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"Owners/winemakers Dena Drews and Ernie Pink have always marched to their own beat, opting to release their extensive range of wines after they have had some bottle age. Thus, current releases here focus on the 2014 and 2013 vintages. I was pleasantly surprised by the graceful character of the ‘14s, a vintage more noteworthy for its power than finesse. That said, they do show the abundant fruit and concentration that marks the year but in a minor key. My impression is that they are good cellar candidates even if some decanting time makes them quite drinkable now. - Oregon: An Embarrassment of Riches and Richness, June 2019
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Tucked into the center of our 35 acres of estate grown vines is block 13, our little acre of Côte Rôtie. Ernie was confident that he wanted to grow Syrah and Viognier. Dena said OK, but you can only have 1 acre – no more. The fortuitous siting occurred when opportunity and preparedness met face to face with luck. Follow this link to learn more...
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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.
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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.
Amalie Robert Estate Portfolio Focus: Syrah
"...for fans of the delicate, graceful school of Pinot Noir, which is decidedly the style that’s emphasized here. A wide range of wines, almost entirely Pinot Noir, are made from the 35 acres of estate vines, and Drews and Pink aren’t afraid to hold them back for late or successive releases depending on the personality of each individual bottling. In warm vintages the effects of the weather expresse themselves on the wines here, but rarely do they head into dark fruit territory, even in years like 2012. " - Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2016
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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. Our Pinot Noir Groove.
"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 55,000 vines covering 35 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.
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From the Chief Farming Officer's seat during the Great Cluster Pluck
Amalie Robert Estate Vintage Update: 2019 Harvest After Action Report - The Great Cluster Pluck
This is the @AmalieRobert Harvest After Action Report. A FLOG Communication.
Vintage 2019 will be remembered as the vintage that wasn’t ready, until it was – all of it – all at once. Yes, there was the typical atypical rain, as there always is in September. Good canopy management during the growing season is the preventive cure for that. But Botrytis will not be denied, and the clock started ticking with a pretty big shot of rain on the 10th of September. A little too much of a good thing with many returns to finish the month of September with 2.72 inches of rain.
Follow this link to read the full 2019 Harvest After Action Report - The Great Cluster Pluck.