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. […]
Yates Conwill Vineyard just before 2016 harvest
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.
Last 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.” […]
New EIEIO Winery Construction Starts Soon
EIEIO 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! […]
January 20, 2015
Today 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).
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.”
About 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 […]
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.