2017 Maison Noir Love Drunk Rosé
If the path from sommelier to winemaker is becoming more common, Andre Hueston Mack is still in a class of all his own. The former sommelier of The French Laundry and Wine director of Per Se, Andre earned the right to make wine for the 1% but he found his calling in creating excellent wines that everyone can enjoy. With his charming personality, tongue-in-cheek humor and formidable graphic design talent, you have the makings of brilliantly conceived, crafted and packaged Mouton Noir wines.
From outstanding vineyards in Oregon’s Willlamette Valley and further north, these are “serious wines that don’t take themselves too seriously.” Andre has developed a cult following with his tshirts de-rigeur at any sommelier gathering and his wines on cutting edge lists from coast to coast.
Andre’s passion for wine led him to leave his desk job in his native San Antonio to pursue a career as a sommelier. His type-A personality drove him to win the Chaine des Rotisseurs Best Young Sommelier in America competition, which brought him to the attention of Thomas Keller. After a successful stint as a sommelier at The French Laundry, Andre was chosen to head the wine team
responsible for opening Keller’s restaurant in New York, Per Se. At Per Se, Andre built the core of the 1800 label Grand Award winning list and hosted many high-end collector dinners.
He had always wanted to make wine and got his chance when he was recruited to be one of the initial sommelier consultants at the Evening Land project in Oregon. After making some Pinot Noir from the highly regarded Seven Springs vineyard, Andre found his calling.
Andre travels over 200 days a year sharing his wines and doing education at many food and wine festivals worldwide. Andre is truly a pied piper of wine leading the next generation of wine drinkers in pursuit of the good stuff.
2017 Love & Squalor Rosé
Matt Berson, the winemaker/owner of Love & Squalor, began working in the Oregon wine industry in 2003, after his previous glorious career in the restaurant industry came to an end. In 2007, Portland Wine Company released 65 cases of wine. Since then, the company has grown to a case production of over 1800 cases.
Love & Squalor was founded on the belief that wine needs to taste alive. The best way to ensure this is to let the grapes express themselves. As conditions in the volatile Pacific Northwest change with each harvest, Berson’s wines gracefully demonstrate the nuances of terroir each vintage. Berson strives to present those with a unique personality that embodies authenticity in each vibrant sip.
Love & Squalor 'A Frayed Knot' Rosé of Gewürztraminer is truly a singular wine from the 1971 Sunnyside Vineyard. The color derives from a long cold skin maceration and was fermented dry in Syrah barrels. It has a floral and sweet nose, medium weight body and a nice mineral finish.
From the Winery: Sometimes the best things come as a result of an accident. When your hand is forced in an unfamiliar direction, you can discover paths and solutions you never knew you liked. That is how this wine came to be. I first made it in 2013 and have been refining the accidents ever since. It may seem to us like a frayed knot, but the knot knows exactly what it is doing (and it is not afraid). Sunnyside Vineyard is situated in the southeast corner of Salem, not far from the Enchanted Forest amusement park – a local favorite for generations of Oregonians. This vineyard is my ‘go-to’ site for aromatic and complex whites. In addition to Gewurztraminer, I also source my top Riesling from this parcel of land. Sunnyside was first planted in 1971. The site was settled and has been farmed by Tom Owen and Luci Wisniewski since 1980. They planted the Gewurztraminer block on its own roots in 1981.