Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Tasting Notes: Aromas of red cherry, strawberry, sassafras, cardamom, and fig. Flavors of red cherry, clove, baking spice, fig, cassis, and cola. The finish is long with smooth tannins and acidity.
Notes: Grapes were hand-picked and brought directly to the winery in 1/2 ton bins. They were meticulously hand sorted on a shaker table then destemmed into 2-ton open-top, stainless steel fermenters. The must be cold-soaked for seven to ten days, which was followed by the fermentation that was completed in about a week. This is followed by extended maceration, where the wine is evaluated daily for softening of tannins and roundness of the palate. The wine was on the skins for a total of 21-28 days. After draining the fermenters by gravity, the free-run and light pressings were combined and settled for 48 hours. The wine was then racked by gravity into a mixture of new and used French oak barrels. The wine was aged on lees in French oak barrels for 10 months and then blended and bottled.
Food pairing: The ultimate food wine, this Pinot noir is a brilliant match for any fare. From traditional Northwest cuisines, such as cedar-planked salmon or wild mushroom soup, to smoked or grilled meats – even just a great burger and truffle fries!
The Domain: When Dr. Robert Pamplin, one of Oregon’s most forward-thinking philanthropists and businessmen, purchased the historic Chateau Benoit Winery in 1999, his vision was to create wines of the highest quality to reflect his passion for excellence. To this end, Dr. Pamplin has charged winemaker Gabriela Sepulveda Vignes and winegrower Peter Ebbers with the task of crafting extraordinary Pinot Noir. Gabriela, Peter, and the rest of the crew are absolutely passionate about producing wines of the finest quality and have dedicated their lives to this quest. For more information about Dr. Pamplin, Gabriela, Peter, and the entire Anne Amie team, read their bios.
Pinot reigns supreme at Anne Amie Vineyards with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc forming the heart of their production. Complementing the pinot family is Old-Vine Estate Müller Thurgau, planted in 1979. As with all great wines, their’s starts in the vineyards. They are fortunate to have some of Oregon’s best sites, all of which are Salmon Safe and LIVE certified. Their estate vineyards receive only the minimal required treatments and yields are dramatically reduced in order to give fruit with great depth and complexity.
Their estate vineyards are located in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton District and on the steep hillsides of the Chehalem Mountains, both nestled in Oregon’s verdant Willamette Valley. Their LIVE-certified winery is located on their Yamhill-Carlton property, a few miles from both Lafayette and Carlton, Oregon.
They are proud to be part of the Yamhill-Carlton Winegrowers Association, and the Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers.