Wine of the Week

Anam Cara Cellars 2016 Nicholas Vineyard Mark X Pinot Noir

Appellation: Chehalem Mountains

Sheila and Nick Nicholas near Newberg, Ore., have been among the Oregon wine industry’s most popular figures for years, in part because of their remarkable work with cool-climate varieties, which includes Riesling and Pinot Noir. This first-time field blend of clones Pommard, Dijon 114, 115 and Wädenswil (10%) is a remarkable reflection of the vineyard they carved out of abandoned orchards. Its rich, youthful color offers fantastic aromas of dusty blueberry, black cherry, sage and delicate toast from a French oak program with 30% of the barrels being new. Inside comes a stream of plum and cherry juice, making for an easy drink and tasty blueberry-skin tannins that offer just enough structure for a medium finish that hints at cherry cheesecake. This reserve wine is named for their son, Mark, and the Roman numeral X reflects the 10th year of its production. It ranked No. 1 among the 137 examples of Northwest Pinot Noir submitted for Wine Press Northwest’s most recent tasting, the results of which appear in the Summer 2020 issue.

Rated “Unanimously Outstanding!” by Wine Press Northwest. (13.5% alc.)

Price: $75

Cases produced: 125

Food pairings: Enjoy with alder-planked salmon, earthy dishes that feature mushrooms or truffles, flatbreads, grilled pork, lamb chops, coq au vin or a plate with cured meat and creamy cheeses

The Nicholases operate a tasting room in downtown Newberg that is open during the afternoon on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as well as by appointment. When factoring in the new seating options and the Responsible Reopening Willamette Valley program, making a reservation is recommended.

Anam Cara Cellars

306 N. Main St.

Newberg, OR 97132

(503) 537-9150

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