Anne Amie Vineyards 2015 Cuvée A Amrita

The friendliest place in the Valley

The business of winemaking is a team sport. Nowhere is the importance of team more evident than at Anne Amie Vineyards. Sure, owner Robert Pamplin is a powerhouse of philanthropy, business, and wine. And winemaker Thomas Houseman is known as an innovator.

But we can’t talk about Anne Amie without talking about the extraordinary experience of being at Anne Amie. The best view in the Willamette Valley is complemented by the friendliest and most helpful tasting room staff.

Our eight-year-old son is often dragged along in our wine country travels (“oh no, mom, not another winery!”) One hot day, the tasting room manager spotted him bored and frustrated (and about to cause some trouble) when she invited him to check out the “secret” barrel room downstairs where it was nice and cool. He loved exploring the hidden places, and now asks us to invite his friends along to visits at Anne Amie.

Anne Amie is a favorite spot to show off for out-of-town guests, and we attend many of the special events at the winery. They make great wine, but it’s the people that bring us back again and again.

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Anne Amie Vineyards, Carlton, Oregon
2015 Cuvée A Amrita

The historic Chateau Benoit Winery was founded in 1979 – and the estate Riesling in this wine was planted that very first year. (Robert Pamplin purchased the winery two decades later and renamed it Anne Amie, in honor of his two daughters.) As always at Anne Amie, this wine is produced using sustainable and organic methods.

In addition to the 31% Riesling in this fantastic summer blend, you’ll find 24% Müller-Thurgau, 23% Pinot Blanc, 17% Viognier, 5% Gewürztraminer, and just 1% Chardonnay. Remember mixing all the pops into your Big Gulp at the 7-11 when you were a kid? It’s like that — only so, so much better.

At first, you’ll pick up the apple and lime aromas, followed by flavors of honey and elderflower and a nice minerality and an off-dry spiciness. Pair it with spicy foods — Thai, Mexican, Indian, and barbecue. Or just a nice sunny day!

A Cellar 503 selection in July 2016, Porch Pounders and BBQ Wines Willamette Valley | Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Viognier

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