Vincent in brief, for BerserkerDay IX

Whether or not you’re reading this post on account of BerserkerDay IX, here’s a little primer on all things Vincent:

I’m a wine geek in Portland, OR, who found the wine internet 20 years ago and began connecting with people in and out of the industry who shared a passion for wine. Back in 1999, one of them invited me to help in the vines and then the cellar back and I was hooked.

After many years apprenticing, I launched Vincent Wine Company in 2009 and went full time in 2015. I make wines from the Willamette Valley, I don’t own any vines but work very closely with my growers who farm specific parcels in their vineyards for me. I focus on Pinot Noir but also make red wine from Gamay, as well as whites from Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc.

I’m not dogmatic about growing grapes and making wine. I’m inspired by the legends of the wine world, new and old, and not just Pinot Noir makers. But something I’ve found with most of the greats – technique is minimal. Like with great cooking, you work to get quality ingredients and then prepare things very simply to let the essence of the thing shine.

Farming at the vineyards is at least sustainable if not organic at every site. Winemaking is all natural for primary and malolactic fermentation. I destem mostly but can use 20-30% of whole clusters in some red ferments. Physical extraction is minimal, I find the structure I’m looking for means no more than one punchdown a day, if that. With whites, there is no lees stirring unless a barrel has fallen clear before fermentation is done.

I use mostly older barriques but there are usually some newer barrels in the mix, never any brand new wood though. I don’t filter and don’t make adjustments (with rare exceptions). I do use sulfur judiciously, much as I would refrigerate raw milk. In sum, I believe that the most interesting, delicious wines I can make come from a hands off but careful approach.

For more background on me and Vincent Wine Company, listen to my GrapeRadio podcast episode that came out last year. And of course this web site has tons of information about what I’m up to.

Cheers,
Vincent Fritzsche

A note on BerserkerDay IX – the anniversary of the founding of WineBerserkers.com is a great event each year. I owe much of my wine knowledge and appreciation to people I’ve met through the wine internet over the years. Wine Berserkers has been especially innovative by connecting wine lovers and industry in a straightforward way, mostly because we’re all wine geeks. BerserkerDay lets producers embrace the Berserker madness and make some crazy good deals that all of us can take advantage of. I’m offering wines again this year, but I’ll also be buying some things too. Enjoy!

Spring pre-release offer coming in February

Sign up for my Vincent mailing list and you’ll get my new pre-release offer that comes out in February. It’s for the six wines I’ll officially release this Spring, but mailing list members always get first access to new wines at special pre-release pricing. There’s never any obligation to buy, so join the list and at least check out the offer to see if there’s anything you like.

The six wines coming out this spring include two special whites as well as the first of the 2016 single vineyard Pinot Noirs.

2016 Vincent Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley “Tardive”
2016 Vincent Chardonnay Willamette Valley “Tardive”
2016 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills
2016 Vincent Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard
2016 Vincent Pinot Noir Silvershot Vineyard
2016 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard

The vineyard wines are all the best barrels of these excellent Eola-Amity Hills sites. The Eola-Amity Pinot Noir is a cuvee all the vineyards, plus a bit from Temperance Hill, all barrels that didn’t make the cut for the vineyard bottlings (but still really good!).

And the two Tardive whites. Note – I use the Tardive designation for the later bottling when I do two bottlings of a wine in the same vintage. These are not late-harvested wines, they are late bottled after extended barrel aging, a full year and a half on the lees with no racking. I use old barrels so these are not oaky wines, rather they gain texture with lees contact and generally evolve more depth and complexity. Compare them to the regular bottlings of Blanc and Chardonnay I released last fall. Those only saw 11 months in barrel.

I’m looking to have the new offer out February 1 if I can get everything together. You’ll have a few weeks to place your order at pre-release pricing, with payment at time of order and wines available this spring for pick up or shipping.

Click here to join the Vincent mailing list, or if the link doesn’t work for your email platform, just right click, copy email address and then paste to your email.

Give Vincent wines this holiday season

From new releases to a few back vintage wines I’m making available, now is the time to get your order in to give Vincent wines as gifts this holiday season. And let’s not forget, it’s always appropriate to gift wine to yourself.

Here’s a quick list of what’s available.

Whites:

2016 Vincent Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley $20
2015 Vincent Pinot Blanc WV “Tardive” $23
2016 Vincent Chardonnay Ribbon Ridge $29
2015 Vincent Chardonnay WV “Tardive” $29

Reds:

2016 Vincent Gamay Noir Oregon $20
2016 Vincent Gamay Noir Bjornson Vineyard $25

2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge $27
2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills $27
2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard $39
2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Silvershot Vineyard $39
2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard $39
2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard $44
2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard “Tardive” $44

Library wines:

2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills $27 – limit 12
2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard $44 – limit 3
2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard $44 – limit 3

2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills $29 – limit 6
2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard $44 – limit 3
2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard $44 – limit 3

Send me an email to order and I’ll take care of everything, including shipping arrangements to you or your giftee if necessary. Discounts are 10% off 6 bottles or more, 15% off 12 bottles or more.

Thanks!

Vincent

Thanksgiving time events

Saturday, November 18, 1-4pm
Informal cellar tasting at the winery. No charge to taste, I’ll be opening some new releases and an older thing or two. Bottle sales available on everything you taste. Mailing list buyers, come pick up your fall prerelease order if you haven’t done so already. Location is Grochau Cellars, 9360 SE Eola Hills Road, Amity, OR.

Sunday, November 19, 1-4pm
Come taste my two bottlings of 2016 Gamay at E&R Wine Shops Beaujolais celebration. Lots of French wines to taste and then Oregon Gamays from me and our friends at Bow & Arrow. Tasting fee applies. Location is E&R, 6141 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland, OR.

Friday/Saturday, November 24-25, noon-5pm each day
Winery Thanksgiving tasting with our winery mates Grochau Cellars and Upper Five Vineyard. Taste three wineries, buy wines, tasting fee applies. Location is 9360 SE Eola Hills Road, Amity, OR.

 

Harvest 2017 approaching

Quick updates:

The fall prerelease offer is now closed, thanks to all the mailing list members who ordered. Shipping will happen in later October into November. Details to come on Portland tasting event where you can try the new wines, pick up your prerelease order, and buy bottles.

Harvest is just about here in the Willamette Valley. I’ve already brought in Chardonnay from one vineyard on Ribbon Ridge, otherwise nothing has been picked. Yet. The weather forecast looks great, and lots of picking will be happening later this week into early October.

Let me know if you’re coming to the Willamette Valley and want to set up a tasting appointment. You’ll need to join the Vincent Wine Company mailing list but that’s easy enough and it’s free. Being on the list gets you:

Special pre-release offers twice a year at the best pricing I offer
Invitation to tasting events in the Portland area
Tasting appointment in the cellar at no charge

Hope to see you soon!

Fall mailing list offer now underway

The fall Vincent pre-release mailing list offer is open. Special pricing on soon to be released wines, but you need to order by September 6.

To get the offer, join the Vincent Wine Company mailing list. I’ll email you the offer, then to order simply reply with the wines you want.

After blending work, here are the new wines for fall:

2016 Vincent Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley
2016 Vincent Chardonnay Willamette Valley
2016 Vincent Chardonnay Ribbon Ridge

2016 Vincent Gamay Noir Oregon
2016 Vincent Gamay Noir Bjornson Vineyard

2016 Vincent Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
2016 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge
2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard “Tardive”
2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard

Nine new wines, including my first Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay, Bjornson Gamay Noir and the most special of all, a late bottling from a great vintage at Armstrong Vineyard and my first release from the venerable Temperance Hill Vineyard.

Join my mailing list, then look for the offer in your in-box. Shipping in fall is available, as well as local pick up in Oregon. Don’t forget, orders at pre-release pricing must be in by September 6.

New mailing list offer coming in August

The next Vincent Wine Company pre-release offer to the mailing list goes out in just a few weeks.

Join the Vincent mailing list here.

There’s no obligation to make purchases if you join the list. But you do get first access to new wines twice a year at the best prices I offer. Plus you are invited to all wine release tasting events, and you can schedule a winery visit and tasting at no charge.

Here’s a preview of what’s coming in the new offer:

2016 Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley
2016 Chardonnay Willamette Valley
2016 Gamay Noir Oregon
2016 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
2016 Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge

Plus two final releases from 2015 vintage:

2015 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill – my first release from this venerable site high in the Eola Hills
2015 Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard “Tardive” – a special cuvee from this Ribbon Ridge vineyard bottled after 18 months of barrel aging

Wines will be released in the fall for pick up or shipping. Look for the email offer in early August.