Vincent wines reviewed by Vinous Media

I was pleased to wake up today to see nice reviews of some of my currently available wines by the esteemed Josh Raynolds of Vinous. I’ve read his reviews for years, cool to see him write up a few of my wines.

From Vinous:

2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard – 92 pts
Deep red. Smoke-accented dark berries and cherry cola on the fragrant nose; mineral and spice flourishes add vivacity. Sappy, concentrated bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors are lifted by a bright floral quality and a suggestion of white pepper. rich but energetic as well, delivering strong finishing cut and smoky persistence. Drink 2019-2025

2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard – 92 pts
Vivid ruby-red. Powerful, smoke-and spice-tinged cherry and black raspberry aromas, along with hints of cola and lavender that gain strength with aeration. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that turn sweeter and more lively on the back half. Smoothly plays its vivacity off the richness of the vintage and finishes impressively long and sweet, with gentle tannins making a cameo appearance. Drink 219-2025

2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills – 90 pts
Brilliant red. Fresh red and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of floral oil and white pepper. Juicy and light on its feet, offering gently sweet black raspberry and rose pastille flavors and a hint of blood orange that adds bracing cut. Lingers with very good, fruity persistence, showing just a hint of tannins and lingering spiciness. Drink 2018-2022

Thanksgiving weekend at the winery

Just a quick reminder that we have our annual Thanksgiving weekend open house at the winery, this Friday and Saturday, November 25 & 26, noon-5pm each day.

Location is Grochau Cellars, where I make my Vincent wines. Address is 9360 SE Eola Hills Road just up the hill from Brooks Winery.

For $15 tasting fee, you can taste my new releases as well as the full line up of wines from Grochau as well as Upper Five Vineyard from southern Oregon. Three producers under one roof, and purchase wines together for quantity discounts. Come have some fun in at the winery.

Note, my wines will be there Friday but I will be traveling. I will be there in the flesh on Saturday so come then if you want to chat.


Events in November

Now that harvest is done, it’s time for lots of events at the winery. Here’s what’s going on in November.

First, if you’re a member of my mailing list, you’re invited to a mailing list only tasting and pick up event at the winery on Sunday, November 6 from noon to 4pm. Location is Grochau Cellars, where I make my wine, 9360 SE Eola Hills Road outside of Amity. Come taste new wines from 2015 and pick up your pre-release order if you made a purchase. All new wines will be for sale, including the otherwise sold out 2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard.

Next, I’m partnering with John Grochau of Grochau Cellars on Saturday, November 19, to do a special pre-Thanksgiving, low-fi tasting at the winery – all the latest wines from both producers and some special bottles without the Thanksgiving crowds. We’ll be there noon to 5pm, details on social media.

And of course, Thanksgiving weekend I’ll be pouring at the winery with Grochau Cellars and Upper Five Vineyard from southern Oregon. Taste all three producers for one price, combine orders for quantity discounts on bottles you want to take home. Thanksgiving is traditionally the top weekend of the year to go wine tasting in Oregon. It’s such a nice way to join the celebration of the recent harvest. Please come visit!

Mailing list offer for first 2015s now available

This week my first offer of my 2015 vintage wines went out to the mailing list. To join my list, simply email me here.

The deal is simple – I give my mailing list members first chance at all my latest wines, at the best pricing I offer. This year, order by Monday, September 12, 2016, to get this special pre-release pricing.

Here are the six wines I’m offering:

2015 Vincent Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley – reg $20, pre-release $16
2015 Vincent Chardonnay Willamette Valley – reg $23, pre-release $18

2015 Vincent Gamay Noir Willamette Valley – reg $20, pre-release $16 (limit 6)
2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Willamette Valley – reg $23, pre-release $18

2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge – reg $27, pre-release $21
2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard – red $39, pre-release $30

There’s free ground shipping in the continental US on 12 bottle cases of $300 or more, and free shipping for all orders over $500. Orders must be in by Monday, September 12. Join my mailing list here.

Next spring I’ll have the rest of the 2015s, including Eola-Amity Hills and single vineyards from Silvershot (renamed Crowley Station), Zenith, Bjornson and, yes, Temperance Hill (very special).

I’m also looking to late bottle a special Chardonnay, but stay tuned for any more details on that for a bit.

Again, join my mailing list by simply emailing me. There’s never an obligation to buy, but I try to offer handmade, real wine at fair prices that I hope you enjoy and choose to buy again and again. Thanks for your support.


Plate & Pitchfork dinner August 21

Plate & PitchforkReserve your seats for our special Plate & Pitchfork dinner at the winery on August 21.

Plate & Pitchfork dinners have been going on for more than a decade, always incredible feasts in natural settings including farms and, as in our case, wineries.

Chefs from Portland restaurants Old Salt Marketplace and Grain & Gristle will prepare all food onsite, paired with wines from friends Grochau Cellars and Upper Five Vineyard, as well as (of course) Vincent.

Plus, the Pip’s Original doughnut truck will be there for incredible treats.

Sign up ASAP to guarantee your spot, and use the code “wine” at checkout for a discount on the event price.

Hope to see you at Grochau Cellars in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA for this special dinner event on the 21st!

Reviews from the Prince of Pinot newsletter

Nice to see some good reviews on my latest wines in the newest edition of the PinotFile over at the Prince of Pinot website.

Rusty Gaffney is the author of PinotFile, and can also find him among the crew of regular hosts over at GrapeRadio, the James Beard awarded wine podcast series.

One of my customers emailed from Texas to say congratulations – Rusty is stingier than most with his ratings so even if I’m not a big wine ratings guy, it is nice to read his opinions.

And if you’re interested in Oregon Chardonnay, check out this great article on the real history of this misunderstood grape in the same PinotFile issue.

First offer on 2015s coming soon!

I’m bottling the first of my 2015 vintage wines soon and will release them this fall.

But if you join my mailing list, you will receive my special pre-offer email that goes live August 8.

This offer gives you first access to all of the upcoming wines at the best prices I offer on them all year. Order by replying to the email and we will ship or arrange local pick up in October.

This fall I’ll release two 2015 whites – Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc – and several new 2015 reds – Pinot Noirs from Willamette Valley and Ribbon Ridge AVAs, a single vineyard bottling from Armstrong, and my newest wine, Gamay Noir.

Yes, I’ll be offering the first ever Vincent Gamay Noir, from grapes grown at Bjornson Vineyard. This wine was fermented traditionally in a single open-top fermenter and aged in old French oak casks for one year, then bottled with no filtration as is the case with all my wines.

I’m incredibly excited for this saturated, deeply pitched Oregon cru Gamay, and I can’t wait for harvest 2016 to come so we can make more!

Remember, the first offer on my 2015s goes live August 8. Join the Vincent Wine Company mailing list to get first crack at all of the new wines.