Vincent nails the best of Ribbon Ridge, one of the Willamette Valley's most prestigious winegrowing areas (think Beaux Freres, Brick House, Patricia Green). Like the McKinlay below, this stellar value Pinot noir is from a single vineyard (Armstrong). Vibrant and super silky with yummy dark red fruit, delectably accented by floral and Ribbon Ridge earth notes. -Marcus
Owner/winemaker Vincent Fritzsche launched the winery in 2009 after years of apprenticing in wineries in Oregon and California. He’s all about low-input wine making, working with several sustainably-farmed vineyards around the Willamette Valley to produce small amounts of handmade wine without a lot of fuss.
Vincent Wine Company is named for many things. It is Vincent’s name, of course. It was also the name of his uncle and maternal grandfather. But, really, the name pays homage to the 4th century Saint Vincent of Saragossa, Spain, the patron saint of vintners. He was adopted centuries ago by the Burgundians, makers of Pinot noir and Chardonnay, our grapes. Each year on or around January 22, they celebrate his feast day with the legendary Fête de la Saint Vincent.