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Vino Tintoque

Vino Tintoque 2020 Sayulita White Blend

Escape to that place you’d rather be

Fed by ancient mountain glaciers, the bright, clear water races down the mountain crashing against the rocks, surrounded on both sides by a verdant valley filled with stunning fields of flowers in all colors of the rainbow. Up on the hills, there are gorgeous stands of old growth trees, beckoning those who would explore the mysteries of the forest.

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you are but a half-day’s downhill walk from the next village, where the locals are planning a midsummer festival that promises to be a celebration of extraordinary wine, food from nearby farms, and dancing all night long. Where is this magical place? It’s Tintoque, of course.

Before you make travel plans, know this: Tintoque exists only in your imagination. As Peter Bouman says, it is the “mythical place that represents the somewhere that I would often rather be.” Maybe it’s in the south of France. Maybe it’s in the Spanish Pyrenees. Or maybe, he says, it’s the small towns of Southern Oregon where there are “people living contented lives sustained by the natural bounty of the farms and fields and enjoying the local wines made from the grapes grown in the region.”

Vino Tintoque

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Vino Tintoque, Carlton, Oregon
2020 Sayulita White Blend

Peter Bouman says Tintoque is about exploring “exotic” grape varieties grown in the upper left corner of the New World. He’s not kidding.

By now, Cellar 503 members have been exposed to Roussanne, Marsanne, and Grenache Blanc. But you’ve surely never had them blended together into one wine. Lucky for us, Peter discovered they are beautiful together.

Working with winemaker Anthony King of Ratio Wines (a fellow Cellar 503 winery partner), Peter created a wine that is packed with aromas and flavors of lime zest, blood orange slices, and salted honey. There is also a wonderful thread of minerality here that reminds you of a cobblestone street after a hard rain (or maybe the concrete by the pool, when the kids have been splashing all afternoon.)

With just 300 cases produced, Oregonian wine writer Michael Alberty noted that “you basically have to know somebody” to get your hands on this wine. Lucky for you, you know somebody! Pour a glass of this wine, kick off your shoes, and let it take you to a place you’d rather be.

A Cellar 503 selection in March 2022, New World Wines Old World Style Rogue Valley | Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne