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Amalie Robert Estate Wines
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Amalie Robert Estate White Wines
Alabaster in the glass introduces aromas of yellow rose, pineapple and Meyer lemon marmalade. The palate is expansive with champagne mango leading unsweetened lemon curd on fresh brioche. The broad mid-palate texture transitions seamlessly to a clean and energetic finish.
Crystalline Safflower passes onto the prism of your palate, releasing the spectral colors of Chardonnay. Vivid tangerine, guava and grapefruit peel permeate while being supported by zesty lime. A precisely aimed and laser focused palate of refreshing fruit character directs your attention to the fact that you like cleansing acidity in your Chardonnay. Linger on and prosper.
Solar flare yellow releasing aromas of grapefruit zest, mountain laurel, guava and meyer lemon. This Chardonnay is voluptuous on the palate with a pleasing texture and elegant demeanor. The richness from a remarkable growing season is tempered with crystalline acidity to induce a lingering and articulate finish.
Heirloom Cameo is our barrel fermented Chardonnay. Or as Dena would explain it: “This wine wraps you in an elegant silk scarf and instantly makes you feel really good - about being you.”
50 shades of Alabaster. Scintillating aromas of Meyer lemon zest, purple passion fruit and carambola sheathed in a suggestion of five spice and pheromone provide intrigue. The deftly balanced palate is silky chiffon with latent acidity providing a gentle lift, all the while the effortlessly evolving textures and aromas vex. The enduring finish echoes the virtue of presence without weight. 70 cases produced.
Understated pale yellow surprises with strong aromas of cherry orchard bloom, orange marmalade, cleaved pineapple, freshly cut Champagne mango, and Meyer lemon curd. The palate sensation is broad and textured with an expansive progression and delineated finish of crisp and echoing acidity. 75 cases produced.
Pabuk’s Gift is a naturally Botrytized late harvest desert wine. This wine was made from individually hand sorted Chardonnay grapes naturally conquered by Botrytis in the same manner as a German Trockenbeerenauslese.
At the end of September just as the Willamette Valley was getting set to harvest, an unprecedented rain event from Typhoon Pabuk dropped over 9 inches of the Pacific Ocean on us in 4 days. This radically changed the harvest plan and in ways we could not have foreseen.
Amalie Robert Estate Red Wines
Risqué Red. Strawberry lemonade with a sprig of variegated thyme sets the relaxing summertime scene. Delicate flavors of strawberry and guava entwine the palate and enhance the rich mouth feel. Brisk acidity carries the finish and provides the impetus for a little nibble.
Polished copper penny circa 1909 - 1982. A subtle chill brings about scents of wildflowers in bloom, strawberry lemonade with a sprig of variegated lemon thyme, freshly cut rhubarb stalk (without the dog influence) and accented with a hint of pickled ginger. Soothing and yet refreshing on the palate as the relaxing acidity releases you from the daily bounds of both space and time. Set free to explore the possibilities of a mid-afternoon interlude...
Raspberry red shimmers as your senses are heightened by aromas of cherry and raspberry cobbler, lavender in bloom, graham, cinnamon and a hint of caramelized brown sugar. The scintillating mid-palate is a precise tussle between purity of flavor and the velvet glove of integrated acidity. This transcendent experience evolves into a crisp and lingering finish with echoing vibrancy. Unfined and unfiltered. 70 cases produced.
Garnet meets cranberry and everybody gets happy. The initial aromas take you back to the first time you smelled a fresh cherry cobbler, accented by graham crackers and cocoa dusted almonds. The flavors and textures are ripe red fruits leading to a mid-palate sweetness reminiscent of an adolescent crush where everything was right with the world. The sweetness turns to a fading memory as the tannins and acids combine to form an enduring finish. “We’ll always have Paris…” Unfined and unfiltered.
Light, bright red. High-pitched redcurrant, strawberry and orange zest aromas, along with suggestions of dusty minerals and white pepper. Shows very good clarity and lift to its light-bodied bitter cherry and red berry flavors. Closes with lingering spiciness, a touch of rose pastille and silky, fine-grained tannins that stay hidden in the background. 91 points - Josh Raynolds - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2014
Vivid ruby-red. Sexy, spice- and floral-accented aromas of raspberry and cherry-cola, with a smoky topnote. Offers sappy red fruit and floral pastille flavors and notes of gingerbread and white pepper. Shows a silken character, with real back-end energy. Weightier on the gently tannic finish, which strongly echoes the raspberry and floral notes. 92 points - Josh Raynolds - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2013
Deviously intoned burlesque red. Ripe Montmorency cherries and Crimson roses greet you at the threshold – nostrils flare. Heady aromas of freshly pitted pie cherries, cinnamon, baking spice and Darjeeling tea are supported by a lithe and ever maneuvering body. Restraint and control are ever present, however the palate is transcendent through layers of fruit expression and stem tannins within the firm garter of acidity.
Redacted red leads to a mélange of dark berries, baking cocoa, incense and tilled earth. The palate is silky, yet restrained, and offers a texture that reveals a harmonious blend of deep flavors within a framework of acidity and tannin. From the “Trundling Thunder” vintage where the tighter they are wound, the farther they will take you. Unfined and unfiltered.
LED red introduces aromas of dark cherry and sweet blackberry interlaced with exotic cinnamon, cardamom and incense. A rich mid-palate offers up an exacting expression of red fruits, spice and sassafras relinquishing control to a core of tilled earth and minerality backed by scintillating stem tannins and strapping acidity. Unfined and unfiltered.
Dark Moroccan silk red introduces exotic aromas of alspice, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and Chinese five spice. The wine presents an array of lithe red fruits with an underlying tilth from stem tannin providing evolving complexity without the burden of excessive ripeness. The signature Dijon Clones finish is a culmination of extended barrel aging and a mélange of fine grained stem tannin, acidity and minerality. Unfined and unfiltered.
Bright red. Sexy, spice-accented aromas of red berry preserves, potpourri and sandalwood, with a touch of cola in the background. Shows very good intensity and sweetness, offering lithe raspberry and cherry flavors and a hint of bitter blood orange. Closes on a spicy note, with excellent clarity and persistent sweetness. 92 points - Josh Raynolds - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/Aug 2012
Light, bright red. Seductively perfumed, expressive aromas of dried red berries, allspice and cinnamon, with a slow-mounting floral quality and a hint of blood orange. Light in body but potent, offering sweet redcurrant and raspberry flavors that stain the palate. An intense spicy overtone carries through the nervy, mineral-driven finish. Lots of flavor intensity here but there’s zero fat on this wine. 92 points - Josh Raynolds - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2011
Double Gold - Oregon Wine Awards, May 2011
Top 100 of 2011 - Wine Enthusiast, December 2011
Deep Pommard red. Heady aromas of black raspberry compote, wild cherry, freshly tilled earth, Darjeeling tea, coriander and ginger linger. An intriguing experience of intertwined vivacious fruit character, elegant texture, racy acidity and fine grained stem tannin projects onto the palate. The timeless afterglow echoes the inherent virtue of Pommard. Unfined and unfiltered.
Pommard red. Perfumed aromas of exotic spices beckon from the glass headlining allspice, cinnamon, coriander and potpourri. This suave wine meanders through the palate pushing all the right buttons at just the right times. Fine grained stem tannins and firm acidity culminate in an expansive and permeating finish. 45 cases produced.
Bright red. Vibrant mineral- and spice-laced red berry and floral pastille scents are given depth by notes of licorice and cola. Lithe and sharply focused on the palate, offering gently sweet strawberry and cherry flavors that put on weight and gain spiciness with aeration. Pure, focused and lively on the strikingly long finish, which is framed by silky tannins and brightened by a tangy blood orange note. 93 points - Josh Raynolds - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/Aug 2014
Recalcitrant red leads to aromas of afternoon sun warmed blackberries on the vine, black tea, cinnamon, and sandal wood spice bound in the restraints of bridle leather. Whoa, a strapping young wine. The palate is the traditional velvet glove of Wadenswil - elegance masking intention, but only more so as the vintage character expresses itself unabated. Primal fruit characters yield to texture and intensity. Muscular stem tannins and enabling acidity are the enforcers of a protracted and immeasurably pleasurable interlude.
Roadster red pearl essence - Ooh, that’s pretty! Ripe red raspberries, freshly grated ginger and five spice permeate the frontal lobe. Pure pleasure on the palate with flavors of freshly picked huckleberries, Tayberry preserves and a chewy texture stimulating the adrenal glands. Yet barely able to conceal the muscle of the vintage as is evident in the equally everlasting finish of finely grained stem tannins and 2011’s signature acidity. At a 49 case production, it is the only Pinot Noir we offer as a futures purchase. Unfined and unfiltered.
Bright red. High-pitched cherry and Asian spice aromas are deepened by notes of sassafras, woodsmoke and cola. Stains the palate with sappy red and dark berry flavors and tangy acidity adding lift and cut. An exotic floral nuance emerges with air and carries through a long, sweet and persistent finish. While this energetic pinot is built to age, it has a lot of immediate appeal. 93 points - Josh Raynolds - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2013
Bright red. Heady, exotic aromas of candied red fruits, sandalwood, lavender and rose. Juicy, sweet and focused, offering fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight with air. Shows an array of spice and floral qualities on the finish, along with notes of candied raspberry and bitter rhubarb. Wild stuff, and balanced to age. 93 points - Josh Raynolds - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/Aug 2012
Amalie’s Cuvée showcases the elegance and finesse of our vineyard. Dena looks for barrels that offer complexity and intriguing nuances with layers of fruit and texture. This wine’s allure is in its seductive enchantment.
Amalie Robert red. The pervasive and permeating aromas of purple lilac, freshly crushed ripe red raspberries, cherry cobbler and sandalwood spice crescendo in a kaleidoscope of inherent beauty. Sweet and rich, yet tart and delineated, red fruits chase blue fruits; the palate is awash in pleasure while the feminine matrix of acidity and tannin linger at the edge of your perception. The enduring and repeating pleasure of the finish is the hallmark of “The Cuvée.”
Riverside red introduces a sultry and savory bouquet of cocoa dusted almonds, ginger, carmelized brown sugar and freshly crushed black raspberries. A lively palate expression reveals rich red fruits supported by stem tannins that provide presence without the burden of over extraction. The curtains do in fact match the carpet. The transition to the teasing finish is conveyed through a gentle squeeze from the velvet glove of acidity. Unfined and unfiltered.
Luxurious red. Richly perfumed aromas of deep red cherry, cinnamon, baking chocolate and 5 spice beckon. Supple red fruits engage the palate and entice the senses with an evolving mélange of fruit, spice and refined stem tannins that tussle. The finish invigorates the senses and lingers like the memory of a first stolen kiss.
Vivid red. Exotically perfumed bouquet of candied red fruits, Asian spices, potpourri and cola. Pliant, sweet and light on its feet, offering intense raspberry, cherry and rose pastille flavors along with notes of star anise and blood orange. Finishes silky and long, with resonating floral nuances and excellent focus. 92 points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/Aug 2012
91 points - Wine Advocate, August 2012
Earthy and savory, this has beguiling woodland scents along with rosehip tea and lemon peel. While the aromas are complex, the cherry jam and vanilla flavors feel broad. Cellar to serve with roast salmon. 91 points – Wine and Spirits Magazine, October 2011
Double Gold - Oregon Wine Awards, May 2011
Roadster red (at speed) exhilarates Montmorency cherry, cardamom, semi-sweet chocolate and violet aromas. The shift to the palate is polished and precise leading with an expansive and intentioned mid-palate vibrancy that reverberates. Refined stem tannin with throttled acidity have your cognitive abilities racing at WFO. That is pretty much the point.
FN red provides notice while cinnamon and sandalwood entertain cocoa and five spice. A rich palate offers deep red fruits and integrated stem tannins. A masculine impression of a feminine vintage providing striking presence all the while keeping its knickers on. A long and lingering finish culminates the trinity of acidity, fruit and tannin. Unfined and unfiltered.
The color of cherry so sauvage and aromas of freshly hand hewn Brazilian Cherry wood, Incense, red currant and ripe red raspberry set the stage. The palate experience entertains with a lively and complex weave of red fruits, sandalwood and guarded virtue before abandoning control to persuasive acidity and refined stem tannins that linger effortlessly.
Bright medium red. Sexy, intensely perfumed aromas of strawberry, cherry, potpourri and spicecake, with a hint of blood orange in the background.. Bright and taut on entry, then sweet and fleshy in the mid-palate, offering seamless red fruit preserve flavors and a hint of candied rose. Shows strong spiciness and floral character on the finish, which lingers with impressive persistence and clarity. 92 points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/Aug 2012
This juicy pinot exhibits bright strawberry scents, a dark red earth note and a hint of allspice. The flavors are assertive and brisk, the acidity pushing the wine like wind on a sail, the tannins firmly keeping the wine in line. Its tight construction suggests a long life. Cellar then serve with duck. Year's Best Pinot Noir - 93 points – Wine & Spirits Magazine, October 2011
Year's Best Pinot Noir - Wine & Spirits, April 2012
Double Gold - Oregon Wine Awards, May 2011
Vivid red. Exotically spiced red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by notes of cola, sassafras, star anise and cinnamon. Juicy, impressively precise red fruit flavors are framed by silky tannins and lifted by a zesty suggestion of blood orange. Fine-grained and lithe, leaving sweet red fruit and candied floral notes behind. This sexy wine is drinking very well today but is balanced to reward another five years of aging. 91 points - Josh Raynolds - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2010
Double Gold – Oregon Wine Awards, May 2010
Romance red with a velvet sash beckons you into the arena. Aromas of fresh grated cinnamon stick and cardamom are entwined with sweet, ripe Flathead cherries and strawberry jelly. While initially suave on the palate, you suddenly realize the Tango has begun. Pure elegance and finesse are submissive to whole cluster stem tannin textures and dominate acidity; and not gently like before. Azimuth to Zenith, all are aligned, the lingering afterglow reinforcing a timeless interpretation of Pinot Noir. Who doesn’t want that!?
Electra red opens a portal into your Pinot Noir sensory cortex. The heady aromas meander through sandalwood, Chinese five spice, and tart red raspberry preserves that are punctuated with dried sage and bitter cocoa. The initial flavors are rich and dense, testing your patience until they bloom with a permeating texture into dark cherry and freshly tilled damp earth, buttressed with firm stem tannin and precision acidity.
Bright ruby-red. Seductive aromas of raspberry, Asian spices, potpourri and blood orange, with a note of white pepper adding lift and vivacity. Dry, nervy and very precise, offering tangy red fruit and floral pastille flavors and showing no excess fat. Seamless and pure on the finish, which lingers with outstanding tenacity and echoing spice and floral notes. 93 points - Josh Raynolds - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/Aug 2011
Limpid red. Bright strawberry, raspberry and Asian spices on the nose, with a seductive note of potpourri that gains strength with air. Sappy, spicy, attractively sweet red fruit flavors are energized by tangy blood orange and white pepper nuances, with a note of medicinal cherry adding grip. Plays deep cherry off tangy strawberry on the finish, which is precise, lively and very long. This will age on its energy and balance. 93 points - Josh Raynolds - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2010
Deeply hued dried blood red taunts “Are you sure?” and arouses more than just a passing interest. Heady and exotic scents trigger primal hunger. Black olive tapenade, rosemary, ripe crushed blackberries, bridle leather and smoked bacon rind mask pheromone. You suddenly imagine an English riding crop. Layers of deeply expressive fruit captivate while the velvet glove of acidity enforces discipline in a cool climate conquest. Unfined and unfiltered. 98 cases produced.
Redacted red. Black olive tapenade, tar, blackberries and black tea leaf entertain a ribbon of smoked meat. Precise and unambiguous Syrah characteristics are firmly supported by trenchant acidity. Stem tannins grip and assert structure that will evolve into spice and mouth coating texture. Deftly balanced to conquer the razors edge, this is Syrah made in Pinot Noir’s idiom. Unfined and unfiltered.
Romulan red taunts smoked duck bacon, black olive, Cuban tobacco, minerals, tar, incense and freshly tilled earth. Palate staining dark fruits permeate the ever changing and remarkably suave weight and texture. The palate is then subjugated to the kaleidoscope finish of deeply intentioned cool climate syrah, racing acidity, evolved stem tannin and a lot more than a little attitude. 24 cases produced.
A quick word about the Amalie Robert Estate vineyard that produced the current Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Viognier wines. Our plantings cover 30 acres. Those 30 acres are divided into 34 blocks to capture specific micro-climate and soil differences.
All blocks are planted at 1,452 vines per acre and employ a Vertical Shoot Positioned (VSP) trellis. We believe the decision of when, and how much, to irrigate is so important that we leave it to Mother Nature. Our fruit is always harvested by hand.
In researching the varieties to plant we learned a great deal about “clones.” Clones are much like our relatives, we are all just a little different, but the same family. Think of any team, from sports to “Survivor”, where everyone has different strengths. everyone contributes something that makes the team more successful.
So it is with winegrapes. Some clones develop sugars before others. Some produce smaller berries. Some contribute exotic flavors, some do not. They each have unique qualities that can contribute to a great wine when blended together, or sometimes they can stand alone.
We graft these clones onto several different Phylloxera tolerant rootstocks that match the soil profiles in each of our blocks. Rootstocks vary in the vigor they impart to the vines. They explore the soil and transport the character of our site into the grapes and wine.
Amalie Robert wines may be ordered directly from the winery and are also available in California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Washington D.C.
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