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2012 Vincent Wines Futures

Our annual special offer for our mailing list

Hello from Portland!

Big news this year. In addition to producing seven new bottlings of Pinot Noir from 2012, we are delighted to announce our first white wine, the 2012 Vincent Chardonnay Willamette Valley. As with all of our wines, there isn't much to go around, so now is your chance to buy at the best prices we offer all year.

More good news - we've simplified pricing for wines in this email, and we're offering free ground shipping in the continental US for all orders of at least $300. Why? Because it's easier on everyone and we are so thankful for your support since we began in 2009. You've helped make this dream come true and we appreciate it. More on pricing below.

Finally, we had a great first year being part of the Southeast Wine Collective in the heart of SE Portland. This shared space winery is home to several small labels like ours. The winery tasting bar has become quite a hit in Portland and is getting more and more media attention. If you're coming to Oregon wine country, make sure to visit us on your way into or out of town. And if you're local and you haven't visited us yet, make a plan to correct that soon.

Ok, now let's get down to business about the wines of 2012.

The 2012 Pinot Noir vintage in the Willamette Valley

After a cool summer in 2010 and a downright cold 2011, it was nice to get back to a more normal Oregon summer in 2012. That means warm, dry weather for weeks on end, to the point last summer that it didn't rain at all for nearly two months. That's extreme even for us. However, daytime high temperatures were rarely hot, and evenings were typically mild. Going into September, we were even tracking a few days behind normal growing patterns, though nowhere near as late as 2010 or 2011.

Then just as the fall harvest was set to begin, we had a string of days in the 70s and low 80s with warm, dry wind. It was great not to have rain or cold to worry about, but we had to move quick to bring in the Pinot fruit before it ripened too much. We picked from October 2 to October 8, and just like that all the Pinot was in the winery before we'd hardly begun.

I've never seen such uniform ripeness and essentially zero issues with rotten fruit that need to be sorted out in the winery. We destemmed the grapes and allowed fermentation to happen naturally, as usual. After nearly three weeks of fermentation, we drained off the new wines and put them into barrels where they rest to this day, undisturbed. We've finalized our blends and will bottle in September, with the wines being available this fall.

So how are the wines? The 2012 vintage has gotten great press with wine writers excited about the deep colored, rich wines from this vintage. Our techniques in the cellar are very gentle, with only a handful of punch downs (mixing) only a handful of times during the entire fermentation. Otherwise we leave things alone, taking what the vintage gives us. In 2012, that's indeed darker wines than usual for Vincent Wine Company, but we love the earthy and woodsy elements in the wines that complement the dark fruit flavors. We think people who love Pinot will love these wines for their complexity, and those of you out there who typically aren't huge Pinot fans will appreciate the power in these wines. Buy accordingly.

The wines of 2012

We have four single vineyard Pinot Noirs this year. For us, our best wines carry the vineyard name, to showcase the uniqueness of each site. Retail for each of these wines will be $36 per bottle. Your price here per bottle is just $29.

2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge "Armstrong Vineyard"
2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills "Bjornson Vineyard"
2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills "Crowley Station Vineyard"
2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills "Zenith Vineyard"

The 2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard is our top selection from this excellent Ribbon Ridge vineyard, owned by friends Doug and Michele Ackerman. Yet again the blend is two barrels, one from the 115 block lower in the vineyard and one from the 667 block higher up. This year both lots of wine had exceptional power, with the 667 providing a more high toned, floral element. The final blend shows spicy aromatics and with plum flavors, classic Ribbon Ridge area characteristics. I think it's our best Armstrong bottling yet.

The 2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard is our second vintage from this young but already highly respected vineyard. This year's wine is a co-ferment of mostly Pommard clone with a bit of Wadenswil, a Swiss clone of Pinot Noir that's particularly interesting. Bjornson is across the gully from the famed Seven Springs vineyard, and both sites share a common thread - more masculine, dark colored wine that still retains the delicacy we love in Pinot. This year, color is off the charts, with incredible density, a dark fruit and scorched earth aroma and an expressive flavor of blue fruit and woodsy notes. To be sure, we don't use any new oak on any of our wines, so you're tasting the vineyard here, not the work of your barrel maker. If you like rich Pinot Noir, this is your wine.

The 2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Crowley Station Vineyard is our newest vineyard designate, from a chilly site on the west slopes of the Eola Hills directly exposed to the cool ocean air that filters through a gap in the coast range. We source a mix of 114 and 115 clones of Pinot Noir from own rooted vines planted in 2000 in appropriately low nutrient soil. The combination of cool wind and "poor" soil is perfect for Pinot Noir, as you will see in this wine. Floral, red fruit, even a lychee note in the aroma, with bright cran-raspberry and delicate herb flavors and a soft but still focused finish. This wine is a sneaker. This was our first year working with the site, we first thought we may or may not bottle it separately, then thought maybe one barrel would work, then realized this two barrel blend is too good to resist. And we doubled the amount of fruit we're sourcing from Crowley Station this year. Enough said.

The 2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard comes from Pommard clone grapes planted in 2003 and grown on a thinner soiled block of the vineyard that original owner, Pat O'Connor, left unplanted because, to paraphrase, there was no soil. Sure enough, the vines truly struggle here, with shorter growing shoots than other nearby vines, a more open canopy with smaller leaves and a naturally low crop yield. In 2012, the results are a vibrantly colored, dense wine with rich, full fruit and earth aromas and a delicious, still fairly tight palate that will need time to open us, as usual. This wine, along with the Bjornson, are the powerhouses in the line up. Buy accordingly depending on your tastes.

Our second tier of wines are our "regional" bottlings. With all the barrels that are good but not quite good enough to go into the single vineyard "reserve" wines, we blend and label wines according to their more general growing region. The regional wines for 2012 are:

2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge - $24 retail, your price here is just $19
2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills - $24 retail, your price here is just $19
2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Willamette Valley - $20 retail, your price here is just $16

Our 2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge bottling is our largest production wine at six barrels or approximately 150 cases. The blend comes entirely from the Armstrong Vineyard on Ribbon Ridge to provide a contrast to the official "Armstrong" bottling. Where the Armstrong Vineyard bottling is from the two best barrels, with their extra perfume and longer lasting flavors, the Ribbon Ridge is all the other barrels from this excellent site, blended for more early appeal. In 2012, that means a mix of red and black fruits, with a pleasant wintergreen scent sneaking in and out of perception. The wine is flavory and less structured than the Armstrong bottling, just what we want in a wine intended for drinking over the next few years.

The 2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills bottling marks the return of an old friend to our line up. In our first vintage, we produced just two wines, a Zenith vineyard bottling and several barrels of Eola-Amity Hills. Since then we haven't had enough fruit from this subregion of the Willamette Valley to continue bottling a specific Eola-Amity Hills cuvee. Until now. With three Eola-Amity Hills sites, we have four barrels of wine in this blend that show the richer side of Pinot Noir, with a complex ash and berry fruit aromas and lovely, full blue fruit flavors. What's missing is the structure of the vineyard bottlings, so drink this in the next few years as you are a bit more patient with our top wines.

The 2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Willamette Valley is again a mailing list and restaurant only wine. We price this wine to encourage nice restaurants in town to pour this by the glass, getting us more exposure. This past year, terrific Portland restaurants like Noble Rot, Simpatica, Ken's Artisan Pizza and Jade Bistro have had this by the glass. It's just a two barrel blend and thankfully so, as we couldn't afford to sell everything this cheap. But for the restaurants - and for you, our mailing list devotees - we are happy to offer this wine. It's all press wine, meaning softer and lighter wine that comes from pressing the grapes after most of the new wine has been drained from the fermenter. The result - a softer, easier but no less delicious wine. However, this wine doesn't reach retail shelves. This is pretty much your one chance to buy bottles for home consumption. Don't miss out.

And finally, the Chardonnay:

2012 Vincent Chardonnay Willamette Valley - $20 retail, your price here is just $16

The 2012 Vincent Chardonnay Willamette Valley is our first commercially available white wine (yes, we have made white wine before...). Why Chardonnay? Because it's the white counterpart in Burgundy to the red Pinot Noir. Because it grows exceptionally well in the Willamette Valley. And because people somehow lost track of Chardonnay locally, focusing instead on Pinot Gris, when I think Chardonnay makes out most interesting and delicious white wine. Oaky, buttery Chardonnay this is NOT. Instead, grapes from a vineyard in the Amity Hills gently pressed, the juice settled for a few days and then put into two old French oak barrels where it fermented naturally into wine (no added yeast). The wine has stayed in barrel untouched, went through malolactic fermentation naturally and will be bottled next month, unfiltered like all of our wines. It's pale gold in color, sparkling, with a honeyed apple aroma and flavor, soft but not fat or sweet, just lovely and versatile Oregon white wine. Don't miss trying this wine, though with so little there isn't much to go around.

Order Wines Here - Plus New Simple Pricing

Our special future pricing on 2012 Vincent wines is good only for orders placed by September 15, 2013.

To order, simply reply to this email, and you can pay either by credit card (I will call you by phone to get the information) or simply mail us a check to the address below.

2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge "Armstrong Vineyard" - $36 retail
Futures price - $29
Magnums (1.5L) - $62 (very limited)

I want ___________ bottles and ___________ magnums.

2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills "Bjornson Vineyard" - $36 retail
Futures price - $29
Magnums (1.5L) - $62 (very limited)

I want ___________ bottles and ___________ magnums.

2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills "Crowley Station Vineyard" - $36 retail
Futures price - $29
Magnums (1.5L) - $62 (very limited)

I want ___________ bottles and ___________ magnums.

2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills "Zenith Vineyard" - $36 retail

Futures price - $29
Magnums (1.5L) - $62 (very limited)

I want ___________ bottles and ___________ magnums.

2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge - $24 retail
Futures price - $19
Magnums (1.5L) - $42 (very limited)

I want ___________ bottles and ___________ magnums.

2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills - $24 retail
Futures price - $19
Magnums (1.5L) - $42 (very limited)

I want ___________ bottles and ___________ magnums.

2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Willamette Valley - $20 retail
Futures price - $16

I want ___________ bottles

2012 Vincent Chardonnay Willamette Valley - $20 retail
Futures price - $16

I want ___________ bottles

To pay by check, make it out to "Vincent Wine Company" and mail to:

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

To pay by credit card, we will need the following information by phone:

Card Number (Visa/MC/Amex)
Expiration Date
Security Code on the back
Name of Card Holder
Phone Number
Zip Code

Will you need shipping? Remember, free ground shipping in the continental US on orders over $300. We'll ship in the fall when the weather has cooled in our area and yours. If you don't quality for free shipping, we can take care of the shipping charge at that time.

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