Ribera Vineyards 2013 Twill Oregon Syrah
No more Christmas trees, she said
With a twinkle in his eye, Darrel Roby said he got into the wine business because “I’m just a little bit crazy!”
When Darrel and Molly first bought the land that would become Ribera Vineyards, it was a Christmas tree farm. After one season tending trees (and the insane rush that is the holiday harvest), they decided to plant something a little more compelling – grapes.
They had a good program selling grapes to local winemakers until disaster struck – and a buyer dropped out at the last minute. Scrambling, and calling on a few friends for help, Darrel and Molly learned how to make wine themselves. And they haven’t looked back.
They combine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from their estate with grapes sourced throughout the region. There’s a professional winemaker on board now, and they’ve converted Darrel’s old workshop into a gorgeous, intimate tasting room. It’s the perfect spot in the suburbs, much closer than driving down into wine country, but just far enough to feel out of the bustle of the city.
And hey, pro tip: Their neighbor still sells Christmas trees – so plan a twofer next December!
Cellar 503 Tasting Notes
Ribera Vineyards, West Linn, Oregon
2013 Twill Oregon Syrah
Why is it called Oregon Syrah, you ask? Great question.
This wine is a blend of Syrah grapes sourced from three different vineyards in different regions of Oregon. One in Willamette Valley, one in Applegate Valley, and one in Bear Creek Valley in the Rogue Valley AVA. A unique technique, but it’s a great way to put together a wine that represents the best a wine could be in a particular year.
This is a beautiful, deep and spicy red wine with hints of red plums and blueberries. There are also notes of chocolate, grilled meats, coffee, and tobacco but the fruit is still very fresh and vibrant. This is a complex wine that you could sniff and swirl and taste all day long. Great with grilled veggies or meats and a luscious chocolate mousse for dessert!