Last calls: Owen Roe’s rich and exotic Slide Mountain Cab Franc, Lady Rosa Syrah, and Red Willow Chapel Block Syrah.
Rare & Allocated: Owen Roe Dubrul Vineyard 2011 Chardonnay and Riesling.
New favorites: new vintage Owen Roe 2011 Sharecropper’s Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon and 2011 Sinister Hand.
at right, the bloody “sinister hand” that an Irish laird cut off and threw onto an island so he could claim it for his own
Sharecropper’s Pinot noir 2011
$17.95 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case*
($19.95 retail) A big, rich wine from the much anticipated 2011 vintage. The Sharecroppers is scented with roses and violets, full of black fruit and berries, finishing with appealing cinnamon/anise/toast flavors. This is a super wine to snap up for the holidays – great value for parties, with a big, juicy style that everyone loves. – Jean
Sinister Hand 2011
$21.55 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case*
A blend of dark, hearty red grapes traditionally used in France’s Rhone region. Aromas of spicy red hots, cinnamon and pine lead to a bursting mouth-feel of raspberry, blackberry and cassis finishing with hints of white pepper, rosemary and clove. 63% Grenache, 19% Syrah, 16% Mourvedre, and 2% Cinsault.
Dubrul Chardonnay 2011
$44.95 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case*
100 cases made. Extremely limited, a creamy and mouthwatering Chardonnay that starts off with the scent of tropical fruit and lemons. The wine adds toasty nutty hints of hazelnuts, lemon curd, white flowers in the flavor, and a lilt of fresh lime on the finish. Only 24 bottles available.
Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2011
$18.86 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case*
Only produced in occasional vintages, the 2011 is classic Washington State Chardonnay, with scent and flavor of tropical fruit, creamy toast, refreshing citrus, and a lilt of lime in the finish. 375 cases made.
at right, Owen Roe winemaker and owner David O’Reilly
Slide Mountain Cabernet Franc 2009
$64.75 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case*
12 bottles available – Wine Spectator 93 Points
All about fragrance – an other worldly, intense scent of violets and fresh herbs. The vintage was a small one, with intensity trumping quantity. If you like intense, dark Cab Franc with an exotic flavor twist, you’ll enjoy this wine. – Jean
Red Willow Chapel Block Syrah 2010
$46.45 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case*
Saturated and powerful, this broad-shouldered Syrah is filled with mouth-coating black fruit and violets, with bacon and cracked pepper accents. Sourced from Washington’s oldest Syrah vines, planted in 1986 in the Red Willow Vineyard. – Jean
Lady Rosa Syrah 2010
$40.45 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case*
12 bottles available – Mouthwatering smells of savory oil-cured olives, violets, and grilled meat with truffle salt has me thirsty and hungry. The Lady Rosa’s hallmark is pure fruit; the 2010 is loaded with blackberry and sweet cherry that shine. I really dig the lack of overt oak and the overall balance — things that make Lady Rosa a slam dunk with food. – Marcus
Sharecropper’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
$13.45 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case*
Excellent value Cabernet from Owen Roe. David O’Reilly strikes again: great value, great wine. That’s right – Washington’s best value Cab just got…better. Full of purple fruit goodness complemented by the exuberant tannins. And the price? Under $15. – Marcus
Dubrul Vineyard Riesling 2011
$18.85 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case*
From a tiny block of grapes in the Dubrul Vineyard made famous by David O’Reilly. A complex wine with plenty of sophisticated fruit flavors, clean mineral notes, and long finish. There’s a hint of sweetness in this vintage. Extremely limited.
below, the high desert of central Washington, near Dubrul Vineyard
author: Jean Yates