Enter the ground floor with Vino Tintoque

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Real estate broker Peter Bouman has spent 25 years helping his clients purchase vineyards and wine properties. Now it has its own little slice of wine action. In fact, such a small room, you basically have to know someone to find their Vino Tintoque wines. We’re here to point you in the right direction.

Vino Tintoque is known for: “The exploration and discovery of varietals in Oregon and Washington that few people talk about,” Bouman said.

Vino Tintoque’s current portfolio includes wines made with Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. Future wines may include grapes such as Mondeuse and Picpoul.

Innovation: Bouman experimented with dividing 20 gallons of pinot gris equally among five carboys during his amateur winemaking days. He then used five different commercial white wine yeasts to start their fermentations. Would there be detectable differences between the five wines?

Bouman said two of the five wines ended up with striking tropical fruit aromas. At some point, he plans to replicate the experiment to create a commercial white wine packed with as much tropical fruit firepower as possible. “The pineapple and grapefruit flavors are what I like in a white wine,” Bouman said.

Bouman is also sitting on a “top secret” wine club idea that he says no one has thought of before. Bouman said, “Stay tuned.”

Current “must try” version: Bouman suggested his Sayulita White Blend 2020 ($29), and I wholeheartedly agree.

Sayulita is a blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier Rogue Valley fruits purchased from Michael Moore of Quail Run Vineyards. The wine is bursting with aromas and flavors of lime zest, blood orange slices, Salty Honey Bee Knees and petrichora scent that reminds many of a cross between ozone and the wet concrete surrounding a swimming pool in the summer.

Greatest success or failure: “My biggest failure is not launching my Vino Tintoque label earlier,” Bouman said.

Last book read: “Leisure Class Theory: An Economic Study of Institutions” by Thorstein Veblen. “He kind of foresaw a lot of things that are happening in the world today,” Bouman said.

Bouman is also completing “Mexico City: A Study of Two Americas” by Stuart Chase.

Story: Bouman has negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars in winemaking and vineyard contracts since he founded Oregon Wine Estate in 1997.

In 2016, Bouman partnered with winemaker Mike Merriman of Merriman Wines on a small commercial wine project. Merriman decided to retire from the wine business before the wine was even bottled. Bouman bought it out and launched the Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend as the first wine under his Vino Tintoque label.

Bouman is currently making his wines with Anthony King at the Carlton Winemakers Studio.

What we don’t know about Vino Tintoque: Tintoque’s name is inspired by a fictional village where Bouman said, “I would often rather be”. He said the location could be a coastal village in southern France or somewhere in the Spanish Pyrenees, depending on his mood.

Bouman is also a fan of old relief maps, which explains his wine labels. The co-owner of Tina’s Restaurant in Dundee, Michael Stiller, made the colored cards for the Vino Tintoque labels.

On the red wine label, a pair of villages named Perdidas and Uvas translates to “lost” and “grapes” in Spanish. “It’s because I’m looking for the lost Oregon grapes,” Bouman said.

Epiphany moment: “One day at the old Wizer Market in Lake Grove, Wayne Strohecker sold me a bottle of Sineann old vine zinfandel. That’s when a switch clicked in my head. Until then, I was drinking Sutter Home wines,” Bouman said. He also credits Peter Rosback of Sineann and David O’Reilly of Owen Roe teaching him the ropes of cellar work and the retail side of the wine trade early in his winemaking journey.

Or buy: Bouman makes 300 cases of wine every year, most of which are sold by word of mouth and at tastings held in his rustic barn in Dundee. The good news is that the production of Vino Tintoque will increase to 500 cases in 2022.

Three Vino Tintoque wines are part of the current offer of Vindulge Wine Club, a new local business owned and operated by Sean Martin and Mary Cressler. The only other places to find Bouman wines are Made in Oregon stores, the Astoria Cooperativethe Tina restaurant and the Red Hills Market in Dundee.

The address of the domain’s website, vinotintoque.comwill become active in the near future.

vinotintoque@gmail.com or 503-625-3000.

— Michael Alberty writes about wine for The Oregonian/OregonLive. He can be reached at malberty0@gmail.com. To learn more about its coverage, go to oregonlive.com/wine.

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