New releases for spring

I’m delighted to release the final three wines from 2013, all reds perfect for spring and summer dining.

2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills – $27
2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard – $39
2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard – $39

Each year, my top wines are my single vineyard designate bottlings. For spring, they are Zenith and Bjornson, both from the Eola-Amity Hills AVA but different in soil type.

The 2013 Zenith Vineyard is from our rows in block 6-G, a south facing knoll with little top soil over sandstone where the leaf canopy of the vines barely fills the trellis most years. This year’s wine is all Pinot Noir elegance, with ripe but restrained fruit, floral and earth elements, the texture worsted and a touch firm. I enjoy my single vineyard wines young, but they do have more structure with the goal of lasting several years in a cool cellar. This Zenith is a classic representation of this historic Eola Hills vineyard, formerly O’Connor Vineyard and a long time source of terrific wines from St. Innocent Winery. $39

The 2013 Bjornson Vineyard is a slightly more powerful Pinot Noir, with a touch deeper color and already complex fruit and earth interplay, the acid bright and finish long and satisfying. The soils here are volcanic, with a thin band of red clay over fractured basalt bedrock. The wines here are always more masculine, but like neighboring vineyards I’ve enjoyed for years, Bjornson always shows perfume and grace to balance its natural power in a way very few sites can achieve. Like the Zenith, this wine is delicious now and yet has the structure to age well for several years. $39

The 2013 Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills is our village wine for spring, a blend of barrels from all three of our vineyard sites in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA – Zenith and Bjornson, as well as Crowley Station Vineyard. This wine is a bit lighter in color than either single vineyard bottling, with less intensity but still lovely grace and perfume intended for drinking now over the next few years. $27

BerserkerDay deal

Today is BerserkerDay VI, the 6th anniversary of the founding of wineberserkers.com. As usual, we are part of the fun, with a special discount offer to add to the celebration.

If you’re interested, you have to go to Wine Berserkers, register for free, then go to the BerserkerDay VI forum (register to access) and look for the Vincent Wine Company offer around 1:05pm PST. It’s a special 3-pack of 2013 wines for $59. It’s our best deal of the year outside of buying from our annual futures offering to our mailing list.

Limit one 3-pack per person, shipping is $15 extra, and there are about a dozen left to sell. But no worries, if you can’t get my wine this time, find other great offers from lots of wineries, wine shops and food purveyors, all in the name of celebrating wine love craziness. And there’s terrific wine discussion and a great community of people at Wine Berserkers from around the world. Check it out.

Happy new year!

Happy new year from Portland, where I’m excited for some big plans to unfold over the next 12 months.

I have only small amounts of my Fall releases still available, all 2013s including Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Just a handful of cases of each of those remain, along with the Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge. The Pinot Noir Crowley Station Vineyard is sold out, and the Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard is down to just three cases, so hurry up if you want that one.

I will have three additional wines from the 2013 vintage available starting in March, including Pinot Noirs from Bjornson Vineyard, Zenith Vineyard, and our Eola-Amity Hills cuvee.

In the winery, I have 35 barrels of wine from the 2014 vintage quietly aging in cask until bottling right before harvest next fall. 2014 was a warm year and the wines show tremendous ripeness. I’m excited to see more nuance and subtlety emerge as the wines age in barrel. Wines from cooler vintages often need to soften and open up through barrel aging. Wines from warm years like 2014 need the opposite – time to calm down and gain elegance. I’m excited to see that happening already and I look forward to release the first of the 2014 wines by the end of this year.

PDX Urban Wineries tasting this Sunday in Portland

PDX Urban Wineries is an association of virtually all the wineries fermenting grapes in the city of Portland. We’re happy to be members along with more than a dozen other independent wineries in this fine city.

Twice a year, PDX Urban Wineries holds special public tasting events where you can come to one location and try so many different wines made in Portland from grapes grown all over the Pacific Northwest.

This Sunday evening is our Holiday Winter Wine Soiree, at Cyril’s in inner SE Portland. The event runs 6-9pm. Admission is $10 (or $5 at the door with two cans of food for charity). For that you get 5 tickets for tastes, with additional tickets available for purchase. We’ll also be selling all the wines being poured, with discounts for purchases of 6 and 12 or more. Yes, you can mix and match anything to hit each discount level.

Purchase your advance tickets online here. Hope to see you Sunday evening.

Special Wine Dinner at Capo in Santa Monica, November 16

Los Angeles friends, please come to our special wine reception and dinner at Capo, Sunday November 16 at 6pm. Capo is just south of the Santa Monica Pier at 1810 Ocean Avenue.

Capo is usually closed on Sunday, so we’ll have the whole place to ourselves for a very special evening. Capo has been a great supporter of my wine. They’ve featured a variety of my single vineyard Pinot Noirs on the wine list for the last year.

For this special event, things start at 6pm with a wine reception, where we’ll introduce the evening and begin to learn about the terroir of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. My distributor in LA, Return to Terroir, is commited to wine education, so this evening will be a great chance to gain lots of wine knowledge.

Next we’ll have a multi course dinner paired with four of my single vineyard wines, from Armstrong, Crowley Station, Bjornson and Zenith vineyards, to see the differences in each site and appreciate how each pairs with Capo’s excellent cuisine.

We’ll also be selling limited quantities of these rare single vineyard wines, which will be available later on for pick up via Wally’s Wine in Westwood, another great support of Vincent.

The event is limited to 20 people, and costs $195 all inclusive, inc. tax and gratuity. RSVP by calling Capo at 310.394.5550.

I hope to see you November 16th!

Mailing list member tasting at the winery, November 8

Mailing list members, come taste our new fall releases at the Vincent Wine Company open house, November 8, 2-5pm, at the SE Wine Collective in Portland. Address is 2425 SE 35th Place at Division. There is no charge and friends are welcome.

We’ll have several wines from 2013 available to taste and buy, and of course we’ll have any futures orders ready for pick up for those of you who bought ahead of time (super helpful, thank you!).

Not on our mailing list but want to attend? Just sign up using the link in the sidebar to the right to send us an email. There’s no charge for that either.

New releases for fall – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc

We’re delighted to announce the release of several new wines, all from the 2013 vintage. We offer 10% off purchases of six bottles or more, and 15% off orders of 12 bottles or more. We can arrange shipping if you need it, later this fall when weather is cooler.

2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard $39
2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Crowley Station Vineyard $39
2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge $27
2013 Vincent Chardonnay Willamette Valley $23
2013 Vincent Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley $20

All of our wines are extremely limited in production. Order by emailing vincentwines@gmail.com with your selections and include a phone number to call for payment information.