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Date Printed: 11/28/2014
Anam Cara Nicholas Estate Riesling 2009
Anam Cara Nicholas Estate Riesling 2009
(search item no. 108148)
screw cap wine
boutique wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our off-dry Riesling originates from one acre on the steepest, coolest section of our property, Nicholas Estate Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. It is always the last fruit to be harvested and is heavily netted to protect it from the birds.

Immediately reminiscent of bright, golden delicious apples, ripe pears and cantaloupe melon on the palate. Aromas of Meyer lemon, honeysuckle and fresh peaches with quince.

There's an elegant creaminess in the texture and the fresh acidity inherent in each of our Rieslings creates a fresh, lovely, balanced and softly-crisp wine. This versatile, ageable Riesling is perfect with fresh crab, fried calamari, tempura, razor clams, pastas in cream sauce and more.

Bottled under screwcap for the first time, this is also the first of our wines to carry both Salmon Safe and LIVE seals. Also, the back label carries the new International Riesling Foundation Taste Profile. This indicates the perceived sweetness in a Riesling, calculated by balancing the residual sugar, total acidity and pH in the wine. This is a voluntary option, and we're excited to be among the first in Oregon to use it.

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About Anam Cara:

Together, they opened a small chain of family-serving pizza parlors first in Benicia, California, and then in the Napa Valley. It was when they moved to St. Helena that their immersion in the world of wine began. Sheila resumed her PR career and worked alongside many of the top names in wine, while Nick oversaw the restaurants which continued to serve the wine community.

In 2001, the family came to Oregon, purchasing a rundown walnut, plum and filbert orchard which was to become the home of Nicholas Vineyard and Anam Cara Cellars wines. Nick and Sheila continue to farm the vineyard assisted occasionally by their son Mark, a Political Science major at OSU, and daughter Heather who is studying Bio-Chemistry at Seattle University. Their two dogs, Buck and Digger, welcome visitors and help keep the vineyard gopher free.