Exhibit A of my appreciation of the Anne Amie Vineyards 'Willamette Valley' Cuvee A Pinot Noir (2009 Vintage) is what is left of it, an empty bottle.
I received it a week ago and gave it time to rest after cross-country trip.
I finally opened it on Christmas Eve.
Stone fruit flavors are balanced by musty scents (think moss from nearby woods), add to this good acidity and subtle finish and my close encounter of the first kind with Anne Amie Vineyards was nothing but pleasurable.
Grapes were sourced from 8 vineyards in Chehalem Mountain and Yamhill-Carlton appellations.
Some of the winemaker's suggested food pairings are rabbit confit, bacon wrapped scallops, roast game hen.
Anne Amie Vineyards also produces Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris which I will have to taste next.
The winery practices sustainable farming and is Salmon Safe.
Grapes were harvested between September 24 and October 22, 2009. Wine was released in May 2011 and retails for around $25.