From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes: As temperatures in Oregon have gotten warmer and warmer over the years, we've seen some Pinot Noirs from the area stray from the style that the world fell in love with (think fruit, spice, and everything nice). Amity Vineyards' 2021 Pinot Noir is a refreshing return to everything we love about a Willamette Pinot; friendly aromatics of raspberry, lilac, and thyme spring from the glass, and each sip brings an effusive balance of cherry, raspberry, and sage that fades to a long, elegant finish.
Pairing: There’s so much you can do to pair this wine successfully. Braised chicken, braised short ribs, seared tuna, hearty lentil stew, or most preparations of eggplant or mushrooms. In the spirit of hearty, simple, foods we love, we’re sharing Mark Bittman’s recipe for Braised Eggplant, Pork and Mushrooms.
About. Amity Vineyards, one of the first pioneering Oregon wineries, was founded in 1974 by winemaker Myron Redford, who moved to Oregon with a dream to make world-class Pinot Noir. He became known for his attention to detail and experimentation in the winemaking process, and as a result, he was the first to produce organically grown sulfite-free wines. The first vineyards were planted in 1971, with a total of 15 acres planted of Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Pinot Blanc.
Inspired by the rich heritage and unique growing conditions that are a part of these hills, Ryan Harms from Union Wine Company & his brother, Eric Harms, purchased the winery in 2014 with the goal of bringing new energy to this founding winery. Ryan, a modern wine innovator, became interested in reinvigorating the uniqueness of Amity's past for a modern context and bringing this integral Oregon winery and its beauty to more people.
Ryan and Eric, together with JP Caldcleugh, Amity’s Winemaker, all share a penchant for Eola-Amity Hills wines. The area has a remarkable sense of place that showcases the fruit's beauty and transparency. Embracing the unique soils and influence from the Pacific Ocean that are found on site, they work together to bring a purposeful approach to our winemaking style that enhances the individual properties and defines the next journey of Amity’s wines.
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