Hello friends. We have time-limited discounts on three wines from a list-favorite producer: Owen Roe. I’m pretty sure this pricing expires at the end of May, so I’ve left it a little late here. We’ll probably wait until May 30 to place our order, for arrival May 31, just to give everyone as thorough a shot as possible at accessing these wines at these tariffs.
The blend here is 45/33/22 Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon, and it comes from five stellar Yakima Valley Vineyards: two Owen Roe estate sites (Union Gap, Outlook), as well as DuBrul, Red Willow, and Elerding. Aged for about a year in French oak, this clocks in at 14.1% listed alc and offers a nose where the Franc really takes over with its wonderful combo of flowers and cress complemented by red cherry and redcurrant fruit. The best wines from the Yakima Valley display this kind of dense layering of fruit. The texture here is so supple, so free-and-easy, that a taster could be forgiven for missing the complexities, earthy and savory in turn, and the overall sense of stuffing and harmony. This offers loads of power and class for the tag.
This is another in a dwindling set of opportunities to access an epic Washington vintage. It is comprised of four of the five vineyards mentioned in the Yak Red: Outlook, Dubrul, Red Willow, and Elerding. Barrel regimen was 19 months in French oak, 35% new, 20% 1-2 year, and 45% neutral. Listed alc is 14.1%, and this kicks off with a soaring nose: blackcurrant and black plum, violet and black tea; dark indeed, but oh so expressive. I love the purity and clarity of the palate, which is so very Cabernet. It’s dense and intense to be sure, but all on a perfectly-weighted frame, and it’s lifted by all these minty-fresh topnotes. The tannins begin to emerge on the plump mid-palate and roll into a powerful finish, a last kiss of bergamot. This is a polished, classy late-release ’12.
The Kilmore – based entirely on Yahmill-Carlton fruit – drinks like an Oregon-Cali tweener, with the best of both worlds. It has the depth and richness (14.1% listed alc) of a good Cali Pinot, and the freshness and earthiness of Oregon. It comes from two vineyards – Lennè and Merriman – in the Yamhill-Carlton District AVA. While YCD is just adjacent to the red jory soils of the Dundee Hills, the Yamhill soils are completely different: old marine sedimentary soils, at elevations between 200 and 1000 feet. They tend to produce deeply colored, powerful Pinots with wonderful herbal/tobacco/woodsmoke complexities. This vintage spent 10 months in French oak (44% new), and it opens with a nose of cherry preserves and black coffee, woodsmoke and earth. There is plenty of fleshy fruit here, underlain by beautiful earthy/smoky bass notes, and there’s even a little fine-grained tannin chew on the back end. The overall package: a long, rich, satisfying Pinot.
First come first served up to 36 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and the wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.