2014 wines now available

Yes, you can buy my new wines from 2014 direct from the winery. Order byemailing 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 (only 25 cases left)

2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Willamette Valley – $23
2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge – $27 (only 25 cases left)
2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard – $39
2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Crowley Station vineyard – $39 (only 20 cases left!)

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 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.

Mailing list offer on my 2014 wines is now live!

I just sent out my annual special wine futures offer to my mailing list. This email has the best pricing I offer all year, but to get it you must be on my mailing list.

Not yet on the list? Simply email me here and I’ll add you.

Futures orders must be in by end of day, Monday, September 7, 2015. But don’t delay in case things you want sell out. I don’t make a lot of wine and with a record nine different Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc bottlings this year, amounts of each are pretty limited. Don’t delay!

2014s coming soon – sign up for the email list

I’ve finalized the blends for my 2014 wines and will send out my annual futures offering email next week. Are you on my list? Simply email me here and I’ll add you.

The futures email will offer all nine of my 2014 Vincent wines, seven reds and two whites:

Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard
Pinot Noir Crowley Station Vineyard
Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard
Pinot Noir Bjornson

Pinot Noir Ribbon RIdge
Pinot Noir Eola-Amity HIlls
Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Chardonnay Willamette Valley
Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley

All wines are naturally fermented and bottled without filtration. Most wines are only two or three barrels, so very limited. Sign up for the Vincent email list today to get the first offer on my 2014s.