J.K. Carriere

J. K. Carriere Wines
IN THIS ISSUE:  From the winemaker - Thanksgiving open house - New releases: 2008 Limited Bottlings - Order other wines - Holiday giving - 2010 harvest - Tasting room visits

Fall 2010

I spent a couple of years the other day, wondering why so many people seem so damn mad. It was election day. Is it politics, pressures of the economy, or the whipped-up news feeds straight from the front lines of the pop culture wars that cause our consternations?

A woman friend of a fellow winemaker suggested at dinner the other night that one can lead with fear or kindness. The fear these days is often palpable, but I seldom see much kindness from the celebrated talking heads at either end of the spectrum. It's not what I want my thirteen-month-old daughter to emulate, nor are they the type of people I would want to spend a long weekend with, and those are indeed my measuring sticks. I'm for ignoring people who are offended by humanity driving a slow car in their lane — in spite of the fact that often enough I'm that hypocritical driver in the rearview. I'm working to get kinder, perhaps even, less mad.

Civility is a choice. It accords respect, because it assumes respect. It's an optimistic quid pro quo based on the capacity to tolerate an opinion outside of ourselves, mull it over, and infrequently, as it happens, have our worldview changed. Fast approaching Thanksgiving it might be a good time for all of us to clean our ears, put on a fresh pressed attitude and gather around the table for a good and happy listen.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, to his and hers, which also happens to be me and mine.

Jim Prosser

P.S. Linda reminds me that I'm supposed to be selling wine. Just a note about the 2008 vintage: I'm not usually one to go overboard, but 2008 stands tall as one of "the" vintages from Oregon. The JKC 2008s are near the top of that heap. Power, generosity, ability to age, and limited numbers are the reason you want them now, but the reason you want them later is best summed up by reviewer Jay Miller, of Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, who recently said this about our wines:

"To those who might question the longevity of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Prosser opened a 1999 (the vintage most frequently compared to 2008). Dark ruby in color, it gives up a slightly roasted, already complex perfume of black fruit confiture. Right at its peak with another 10-15 years of life ahead, this is a sneak preview of what you'll be getting when the better 2008s reach age 10."

So plan ahead and stock your cellar. The 2008s are young, but they are going to reward beautifully in just a few years, even if you can't wait ten. Our 2008 single-vineyard Limited Bottling Pinot Noirs are just released below, and some are already down to single-digit cases (wine club got first shot). You know what to do. — Jim

Thanksgiving Open House
Friday & Saturday, Nov 26 & 27, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, Nov 28, 11 am to 4 pm

We'll be tasting our five 2008 Pinot Noirs released this fall, including four single-vineyard designates, as well as our crisp 2008 Chardonnay. Wind your way up beautiful Parrett Mountain, taste some excellent wine, sample artisan cheese by Italia Via Caserta, and take home your stash. $10, refundable with purchase.

9995 NE Parrett Mtn Rd, Newberg, OR 97132

Thanksgiving Preview Weekend: Saturday & Sunday, Nov 20th & 21st, 11 am to 5 pm. Free for wine club members and their guests; $20 tasting fee all others.

New releases: 2008 Limited Bottlings
2008 in Oregon was a very good, perhaps even great, vintage. The fact that it was almost identical to 2007 will be lost on most. The difference, the blessing, in an otherwise cool and similar growing year was an Indian summer. That extended weather window of warm days and cool nights contributed complexity by allowing grape hang time beyond 110 days. Moreover, it allowed winemakers to make the call as they saw fit in regards to optimal ripening, be that Cote de Nuits or Coca de Cola.

2008 Antoinette WV Pinot Noir: Named after my grandmother, Antoinette is consistently my favorite wine, representing the most elegant offering out of my cellar in almost every vintage year. The 2008 is certainly that, but it's wrapped in rich and complex layers that will continue to reveal their truths beyond this decade. It may just rival in flavor the wine I judge to be my best to date, the 2002 Antoinette, and it will certainly surpass it in years. $65 ($57.50 case/club price). Wine Advocate review: 90+ points.

2008 Anderson Family WV Pinot Noir: Perhaps the most seamless of the 2008 Limiteds, Anderson brings pretty, super-smooth and savory to the table, in contrast to its past signature of structure. A texture of velvet is a hallmark of clasic Pinot noir, and it's our good fortune to bring it to you in this wine. $65 ($57.50 case/club price). Wine Advocate review: 91+ points.

2008 Gemini Vineyard WV Pinot Noir: 2008 Gemini may well rival 2003 Shea for the biggest, most powerful wine we've ever made. That said, its beauty is that it's absolutely balanced. Like a massive storm front, there is no place to run, no place to hide, only time to hunker down in the cellar and enjoy the show. $65 ($57.50 case/club price). Wine Advocate review: 93 points.

2008 Shea Vineyard WV Pinot Noir: The perpetual crowd pleaser that is Shea is indeed a hedonistic effort in 2008. It needs a bit of air, but then delivers lush/lusher, plush/plusher — its classic one-two punch nature of ripe and sweet-flavored fruit. $65 ($57.50 case/club price). Wine Advocate review: 93 points.


What else is available?
2008 WV Pinot Noir: Dark, young, and effusive, the wine screams full deep earth, dark cherry/ripe cassis, smoky grilled steak, and the slight balsam-vanillin of a Ponderosa pine forest. The palate is focused, long, and serious and lingers on a muscular, yet feminine, frame. Great weight and substance are integrated by persistent lip-tingling tannins. $42 ($36 case/club price). Wine Advocate review: 92 points.

2008 WV Chardonnay. Young with prominent acidity and yellow-gold color, this wine balances creamy complexity on three legs: citrus, floral and mineral. Aged in neutral (that is, no new) oak barrels, we continue to enjoy helping define Oregon's distinctively styled chardonnays. $32 ($28 case/club price). Wine Advocate review: 91 points.

2008 Provocateur WV Pinot Noir: With barrels in this blend from all eight of the vineyards from which we receive fruit, the quality is through the roof on our entry-level Pinot in 2008. An intensely concentrated nose gives way to a full, ripe and savory palate carried on a core of fresh acidity. $24 ($21 case/club price). Wine Advocate review ("A great value in Pinot Noir"): 91 points.

2007 vintage: Our 2007 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and some 2007 Limiteds are still available (see the order form). 2007 was a classic and elegant Oregon vintage, and its extra year of age in bottle means it's drinking beautifully right now. If you need bottles for your holiday table or for drinking soon, choose 2007.

2008 WV Pinot Noir, 1.5 L, $95 ($85 club)
2008 Limited Bottlings, 1.5 L, $150 ($135 club)
Choose Anderson Family, Antoinette, Gemini Vineyard, or Shea Vineyard


Holiday giving made easy
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 clients, 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.


2010 harvest report
The late and cool growing year of 2010 is in barrel — 40% fewer barrels, but in barrel nonetheless. Late was the operative word for both start and finish of a cooler growing year. Accumulated heat degree days exactly tracked 1999, and the wines will move towards, if not quite attain, that tall poppy. The final ten days of sun in early October allowed good grape hanging time for physiological ripeness, flavor development and complexity at lower alcohols, with good color, tart acids and a very classic (non-syrah-esque) profile that plays towards the kind of wines that we consistently build.

Tasting room winds down for season
Our tasting room will be open one final Friday & Saturday, Dec 3rd & 4th, 11 am to 4 pm, before battening the hatches for the winter. Private appointments are available on a mutually agreeable basis until the tasting room opens again in mid-February. Call us, 503-554-0721. 9995 NE Parrett Mtn Rd, Newberg, OR 97132

If we can't see you in Oregon, we'd be pleased to send you some wine. Let Linda help you with an order.

We wish you the best of the feasting season!

Jim & Allison
Linda, Cory, Tom, & Ben
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 (fax)

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