Anam Cara Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Our flagship wine represents the entire vineyard with all five mature blocks of Pinot Noir included in the final blend. We farm the vineyard ourselves to exacting standards and pay continuous attention to its progress throughout the growing season. Being in tune with the rhythm of the vines allows us to respond quickly to any challenges and results in exceptional fruit in every vintage.
The Wine Advocate - "An alluring nose of cedar. Smoke, incense, rose petal and cherry. Followed by a medium-bodied, intense, tightly-wound wine with enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years, excellent volume and plenty of length."
International Wine Cellar - "Sexy, pungent aromas of wild strawberry, smoked meat, dried rose and underbrush; very perfumed and expressive. This seamless, high-pitched juicy wine boasts surprising stuffing and finishes with very good sweetness and length."
Anam Cara Winery
The words Anam Cara are Celtic for "friend of my soul" and symbolize the journey we have taken to make our wine. -Nick & Sheila Nicholas. The Nicholas Estate Vineyard is located on a southeast facing slope between the towns of Sherwood and Newberg in the Chehalem Mountains AVA and was recently certified sustainable. View all Anam Cara Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.