Once known as Chateau Benoit, the winery focused on sparkling wines in its earliest incarnation. In 1999 the Benoits retired, the winery was sold, and the first Anne Amie vintage occurred in 2001. The bubbly is history and the estate now produces 14,500 cases of table wine from its 120 acres, 55 in production. "
Anne Amie Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Our 2006 Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir is vibrant ruby in color. The nose is robust and juicy with touches of brambly maple syrup and wild forest fruits like wild blackberry and strawberry with highlights of toffee and tobacco. Great structure supports the complex flavors of espresso and porcini mushrooms over dark marionberry fruit. The finish is firm with long flavors that hint of cassis and black truffle. The ultimate food wine, this pinot noir is a brilliant match for any fare from traditional Northwest cuisine such as cedar planked salmon or wild mushroom soup to smoked or grilled meats or just a great burger and truffle fries.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Pinot Noir Winemaker’s Selection spent nine months in a mix of seasoned and new French oak. Medium- to dark ruby-colored, the nose offers up spicy, toasty black cherry and black raspberry aromas leading to a dense, plush, dark fruit flavored wine with good complexity and concentration. There are no hard edges to this tasty effort which will drink well over the next six years.
Anne Amie Winery
When Dr. Robert Pamplin, one of Oregon's most forward-thinking philanthropists and businessmen, purchased the historic Chateau Benoit Winery in 1999, his vision was to create wines of the highest quality to reflect his passion for excellence. To this end Dr. Pamplin has charged General Manager Craig Camp, winemaker Thomas Houseman and winegrower Jason Tosch with the task of developing extraordinary pinot noir. Craig, Thomas and Jason are absolutely passionate about producing wines of the finest quality and have dedicated their lives to this quest.
Pinot reigns supreme at Anne Amie Vineyards with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc forming the heart of our production. Complimenting the Pinot family, we also produce small selections of Riesling from our Willamette Valley estate vineyard on the hillside directly in front of the winery. As with all great wines, ours start in the vineyards and we are fortunate to have some of Oregons best sites, both those farmed by us and those we contract with to purchase. Our vineyards (as do the ones we purchae from) receive only the minimal required treatments and yields are severely reduced to yield fruit with great depth and complexity. View all Anne Amie 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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