Pinot Noir Futures Available Through August

2009 Vincent Pinot Noir Futures

[This text was sent recently to our email list members. It’s never too late to join our email list, just let us know. But you only have until August 31 to get in on our first futures offer. Read on.]

Wecome to Vincent Wine Company’s official launch. And it’s about time. For several years, I’ve worked harvests at local wineries here in Oregon, juggling my wine geekiness with a full time job in higher education and a loving, patient family. Jennifer’s been supportive beyond words on the home front. Meanwhile, we’ve made many vintages of wine out in our garage and hosted several garage tastings that many of you have attended. You keep saying you like the wine, so in Fall 2009 we took the leap of making wine in a commercial winery here in Portland. That means we can officially sell our Pinot Noir to the world.

Here, now, is the first offering of our 2009 wines to all of you who’ve expressed interest along the way. For being with us from the very start, we are offering you special futures pricing on both of the wines if you order by August 31, 2010. The wines will be released in the fall, in time for the holidays. Local buyers will have the opportunity of picking up futures at our planned open house (stay tuned for the date) or we can arrange pick up or delivery. For out of area buyers, we will ship wine to you once the weather is favorable.

Thanks so much for your support. We hope you enjoy these first official Vincent wines.

Vincent and Jennifer Fritzsche (and Dolores and Martin, too!)

The 2009 vintage in the Willamette Valley

Most people think the Willamette Valley is always cold and rainy. It’s not true. Our climate is mild overall and our summers are pretty dry and downright warm. In 2009, warm turned to hot in a way locals will remember for a long time. Portland saw a record number of 90+ days, including four days at 100F or more. For Pinot Noir grape growers and wine makers, that can mean trouble. Luckily, spring was mild and flowering saw great weather that allowed for a big crop. No June hail to knock off grape flowers before they could set into fruit. I think that big crop helped spread out the effect of all that summer heat. There was simply more fruit to soak up all that energy from the sun. Come early fall, all that fruit was nicely ripe without being overripe. Harvest saw nice weather, allowing us to pick when we wanted. Our grapes from the Domaine Coteau vineyard on Walnut Hill came in on October 6 and then the Zenith vineyard in the heart of the Eola Hills came in four days later on October 10.

Our 2009 Wines

Our main wine this year is our 2009 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills bottling. This wine is a blend of the Domaine Coteau and the Zenith vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills subregion of the Willamette Valley. Domaine Coteau has 10-year old Dijon clone Pinot Noir vines planted in iron rich, red volcanic soils on a nice south slope. Our block at Zenith is Pommard clone Pinot Noir vines planted in 2003 on gray sedimentary soils. The wine was aged in primarily two and three year old French oak barrels, with one new barrel used. This wine is medium dark ruby in color with fragrant cherry, plum and savory earth aromas. It’s rich and mouthfilling but fresh, something we prize in a hotter year like 2009, with lingering flavors and just enough tannin structure. This wine will retail for $24. 192 cases produced.

Our most special wine for this year is the 2009 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard, from a single one-year old French oak barrel and 100% Pommard clone Pinot Noir. We are lucky to work with this first class site and those who tried our last homemade wine, also from Zenith (homewine from Zenith!!), know what this site can produce. In 2009, this wine is medium ruby in color with a spicy bing cherry perfume that I find myself lingering over. This is the more elegant of our two wines, full of cherry and spice flavors but with nice finesse and long finish, things I prize in top quality Pinot Noir. This wine will retail for $34. Just 24 cases produced.

Order Wines

Futures pricing listed here is only for those on our mailing list. Prices are good for orders placed by August 31, 2010. Simply email us to join the list and order, or print this form and mail with payment to the address below.

2009 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills – retail price will be $24
1 to 5 bottles – $20
6 to 11 bottles – $19
12 bottles or more – $18
Magnums – $42

I want ___________ bottles and ___________ magnums.

2009 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard – retail price will be $34
1 to 5 bottles – $29
6 to 11 bottles – $28
12 bottles or more – $27
Magnums (1.5L) – $62

I want ___________ bottles and ___________ magnums. (first come, first served on this very limited bottling)

Yes! Prices are for all bottles combined, so mix some of one bottling and some of the other and get the 6- or 12-bottle price for everything. If it’s confusing, we can help with the math.

Pay by check made out to “Vincent Wine Company” and mailed to:

Vincent Wine Company
3335 NE 53rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97213

Will you need shipping? We’ll charge you for that in the fall when it’s time to ship, so don’t worry about it now. Shipping prices will be exactly what our warehouse/shipper charges us. Very generally, it’s around $25 to $30 a 12-bottle case for ground shipping to most of the west coast, closer to $50 for the east coast and something in the middle for those in the middle. We can ship a single bottle or whatever you want, but small amounts aren’t much cheaper than 6 or 12 bottles. Buy accordingly.

Finally, thank you again for your support in this wonderful project. You’re an original member of our list and we won’t ever forget that. If you’re ever in Portland, please let us know and we’d be happy to arrange a tasting. Several of you already have, and we look forward to seeing the rest of you over time.

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