J.K. Carriere

Fall Newsletter 2009


Fall 2009

My grizzled coat grows long and my claws are slightly dulled sitting on this hillside in the pale autumn light, while snow begins to fall in the high country. All that remains is to tussle with old friends, take a few long drinks and sleep.

I can't say it's been a season of plentiful berries for all the creatures of the forest, and yet, there seems to have been enough. Yes, I might be absent that extra layer of fat, but feel lucky to have ranged across a wide swath this year. Me and the misses staked out a new patch of huckleberries (vineyard), dug four new dens (winery) and brought a healthy cub (Lola) into the world. We are thankful to have done what nature set out, moving forward through another season, most importantly, together. Simple and grandiose, I can't imagine there is more, and know there needn't be.

Come tussle with us on our hill.

Jim Prosser
Winemaker/bit of a bear

J.K. Carriere Wines Thanksgiving Open House
Friday & Saturday, Nov 27 & 28, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, Nov 29, 11 am to 4 pm

Join us as we continue to celebrate the opening of our new Parrett Mountain winery! We'll be tasting six beautiful 2007 Pinots, including four single-vineyard designates, as well as our crisp 2007 Chardonnay. Wind your way up the hill to see our new digs, taste some excellent wine, sample artisan cheese by Italia Fine Living, and take home your holiday stash. $10, refundable with purchase. Print the
coupon and your tasting is complimentary (for those already on our mailing list).

9995 NE Parrett Mtn Rd, Newberg, OR 97132
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J.K. Carriere Wines New releases: 2007 Limited Bottlings
The vintage
2007 was a cooler year, diametrically opposed to the heat of 2006, and the wines reflect that linear nuance. A cold and late spring delayed budbreak, a pleasant and mild summer did not speed ripening, and early and cool fall rains caught the uninitiated with grapes not fully ripened. Challenging and familiar, like an Oregon vintage out of the 1990s, the only way to be rewarded was to be on your game both in the vineyard and in the winery. Those that were up to the task made classically beautiful and non-syrah-esque wines. We were glad that we work with growers who've been around that block, and to have seen some of those tricky vintages firsthand.

2007 Antoinette WV Pinot Noir
Antoinette Carriere was my maternal grandmother. She has passed, but this wine might very well accompany her today, based on its ethereal nature. The grapes came solely from Temperence Hill Vineyard's (Eola Hills) cooler and high-elevation 28-year-old vines, delivering old-vine complexity with fresh acidity. The bright red garnet wine has a nose that suggests pungent berry, gunpowder, dusty oak spice and a hint of menthol. Fresh respberry, strawberrry and stonefruit with a touch of vanilla come through on the palate. Antoinette's very fine and stable acid-driven structure offers minerality, suggests ageability, and demands food. I'm pleased to put my grandmother's name on it. $65 ($57.50 case/club price). Order

2007 Anderson Family WV Pinot Noir
Anderson Family Vineyard boasts some of the oldest Dijon clone Pinot noir in the stae, and the site naturally sets some of the smallest berries and clusters. Typically shy, but atypically delicate in 2007, Anderson Family is a wine that will reward patience with nuanced and layered flavors in a three- to four-year timeframe. The raspberrry color opens to cinnamon spice, shaved oak and tangy cherry. Mineral and savory with a tart cherry core, the wine races through vanilla, oak, and meat before tailing out on white pepper. Very young, this wine demands age, for which its racy delicacy will reward, or food pairing, if the bottle must be opened. $65 ($57.50 case/club price). Order

2007 Gemini Vineyard WV Pinot Noir
"Let it hang" is the story of Gemini Vineyard (Chehalem Mountains AVA), the newest of our single-vineyard designates, having made its debut in fall 2008. Unlike most vineyards that become increasingly over-ripe with their associated ever-darker fruit flavors, this vineyard, due to its retention of acid, stays on a continuum -- a veritable rail -- headed towards a sunset of ever-riper red. It's north of ripe and south of plush, revealing dark cherry, resinous spice, sweet barnyard, and creme brulee on a mineral tailout with good and fine grip. The result is like my fashion advice to you: Red is the new red. $65 ($57.50 case/club price). Order

2007 Shea Vineyard WV Pinot Noir
In an otherwise cooler year, Shea Vineyard is a robust red that busts the vintage like a voluminous balloon. Shea's warm and low-elevation site came through, as always, delivering its classic one-two punch of ripe and sweet-flavored fruit. Dark cherry, resinous spice, sweet barnyard and graham rise off the top. Deep blueberry flavors with red berry highlights, meat and tobacco occupy the palate. It's sweet, beautiful, ripe and floral, with persistence, on good mineral acidity and rounded medium-plus tannins. Robust and red, the wine is like touring a feast whilst hanging on to the robe of that Dickens' Ghost of Christmas Past. $65 ($57.50 case/club price). Order

J.K. Carriere Wines What else is available?
2007 WV Pinot Noir, $42 ($36 case/club price)
Clean, serious and vibrant, this lip-smacker will amp your appetite and ultimately remind you that there is no way to eat enough mountain strawberries.

2007 WV Chardonnay, $32 ($28 case/club price)
2007 yielded exceptional and racy whites in Oregon, including our minimally oaked, lemon-drop-in-a-bottle Chardonnay.

2007 Provocateur WV Pinot Noir, $24 ($21 case/club price)
With the economy on the skids, we made fewer Limiteds and much more Provocateur this year, which means that a lot of very high quality grapes found their way into this blend. You win!

2007 WV Pinot Noir, 1.5 L, $95 ($85 club)
2007 Limited Bottlings, 1.5 L, $150 ($135 club)
Choose Anderson Family, Antoinette, Gemini Vineyard, or Shea Vineyard


Because wine trumps fruitcake
The holiday giving season is upon us, so why not make it easy? You know you're going to need a gift for your boss, your mom, your brother-in-law. Buy a case, stock up on wine gift bags, and the season's a snap. Or,
contact us and we'll help you ship to everyone on your list.


J.K. Carriere Wines Visit the new tasting room
Due to popular demand, we plan to keep the tasting room open on Friday & Sat through Dec 12th, 11 am to 3 pm (opening again mid-February). If Thanksgiving weekend doesn't work out for your visit, or you have out-of-town guests that need to see what Oregon wine country is all about, trek on out. The $10 tasting fee is refundable with a three-bottle purcase. 9995 NE Parrett Mtn Rd, Newberg, OR 97132

We wish you the best of the feasting season!

Jim & Allison
Linda, Andrew, Tom, Jen & Johnny
The crew at J.K. Carriere

9995 NE Parrett Mtn Rd
Newberg, OR 97132
877-817-9722 (toll free)
503/554-0721 (winery)
503/460-0579 (office & fax)



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