This Pinot Noir pairs well with fall dinner staples


Grapes: 100 percent Pinot Noir

Winery Owner/Winemaker: Dr. Robert Pamplin

Aged: 10 months in French Oak

Approximate retail price: $26



Color: Dark garnet red

Aroma: Dark red fruits, crushed red fruits, pomegranate

Taste: Cherries, plums, currants, spice notes, and lush juicy mouth feel with balanced tannins and acidity, mouth quenching lingering finish.

Situated in the great Oregon wine country, Pinot is a great player: Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. They also grow other grapes suitable for the climate, such as Muller Thurgau and Riesling. Willamette Valley is situated on the same latitude line as Burgundy in France. Willamette’s climate is suitable for growing cooler-climate grape varietals such as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir.

Anne Amie Estate Pinot Noir faces mostly east and southeast with 21 acres in production. They use several different Pinot clones including Pommard, Wadenswil, 115, 114, 943 and Calera. Blending of these grape clones is key to their success.

If you wish to go visit Willamette Valley, it is much different than Napa and Sonoma. It is much more spread out and takes time to get to the other wineries. Anne Amie offers tasting and tours and has a full tasting room.

Food pairings: The acidity in this wine will stand up to fat components of foods such as duck confit, lamb sliders and venison. This Pinot will also go great with grilled salmon, mushroom risotto, oven-roasted vegetables and rotisserie chicken. Enjoy!