Early May 2012|
Anticipation is one of the primary motivators on the planet and we are not immune. In that vein we're dropping another experiential video on your head, and can't wait to see you boot it around the social media sphere, or to your co-workers. On a more direct liquid front, this is the first season we will see fruit off the new estate vineyards on Parrett Mountain, and green leaves breaking buds last week started the countdown to wine off our dirt in the fall. I'm eight, you're seven, and Christmas Eve's a comin'!
I'm also pretty jazzed by the wines we're putting into play. I've been on a fair few jets this spring, pouring our juice for the wine trade at shops and restaurants. Now, I'm not saying they're jaded, but it's hard to flip out buyers that taste a few hundred wines a week, and yet we've been doing it all over the country. Leads me to tell you that the trust you first placed in us is warranted, and evermore trade converts are following your lead in putting our bottles on their tables. Who knew you were a trendsetter with such good taste?
As I finish racking my frequent flyer miles and the season slides to summer, I'll don my straw hat and turn to the vineyard. Hoping you'll come and visit this summer so I can pull the gloves, let the sun beat on someone else, and work on my storytelling while you sample our finest elixirs.
2011 Glass |
Glass is our first wine from the 2011 vintage, which was a virtual harbinger of expletives, and we are happily dumbfounded by another by stunning bottling. Crystalline peach in color, the nose opens to peach and musk melon, followed by lemon, earth, breadcrust and shortbread. The palate is decidedly lemon/lemon-lime on a medium frame with linear acid, no sugar and a ridiculously long finish. Our popular dry rosé of Pinot will certainly quench your thirst and quell the agitation of a super warm summer night. Read the full tasting notes.
$20 ($18 case/club).
This nonvintage bottling of Provocateur, with grapes primarily from the small 2010 vintage with a few barrels from the plush 2009 vintage, is like a 1500-meter champion with a winning kick. A translucent ruby red, the wine is dark cherry on the nose with dust and spice. In the mouth it's a starter's pistol on a race to vibrancy, whereby mouthwatering acidity puts serious legs under red and black fruits and propels them across the middle distance of your palate. The 2009 Provocateur was named to the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of “100 best wines of 2011,” and some of those same barrels are in this blend. Read the full tasting notes.
$26 ($22 case/club)
and the J.K. Carriere crew
9995 NE Parrett Mountain Road
Newberg, OR 97132
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