Amici Pinot Noir Reserve 2019
The 2019 Amici Pinot Noir Reserve is a wine that exemplifies the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir style with concentrated wild black cherry, ripe pluot, and hints of rose. This medium- to full-bodied wine has flavors of powdered cocoa and blackberry with hints of soy on its elongated, velvety finish.
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Aromas of dark cherries, cola, dried herbs and cedar. Medium-bodied with sleek tannins and bright acidity. Crunchy and juicy with a core of dark fruits on the center palate and a flavorful finish. Excellent length.
Black cherries, mulberries, violets, and Provençal herb notes (rosemary, thyme) all emerge from the 2019 Pinot Noir Reserve, which is a mix of clones and from vineyards on Olivet Lane and the hillsides above Starr Road. This lifted, exotic, perfumed Pinot Noir is medium to full-bodied, has good acidity, and rock-solid overall balance. it’s going to cruise for 5-7 years if stored correctly.
Vintages2021 2018 2017 2013
Amici's owners — John Harris, Bob and Celia Shepard, and Bart Woytowicz—are all great friends with a passion for making and enjoying great wine. At Amici the focus is on quality, not quantity. Because they insist on keeping the production small, they can carefully control the process of creating each wine, crafting what they like to consider a small work of art in each bottle.
What started as a few friends crushing some grapes for fun is now an award-winning premium wine known around the country, but one thing will never change: Amici is a wine created by friends, for friends.
While the Russian River Valley is a large appellation with multiple climate zones and soil types, it is best known for cool-climate varieties, with Pinot Noir as the most celebrated. The grapes benefit from a reliable late afternoon flow of Pacific Ocean fog through the Petaluma Gap and along the Russian River Valley that ensures slow and steady ripening and the preservation of grape acidity. Today many of California’s most highly regarded Pinot Noir vineyards are in the Russian River Valley, along with its sub-appellation, Green Valley.
Historically Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs had bright red fruit and delicate earthy, mineral notes. But changes in viticultural and winemaking practices have led to stylistic changes in some of the region’s wines. Adjustments to canopy management, among other techniques, have resulted in riper fruit and bolder wines as well. These show flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cola, spice and darker, loamy earth tones, accenting traditional Pinot Noir notes of strawberry, raspberry and light cherry.