Andrew Rich left a very successful career as magazine editor, after deciding he wanted to change his lifestyle and jump into wine with "both feet". He enrolled into wine school, located in Burgundy, France, where there was only one other American student, who happened to be from Oregon. Years later, it was their friendship that ultimately prompted Andrew to migrate North, after he had worked five vintages with Randall Grahm, owner and winemaker at Bonny Doon Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Passionate about Rhone style varietals, Andrew was determined to produce these warmer climate driven wines, even though he chose to live in Oregon. Starting his own label Andrew Rich Vintner in 1994, he quickly became a noted pioneer at creating Rhone-driven wines with a Northwest spin. He continues to work with some of the most respected vineyards in the Columbia Valley of Washington. Of course, he makes Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley too...
Over the years, Andrew has created a serious following for his wines. He produces wines under two different labels: Tabula Rasa (meaning: "Blank Slate"), which is reserved for wines that are blended from various varietals. His single specific wines are limited in production and under the Les Vigneaux label (meaning: "Little Vineyards"). The current ensemble comprises an octet of highly distinctive wines: white, pink, red, redder, sweet-culminating in the sensous, opulent and the oh so sweeter Gewurztraminer late harvest wine.
Andrew's wines are distinctive, innovative, exciting and always a treat to pull from the cellar to share with friends and family. That's only if you feel like sharing the wine!
These days who doesn’t love Malbec? The wine
carries a density and richness, with pure blackberry
flavors, and tannins that will soften over time. Crafted
from gorgeous Washington fruit, this unique wine is
sure to please.
Whoa! Purple-black, with a wild, opulent, sexy nose that makes you ask, “Really? Tell me more.” A Red Mountain blend of Klipsun and Ciel du Cheval vineyards, the wine exudes aromas and flavors of smoke, black fruit, and anise dominate. It seems serious and flashy at the same time, with the power and balance to age for many years.
"Let’s just get this out of the way: this is without a doubt the best Pinot Noir I have ever made. The vintage gave us perfect ripeness, while an astute selection of barrels yielded a wine with power, intensity, and grace." - Andrew Rich
Vivid red. Black raspberry and cherry on the nose, with complicating notes of anise, black tea and herbs. Smooth and sweet in the mouth, with concentrated dark berry preserve and bitter cherry flavors showing excellent clarity. Closes firm and bright, with dusty tannins adding shape to the impressively persistent, sappy finish. This deserves some bottle age. 92 Points - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
Doing his part (for the fifth time) to "epater le merloisie," Andrew has welcomed back to the barricades the prodigal Counoise, fighting the good fight along side Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah. As new-world Rhone-style blends go, this one is remarkably balanced without lacking a bit of that wild, peppery, Mediterranean scrubland thing found in our favorite Chateauneufs.
A deep velvety purple red is extremely enticing. On the nose this is all bright berries and violets, with perhaps a hint of pomegranate. The rich round mid-palate is quite succulent but not at all fat, the briar-fruit flavors accented with chocolate, leading into a moderately long velour finish. Quite suave and very drinkable now, the Malbec's acidity has nicely integrated but should allow the wine to age over the near term.