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Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2015 Product #32607 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2015 Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2015

A "failed" experiment (well, "abandoned," anyway) with sparkling wine left Ernie Pink and Dena Drews with a few acres of Pinot Meunier that's just too good to abandon.  So they make this delicious red from it - based on the huge 92 point rating for the 2014, it's one of the finest still red Pinot Meuniers in the world!

The 2015 picks up where that stunner left off. This is a pretty wine in the glass, with a translucent red brick color you can easily see through.  Inviting aromas of red cherry, sweet strawberry, and candied rose petal pull you in to ripe, vibrant, flavors of bitter cherry, crushed raspberry, and a beguiling floral/anise note on the finish.  Nice tension between the sweet fruit and tart acids and just enough fine tannin to make this easy to enjoy with all kinds of food.

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Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2014 Product #30994 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2014 Amalie Robert Pinot Meunier 2014

Pinot Meunier's home is Champagne, where it's the region's most planted grape and makes up the heart of many a fine toasty, rich, sparkling wine.  As an abandoned sparkling wine experiment, Amalie Robert's version is arguably the most consistently excellent example in the world with a string of 90 and 91 point ratings from Wine Advocate, Josh Raynolds at Vinous, and more.

As you'd expect in a Champagne grape, there's a bit of tartness here and I always find it a bit tight and tingly on release.  In warm vintages - like 2014 - it opens quickly, and if you tried it when Dena and Ernie were here in July you'll be shocked at how much flesh it's gained in 45 days.  I like Ernie's tasting note so much, I'll quote it here:  "Delish red. Sweet aromas of ripe Montmorency cherries, red currants and bittersweet chocolate entice the palate into a rosy red fruit mélange intertwined with savory bits and restraining acidity that linger effortlessly. This wine is as elegant as the day is long."

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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Amalie's Cuvee 2012 Product #32605 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Amalie's Cuvee 2012 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Amalie's Cuvee 2012

Co-owner Dena Drews' barrel selection is all about aromas - and what lovely aromas they are!  A whole basket of ripe and vibrant cherries with hints of rose petal and blackberry and just a touch of cinnamon and clove.  On the palate there's the amplitude and richness of the vintage but also a remarkable vibrancy and lift.  Sweet red and black cherry, crushed raspberry, a bit of cola and spice flavors dart around your palate with clove-studded orange peel accents.  The finish is firm, but silky smooth, with tangy fruit making your mouth water and get ready for duck, salmon or anything else you'd care to through at it.

"Brilliant red. A complex, seductively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black raspberry, cherry cola, Asian spices and smoky minerals. Juicy and precise, showing strong lift and cut to the sweet red and dark berry and lavender pastille flavors. The spice and mineral notes add bite to a very long, floral-tinged finish that's shaped and given grip by silky, harmonious tannins. This is a pretty graceful rendition of the vintage, which is populated mostly by deeper, brawnier Pinots."  Vinous (Raynolds) 92 points

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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Estate 2012 Product #32606 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Estate 2012 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Estate 2012

As usual, Ernie's selection shows the influence of whole-cluster fermentation right on the nose, with plenty of spice to the red raspberry and cherry fruit.  And, on the palate, this is less about fruit and more about spice, earth, and sassafras root - not that there's any shortage of 2012's beautiful, ripe, mouthwatering fruit!  Firmer and more spicy on the finish, where the wine really grips with firm, powerful, tannins.  A wonderfully complex, spicy, Pinot that would be pretty darn amazing with lamb tagine or anything with earthy base notes and exotic spice.

"Brilliant red. A hugely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, candied rose, allspice and blood orange, plus a zesty mineral quality that builds in the glass. Graceful and precise on the palate, offering spicy red fruit and floral pastille flavors that show zero fat and excellent balance. This weightless, sharply focused Pinot finishes with wonderful finishing energy and very soft tannins."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

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Amalie Robert Chardonnay Heirloom Cameo 2014 Product #32609 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Chardonnay Heirloom Cameo 2014 Amalie Robert Chardonnay Heirloom Cameo 2014

One of Oregon's best, blending California richness with Burgundian elegance. Delicious now and built to age.

"Fermented in a 500-liter French oak puncheon and put through full malo, this stands in stark contrast to the winery's Her Silhouette Chardonnay. Both are exceptional, yet this is rounder, fuller and more elegant, with crisp apple and pear fruit accented with cinnamon spice."Wine Enthusiast 92 points

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Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone 2010 Product #30991 (In Stock)
Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone 2010 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Wadenswil Clone 2010

Wadenswil is Oregon's most important "heritage clone" and was the main Pinot selection across the Valley for many years.  After the winegrowers' first mad crush on Dijon clones, more and more winemakers are coming to appreciate Wadenswill's perfume and fruit-filled charm.  Just two barrels made of this beauty which is normally sold only at the winery.  We asked really nicely, but just a case or so is available.

"High-pitched cherry and Asian spice aromas are deepened by notes of sassafras, woodsmoke and cola. Stains the palate with sappy red and dark berry flavors and tangy acidity adding lift and cut. An exotic floral nuance emerges with air and carries through a long, sweet and persistent finish. While this energetic pinot is built to age, it has a lot of immediate appeal."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

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