Wine is one of my favorite things. I study it, read about it, drink it, and just enjoy its creation. Another joy of the wine experience is going straight to the source, the vineyards and tasting rooms. Anne Amie is one of those wineries that are just unforgettable. The view, the staff, the wines are all perfect! I was able to make the trek out there recently and was so inspired. It is hard not to be with views like these!
Now, the view is one thing, but the wines that Anne Amie creates are heaven. I mean it. While they primarily focus on the Pinots, like Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc – they are all very distinct and delicious! They also grow Müller Thurgau on their estate that was planted all the way back in 1979, when it was Chateau Benoit. Fun fact! Mark Nicholl of William Rose Wines and Oregon Wine Lab used grapes grown here for his almost released 2014 Müller Thurgau. I had the chance to try it this past week at the wine lab and can’t wait to pick up a bottle once it is available, make sure and try it for yourself. It is heavenly!
The 2014 Pinot Gris was very light. It had a crispness and effervescence that I loved. Flavors of crisp green apples and lemon popped with each sip. There was almost a hint of herbaceousness to it, and it had a very bright acidity. From start to finish, this truly was an example of Oregon Pinot Gris at it’s finest.
You may think that the 2014 Rosé of Pinot Gris might be similar to the 2014 Pinot Gris, but they were definitely different. One similarity I would say was the light bodied, effervescent quality of both of these wines. Both were dying for a beautiful sunny day as well. The 2014 Rosé has grapes that come from the Huntington Hill Vineyard. This wine had the most gorgeous color in the glass. It was a shade of pink that reminded me of a sunset. On the nose I got scents of bright red berries. The first sip gave me flavors of sweet red delicious apples and a slight hint of grapefruit. I loved the balance of sweet and citrus.
Both of these wines were crisp and dry. Perfect to be paired with many different foods and experiences. For me, wine is about enjoying with food and friends. Or sometimes with a great show at home after a long day. Anne Amie wines are not only enjoyable, but made with a care and quality that I’ve come to love. The tasting room is right outside of Carlton, Oregon and absolutely worth the drive. The wines themselves are worth the trip, and the view is simply an added bonus. Cheers to delicious and local Oregon wines!