Appellation: Willamette Valley
Best Buy! Two decades ago, Portland businessman/publisher/philanthropist Robert Pamplin purchased Chateau Benoit, and winemaker Thomas Houseman soon transformed the winery — rebranded as Anne Amie Vineyards — into a showcase for sparkling wines. They took their devotion to another level in 2015 by launching Bubble Fest, an annual February consumer tasting that now involves more than two dozen Oregon sparkling wine producers. Houseman’s work with his wide-ranging and wildly aromatic Amrita blends Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris with estate Müller-Thurgau plantings that reach back to 1979. Aromas of nectarine, apple and POG juice make their way onto a palate that continues to reach out with fruitiness and underlying complexity of fresh-cut grass. A wealth of citrusy acidity is joined by Granny Smith apple peel to more than balance the 1% residual sugar. It achieved the equivalent of a double gold medal - a unanimous vote for gold - during Wine Press Northwest magazine's recent judging of sparkling wine for the Fall 2019 issue. One judge described it as “freaking wonderful,” and that was prior to learning about the price.
Rated “Unanimously Outstanding!” by Wine Press Northwest. (12.9% alc.)
Cases produced: 1,900
Food pairings: Suggestions begin simply as an aperitif and range from Thai food, Mexican food, North Carolina-inspired barbecue, fish sauce chicken wings, Indian food, dumplings and salad rolls to relying on it for a brunch mimosa.
6580 NE Mineral Springs Road
Carlton, OR 97111