The New Adventures of Michael Beckley
Making Wine for Redman, and Quercus Continues
by Amy Paul, March 3, 2008
Our favorite Ducati driving, music playing, pinot producing winemaker has a new adventure up his sleeve. In typical Beckley fashion, he has moved his production facility to the north Willamette valley and is flourishing in his new environment. While continuing to produce his Quercus label, which includes Harmonia and Cadmus, he is also producing wine for Redman Winery.
The small Redman label went commercial in 2005, with their first and very small release. The 2006 release shows off Michael's depth as a winemaker. He essentially takes the same fruit he sources for Harmonia and Cadmus but adjusts the oak, fermentation, and blending cycles to show an equally beautiful yet sibling like Pinot noir that is Redman Wines Pinot noir 06.
Beckely has plans to expand the Redman label to include a small production of rose which will release in spring 2007 and a Redman Estate Pinot noir that will release in 2009.
Avalon Wine has been supporting the wines of indie producer Michael Beckley for years. His wines are interesting, well priced, and compelling. We are excited to welcome his newest venture.
Designer Denim meets Farmer Brown
A blind date over thirty years ago brought Bill and Cathy Redman together, but it is a lifetime of love that has created Redman Wines. Proprietors Bill and Cathy Redman, a lumber trader and former banker respectively, started Redman Wines from scratch after years of dreaming and planning.
Bill and Cathy are definitely a city meets country kind of couple (think designer denim meets Farmer Brown's overalls.) It is a city (Cathy) + country (Bill) + artist (Michael Beckley winemaker) equation that just seems to work at Redman Wines. The Redmans, familiar with Beckley's work at Domaine Drouhin and Coehlo, sought Beckley out for their venture as winemaker and have been progressing over the last two years towards their first commercial release in 2007.
Located in the north Willamette Valley, the Ribbon Ridge location, prominently located near Beaux Freres and Penner-Ash, is ideal for the estate pinot which is being planted in an on-going process. Until estate fruit if ready for harvest and integration into Redman pinot's, Beckely has sourced fruit from Momtazi and Bayliss for the 06 release of Redman Pinot. Beckely has plans to expand the Redman label to include a small production of rose which will release in spring 2007 and a Redman Estate Pinot noir that will release in 2009.