It was my friend, Jay, who first introduced me to some of the truly great Pinot Noir of the Pacific Northwest, as well as to the proper glassware for enjoying this delicate varietal. Never a fan of Sideways, perhaps due to my love of Merlot, I still can’t deny that Pinot Noir certainly has its place in the beautiful and diverse spectrum that is red wine. And thanks to Jay, I know that Oregon and Washington can craft this varietal with the best of Carneros or Burgundy.
The 2013 Anne Amie Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley varies some from prior vintages I’ve enjoyed. Less spicy and more sweet, it offers a darker coloration than many other examples of this varietal, yet still bright, with a nose of sweet tobacco, dried red fruits, and maybe a hint of cocoa that carries over onto the body. On the body, cherries, a hint of black tea, and then into a comparatively long, dry finish. Delicate and boasting that classic “Pinot funk” as I like to call it, this is, in my mind, a nice example of Oregon Pinot Noir.
At $30/bottle, your finances will determine whether this is a Wednesday wine or a Saturday splurge, though as part of a flight this evening, it was my favorite of the group.