There is a big red metal barn off of a nicely paved driveway between orchards and vineyards at the end of a gravel cul-de-sac south of Union Gap; this is where Owen Roe Winery is. With the giant doors pushed back and the sun streaming in the cactus planted in the barrels look like they are reaching toward the light they greet you as you enter the darker cavern that doubles as both the tasting room and barrel storage. It was a busy evening about an hour before closing when we arrived. This is a winery with several labels, Owen Roe, O’Reilly’s, Sinister Hand, Sharecropper, and Corvidae; the last three are fairly well-distributed labels and might be available near you or you can try to purchase wine from their website (shipping being the possible hiccup).
- 2012 DuBrul Vineyard Riesling – dry, apple nose, honey crisp apple with a citrus finish.
- 2013 DuBrul Vineyard Chardonnay –
aromas of toast with vanilla and nutmeg flavors and a smooth finish.
- 2014 Crawford Beck Vineyard Pinot Gris from the Eola-Amity AVA – melon, peach and white flowers with 13% ABV this was recently released.
- 2013 Corvidae Sauvignon Blanc – all stainless steel fermented a great, easy drinking Sauv Blanc
- 2012 Anna’s Vineyard, Chehalem Mountain Pinot Noir – earth and mushrooms fill the glass followed by lavender flowers, cherry and plum with easy acids and tannins on the finish.
- 2012 Yakima Valley Syrah, “Lady Rosa” – mild floral and dark cherry aromas and oak notes of vanilla, coconut and Chinese Five Spice dominate the palate finishing silky smooth.
- 2013 Union Gap Vineyard Malbec – vanilla, black berry, Cassis and subtle spices meld in a lovely way in this wine.
- 2011 Yakima Valley Red blend – 55% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec – vanilla and blackberries with a green grass and sweet pepper finish.
2011 Union Gap Vineyard Red blend – 38% Cabernet Franc, 29% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec – warm, cedar and spice/
- 2012 Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – blackberry pie aromas give way to cedar, spice and Marion berry jam
- 2013 The Parting Glass, Gewürztraminer Ice Wine from Yakima Valley – wildflower honey, white peach and a hint of flowers rise from the glass, fig and apricot play on the tongue for a sweet tart taste that ends in a bright, delightful acidity.
We weren’t the last visitors to arrive, so there were still people tasting when we left.