Our two producers this month have a connection: Peter Rosback and David O’Reilly, both of Irish heritage, founded Sineann winery together in 1994. O’Reilly then went on to start Owen Roe not long after that, releasing his first vintage in 1999. They have both continued to make highly-acclaimed wines under their respective labels and this month we present two very different offerings from them.
2013 Owen Roe, Pinot Noir “The Kilmore,” $45
Winery info: David produces Owen Roe wines in both Washington (Wapato) and Oregon (Newberg), where this wine is from.
Winemaker: David O’Reilly
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir, from Wädenswil, Dijon, and Pommard clones
Vineyard source: Two Yamhill-Carlton AVA vineyards: Lenné, a warm, steep, well-drained site, producing wines with depth and texture; and Merriman an east-facing, dry-farmed vineyard with ancient oceanic soils. Unirrigated, the roots go deep into the soil producing wines with a great sense of place.
Flavor profile: Beautifully elegant, with gorgeous aromatics and a soft spiciness on the palate.
Production/Availability: Approximately 253 cases produced. Should be in good supply for a while.
Drinkability: This one is young, but lovely now, though it will no doubt develop for ten years or more
Food Pairing: With its wonderful balance of weight and delicacy, you could pair this with anything from ham or roast chicken, to seafood or mushroom risotto.
2013 Sineann, Old Vine Zinfandel, $44
Winery info: Newberg, Oregon
Winemaker: Peter Rosback
Grapes: 100% very old vine Zinfandel
Vineyard source: The Pines Vineyard, Columbia Valley, near Hood River. Planted at the turn of the century and possibly the oldest vineyard in the Pacific Northwest. Restored and managed by Lonnie Wright.
Flavor profile: Rich and smooth, with concentrated, mouth-filling, yet elegant flavors from the old-vine fruit. A big wine for sure, but very balanced.
Production/Availability: Peter doesn’t make a lot of this wine, but as it was just released it should be in decent supply for a while.
Drinkability: Ready to go now, or anytime over the next five years
Food Pairing: This is a wine for hearty fare, barbecued ribs, brisket, or perhaps lasagna