It’s 92 points, trendy, and $25—and at this point, sold out everywhere.
It’s also delicious—spicy and sumptuous with a welcomed absence of sun-ripened stickiness. Gravelly minerals reign and wood smoke is both present and symbolic. The cashmere plum and blackberry fruit is rustically idyllic. And served with a slight chill is the only way.
This wine was originally crafted to express the smoky notes imparted to the Syrah grapes by a raging wild-fire. One of the characteristics of this noble grape is its inherent smokiness that can be imparted even without Mother Nature’s assistance, Art DenHoed’s Erickson Road Vineyard in western Yakima Valley has yielded tremendously complex and rich Syrah, balancing the cooler, smoky Lewis Vineyard in the Dalles, while the Outlook and Red Willow vineyards provide the unctuous fruitiness as each component blends into a seamless wine.
The ‘o7 Ex Umbris came from WineBid.com. I wish there was more, but all is not lost. 18 bottles of the ’06 amidst a larger cache of Owen Roe goodness appeared recently—perhaps the work of an overzealous private collector that needed to thin the herd. The opening bid, just $15. I picked up one bottle, eager to leave the rest of the lot for you, but somebody from California swooped in and grabbed 10. Since then, one more bottle has been picked off.
Just 6 bottles left! Better move quick! Auction ends at 8:00 pm tomorrow.