2016 vintage notes
Vincent has quickly become a go-to for the Everyday club. For the wineries out there who tell us really good Oregon Pinot can’t be made for $25 anymore, we respond 1) B.S.! and 2) Vincent is a great example to prove it surely can.
Vincent’s take on the Eola-Amity Hills is like his Ribbon Ridge (loved by the club) — exuberant and lively, energetic and charming. Capturing the essence of Eola-Amity with spicy, earthy dark fruits.
The 2016 Eola-Amity Hills is a blend of barrels from Zenith, Bjornson and Silvershot vineyards. Vincent’s vineyard designate Pinots are selected for their structure and persistence; the Eola-Amity Hills bottling is a blend of less complex but still delicious wines. You can cellar this for several years if you like but I like it for its youthful charm.
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.