As we are nearing the end of summer, we are excited to announce two great upcoming events.
The first is this weekend, Saturday, August 11 at the Anam Cara tasting room in downtown Newberg. We will be pouring alongside the Anam Cara flight– here is the description from their events page:
“Alex Nichols of A.F. Nichols Wines joins us for a rare tasting of his 2010 Pinot Noirs. Alex is a (young) OSU grad who has traveled through Europe to learn about wines and – fortunately for us – has made his home on the Willamette Valley. This is a guy to follow: only producing around 125 cases of these phenomenal, satiny wines, and only pouring on rare occasions. Stop by, taste and purchase his wines while you can!”
Anam Cara is located at 306 North Main Street, Newberg, Oregon. Stop by Saturday from 11 AM-5 PM!
Our next event will be Saturday, September 15th from 5-8 PM at the Corkscrew Wine Bar in the Sellwood neighborhood of SE Portland. We are very excited about this event, as it will include a few other notable young winemakers from the area. This event will be the third Young Winemakers of Oregon event put on by God King Slave Wines. We are excited to pour alongside God King Slave Wines, Division Winemaking Company, and Alchemy Wine Productions. All local, young wineries doing great things in Oregon!
We’ll make sure to send out another reminder in September but we’d love to see some friendly faces at this event in PDX!
In case you missed it, here is one of the latest articles featuring our wine- from Clive Pursehouse at NW Wine Anthem. He did a great job of capturing the essence of Alex’s winemaking style, and we were surprised and pleased with the reception of this great article. You can find it here.
We hope to see you all this Saturday at Anam Cara, and keep your eyes peeled for some harvest news in the next months- this warm weather is doing great things for the 2012 vintage!
A couple of months ago, a wine blogger from Seattle named Clive Pursehouse sent us an email requesting a sample bottle of our 2010 Principio Pinot noir for review, and after a bit of consideration, we decided to ship a bottle up. Why not? Someone is reaching out to us about our wine because they heard it was good. What is the worst that could happen? Well turns out Clive liked the wine and was curious how some kid from Oregon was able to put together a delicious Pinot noir, and after a couple of emails he had all the information he needed to write a review for his blog.
For your viewing pleasure, here is Clive’s Article: Link
Thank you Clive for the very kind words. We are very happy with the article and we are glad you enjoyed the wine.
We still have a few cases of the 2010 Principio Pinot noir available for purchase, and we hope to release the 2011 Principio Pinot noir early next year (Spoiler: It is pretty tasty, too!)
Please join us for a barrel tasting of our 2011 Pinot noirs on Saturday, June 2nd from 4:30-7:30 pm at ADEA Wine Company.
We will be tasting through our barrels that will go into the 2011 Principio blend, selling futures of half and full cases of the 2011 Principio at $32/bottle for a half case, and $28/bottle for a full case. Additionally, we are excited to introduce our 2011 Willamette Valley blend at a futures price of $19/bottle!
We are moving through our 2010 Principio and Lillie’s but we still have a few cases set aside for purchase! Principio is currently priced at $36/bottle and Lillie’s is at $48. Of course, these wines will be available for purchase on June 2nd as well.
Please RSVP via text to Aubrey at 503 887 5375, on twitter @AFNicholsWines, or via email at AFNicholsWines@gmail.com
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Aubrey and Alex Nichols
It has been quite the busy spring, and we can’t believe it is already May! For those of you who did not receive our email update a few weeks back, here is a brief overview of what we’ve been up to since harvest.
The 2011 vintage was one of the coolest and latest on record with many wineries finishing harvest in November. The grapes ripened this vintage with lower sugar levels and high acid, but with fantastic flavors. This translates into lower alcohol wines, and bright acidity, but with great depth and concentration of flavor. The 2011 wines are classic Oregon wines and we are very excited about their quality.
For 2011, we will be producing two different wines with about 145 total cases in total. The first will be our 2011 Principio Pinot noir, our flagship wine. The second wine will be a new bottling that we are currently calling our 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot noir.
The futures pricing for our 2011 Principio Pinot noir is $30/bottle ($40/bottle retail), and we are very excited to introduce our 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot noir, at the futures price of $19/bottle ($25/bottle retail).
We still have both 2010 Principio Pinot noir and 2010 Lillie’s Vineyard Pinot noir available for $40/bottle and $52/bottle respectively. However, if you would like to get a case (mixed cases too!)- we would be happy to give you a 20% discount.
We look forward to seeing all of you at the winery and sharing our 2011 vintage with you. We are tentatively planning on the evenings of June 1st and 2nd for our 2011 futures tasting event! More details to come.
Alex & Aubrey Nichols
It has been a quiet few months for A.F. Nichols Wines. The 2011 harvest was the latest on record for the state of Oregon and we picked the 22nd and 23rd of October, one week later than last year, and we were one of the earliest wineries in the valley (certainly the earliest at ADEA).
Overall, we are very excited about the vintage, and despite the late, stressful harvest, the wines have great and complexity and intensity. Futures tasting will be held at ADEA again sometime in April/May, though we haven’t picked a date yet.
The biggest reason things have been a bit slow is because we planned a wedding for (what turned out to be) shortly after harvest, which was the first of the winter wedding season. Ours was followed by a cousin’s wedding, then by another friend’s wedding and the season concluded with Cameron & Brittany Nichols’ wedding. It was one of the best winters on record!
So, despite the fact that we haven’t written anything lately, it’s because we have been much busier with non-wine related endeavors. We are also in the throes of web development and should have a landing page up in the next month or so (we’ll let you know when we get there).
People have started tasting the 2010 Pinot noirs and the feedback has been great thus far. Our wines have shown quite well in tastings, and they are only going to get better with more age. A friend put a bottle into a blind tasting and picked it as his favorite. The others in the competition being Antica Terra, Lenne, Left Coast, Vista Hills and Elizabeth Spencer (Sonoma). Link to his blog here.
If you are on CellarTracker, our wines are also on there and available for review. Go check it out and, if you would like, write a review. Links to Principio and Lillie’s with review of Lillie’s (91 pts!)
If you are looking for the wines and happen to be in Corvallis. Joel at Corvallis Brewing Supply tasted both of the wines and thoroughly enjoyed them. He will be featuring both of our wines on shelves shortly, and will also be including our wines in his next shipment for his wine club called Shook n’ Plonk.
We are looking forward to more people tasting our wines and also getting them onto a number of store shelves as well. Both wines are still available in some capacity (including magnums!) if you still don’t have any. Shoot us an email at AFNicholsWines@gmail.com for inquiries.
Alex & Aubrey Nichols
We are pleased to say that we have (for the most part) survived harvest! Mother nature worked pretty hard to throw a wrench in the valley’s plans… but some mid October sun and relatively dry weather helped our fruit get to where it needed to be for picking on October 21st and 22nd. Everything is happily fermenting away at ADEA right now and we are getting ready to press off the fruit in just a few days.
Our Woodhall Harvest Crew!
Our 2010 vintage went into bottle at the beginning of September- and we are very excited about how both wines are tasting. We’re planning to release in January- but we will be offering up a few cases for sale at the ADEA Thanksgiving Preview November 19th and 20th.
Please join us at ADEA! Check out the latest issue of Oregon Wine Press for more information. Click here for a list of all of the Preview Weekend events happening throughout the valley!
The A.F. Nichols Team has returned from our whirlwind tour of Croatia and beyond, and we have happily returned to work at the winery! Since our return we have finalized some blendings, made preparations for bottling in the coming weeks, and we’ve even started planning for the 2011 harvest- which will be here before we know it!
Thus far, our vines at both of our sites are looking great. Bud break was a bit late this year but the warm weather and beautiful bloom conditions have made up for lost time. The fruit set is looking fantastic and we are looking forward to another mid-October harvest.
As our wines enjoy their last few weeks in barrel, we are happy to host some final barrel tasting groups at the winery. Our futures prices are available until the wines go into bottle- so if you are interested in coming out to the winery at any time, please contact Aubrey at email@example.com. We are available for evening tastings (great after a full day out in wine country), weekdays (until Aug. 25), and weekend tastings (until bottling). We can accomodate groups up to 12 people, but if you have anything larger please let us know and we will work something out!
Aub & Al