Anam Cara Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains Estate Reserve 2006
91 points: Wine Spectator: “Supple, generous and appealing for its spicy, licorice-accented cherry and blackberry flavors, lingering with fine balance on the harmonious finish.” 90 points: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “… reveals smoke, toast, mocha and earth notes… plenty of sweet fruit on the mid-palate…” 90 points: Wine Enthusiast: “Delicious…the Burgundian fruit, expressive and elegant with a pleasing mix of raspberries, cherries and cinnamon spice nicely balances… this rather soft, substantial, yet elegant wine delivers the goods.” 90 points: Allen Meadows: Burghound Report: “…earth notes that complement the nicely-fresh, round and well-detailed flavors …good mid-palate concentration, and a sappy, delicious and complex and solidly long finish…” TWO STARS San Francisco Chronicle “Lovely earth, blackberry jam, sweet red cherry, plum and slight spice aromas. The earthy barnyard note carries through to a palate that has juicy ripe cherry and a hint of baking spice. Well made.” Vineyard: Nicholas Estate Appellation: Chehalem Mtns, Ore. Clones: Pommard: 37%; Dijon 115: 44%; 667: 8%; 777: 7% Barrels: All French oak. 30% new, 26% once filled, 44% neutral Cases produced: 280 Refined, bright, Chambolle-like nose of red cherries, raspberries, cinnamon spice on a light toasty oak frame. Firm, with lovely balance of acidity creating an immediate juiciness. Classically varietal flavors of red and black cherries and raspberry. The Reserve is both a barrel and vineyard selection, with specific rows cropped to 1.5 tons per acre to concentrate fruit flavor and kept separate throughout the winemaking process. The final blend was determined not only by the excellence of the individual wines in barrel, but also their ability to harmonize and add a deeper dimension to the whole.
Each of our wines is created from the beautiful Nicholas Estate vineyard, located in Oregon's Chehalem Mountains AVA. The 35 acre vineyard is certified L.I.V.E. and Salmon Safe and consists of 5 blocks of Pinot Noir (Pommard and Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 and 777) and one acre each of Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Two acres each of Wadenswil Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling came on line with the 2011 harvest.
Decanted. First sniff out of the glass is huge strawberry and cranberry fruit with tobacco and just a hint of alcohol. First sip, I can tell this is a very young Pinot. Outstanding sweet berry fruit on the attack, followed by tobacco and earth. Very delicious and mouthcoating! Finish is long, and redolent of berries with some heat. Going to cellar my remaining 2 bottles for several years, at least. 94 points.
Decanted 2 hours. Color is a dark maroon, the darkest so far. Nose of coffee or mocha...wow. Some leather there as well. Flavors of spicy black cherry, leather and a nice coffee finish. Some tannins evident, but controlled nicely by the acidity and fruit. Some oak is present as well, but not standing out as much as the 2006 Estate.