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Josh Raynolds of VINOUS Reviews EIEIO 2013 Wines


In December, 2016, Josh Raynolds of VINOUS (formerly with Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar) reviewed a selection of Oregon 2013 vintage wines. Four EIEIO wines were among the group.

This was an interesting vintage.  Many of us gathered regularly over beers and pizza to fret over when to pick and how to address the grape bloating and other rain related natural issues in the vineyard. I ran into my neighbor Jacques Lardiere at the Carlton Bakery and he asked what I was doing differently to combat the swelling issues. I answered; ” Nothing yet as I have yet to pick!” He was flabbergasted.

 You see, there were three rain events which were large and quite rare just before and during harvest and you could not pick “around” these events as some might claim. […]

2016 Harvest Update at EIEIO: Yates Conwill Vineyard

Even with the weirdest weather over the past eight months, this is proving to be a beautiful harvest. The heat has not caused any predicted weirdness in fermentations or grape ripeness other than ripeness numbers which are higher than normal at this point in the year.  Friends, customers and fellow winemakers are all out helping as these are easy days.  Sorting is barely even needed as the fruit is perfect.  Letting it hang is the smart thing to do. – Jay

Yates Conwill Vineyard just before 2016 harvest



Neighborhood West Ridge Yamhill Carlton Tasting

Neighboring vineyard owners and their winemakers showcased their wines with “A Taste of Place”, a tasting event this month in the rolling hills west of Carlton, Oregon. Hosted in the barn at Carlton Hill Vineyard, winemakers poured Pinot noir and Chardonnay from four nearly contiguous vineyards in a seven vineyard area they refer to as the “West Ridge” of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.

Tasting with the neighbors around the west ridge of the Yamhill Carlton AVA.


left to right: Stephen and Cathy Conwill, owners of Yates Conwill Vineyard – Dave Polite, Carlton Hill Vineyard –   Jacques Lardière,  Résonance Vineyard (Jadot) – Jay McDonald, EIEIO and the maker of the EIEIO Yates Conwill Vineyard Pinot noir. Not pictured, Kristin Cardwell, pouring for Terry Family Wines – Tara Bloom, Carlton Hill Vineyards.


Wine Advocate on EIEIO’s 2013 Wines

robert_parker_new_logo68Last week Neal Martin released an early report on Oregon’s 2013 wines. He said: “this is not the “main show.” Think of this as a warm-up act comprising of earlier-bottled wines that several producers advised might appear too late had I waited until the end of June.”

Neal called out EIEIO, saying: “Other producers that really deserve an applause for overcoming such a challenging vintage include: Brick House, Colene Clemens, EIEIO, Longplay and Stoller Vineyards, though I suspect that those names will not come as a surprise to many.” […]

A Place of My Own

New EIEIO Winery Construction Starts Soon

eieio-barrelroom-from-topEIEIO will soon have its own facility. Some call this a winery, others might refer to the building as a fruit processing plant, and the county calls it an Agricultural Building. Nonetheless, construction will start soon. I am still in the planning and design phase with blueprints currently out for bids. EIEIO construction might take a couple of years to complete or if funds flow in rapidly from you, my customers, we might be able to finish within the next nine months! […]

The Wine Snob Praises Rie-Chard Swine Wine

January 20, 2015

the-wine-snob-blog-300pToday The Wine Snob blog had all kinds of nice things to say about EIEIO’s white Swine Wine, a blend of Riesling and Chardonnay known fondly as Richard (Rie-Chard).

Some excerpts:

About Jay, the horcrux of of the area:
“Jay is sort of like a Horcrux of this area… but in a good way. I’ll explain. Jay opened The Tasting Room in Carlton back in the day right in the center of town in a really cool old bank building. I can’t find an exact date, but suffice to say it was right when a lot of Oregon winemakers that are now very well-established were just getting their start. The Tasting Room was a retail store/tasting room (go figure) where local producers could get their wines out to the people before they were big enough to have tasting rooms of their own. Legend holds that many-a now well-known winemakers had help from Jay in the beginning. Thats why he’s a Horcrux- he has a bit of all of their souls. But again, not in a sinister way.”

EIEIO-Swine-White-500pAbout the 2013 Rie-Chard:
“So whats the story on this little Piggy? It is a blend of Riesling and Chardonnay, not your most common bedfellows; obviously no one told them that, because they make a lovely couple in this wine. It captures the cool-climate persona of the Willamette Valley with finesse. Gentle, yet with a bracing […]

Four Oregon Vintages: an EIEIO Update


Oregon 2008 through 2011

What a strange word when you really think about it… Where else do you see this word in use other than to describe something as being “old but collectable”? Mostly in the mention of wine! Vintage, the realm of farming, has to do with the year in which the crop was grown. More specifically in the case of wine it has to do with the year in which the grapes were grown. And as we all know the weather is what we are referring to when we speak of “vintage” since most years are of the same length!

These four vintages, 2008 through 2011, represent a broad range in weather and subsequently, a wide range of finished wines. Each of these wines represents what the vintage brought or wrought, depending upon how you look at things.

I describe my EIEIO Cuvee E in this article as an example of what each vintage produced. All of the wines are beautiful and for the most part balanced. Each will smell, taste and drink just fine although some will benefit from more time in the bottle while others are ready to consume.

Drinking a vertical of the same wine is an educational gift for those who want to experience vintage variation in one sitting. This is what I suggest as you will learn more from having four different vintages of the same wine opened over a nice long dinner than by drinking them separately. So if […]