Anam Cara Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains Mark I 2006
91-points: The Wine Advocate. “Offers up mineral notes in its attractive bouquet. Velvety-textured, ripe, rich and layered. It is nicely balanced and has 2-3 years of aging potential. .. The future looks bright for this family-owned winery.” “Excellent” Wine Press Northwest Winter 2008/2009 “…Blackberry, boysenberry, cranberry sauce, mocha, bay rum, smoke and crushed leaf accents only begin to describe the nose …” “Recommended” Northwest Palate, Sept/Oct 2008: “Aromas of dark berry fruit mingle with notes of pipe tobacco and coffee on the savory-leaning nose… “sweet and forward black cherry fruit is nicely framed by crisp acidity and constrained tannins… the finish is warm and long…” “… it is the new–oak scents of toasted hazelnuts and burnt butter that dominate the entry of this young Pinot Noir…It’s a pretty Pinot, with plums, berry and herb flavors; the tannins have some earthy flavors as well, and the barrel influence continues into the finish with coffee grounds and baking chocolate.” Wine Enthusiast 89 points Vineyard: Nicholas Estate Appellation: Chehalem Mtns, Ore. Clones: Dijon 115: 52%; 667: 20%; 777: 28% Barrels: All French oak for 10 months. 22% new, 15% once filled, 63% neutral Cases produced: 700 This wine has Italian plum, wet soil, raw meat and vanilla on the nose as well as ferrous minerality, framed by subtle toast and vanilla. Sweet, rich and harmonious attack, with a flavor profile closely mirroring the nose. The tannins are rich and surprisingly soft, and the nicely rounded mid-palate rolls lingeringly into the sustained finish. Enjoy with duck confit or pork tenderloin. Also – as suggested by Northwest Palate – the lush fruit quality would pair well with baked quail with mushrooms.
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 2 hours. Color is a duplicate of the 2006 Reserve. Nose is huge! Peppery raspberries and earth. Taste is really spicy! Lots of pepper coming through, wrapping around the black cherry and raspberry fruit, and finishing with the zing of tobacco. Astounding wine...may be my Wine of the Night.