2013 Anne Amie Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc

SKU #1274793 93 points Wine & Spirits

 As crisp as alpine air, this brisk and beautiful white has a scent of lemon zest and chalk; the overall aromatic impression is of purity and freshness. The flavors deliver a slightly broader fruit complement, melon with a spritz of lemon, with a thrilling peppery acidity that keeps the wine zesty and lifted. Great as an aperitif, or you could pair it with something light, like lemon sole.  (8/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Pinot Blanc, from the Chehalem Mountains, has one of the best aromatics for this grape variety that I encountered in Oregon with lively citrus fruit, candied orange peel and a touch of licorice. The palate is well balanced with a slight waxiness in the mouth, well-judged acidity and hints of pawpaw and dried honey on the long finish. This comes highly recommended. (NM)  (3/2015)

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Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.

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.


- 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.