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Amity Schouten Vineyard Pinot Noir 1999

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Winemaker Notes

    This single vineyard bottling has a very complex nose, which takes a little time to open. Then, cherries and dark fruit can be recognized with some earthy tones mixed in. On the palate there is a hint of sweetness which leads into big cherry flavors with well-balanced acid and tannins. The wine gives a long finish and we believe it will cellar for up to 15 years. It is our first Vineyard bottling for Schouten Vineyards.

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    Amity Vineyards

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    Amity Vineyards, , Oregon
    Amity
    Amity means friendship. Amity vineyards is a family and friends run winery. Located in the Eola-Amity Hills of Yamhill County. Winemaker Myron Redford moved to Oregon in 1974 with a dream to make world class Pinot Noir. A pioneer, he was the first to produce organically grown sulfite-free wine. The first vineyards were planted in 1971. Total acres 15, planted to, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Blanc with additional contracted. Darcy Pendergrass, winemaker from 2007 through 2012, and a huge investment in new and very gentle wine processing equipment have paid off with new heights of quality at this property. Ryan Harms & family from Union Wine Company purchased Amity in 2014.

    Bordeaux Blends

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    One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

    In the Glass

    Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

    Perfect Pairings

    Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

    Sommelier Secret

    While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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