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Winemaker Ryan Harms and vineyardist George Hillberry opened Union Wine Company in 2010 in a 10,000 square foot warehouse in Tualatin, Oregon. Previously they had acquired the Kings Ridge brand from Rex Hill Vineyards and had produced wines under the Underwood Cellars and Alchemist Cellars labels in rented facilities.
They hired winemaker Greg Bauer with the goal of producing nearly 40,000 cases annually of Underwood Cellars wines, retailing primarily from $10 to $18 a bottle. The Alchemist Cellars represents a higher tier and includes a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Union Wine facilities also serve other brands as a custom crush.
2008 Alchemist Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., $25. Sourced from La Colina Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. 18 day fermentation, 20% whole cluster, aged 12 months in 25% new French oak barrels. Produced by Union Wine Company. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Opens reluctantly to reveal lovely scents of fresh berries, sap and old wood. Full-bodied but lithe and silky, with an array of berry, black cherry and cassis fruits touched by oak and accented by an appealing earthiness. Still youthful. Better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed November 7, 2010 ARTICLE »