2009 Anne Amie Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1092332 89 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A more deeply pitched nose of red berries exhibits background nuances of plum, violet and black currants. There is a suave and seductive texture to the delicious and solidly complex flavors that terminate in a balanced, persistent and harmonious finish. This also offers good value.  (6/ 2012)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 My favorite of this collection is the 2009 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley. Aromas of cedar, cinnamon, clove, rose petal, and cherry compose the bouquet of this velvety-textured, easy-going, impeccably balanced Pinot. There is enough material here to ensure another 5-6 years of enjoyable drinking. It makes a good case for the art of blending.  (10/ 2011)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid red. Red berry and cherry aromas show good clarity and energy. Brisk and focused on the palate, offering spicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of white pepper. Finishes with good breadth and sweetness, leaving red fruit preserve notes behind.  (7/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 Light and zingy, with a sense of delicacy around the raspberry and cherry flavors, lingering nicely on the polished finish. Drink now through 2016. (Web-2012)

K&L Notes

Primarily sourced from Anne Amie's estate vineyard, this 2009 Pinot Noir is a skillfully made, complex cuvee with a target on the food-wine corner of the Pinot landscape. Aromas of dark berry and cherry supported by cocoa and tobacco nuances; a juicy palate of black cherry, blackberry, and licorice leads into a chocolatey finish. A modest alcohol under 14% and barrel aging in 21% new French oak ensures the purity of the fruit and keeps this wine in the elegant, food-friendly spectrum.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9