I’m releasing several new wines this spring, and as usual I’m offering them to my mailing list first at the best prices of the year. Most of these wines are VERY limited (details below), so if you want any chance to get them, sign up for my mailing list here.
The highlights of this upcoming offer are three new 2015 single vineyard Pinot Noir, a new Eola-Amity Hills cuvee of Pinot, and the first ever “Tardive” releases of white wines that demanded extra barrel aging before bottling. Tardive means “late” and these two exceptional whites, 2015 Chardonnay “Tardive” and 2015 Pinot Blanc “Tradeoff” are worth the wait.
Here are all the details – remember most of these wines are made in tiny quantities so get on the mailing list to make sure you receive an allocation:
2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard – $39 retail
This year’s Bjornson vineyard designate is 100% Pomade clone aged for 18 months in barrel, racked last August from younger French oak to older barrels before bottling without filtration. Picked on September 8 at 22.3 brix, the grapes had incredible intensity after a warm summer transitioned suddenly to cool, dry fall weather from the end of August. The wine shows classic raspberry fruit and spice of this volcanic site with a tension that should reward many years of cellaring. 2 barrels produced
2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard – $39 retail
Zenith is also 100% Pommard clone, from the same small parcel of vines I’ve worked with for years. As with the Bjornson, this wine was racked last August into neutral casks and bottled in early 2017 without filtration. The grapes were picked here at 21.9 brix on September 13, with fresh acidity but no shortage of depth and concentration in the finished wine. Zenith is always a bit more broad shouldered than my other wines and this year’s example should age effortlessly for at least a decade. 2 barrels
2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Silvershot Vineyard – $39 retail
Silvershot is the new name for Crowley Station Vineyard, renamed after a trademark dispute in the past year. New name but it’s another classic savory red fruited wine from this cool, windy site on the far southwest part of the Eola Hills. The grapes here were harvest on September 18 from own-rooted vines in the oldest part of the vineyard, planted in 2000. (Grapes from the younger west block, picked earlier in September, all went to the Eola-Amity Hills bottling). As with Zenith and Bjornson, the Silvershot was bottled after 18 months in cask with no filtration. It shows some light toast notes mixing with the dense but lively cherry fruit and delicate herb notes, finishing with a fine worsted texture. 2 barrels
2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills – $27 retail
This year’s Eola-Amity Hills bottling is a blend of Bjornson, Zenith, Silvershot and (new to me) Temperance Hill vineyards. The result is a classic expression of my home AVA, with a softer texture than the vineyard wines blended for earlier consumption. Don’t be afraid to hold on to this bottling though – examples going back to my first vintage 2009 are still drinking wonderfully. Bottled last August to capture its youthful freshness and held for spring release. 10 barrels
2015 Vincent Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley “Tardive” – $23 retail
This is the first of two brand new wines I’m labeling as “Tardive.” That all simply means the barrels here tasted so good, so focused that I held them back for longer aging on the lees (yeast sediments) for maximum flavor development. While most of my 2015 Pinot Blanc was bottled last August and released last fall, two special barrels of that wine have aged longer for a late or “tardive” bottling. The result is an extra creamy texture that gives this bright, citrusy Pinot Blanc even more finesse than the regular bottling. Think of it as a true reserve wine, held back and bottled separately because it deserves the spotlight. 2 barrels
2015 Vincent Chardonnay Willamette Valley “Tardive” – $29 retail
Where the Blanc “Tardive” is essentially the same wine as the regular bottling, just longer on the lees, the Chardonnay “Tardive” is something different still. Bear with me here. In 2015 I had the opportunity to work with the old 108 clone of Chardonnay for the first time. If you know the story of Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley, this California clone (one of the Wente clones, in fact) was widely planted in Oregon decades ago but largely given up because it supposedly wasn’t right for our cool climate. Maybe it’s climate change, more likely it’s both farming advances and the fact that the one big knock on the 108 clone was its tendency to hold onto its acid (like that’s a bad thing!) turns out to be a boon for those of us who like the freshness and structure acidity brings to great Chardonnay. Whatever it is, I’m a huge fan of the old 108 clone and yes, I secured more of it in 2016 and beyond. However, in 2015 I made just one single barrel from 1980s vines at Namaste vineyard in the soon to be official Van Duzer AVA in the cool hills west of the Eola Hills. I blended this one barrel of 108 with another barrel of Dijon clone Chardonnay from Apolloni vineyard that anchored the regular 2015 Chardonnay released last fall. The result is the best Chardonnay I’ve made to date, the lemon and apple flavors of the Appoloni mixing with the pears and seashell qualities of the 108 to give a Chardonnay truly expressive of the Willamette Valley. 2 barrels
These wines will all be officially released on Memorial Day weekend, but if you’re on my mailing list you can get first access to them on February 1 at special prerelease pricing. All of these 2 barrel lots mean just 50 cases of each are available for the world. Most won’t make it into distribution, so you need to buy direct or from the handful of Portland shops and restaurants that will get these wines if you want to make sure to get some yourself.Sign up for the Vincent mailing list here.