It’s been a year now since the fire that destroyed the buildings and wines at Oakstone Winery, and although there have been some changes, there is still a lot that remains the same. After the fire, the winery and tasting room moved over to the Obscurity Cellars site across the street. The facility is a lot smaller, and because of that, the annual output of the winery has been reduced to only about 2000 cases, making it a true boutique winery. One of the benefits of downsizing, according to winemaker/owner Steve Ryan is he gets the “cream of the crop!”
“Out of all our vineyards, instead of taking the whole vineyard like we use to do, like all the Cabernet, I can pick and choose the blocks I want.…” said Steve.
From vineyards that produce up to six tons of fruit, they are now taking only about 2 tons of the fruit for themselves and selling the rest. One thing that remains the same is the quality that has always been the priority at Oakstone. The ability to pick the best fruit from the estate vineyards has raised the bar on the estate wines, and at only about 100 cases each, there is now more demand than ever!
Longtime fans miss the Oakstone Slug Gulch Red, one of the casualties of the fire and no longer being produced by Oakstone. But out of those ashes comes Phoenix Rising Red, the successor to SGR. It is made in the same style as the SGR and Lot 1 sold out in three weeks. Lot 2 is due out in August, but with only 200 cases available, it is sure to sell out too! All of Oakstone wines are now sold almost exclusively through the tasting room and are no longer available at retail outlets, and only a couple of restaurants serve Oakstone wines. Oakstone produces smaller batches of wine, sells in far less places and does it all with a staff of two, husband and wife owners Steve and Liz Ryan. Of course they have a lot of help from their friends, especially Ken Pence, who helps out at harvest and in the tasting room. Most weekends you can also find John Smith, the larger than life founder of Oakstone Winery and Obscurity Cellars, volunteering his time and visiting with the guests and the loyal fans in the tasting room.
There are many loyal Oakstone fans that have come up to see the new tasting room, and have left their mark on the now retired tasting room bar top. If it has been a while since you have been up to see Oakstone Winery off of Slug Gulch Road, it is about time you visited! For more information
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