Saturday, October 26, 2013

Owen Roe Wine Club Pick-Up Party

Owen Roe Winery in St. Paul, OR is relocating their winery to the Yakima Valley in Washington. A brand new winery facility is being built on their Union Gap Vineyard (estate), and all winemaking will move there after 2013 harvest. Rumor has it Owen Roe will move their Oregon tasting room to an old nut barn in the Newberg area sometime in early 2014 (location to be announced). 

As a side note, the "old" Owen Roe winery has been taken over by Lady Hill Winery, owned by ex-Owen Roe partner Jerry Owen, with ex-Owen Roe director of winemaking Erik Brasher as winemaker. Expect some amazing wines under the Radicle Vine, Procedo, Ad Lucem, Lady Hill and Pinnacle labels coming from them in the very near future. 

The final Owen Roe wine club pickup party at the old winery was Sept. 14, and I attended with several good friends. Free for club members and their guests ($10 for all others), the following wines were offered for tasting (and sale - 15% wine club discount!): 

  • 2012 Corvidae "Wise Guy" Sauvignon Blanc ($10)
  • 2012 Owen Roe "DuBrul Vineyard" Chardonnay ($48) 
  • 2012 Owen Roe "Eola-Amity" Pinot Noir ($42) 
  • 2012 Owen Roe "Lenne Vineyard" Pinot Noir ($55) 
  • 2012 Owen Roe "Merriman Vineyard - Wadenswil Block" Pinot Noir ($55) 
  • 2012 Owen Roe "Sharecropper's" Pinot Noir ($21)
  • 2012 Owen Roe "Abbot's Table" Red Blend ($24) - Great blend of 5 varietals 
  • 2012 Owen Roe "Sharecropper's" Cabernet Sauvignon ($15) - A great value Cabernet 
  • 2011 Owen Roe "Yakima Valley" Cabernet Sauvignon ($55) - New offering this year 
  • 2011 Owen Roe "Red Willow Vineyard - 1973 Block" Cabernet Sauvignon ($72) - Always a favorite
  • 2011 Owen Roe "DuBrul Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon ($72) - Wine of the Tasting for me 
As always, a great event, and amazing red wine line up! I love all of the Owen Roe Cabernets. I look forward to visiting the new winery on my next trip to Yakima. 

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