“It was during my years at the University of Oregon in the 1980s that I became passionate about Oregon Pinot Noirs. It has been a dream of mine for many years to make some of this fabulous wine myself, so I finally decided to take the plunge, along with my friend and fellow wine-lover Susan. Bomb is labor of love for us. Making truly superb wine was our first priority, but we also wanted to make a statement with our brand that was vibrant, artistic, and unique. The results have exceeded our expectations, and we are very proud of both our Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs and our Washington State Cabernet Sauvignons, both of which are artisanal wines crafted by Tony Rynders, one of Oregon’s premiere winemakers.” -Cheers, Jim Carney and Susan Weeden
Bomb’s founders, Jim and Susan, have been friends for 20+ years. When we were both living in London in the mid-90s, we were surprised and pleased to see a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir on the wine list at a local restaurant. That’s when the seed that has grown into Bomb Wines was planted. Oregon Pinots were few and far between in England, and even when we both moved back to the NYC area a few years ago, they were fairly hard to find. So we thought we would make our own Pinot Noir, get it into the places we loved to eat and drink, and share it with our friends. Though we are both based in the New York City area, we work closely with our winemaker Tony Rynders, and keep tabs on developments in the vineyards. It is Bomb’s intention never to stray from the artisanal approach. All our wine is hand-crafted in small lots to bring out the true essence of the region’s terrior.
Bomb is our inaugural brand, born from a love of wine and art. We commission new, original art for our labels every year. Our first vintage was the 2009 Bomb Oregon Pinot Noir, a production of 500 cases made by Tony Rynders. 2010 saw the launch of our Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the Horse Heaven Hills and Red Mountain AVAs. We now produce small lots of premium Pinot and Cab every year, under the Bomb label.
“I believe that the personality of wine begins in the vineyard. I particularly enjoy the challenge of discovering the “voice” of each vineyard site. It is my goal to express this unique personality in each and every wine that I make.”
– Tony Rynders
One of the most highly-acclaimed winemakers in the Pacific Northwest, Tony Rynders’ specialty is ultra-premium wines. In Oregon and Washington, he has worked his magic at such esteemed wineries as Argyle, Hogue Cellars, and Domaine Serene, where he spent a decade knocking out 90+ rated wines. When asked about his success at making so much highly-rated wine over so many vintages, Tony used one word: “consistency.”
In the vineyard, that means hands-on, long-term management, a proactive approach to the increasingly extreme and inconsistent weather conditions of recent years, and an experienced vineyard management and crew. In the winery, it’s using the very best fruit, hand-picked and sorted, to make the vintage’s best wines. And it’s making a wine that buyers can depend upon, year after year, for a consistent quality, style, and flavor. The goal is always to make exceptional wine that clearly shows its roots, and is defined by perfect balance between structure and power.
Bomb is produced and bottled in Oregon. We source our Pinot Noir grapes from a select group of top vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley, and our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown in the Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hills AVAs in Washington . Making wines of consistently high quality, complexity and balance are our primary goals. In order to achieve this each and every year, we choose sites representing a range of soil types, elevations, slopes, vine age and clonal selections. The soils range from weathered volcanic basalt to sedimentary soils which are both marine and fresh water in origin. The complexity and balance of these exceptional wines come from bringing these complementary components together. Our grapes are hand harvested and hand sorted to maintain the highest levels of quality.