Generosity and balance are two descriptors that quickly come to mind as I taste the Anne Amie Pinot Noir Winemaker’s Selection. Lots of fruity smells and flavors like wild red cherries, cassis, black figs and strawberries. Beyond the fruit, get crushed thyme, black tea leaves, sassafras and nutmeg. Soft tannins start to finish, medium acidity, lightly oaked (under 20% new French oak), 13.5% alcohol and perfectly ripe (nod to the outstanding 2016 vintage in Willamette Valley). For $25 or thereabouts, can’t go wrong here.
I notice the winery is sold out of this wine. However I do know it is available in California. Ask your merchant to look into carrying this wine. Contact me if your merchant needs assistance in locating. Also wouldn’t hurt to call Anne Amie to see if they have any tucked away and available.
I’ve become well acquainted with Anne Amie wines from tasting them frequently with their California broker. They are consistently delicious, graceful, honest expressions of the grape and place (Yamhill Carlton, a sub-AVA of Willamette Valley.) Alcohols tend to run in the 12-13%, making them particularly good on the brunch & dinner table. And what values! Hard to beat the quality for price, especially their Pinot Noirs when you look at their neighbors’ prices.
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