The temperature here on the Washington coast is back up. At 8 pm, it is still 81 degrees! Plus I was foolish enough to spend the day loading a couple of pick up truck loads of branches and other yard debris, the latest results of our attempts to clean up our overgrown woodsy yard.
All that sweating calls for some Pinot Noir! I opened the 2011 Anam Cara Pinot Noir – Nicholas Estate. Anam Cara is a relative newcomer to the Willamette Valley wine world, after owners Nick and Sheila moved to Newberg, Oregon from Napa in 2001. Anam Cara means “friend of my soul” in Celtic, and represents the friendships that transcend time and place, as well as the long journey the couple made in order to reach their winemaking dreams.
We met Sheila when we were down in the Willamette Valley in February, upon the recommendation of another server. The tasting room is just off the main street, and warm and inviting. The wine is fabulous. In addition to Pinot, Anam Cara also makes Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay.
The 2011 Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir is made from a blend of all five original blocks of their Nicholas Estate Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. It is aged in 21% new French oak, 8% once filled French oak, and the remainder neutral oak.
The wine is a beautiful garnet color, with aromas of spice and blackberry. On the palate, it has wonderful flavors of strawberry, blackberry, and white pepper. The light tannins have mellowed with age. It is a great summer sipper, perfect for relaxing after a hot day’s work.
Have you had any of Anam Cara’s wines? Cheers!