Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wine Wednesday

Owen Roe winery has become one of the top wineries in the Pacific Northwest of the US.  They primarily harvest grapes from small vineyards in Willamette Valley of Oregon and in Washington the Mid-Columbia, Yakima and Walla Walla Valleys.  Their first vintage was in 1999, and they've been making great wine ever since.  The make mostly reds - Pinot, Merlot, Cab, Syrah and some delicious blends - but also make a Chardonnay and are releasing a Pinot Gris this spring.

I've had (and loved) several of their wines, but today is all about Ex Umbris!

According to the Owen Roe website, 'Ex Umbris' is Latin for 'out of the shadows'. It was originally made as a one-off due to a wildfire that resulted in tremendously smoky grapes.  In more recent years, this wine has become a Northwest signature Syrah. 

The 2009 was rated 93 points by Wine Spectator and listed as #25 on their Top 100 list in 2011.

Usually around $25, this is one of my favorite Syrahs.  The 2009 vintage is the one most easily found in stores right now.  I know Whole Foods carries it, and you can also find it at Total Wine and maybe Wegmans.


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