2008 Owen Roe Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard

Hello friends. Some of our job when it comes to buying for Full Pull is mind-reading – divining the desires of our list members.

And I have a gut feeling (admittedly an educated gut based on e-mails sent and reorders requested) that our list members want one more shot at this wine:

Here’s how the exchange went down; the anatomy of a reoffer:

FEB 20
PAUL: Do you think there’s enough 2008 Owen Roe Solomon Pinot to consider a reoffer for that wine?
OWEN ROE’S SEATTLE REP: I have reached out to the winery to see what they have left. Matt ordered our last 18 bottles today. Will let you know.

FEB 21
ORSP: Owen Roe has [REDACTED] cases remaining. I have put a hold on those. Is that enough for a reoffer?
P: Yep. We’ll take all [REDACTED], to deliver on whatever Wednesday works for you guys. Thanks!
OSRP: Due to the trucking/warehouse schedule the order will arrive to our warehouse late Wednesday afternoon next week. We will plan on [delivery to Full Pull] Wednesday March 5th.

The entire remaining stock of this wine arrives at the Full Pull warehouse. The wine is now effectively sold out in all northwest markets, and 2008 was the last vintage Owen Roe made of this Pinot, so there’s a real poignancy for those of us who have loved the 07 and 08 vintages of this wine.

And that brings us to today. The wine has now had a chance to settle and is ready to go. We have a decent chunk; borderline whether we’ll sell the entire parcel today, or whether this will show up in future Eliminator offers.

We originally offered it on September 19, 2013. Here are excerpts from that original offer:

This is an Oregon producer who is best known for wines from Washington fruit, with a Pinot Noir from the Santa Maria Valley. In California. Confusing enough?

Perhaps this will help cut through the clutter: our tariff is nearly half off the release price of $42.

If Full Pull were located in Portland or San Francisco, that pricing never would have happened. In the twin hearts of domestic Pinot country, blowout tariffs on five-years-past-vintage high-end Pinot Noirs just don’t tend to happen. The wines sell fine. But Pinot is a slower mover in Washington, allowing for the occasional screamer, and we are in the right place at the right time.

Solomon Hills Vineyard is a sister site to Bien Nacido, and it’s about as far west as you can get in the Santa Maria Valley, sitting on a bed of ocean floor sandy loam. Check out the location. You can see that this site gets as much maritime influence as possible, making it one of the coolest vineyards in the AVA as well (as evidenced by the 13% alc on this one, a far cry from the boozier Pinots from California’s warmer climes).

The aromatics on the 2008 are immediately reminiscent of the 2007, with a core of raspberry fruit complemented beautifully by meaty, marine, and leafy. The palate sees rich cherry fruit and earth notes, combined with that continuing savory/umami/seaweed note that ratchets up the complexity. Like the 2007, this displays tightrope balance, supple texture, fine intensity, and a lingering finish. The extra bottle age is the final layer of polish on a lovely wine.

Allen Meadows, the Burghound, is known as a particularly exacting reviewer when it comes to scores. Domestic producers are generally thrilled to see anything from 88pts on up, and a 90 from the Hound is a fine achievement indeed:

Burghound (Allen Meadows): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 90pts.”

Gotta love seeing “Drink 2013+” when we’re sitting here in 2014. This is a rare opportunity to taste well-aged Central Coast Pinot at a fine tariff, and this 2008 is the last vintage ever made of this wine, so we shan’t be seeing it again.

Please limit order requests to 24 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine is in the warehouse and ready for immediate pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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