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Professional Ratings: 90 The Wine Advocate
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Item no. 101395
Our 2006 Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir is vibrant ruby in color. The nose is robust and juicy with touches of brambly maple syrup and wild forest fruits like wild blackberry and strawberry with highlights of toffee and tobacco. Great structure supports the complex flavors of espresso and porcini mushrooms over dark marionberry fruit. The finish is firm with long flavors that hint of cassis and black truffle. The ultimate food wine, this pinot noir is a brilliant match for any fare from traditional Northwest cuisine such as cedar planked salmon or wild mushroom soup to smoked or grilled meats or just a great burger and truffle fries.
The 2006 Pinot Noir Winemaker’s Selection spent nine months in a mix of seasoned and new French oak. Medium- to dark ruby-colored, the nose offers up spicy, toasty black cherry and black raspberry aromas leading to a dense, plush, dark fruit flavored wine with good complexity and concentration. There are no hard edges to this tasty effort which will drink well over the next six years.
Once known as Chateau Benoit, the winery focused on sparkling wines in its earliest incarnation. In 1999 the Benoits retired, the winery was sold, and the first Anne Amie vintage occurred in 2001. The bubbly is history and the estate now produces 14,500 cases of table wine from its 120 acres, 55 in production.