Hello friends. This is our final offer of 2017. We’ll plan to stay out of your inboxes until about January 7, when you can expect our first offer of 2018. In the meantime, after our open hours today (Saturday; 11am-7pm) we are CLOSED for pickups for the next few weeks, and our first TPU pickup day in 2017 will be Thursday January 11.
Today’s offer will mostly focus on reflections from a busy 2017. At the end of the offer we’ll include reorder links for a handful of our in-house favorites; and at the beginning we’ll do what we’ve done every year since 2009: excerpt Tennyson’s In Memoriam.
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
I love quoting these particular stanzas, because they speak to the cleansing grace of the end of a year, the power of first remembering and then letting go.
One memory that stands out to me from 2017 was our team’s September trip with Morgan Lee to visit all the vineyards we work with for our in-house winery, Block Wines. This was the first year that we were able to bring nearly our entire team on that eastern Washington swing, and it led to all sorts of interesting conversations, several of them sober even.
And I remember Pat making the point – after seeing all these pristine, carefully-tended vineyards and tasting all these perfect grape berries ripening on the vine – that the raw materials we start with in the Pacific Northwest are truly beautiful, and that the role of the winemakers is to convey that beauty in the finished wines. Our job at Full Pull is to suss out the winemakers who are achieving the honest expression of this rigorous farming, and to shield our list members from all the rest.
I see our role as that of the curator/matchmaker: the curator side tasting broadly so that you don’t have to; the matchmaker side connecting the best winemakers in the northwest (and a few in the rest of the world) to a group of people who care about the beverages they consume.
And that’s what always strikes me about our list members. In a world where cool detachment seems to be in the ascendancy, our list members are a countercultural group who choose to *care* about something. In this case, it’s wine, but it’s the caring itself that’s telling of the kind of folks who populate our list. Our Full Pull team feels very fortunate to have such a thoughtful, engaged, kind group of people as our list members. Thank you all for such robust support in 2017.
Now then, let’s do this quixotic thing we do – attempting to use language to convey sensory experience – one more time, and then let’s close the door on 2017.
2015 Block Wines Chenin Blanc Gnarl Block Rothrock Vineyard
Last call on this vintage of Chenin. At the end of 2017, we’re placing the remainder in the library, where it will be off limits for at least another two or three years. International Wine Report (Owen Bargreen): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 91pts.”
2016 Block Wines Semillion Tauro Block Boushey Vineyard
Our first Semillon fermented and aged in concrete egg, this has been a hit since its September release: a frequent buy at the tasting table and a frequent reorder target too. International Wine Report (Owen Bargreen): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 90pts.”
2007 Full Pull & Friends Chardonnay (FPF-22)
Despite going really long on this decade-old Chardonnay, it still may not last out the year; we’re down to just 18% of our original stock remaining, thanks in part to this recent review. Wine Enthusiast (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 92pts.”
2015 Temporal Vintners Tempranillo
We released this less than a month ago, and it has already become a frequent reorder target, just like the 2014. You may remember, though: production here is half that of the ’14, so this is moving fast. All Tempranillo from Dineen Vineyard, with some Ribera clone and some Toro clone material, this easily outperforms its $15 tag. It is not the soft side of Tempranillo; it’s burly, muscular, powerful Tempranillo; Tempranillo with Cabernet structure—full of polished, fine-grained tannins that offer a texture to perfectly complement all sorts of meals throughout the winter. Tempranillo is the wine for braising weather: for days indoors slow-cooking a tough piece of protein into something supple and delicious. Pot roasts and short ribs and oxtails. Big messes of root veggies and potatoes.
2015 Puget Purveyors Cabernet Sauvignon
Here is our attempt to make the finest possible Washington Cabernet that can hit the magic $20 price point: Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 91pts.”
2009 Full Pull & Friends CVBDX (FPF-21)
Another one where we went long but have seen brisk sales since this wine’s original offer in May. We have 39% of the original stock remaining, and this was the only FP&F red we offered in 2017. International Wine Report (Owen Bargreen): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 92pts.”
2014 Full Pull & Friends Merlot Klipsun Vineyard (FPF-19)
2017 is the first year since starting Full Pull (in 2009) that I’ve felt the stirrings of a Merlot comeback. It’s way overdue. We’re getting close to last-call time on our FP&F Merlot, with just 19% remaining of the original stock. International Wine Report (Owen Bargreen): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 92pts.”
2015 Block Wines Syrah Ankleroller Block Stoney Vine Vineyard
Oh the Ankleroller, beloved by FP team members and list members and reviewers alike. And we only made a single puncheon’s worth. Wine Enthusiast (Sean Sullivan):[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 93pts.”
Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 93pts”
International Wine Report (Owen Bargreen): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 93pts”