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2010 Vincent Pinot Noir Futures

What a huge first year it has been for Vincent Wine Company. Our 2009 Pinot Noir was very well received by so many of you on our mailing list, not to mention the top wine shops and several excellent restaurants in Portland. Plus, we received great reviews from The Oregonian's Spring Wine Guide and made Mix Magazine's list of the top drinks in Portland this summer. And the national web site Snooth wrote up our blog Elevage. It was all beyond my expectations.

We are bottling all of our 2010 Pinot Noirs this week. As a member of our mailing list, you get first crack at the wines as well as the best prices. Futures pricing is good through August 31, 2011. Last year, our Zenith vineyard bottling sold out to the mailing list. Orders are on a first come, first served basis, so do not delay.

The 2010 wines will be released locally at our open house in late September (stay tuned for details) and shipped to out-of-area buyers when the weather cools in the fall.

Thanks again for your interest and support. Making wines for you to enjoy is in fact a dream come true.

Vincent Fritzsche

The 2010 vintage in the Willamette Valley

After the hot 2009 growing season, 2010 got off to a very early start with a warm, dry late winter. Vine bud break was two weeks early, leading to worries of a late frost killing the new shoots. Thankfully that didn't happen. Instead, we had a very damp, cool spring that essentially stalled the growing season for several weeks. By flowering (above) at the end of June, we were two weeks behind normal, meaning harvest was almost certainly going to be late. Things turned more seasonal in July and August before more damp and cool weather in much of September. Everyone was concerned about the harvest, but late harvests are often the best around here. Think of 2008, 2002 and 1999. All we needed was a nice October and, as in those years, we got it in 2010.

Our grapes came in under sunny skies in early to mid-October, with good ripeness and bright acidity. Rot from the September rain was a concern at first, but didn't really materialize. However, because the cool summer messed up their normal food supply, birds were a huge issue. They ate grapes at record rates, affecting every vineyard, some losing half their crop or more. Most wineries ended up with significantly less wine in their cellars than they expected. Keep that in mind with any Oregon wineries you love.

Our 2010 Wines - Order Below

This year, Vincent Wine Company offers four different wines:

2010 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge "Armstrong Vineyard"
2010 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills "Zenith Vineyard"
2010 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge
2010 Vincent Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

The Armstrong Vineyard is a young vineyard owned by Doug and Michele Ackerman, friends and old tasting group buddies who planted a choice spot on Lewis Rogers Lane in the heart of Ribbon Ridge. We are fortunate to source grapes here - along with Ayres (just up the road) and Seven of Hearts wineries, good company indeed. Our 2010 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard is our top selection from this site, a two barrel blend of 115 and 667 clones from separate vineyard blocks. The 115 clone gave a dark, brooding wine with considerable density. Our one fermenter from this block was the talk of the winery. Wine this rich and dense from 2010? The 667 clone, from the steepest part of the vineyard, gave perhaps a more typical wine for the vintage, ethereal and more delicate. A blend of the two gives us the wine of the vintage here, with considerable power but moderate alcohol at 13.4%. Wine for aging, though it will be fun to try young. We blended half of two barrels of the 115 clone, one of them new so that the resulting wine saw 25% new oak. This wine will retail for $36.

This year's Zenith Vineyard bottling is again from a thinner soiled block planted exclusively to the Pommard clone. The 2010 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard is our sole output from one small fermenter of grapes from this top notch vineyard in the heart of the Eola Hills. As we did with all our grapes this year, we destemmed the clusters, crushed them lightly and let them sit until they began to ferment on their own, not initiating punch downs for approximately 10 days until fermentation was well under way. Fermentation peaked at about 90°F and we pressed after 17 days on the skins. We aged the wine in 3- and 5-year old barrels, so that the delicate nature of this 13.1% wine was not overwhelmed with oak spice. The result is a fragrant, slightly crunchy Pinot that is incredibly food friendly and should age well on its acid structure. This wine will also retail for $36.

Our largest production wine this year is the 2010 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge bottling. This seven barrel blend is entirely from Armstrong Vineyard, from all three of the blocks we worked with. Same process in the winery, two and a half barrels were new and this bottling contains wines from the partial barrels that went into the vineyard designate bottling. This broader blend, including softer, lighter colored but wonderfully complex press wine, gives an aromatic, floral Pinot with considerable young fruit, less structure than the vineyard designate and more approachable younger. This is a delicious follow up to our main wine from last year, the 2009 Vincent Eola-Amity Hills bottling. The 2010 Vincent Ribbon Ridge will retail for $24.

Finally, a special deal for mailing list members on a wine we're otherwise targeting for restaurants to pour by the glass. It turns out there's a pretty sharp cut off price for wines that restaurants will pour by the glass. So we made a special blend of two additional barrels from Armstrong vineyard that we're labeling, humbly, as the 2010 Vincent Pinot Noir Willamette Valley. It's all 777 clone with a touch of Wadenswil clone co-fermented, aged in old oak, and is aromatic and bright on the palate with nice earth and fruit flavors. It's sort of a sacrifice to do this, but we actually had more fruit than we expected in 2010 (perhaps the only local producer to say that) and we wanted a wine that was lower in price. Same production techniques, or lack thereof. Same terrific vineyard. Just a special deal for all y'all, with some limits on allocation (see below). We need to save some for restaurants. This wine will not hit retail shelves, but it would retail for $19.

Order Wines

Same deal as last year - special futures pricing good only for orders placed by August 31, 2011. Simply reply to this email to order, or print this form and mail with payment to the address below.

NEW - we now accept credit cards! Checks are always nice, but if you want to pay by credit card, mail us the card information on this form or call us at 503-740-9475 with the information. Please don't email your credit card number.

2010 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge "Armstrong Vineyard" - retail price will be $36
1 to 5 bottles - $30
6 to 11 bottles - $29
12 bottles or more - $28
Magnums (1.5L) - $65

I want ___________ bottles and ___________ magnums.

2010 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills "Zenith Vineyard" - retail price will be $36
1 to 5 bottles - $30
6 to 11 bottles - $29
12 bottles or more - $28
Magnums (1.5L) - $65

I want ___________ bottles and ___________ magnums.

2010 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge - retail price will be $24
1 to 5 bottles - $19
6 to 11 bottles - $18
12 bottles or more - $17
Magnums (1.5L) - $42

I want ___________ bottles and ___________ magnums.

2010 Vincent Pinot Noir Willamette Valley - retail price would be $19
Futures price - $15

I want ___________ bottles (four bottles maximum until our mailing list allotment runs out)

Yes! Quantity discounts are for the total number of bottles in your order. For example, mix together three of each bottling and get the 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

Pay by credit card - please provide the following information (Visa/MasterCard only):

Card Number

Exp Date

3-digit Security Code

Name of Card Holder

Phone Number

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 at that time. Very generally, it's around $30 to $35 for a 12-bottle case for ground shipping to most of the west coast, closer to $60 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 if you require shipping.

Out of area people who store wine in Portland - we can deliver to your locker. We even managed to deliver to buyers and a storage facility in Seattle and wouldn't hesistate to do that again. Hint, hint Seattle friends.

Finally, thank you again for your support. If you're in Portland in September, we hope to see you at our open house. If you're ever visiting Portland, please let us know. It's been nice to meet list members visiting town and look forward to meeting more of you over time. As always, you can visit us anytime at our website.
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