw an early harvest interrupted by rain that massively defined the vintage. In 2014, a warmer summer saw sunny and dry conditions at harvest, and the wines show it. In 2015, we’ll see, though my money is on “sunny and dry.” Hard to go against that after months and months of the same. But if we get rain, everything could change and perhaps for the good, if it’s well timed and not too much.