Seeing the 2011 whites cold stabilizing in their tanks gets me thinking about how rewarding it has been to follow these wines from the time that they were beautiful clusters on the vine to where they are at now – almost home in their bottles.
Perhaps selfishly, when I look at these tanks I also think about how badly we need these wines to be released to strengthen our position in the marketplace. As Sales Manager for Cowhorn I meet with restaurateurs, sommeliers and fine wine merchants throughout the state of Oregon on a weekly basis. I’m pleased to report that our wines have been very well received. However, the challenging part of my job is that I currently only have one wine to offer as the others are all sold out (a good problem to have). Think of it this way: what if you were car shopping at the dealership and they only had one model to offer you? I bet the odds of closing the deal would not be in the favor of the car salesperson due to the lack of variety available.
The 2011 Spiral 36, SullivanSteele Sauvignon Blanc and a new Marsanne Roussanne blend will be released this spring, with the Viognier following in the winter. I’m really excited to work with these wines, as I know they will provide Cowhorn opportunities to create new relationships with the regions finest restaurants and wine retailers, while simultaneously strengthening pre-established ones. I’m even more excited about the quality that Bill and the crew were able to achieve from the 2011 vintage. I think it’s safe to say that all of us here at Cowhorn look forward to sharing these wines with you soon!
– Josh Kimball Sales Manager