2009 The Reserve Pinot Noir earns the top score of the vintage
The Reserve is an exclusive 50 case selection of Pinot Noir representing our most intriguing wine in the cellar. The final blend represents 3 blocks planted to Dijon clone 114, Dijon clone 115 and Pommard. The fermenter lots were: O, M & G!
Every block of Pinot Noir within our 30 acre vineyard is individually hand harvested at its peak of flavor maturity and intensity. Block by block, the fruit is fermented in small 1.5 ton lots and matured for over 12 months in French oak barrels.
As we taste through the cellar, we make mental notes on each barrel. By the time we begin blending trials, we each have a pretty intimate idea of our favorite barrels. Dena will usually lay claim to a few barrels, and Ernie knows to leave those for last. Ernie includes these barrel samples as well as his favorites in the blending trials. This wine is a 50 case blend from our two favorite barrels.
Amalie Robert FLOG (Farming bLOG)
"Light, bright red. Vibrant and sharply focused on the nose, displaying intense red fruit preserve and Asian spice scents along with deeper cola and underbrush nuances that gain strength with air. Sappy, penetrating and pure, with deeply concentrated raspberry and bitter cherry flavors energized by a jolt of blood orange. Powerful yet graceful wine with excellent finishing clarity and persistence and supple tannins that fade into its ample fruit." 94 points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2015
Amalie Robert was started as a second career by two driven people, Dena Drews and Ernie Pink, from the consumer side of the wine business. We purchased a cherry orchard at the turn of the century, designed the vineyard and planted our own vines. Our focus was learning winegrowing first, and we began working with some of the best of the best of Oregon Pinot Noir producers. Amalie and Robert are our middle names - We are the team.
"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
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