Anne Amie Vineyards makes an amazing white Pinot noir, also known as a Pinot noir blanc. If you are looking for something new to try today, I suggest paying them a visit. The Anne Amie tasting room is located at the top of a hill that would put roller coasters to shame, so make sure your car can handle a climb. If I wasn’t so busy trying to get my car up it, or trying not to break the speed of sound driving down it, I’d have taken a picture for you. Once you get to the top, though, the view is amazing, so I took a few pictures from there.
The Anne Amie flight has an array of interesting wines, ranging from the staple Pinot noir to an orange wine (Rosé of Pinot gris) and a white Pinot noir (Pinot noir blanc). We started the flight with a 2012 Cuvée A Amrita that had a little fizz on it. It was slightly sweet and is a proprietors blend of mostly Pinot gris and a little Riesling, along with half a dozen other things. It had a nice tropical nose and was a good porch-sipper.
Their 2012 Huntington Hill Rosé of Pinot gris was a little heavier than your normal white/rosé. The grapes had skin contact for 48 hours then went straight to neutral French oak barrels, giving it a supple mouth feel while still retaining a fierceness that I love in rosés.
Their 2009 Prismé Pinot noir blanc is amazing. If you are going to get a bottle of wine today, get that one. It spent 18 months in oak, has a butter finish, is crisp yet soft and structured and hard to describe beyond praise. It’s not your typical hot 09 wine, and it doesn’t smell or taste like a Pinot noir. The gentleman pouring for me mentioned it was creamy, almost like a California Chardonnay, except I think it’s more subtle than that.
We moved on to two Pinot noirs; a 2010 Winemaker’s Selection Pinot noir, which is a Willamette Valley blend that focuses on acid. Their winemaking philosophy is good acid low alcohol, which shows quite well in this wine. Although it isn’t my favorite, it should age well. I learned that agability of wines depends on acid, tannins, alcohol and residual sugar — this wine has the acid. The second Pinot noir we tasted was a 2010 Twelve Oaks Estate Pinot noir, which had great acid–better balanced than the Winemaker’s Selection and a nice blackberry nose to create an elegant single vineyard rendition of Pinot noir.
Finally, I moved on to the 2010 Syrah, which is such a dark dark dark wine that it left my glass purple. It has plum notes and a little bit of complexity but lacking on the finish; I want to call it a two-layered wine. Great for a big red. They actually discontinued their Syrah, making their last vintage in 2012, but they are still buying the fruit to create a red dessert blend.
Their hours vary by season. In January and February, they are open Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. with the other days by appointment. From March to December, they are open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m
Visit them at 6580 NE Mineral Springs Road, Carlton, OR 97111 (and check out their website for directions–it can get a little confusing)