Our multi-level, gravity flow winery is comprised of 1,200 tons of concrete, mostly underground. Our Pinot Noirs are fermented with whole clusters, indigenous yeast and are barrel aged and blended for complexity and age worthiness.
Amalie Robert Estate was founded by Dena Drews and Ernie Pink in 1999. Winemaking is our second careers and the guiding principle is stewardship. We are the vineyard managers and winemakers. And what’s the story behind the name?
Amalie Robert is a combination of Dena’s middle name “Amalie” (pronounced AIM-a-lee) and Ernie’s, “Robert.” We are the “A” team.
2012 The Reserve Pinot Noir Earns a 97 from PinotFile!
"The vintner’s favorite barrels of the vintage. Whole cluster inclusion and fermentation with feral yeasts. Aged a minimum of 18 months in French oak barrels. Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Exuberant aromas of cherry, wildflower, baking spice and nutty oak. The gorgeous core of black cherry fruit is blessed with supportive, age worthy firm tannins. Flavor notes of exotic spices, vanilla and nutty oak add interest. Long in the mouth and extremely long on the extraordinary finish. A serious, connoisseur's wine that needs time in the cellar for full enjoyment. Even better when tasted several hours later and the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Did I say the finish goes on and on?"
- William "Rusty" Gaffney, M.D., PinotFile, September 2016 - 97 points
"Dena Drews and Ernie Pink have been quietly producing some of Oregon's most elegant and perfumed Pinots since the 2004 vintage. Their 30-acre vineyard outside the town of Dallas, abutting the famed Freedom Hill vineyard where Drews and Pink live, is painstakingly farmed and yields are kept low so production of these wines is limited. Winemaking includes abundant use of whole clusters, which is no doubt responsible for the wines' exotic bouquets and sneaky structure…" - Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2015
Our adventure with Pinot Noir began in a Parisian café not far from the Eiffel Tower. A great meal and an ethereal bottle of Red Burgundy set us on the path to create Amalie Robert Estate.
"Bob, I think I got here too late. You have your cherry orchard on top of my vineyard!" At the turn of the century we found an old cherry orchard sitting atop of what we believe is the last best place to grow Pinot Noir. We farmed cherries that first year and paid attention to what the land had to say.
Fast forward to today and Amalie Robert Estate is 50,000 vines covering 34 acres stitched into the sedimentary soils just outside of Dallas, Oregon. We sustainably farm our vineyard and only use Estate grown fruit for Amalie Robert Estate wines.
Please join us this Saturday for "A Few of Our Favorite Things" Open House from
10 am - 3 pm, December 10th.
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5 Cent Shipping Special Announcement!
Sunrise during the Great Cluster Pluck 2016
The USPS recently released the Pinot Noir stamp with a denomination of 5¢. Until this monumental event in history, it was illegal to send Pinot Noir through the USPS. Not anymore!
Pinot Noir stamps – It kinda makes you long for the days when you had to lick them.
Now to send a standard letter, you will need about 8 of these stamps, which is 16 clusters of grapes – just about enough to make a bottle of wine! Maybe that is why you have to buy these stamps by the roll. And in their infinite wisdom, a roll of 5¢ Pinot Noir stamps just happens to be 10,000 stamps!
Beginning the week of Monday, September 12th until there is frost on the pumpkin, we will be offering 5¢ per bottle ground shipping on all orders* of mix or match 6-packs (30¢) and 12 bottle cases (60¢). *Excludes Alaska and Hawaii.
To celebrate the Pinot Noir stamp, just click on over to the shopping cart and use promotion code 5CENT at checkout. Note: We will hold your order for a temperature appropriate shipping window and mutually agreeable ship date.
"This is one of the Willamette Valley’s most distinguished wineries, but not one that is widely known."
- William "Rusty" Gaffney, M.D., PinotFile, September 2016 - http://www.princeofpinot.com/article/1860
Amalie Robert FLOG (Farming bLOG)
Please contact us for tasting appointment availability. Availability will be limited during the harvest season.
I strongly encourage readers to benefit from the delightfully scripted insights into viticulture and winemaking that form the "climate update" blog on Amalie Robert's website, charting the entire winery year.
- David Schildknecht