2012 Anne Amie, 12 Oaks Estate, Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir, $46
Winery info: Originally the historic Chateau Benoit Winery, purchased in 1999 by philanthropist Dr. Robert Pamplin. Located in Carlton, Oregon.
Winemaker: Thomas Houseman, assisted by Andy Gribskov and Tammie Crawford
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard sources: From Louise Vineyard, the lowest-elevation planting (550 feet) in Anne Amie’s Twelve Oaks Estate Vineyard on Chehalem Mountain. It is a warm site with Laurelwood soil, producing wines with dark plum flavors and supple tannins.
Flavor profile: The warm 2012 vintage produced Pinots with rich fruit character, good concentration, and excellent aging potential. This one has lovely aromas of dark fruit and bramble, with smooth, balanced flavors of cherry, baking spice, and dark chocolate. The finish is long, with soft tannins and food-friendly acidity.
Production/Availability: 150 cases
Drinkability: Quite lovely now, it should continue to develop for another ten years or so.
Food Pairing: The winery suggests duck with cherries, chanterelle tart, cedar planked salmon, fennel and garlic pork roast, roasted vegetables, or roast quail.
2010 Westrey Wine Company, Reserve Pinot Noir, $33
Winery info: Founded in McMinnville in 1993 by Amy Wesselman and David Autrey
Winemakers: Amy Wesselman and David Autrey
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir, from reserve barrels carefully selected for their expression of their vineyard character and for their aging potential.
Vineyard sources: 40% La Cantera Vineyard (half 20-year-old Pommard and half 10-year-old Wädensville fruit, Chehalem Mountains AVA); 40% their own Oracle Vineyard in the Dundee Hills (from four separate lots); 20% Buckhaven Vineyard (Eola-Amity Hills).
Flavor profile: Aromas of black raspberry, bing cherry and spice. On the palate the wine is mouthfilling and supple, with rich fruit and spice and perfect acidity in the long finish. A very balanced and complete wine.
Production/Availability: Only 244 cases. We got the last nine bottles from the distributor of this vintage.
Drinkability: Now or over the next five years or more.
Food Pairing: Grilled salmon, fall mushroom risotto, or root vegetable dishes.