- Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone 2009 Product #28035 (In Stock)
Normally sold only at the winery or to mailing list customers, we’re delighted to be the only retailer in the country to get an allocation of this two barrel/50 case wine. Wadenswil was Oregon’s first Pinot Noir clone and, with Pommard, responsible for the region’s first head-turning successes. Although the fashion for Dijon clones dominated Oregon plantings in the 2000s, thoughtful growers have come to realize that Wadenswil clones grown on loose, sedimentary, soils deliver a uniquely delicious blend of savory spice and deep, luscious, fruit that Dijon clones miss.
That’s what you’ll find here from 10 year-old Wadenswil vines grown without irrigation on patches of sedimentary soil throughout the Amalie Robert vineyard. Low yields, higher than normal leaf cover, and late harvesting allow Wadenswil’s tannins to soften and ripe fruit flavors to develop without any excessive alcohol. Whole cluster fermented with native yeast and aged in barrel for at least 12 months, this wine is made from the two barrels that Ernie and Dena think best expresses Wadenswil’s potential in their unique, Southern Willamette Valley, site.
“Bright red. Heady, exotic aromas of candied red fruits, sandalwood, lavender and rose. Juicy, sweet and focused, offering fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight with air. Shows an array of spice and floral qualities on the finish, along with notes of candied raspberry and bitter rhubarb. Wild stuff, and balanced to age.” International Wine Cellar 93 points