Amalie Robert Estate Pinot Noir
And while it seems that mid to upper 90 point scores are de rigueur these days, to put this review in perspective there were only 4 wines from the 2009 vintage to achieve the highest rating of 94.
The Reserve Pinot Noir also achieved the highest rating in that wonderfully expressive vintage 2007 with a 93 point review. Again, there were only 4 wines from the 2007 vintage to achieve this rating. The Reserve Pinot Noir earned another 93 point review in 2008 and 2010, but missed the highest mark of 94 – by a single point.
And way back when in 2006, from our very first vintage in our own winery where we were in “complete control” of our winegrowing and winemaking, our very first The Reserve Pinot Noir earned the highest review of the vintage with a 93 point review. There were 10 wines so awarded.
The Reserve Pinot Noir is made when we both choose the same barrel or two for our individual wines. For Dena this is Amalie’s Cuvée and for Ernie it is Estate Selection. Somewhat telling is that Dena’s wine is a “Cuvée” while Ernie’s wine is a “Selection.” The Reserve blend is dictated by the barrels of wine we taste in the cellar, but 50 to 75 cases seems to be the maximum production. When we find that barrel or two of magic, we don’t want to dilute it. The Reserve Pinot Noir has earned the top score of the vintage in 3 out of 5 years (2006, 2007 & 2009.)
We are traditional producers of Pinot Noir who ferment individual vineyard blocks in small 1.5 ton fermenters using indigenous yeast and whole clusters. All of our Pinot Noirs spend at least 12 months in barrel and the reserve wines age a minimum of 18 months. The Pinot Noirs are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Pinot in Pink Rosé is a dry Rosé of Pinot Noir.
The Uncarved Block is an introduction to Amalie Robert style of whole cluster and indigenous yeast fermentation.
The Dijon Clones is a blend of 7 Dijon clones of Pinot Noir grown throughout the vineyard.
Amalie’s Cuvée is a limited production barrel selection made by co-founder and co-owner Dena Drews. This is referred to as the “Hers” of the “Hers and His” Reserves.
Estate Selection is a limited production barrel selection made by co-founder and co-owner Ernie Pink. This is referred to as the “His” of the “Hers and His” Reserves.
Pommard Clone is a 2 barrel blend of the most intriguing Pommard in our cellar.
Wadenswil Clone is a 2 barrel blend of the most intriguing Wadenswil in our cellar.
The Reserve Pinot Noir is simply our best barrels of Pinot Noir from the vintage.
While we strive to create wines that are enjoyable upon release, we also intend for them to develop wildly complex and exotic aromas and flavors with bottle maturation. The Reserve Pinot Noir from 2009 has just earned a 94 point review from the most respected of all Oregon Pinot Noir critics, Josh Raynolds writing for Vinous. His review is reproduced here:
"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