from Jean, here at Avalon Wine,
I'm writing to let you know about the new
Owen Roe and Sineann wines that will be shipped next month. There's less
than usual and we're going to sell out quite quickly. David and Peter
made less than 100 cases of most of these.
Kevin, Wendy, and I want to see that
all of our past purchasers of Owen Roe and Sineann get some of these
wines if they want them. Most of these wines are only posted on the web
site at the bottom of our "Recommended" page:
and here in this email. We'll make every effort to get you the wines
Here's the wines:
Owen Roe Sharecropper's Cabernet Sauvignon
In keeping with David's tradition of making a range of good value wines
along with his masterpiece higher end wines, the Sharecropper's Cab offers
a high quality/price ratio. It's one of the best ready to drink, value
priced "Big Reds" available from the Pacific Northwest.
Richer and a bit more complex than last year's Sharecroppers Cabernet
Sauvignon, this wine contains a bit of Merlot and Petiti Verdot. It's
lush and easy drinking, with smooth tannins and enough body to balance
lots of foods, hearty cheeses, and to enjoy as a sipper while watching
the game. This is a rich, full bodied, ready to drink wine, filled with
fresh fruit flavors, a great value and excellent followup to the wildly
popular Sharecropper's Pinot noir.
Owen Roe Cabernet Franc 04 $32.36/$35.95
The grapes are sourced from the very special
Rosa Mystical Block Vineyard in West Yakima, plus grapes from a new site
that David is quite excited about, Slide Mountain Vineyard. There's a
bit of Elerding Vineyard fruit in the mix as well.
More after I visit the site next month.
Owen Roe "Lady Rosa" Syrah $40.46/$44.95
Amazingly fragrant, a huge yet multilayered Syrah from
the low yielding, old vine Dubrul Vineyard, from Owen Roe's new
vineyards surrounding it, and from Rosa Mystica Vineyard. The
word for this wine is "ethereal", according to David. The fragrance of violets
is intense in both nose and mouth, with big black fruit flavors, exotic
spices, black pepper and hints of sandalwood. Very limited, only four
Followers of David O'Reilly's Owen Roe wines
know that David is a descendant of Owen Roe O'Neill, an Irish patriot
of the 16th century. Owen Roe's wife was Lady Rosa O'Neill, and this
wine is named for her. The image on the label is a photo of a gravestone
from ruins of an Abbey near the O'Neill's ancestral home.
Other Owen Roe wines still available:
It's last call on the
Ex Umbris Syrah 04 $21.55/$23.95
Owen Roe Abbott's Table 04 $18.89/$20.99
Owen Roe Pinot noir "The Kilmore" 04 $35.05/$38.95
And we have good supply of the lovely, world
Owen Roe Dubrul Cabernet Sauvignon 03 $54.00/$60.00
You really can't beat this wine for an impressive
holiday gift. It's a
super choice for that hard to please client or friend or family member.
Here's the new SIneann wines:
Sineann "The Blend" 04
says this year's Blend tastes "more like a $40 wine than a $24
wine". It's a really huge and delish red blend for everyday and special
times, It's much bigger than the 2003 vintage, a big, rich blend of Cabermet
Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. The Blend is ready to drink, a blend of
fruit frome vineyards in the Columbia Gorge, where Peter has sourced
grapes fro some of his best wines.
I get the sense that Peter really
put a lot of energy into this wine, as he plans to make it his entry
level wine, the wine he sells to restaurants for glass pours and to customers
who want to try Sineann wines but don't want to spend a lot.
From the winery: "That's right, Blend. I don't want to say we
named this wine "Blend" just
to add the letter "B" to our front labels. The wine is a blend of wines
made from grapes grown by Lonnie Wright in the Columbia Valley near The
Dalles, OR. It is made up of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet."
The thing that makes
this wine so interesting to me is the source of the fruit. Peter
works a lot with Lonnie Wright, a vineyard manager in The Dalles, Oregon.
His vineyards are on the south side of the Columbia Gorge, right near
the river, and the site produces some wonderful grapes.
Peter's Old Vine
Zinfandel is produced from these same vineyards, which are mostly sited
on old riverbeds of round, river washed rock or on shelves just above
ancient riverbeds. The vineyards' "soil" of rock is reminiscent of
the vineyards of Cayuse, further east on the Oregon side of the Columbia.
Somehow, the combination of heat that the rocks soak up during the day
and the unusual microclimates of these riverbed vineyards produces a
different and uncommon complexity of flavors in the wines made from the
Sineann Cabernet Franc 04 $37.76/$41.95
Very very limited, this is the first Cabernet Franc released
by Sineann. It's a huge, dark, burly Cabernet Franc, full of big flavors
and that interestingly different "Franc" flavor.
The wine is sourced from Champoux Vineyard. I haven't had a chance to
taste this, but the cellar rats who helped bottle the wine tell me that
it's intensely aromatic, dark colored, and velvety lush.
Sineann Cabernet Sauvignon "Baby Poux" 04
Peter Rosback is sourcing more and more
fruit from Washington's famed Champoux Vineyard - it's one of his favorite
vineyards. His famed "Block One" Cab is made from a different block of
Champoux Vineyard. And with this wine, the Baby Poux begins to compete
for the title of "Sineann's Best".
At about $25 less than the Block One, the
Baby Poux Cab has most of the intensity, complexity, and richness of
the more expensive wine. Some of the volunteers who've been helping to
bottle the wines this year tell me that they're snapping up this "Baby
Block One". It's quite a hit.
Here's what Peter says about the wine:
"The Baby Poux
block of Paul Champoux's vineyard combines great Cab intensity with a
remarkable approachability that Cabernet just doesn't often deliver.
We've gotten fruit off Baby Poux since it's first year of production
and it has always had that approachable quality. Much to our delight,
as the vineyard ages (it is now 15 years old) it is growing in depth
and complexity. Where will it all lead to? We don't know, but it's fun
going along for the ride!"
Highly recommended- Great
structure, good blackberry Bordeauxlike Cassis, cedar, good weight, silky
tannins. Cabernet from the Baby Poux Vineyard has the usual gushing,
over the top flavors that characterize the wines of Sineann.
Very limited, the 2004 vintage was very small.
Peter says on his website "we're out of
the Zinfandel - stop asking!" Well, we still
have a stash of the Old Vine Zinfandel ,
labeled under the "The Pines" label for Lonnie Wright, the vineyard manager
that Peter works with a lot. It's the exact same wine as the ZInfandel,
same bottles, just has a different label. See it here:
Our November Avalon Wine Club Newsletter
is out, and you can read it here:
We'd like to recommend a gift subscription to one
of our Wine Clubs for
that hard to please wine lover. You can order month to month, or save a
lot and order in 6 or 12 month prepaid subscriptions. We'll enclose an
attractive non-denominational, corporate looking card with the first shipment,
or can put other types of cards in the box (birthdays, family, wedding,
etc.). Over the years, recipients of this gift have told us how much they
enjoy it -- seems to be a winner of a gift for business or family. Read
about all the wine clubs here:
FIRST ANNUAL AVALON WINE CLUB TASTING
Well, we've decided to have a
get together for our wine club members this year on Friday,
November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. A lot of you are scattered
across the US, but if you're in the area, we'll be opening a range of
the wines we've shipped to you over the last year, as well as some new
releases, and maybe even some prerelease samples (Shea 2004's?). The
tasting is free to Wine Club members, and $20 for everyone else. The
$20 will be refunded if you make a $300 or greater purchase at the tasting.
For a map and
info about how to get to us, look here:
you want more info about the tasting, contact us at the store by phone
or email, and we'll give you all the details.
If we may help with an order for any of
these wines, please let us know. We're available by phone at 541-752-7418
from 8AM Pacific time until 6PM Pacific time. Or you can call me at my
direct line at 541-424-8004.
Thanks for your support -we appreciate your
orders and your suggestions. Our customers always give us our best ideas!
Jean, Marcus, Chris, Kevin, and Wendy
201 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis OR 97333
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