Cowhorn Wine celebrated the release of two of its new wines yesterday at a wine club party at the winery (in southern Oregon).
You can order the 2011 Spiral 36 and the 2011 Sullivan Steele Sauvignon Blanc starting now. Both are highly recommended.
Spiral 36 ($28) - a white Rhone blend of Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne - tends to sell out, so be forewarned and belly up to the bar now if you want to be sure to get some. Food & Wine magazine called it one of Oregon's top wines.
In contrast to its famous, northern Pinot Noir cousins, southern Oregon doesn't get much attention and Cowhorn is one of the few to grow Rhone varietals. However the climate is California-like with hot, dry weather in the area near Jacksonville, an hour drive northeast of tourist mecca Ashland.
The Sauvignon Blanc ($22) is a collaboration with a grower/neighbor Terry Sullivan in nearby Talent, Oregon, who grows organically grown Sauvignon Blanc.
All Cowhorn wines are made from certified biodynamic grapes.
Like me, Wine Spectator wine critic Matt Kramer is a big fan of Cowhorn's wines.
For more on Cowhorn, check out this post from 2011 or visit their web site.