2010 Vintage

2010 Mark V Pinot Noir

Barrels:    50%  New French oak; 50% Twice filled
Clones:     77% Dijon 777; 13%  Pommard; 10% Dijon 667;

Our largest percentage of new oak in the vintage. We had intended the Mark series of Pinots to be the mirror opposite of Heather’s. As big and rich as we could craft while keeping true to our ideal of making wines solely from our vineyard with no purchased fruit. Each year we seek the boldest clones and blend only from the Reserve rows and barrels. Named for our son Mark, the Roman numerals denote the wine’s place in the series.

91 points: Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: Bright red. A heady bouquet displays fresh red fruits, candied rose, lavender and Asian spices. Silky and gently sweet, offering intense raspberry and cherry flavors, along with cola and spice cake nuances. A kick of blood orange adds lift to the pliant, persistent finish, which features darker berry and anise qualities. This pinot is balanced to age, but shows very well right now.”

Very Good + PinotFile“Crafted to be big and rich choosing the boldest clones and blend from the Reserve rows and barrels. Named for the Nicholas’ son, the Roman numerals denote the wine’s place in the series. · Deepest reddish-purple color in the lineup. Intensely perfumed with perfectly ripe dark red berries with a complimentary scent of oak and dark rose petals. The most intense wine in this vintage and the wine with the most length. It hits the mid palate with a vengeance, expands in the mouth, and ends with a voluptuous charge of fruit that satiates the senses for a minute. A very young, but remarkable wine that is the best ever Mark release from Anam Cara. Grab a few bottles for your cellar; you will thank me down the line"


2009 Vintage

2009 Nicholas Estate Riesling

Our off-dry Riesling originates from one acre on the steepest, coolest section of our property. Immediately reminiscent of bright, golden delicious apples, ripe pears and cantaloupe melon on the palate. Aromas of Meyer lemon, honeysuckle and fresh peaches with quince. There’s an elegant creaminess in the texture and the fresh acidity inherent in each of our Rieslings creates a fresh, lovely, balanced and softly-crisp wine. This versatile, ageable Riesling is perfect with fresh crab, fried calamari, tempura, razor clams, pastas in cream sauce and more. The back label carries the new International Riesling Foundation Taste Profile. This indicates the perceived sweetness in a Riesling, calculated by balancing the residual sugar, total acidity and pH in the wine. This is a voluntary option and we’re excited to be among the first in Oregon to use it.

9O POINTS WINE ENTHUSIAST

“This gentle, lightly off-dry Riesling was fermented primarily in neutral oak, which seems to have softened the entry without impacting the flavors. Aromatic highlights of honeysuckle and orange marmalade introduce a full palate with a complex fruit mix including raspberry, citrus and orange. The finish brings an impression of cotton candy.”

88 POINTS CONNOISSEUR'S GUIDE

“…This offering is so well-balanced that one hardly notices its modest sugars and focuses instead on its floral aroma redolent of honeysuckle with a light suggestion of pears. Slightly rounded at entry and firm across the palate, the wine is fresh and inviting and will pair well with pan-grilled white fishes like trout or Dover sole.”


2009 Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir

Top Three 2009 Oregon Pinot Noirs: San Francisco Chronicle Sheila and Nick Nicholas faithfully maintain the Oregon vision of small-scale charm with their estate near Newberg. This bottling, from all five estate blocks, offers a classic profile aged in mostly older oak that hints at a lighter style for the vintage. Minty, cool and shady, with camphor and bayberry, and a wonderful floral accent. Almost ethereal in its subtle red fruit, but still built to age.
Highly RecommendedNorthwest Palate Direct herb-accented accents of red cherries with subtle tones of graham and earth. Bright tastes of initially sweet cherry fruit have force on the tongue and quickly evolve with darker notes of tart dried cherries, raspberries and a touch of tart cranberry. Still, a sense of fruit sweetness lingers on the mid-palate, joined by both mineral tones and floral notes of dried rose petals. Elegant acidity adds verve, and the merest hint of polished tannins frames the fruit well. An elegant wine with great flavor and a sense of style.
Top 100 Wines of the Year, San Francisco Chronicle
90 PointsWine Enthusiast This elegant, Burgundian wine carries nuanced flavors of cranberry, crabapple, raspberry and beet root. Tart and acidic, with nicely-balanced tannins, it neither masks nor apologizes for its herbal aspect. Excellent length and structure.
Gold Medal: Oregon Wine Awards
Gold Medal: Northwest Wine Summit

Barrels:                       16%  New French Oak
Clones:                        37% Dijon clone 667
                                    17%  Pommard
                                    18%  Dijon clone 115
                                    13%  Dijon clone 114
                                    15%  Dijon clone 777    

Our flagship wine represents the entire vineyard with all five mature blocks of Pinot Noir included in the final blend.

This seamless wine is perfect with salmon and other fish dishes as well as lean meats and lightly seasoned dishes.

Bottled in recycled Ecoglass: 25% less weight than our previous glass and made in USA.


2009 Nicholas Estate Gewürztraminer

From only one acre of Gewürztraminer vines planted on the steepest slope of our vineyard. This “ice wine” has opulent aromas of apricot, white flowers and bosc pears which join ripe cantaloupe, warm juicy peaches and tropical fruits on the palate. 

The grapes for this wine were frozen for 10 days before a gentle crush to produce a lovely, lush wine.

This is a sweet wine, but because of the natural acidity, it is fresh and clear with a full mouthfeel and lingering finish. Delicious with seasonal deserts such as apple pie, pears, peach cobbler and persimmon pudding.


2009 Mark IV Pinot Noir

90 Points: Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar. Light, bright red. Aromas of fresh red berries and orange zest, complicated by suave floral and spice notes. Juicy, focused and energetic, offering sappy strawberry and raspberry flavors that pick up a deeper cherry quality with air. Shows smoke and spice notes on the finish, which lingers with very good tenacity.

Barrels:                       22% new French oak, 11 months
Alcohol:                      14 %   
Clones:                        75% Dijon 777
                                    15% Dijon 114
                                    6% Pommard|                                
                                    4% Dijon 115

TA                               5.3 g/L
pH                               3.5                  
Cases produced:         55 

This cuvée is crafted solely from barrels dedicated to reserve rows within the vineyard where fruit is dropped to an average of 1.5 tons/acre. The blend takes its lead from the clone that excels in any given year which, in 2009, was the Dijon 777 known for its fleshy, black-fruit notes. The result is a full-bodied, aromatic wine with the ability to cellar. 

Named for our son Mark, the Roman numeral denotes this vintage’s place in the series.


2009 Heather's Vineyard Pinot Noir

“Very Good” PinotFile Rusty Gaffney "Very light reddish-purple color in the glass. Terrific aromatics featuring an enticing perfume of red cherries, red raspberries, Christmas spice, herbs and crusty bread. Light in weight but flavorful, picking up intensity over time in the glass. Cherries are the theme with hints of savory herbs and oak. Silky and feminine in style like fine red lingerie."


Barrels:                        22%  One-Year-Old French oak
                                     78%  Two-Year-Old French oak
Clones:                         100% Dijon 114
Cases Produced:          55

As we learn the vineyard, we have identified ten rows of Reserve vines on a cool slope which are producing some of the most elegant grapes on the estate. The vines are cropped to 1.5 tons/acre allowing for greater concentration of flavors.

At blending, we select wines from French oak barrels without overt new oak characteristics, allowing for soft tannins and wonderful integration of flavors.


2009 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

As we learn our vineyard, we have been able to identify sections and rows with Reserve potential. This wine was blended from selected barrels and individual rows bearing only 1.5 tons of grapes to the acre.

This wine’s evolution in the glass is remarkable. Wonderfully delicate, yet layered with flavors and aromas, tones of wild blackberries, plums, red cherries combine with earthy notes of cocoa and dusty sandalwood. The underlying minerality is the signature of the vineyard.

Barrels: 24%  New French Oak
Clones: 24%  Pommard
            11%  Dijon clone 115
            34%  Dijon clone 114
            31%  Dijon clone 777    

Cases produced:          240 

Bottled in recycled Ecoglass: 25% less weight than our previous glass. US made.

Rusty Gaffney: PinotFile - Extraordinary! "Light reddish-purple color in the glass. Reserved but welcoming aromas of black cherries and darker red berries. Striking medium-bodied black cherry core which impresses the mid palate and lingers for half a minute on the finish. Smooth as a baby’s bottom with reserved tannins. Very classy and always the best wine in the Anam Cara stable. More reserved and elegant than the 2008 version of this wine, but more Pinot character." 


2008 Vintage

2008 Vineyard Selection Pinot Noir

This is an aromatic, approachable wine and an excellent representation of the acclaimed 2008 Vintage. Fruit forward with notes of plum, blackberry and the same bright earthiness as the Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir. Our first Pinot under stelvin closure. 

“Medium ruby in color with an expressive nose of spice box, floral notes, and red fruits. Savory, friendly, and easygoing on the palate, this tasty effort is an excellent value.” Wine Advocate 

French oak barrels:                   19%  New
                                               12%  One-Year-Old
                                                69%  Neutral
Time in barrel:                           11 months
Time in cellar before release:      One year
Clones:                                     15%  Pommard
                                                37%  Dijon 115
                                                48%  Dijon 114


2008 Rosé of Pinot Noir

Our first Rosé! This lovely wine is the answer to idyllic summer evenings on the deck, light appetizers, or dishes such as port tenderloin, poached salmon, roast chicken with rosemary and soft ripe cheeses.

Crafted in the traditional French saigné method of removing the juice from the dark Pinot Noir skins 48 hours after picking. The result is a charming, light-bodied wine, designed to drink young and perfect for summer sipping.

Satin-textured palate conjures up memories of elegant Oregon strawberries and fresh white peaches with fresh lavender overtones. Highly-perfumed nose of pressed rose petals, violets, cherry blossoms and wild black raspberries with a hint of white pepper.

WINE ADVOCATE: OREGON TOP VALUE LIST! 89 POINTS.

“… A light cherry-colored with an attractive perfume of strawberry and rhubarb. Dry and exceptionally concentrated on the palate, this is a Rosé with serious weight. Balanced and lengthy, it may well be worth cellaring for a year.”


2008 Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir

Our flagship wine represents the entire vineyard with all five mature blocks of Pinot Noir included in the final blend. 

Continuous attention to the vineyard throughout the growing season and great winemaking has resulted in one of our most elegant and expressive Oregon Pinot Noirs produced to date. 

Plum, raspberries and dusty rose petals on the nose blend with pomegranate, tea and toasty spices on the palate. All framed by the vineyard’s signature minerality, silky texture and rich yet soft tannins. The nicely rounded mid-palate rolls lingeringly into the sustained finish.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE TOP 100 WINES

This spicy, expressive take is full of bright, tenser notes (perhaps from nearly 40 percent use of the more structured 667 clone). An energetic wine, heady with fennel, toasted spices, moss, bright raspberry and a lemon-peel edge. Layers of bright Pinot fruit deliver immediate pleasure, but clearly have potential to evolve.

90 POINTS: WINE ADVOCATE

An alluring nose of cedar, smoke, incense, rose petal, and cherry. This is followed by a medium-bodied, intense, tightly wound wine with enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years, excellent volume, and plenty of length. It will offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2020.  

90 POINTS: TANZER

Sexy, pungent aromas of wild strawberry, smoked meat, dried rose and underbrush; very perfumed and expressive. Then sweet, plush and silky, with impressive volume to the red and dark fruit flavors. This seamless, high-pitched, juicy wine boasts surprising stuffing and finishes with very good sweetness and length. Fine-grained tannins sneak in with air and add structure without taking away from the lively fruit.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL OREGON WINE AWARDS

French oak barrels:    18%  New, 12%  One-Year-Old, 70%  Neutral
Clones:                      37%  667; 22%  Pommard;16%  115; 13%  114; 12%  777    

Cases produced:        1,000


2008 Mark III Pinot Noir

The Mark series is crafted solely from barrels dedicated to reserve rows within the vineyard. We select the boldest wines from the reserve barrels and carefully blend to create a full-bodied, aromatic wine with the ability to cellar. Named for our son Mark, the Roman numeral denotes this vintage’s place in the series. 

92 POINTS TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR

Bright ruby-red. Powerful, floral-accented scents of black raspberry, incense, Asian spices and sexy oak spices. Sweet, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors show impressive depth but come off as lithe thanks to lively acidity. The spice and vanilla notes return on the juicy finish, which displays excellent smoky complexity and clings impressively. This is seductive now but I'd give it a little time to absorb its oak.

92 POINTS: WINE ADVOCATE

“… displays a superb nose of pain grille cinnamon, allspice, cherry and raspberry. Excellent density, a suave personality, layered fruit, and outstanding balance and length.”
 

Barrels:                       67% new French oak, 11 months
Cellared 18 minths before release.
Clones:                      33% Pommard
                                   67% Dijon 777


2008 Heather's Vineyard Pinot Noir

Our Heather’s Vineyard wines represent the most elegant expression of our vineyard, with the lightest touch of oak. We have set aside ten rows for Heather’s potential in a single block of Pinot Dijon clone 114 and crop to a maximum of 1.5 tons/acre.

Once again we blended from a few select barrels, choosing neutral oak to show the wine’s true appeal. This Pinot shares the vineyard’s characteristic profile of ripe plum, black raspberry and an interesting minerality with the Nicholas Estate and Reserve Pinot Noirs, but with an added translucency which will appeal to the Pinot purist.

Traditionally, the 114 is the last Pinot picked because of the coolness of the site. Recently, a neighbor logged several very tall pine trees which had sheltered this corner of the vineyard. This fortuitously opened a wind channel which keeps the fruit fresh and dry as we approach Harvest.

92 POINTS TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR

 Fresh raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by dried rose, spicecake and white pepper. Juicy and fruit-driven, with mouthcoating flavors of sweet red fruits and candied flowers. Quite suave and seamless, with striking purity to its red fruit-driven finish. Very appealing right now..

90 POINTS: WINE ADVOCATE

 Aromas of smoke, underbrush, spice box, incense, and assorted red fruits lead to a relatively forward, velvety-textured, tasty offering with good balance and an elegant personality.
 

STELLAR SELECTION: NORTHWEST PALATE

 Pretty pastel rose color. Wonderfully spicy scents of vanilla-wrapped cherry fruit are pleasingly assertive, with gentle tinges of chocolate and mint. In the mouth, pure Pinot fruit flavors are clear and composed: cherry and raspberry tastes with a light herbal fringe and distinct minerality. Well-balanced acidity adds verve, while fine-grained tannins give unobtrusive structure. The finish is powerful, with cherry echoes reverberating into the distance. Clean, fruity and forceful.

Barrels:   No new oak, 61% once-filled, 39% twice-filled. 11 months
Clones:   100% Dijon 114


2008 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

As we learn our vineyard, we have been able to identify sections and rows with Reserve potential. This wine was blended from selected barrels and individual rows bearing only 1.5 tons of grapes to the acre.

Exceptionally well-received by chefs who recognize the wine’s versatility and ability to enhance rather than overwhelm a dish, this wine’s evolution in the glass is remarkable. Wonderfully delicate, yet layered with flavors and aromas, tones of wild blackberries, plums, red cherries combine with earthy notes of cocoa and dusty sandalwood. The underlying minerality is the signature of the vineyard.

92 POINTS: TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR

A suave, fragrant bouquet evokes fresh red berries, potpourri and spicecake, with a slow-building mineral quality adding vibrancy. Deeper cherry and black raspberry on the palate, with silky tannins adding focus and grip. Becomes sweeter with air, picking up notes of candied rose, white pepper and anise. Very alluring right now, finishing with excellent clarity and lingering sweetness.

92 POINTS: WINE ADVOCATE

Aromas of wood smoke, Asian spices, underbrush, black cherry, and black raspberry are followed by an already complex, concentrated, densely packed wine that will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring. It will offer a drinking window extending from 2012 to 2023.

 

Winemaking:
French oak barrels:    17%  New, 52%  Once-filled, 31%  Twice-filled
Clones:                       48%  Dijon clone 114; 35%  Dijon clone 777; 17%  Pommard    

Cases produced:        175


2007 Vintage

2007 Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir

Continuous attention to the vineyard throughout the growing season and great winemaking has resulted in one of the most elegant Oregon Pinot Noirs produced to date from our vineyard.

Plum, raspberries and dusty rose petals on the nose blend with pomegranate, tea and toasty spices on the palate. All framed by the vineyard’s signature minerality, silky texture and rich yet soft tannins. The nicely rounded mid-palate rolls lingeringly into the sustained finish.

94 POINTS: PINOTREPORT

“…Medium-deep ruby color; earthy, dark cherry and earthy aromas with forest floor notes; deep, complex black cherry flavors with some pepper and forest floor notes, some oak and tannin; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, complex and earthy Pinot with a great future ahead of it. Delicious flavors now but needs time in the glass to open up."

90 POINTS: WINE ADVOCATE

“… a lovely perfume of toast, mineral, spice box, cherry and raspberry. Round, ripe and elegant, this silky, savory wine is well balanced, lengthy and nicely priced.”

88 POINTS: BURGHOUND

“… A pretty and reasonably ripe nose features both upper and lower register pinot fruit aromas laced with hints of underbrush and briar that continue onto the light to medium-weight flavors … solid if not truly special length.”

88 POINTS: WINE ENTHUSIAST

“…Fashioned from a careful mix of clones … a very pretty wine, wrapped in toasty mocha and caramel, but highlighted with fine red fruit flavors. This is a delicate, elegant wine that does not overreach, but makes the best possible use of the fruit from the vintage.”

EXCELLENT: WINE PRESS NORTHWEST

“… Raspberry is a theme throughout, along with notes of strawberry fruit leather, smoky cherry, rose petals and moist earth. It's smooth and subtle on the attack with graceful oak and shiny acidity. Pair this with cedar-planked king salmon or lox."


2007 Mark II Pinot Noir

Our intent with the Mark's series is to craft the vineyard's boldest Pinot Noir, using as much new oak as the vintage can support and preserving the balance and elegance. In 2007, the wine was aged in 51% new French oak barrels for 11 months. The fruit was drawn from the two blocks with the heaviest flavors and aromatics in this vintage: Pommard and Dijon 777, and only from reserve rows cropped to 1.5 tons to the acre. The outcome is a full-bodied, aromatic wine with the ability to cellar. Named for our son Mark, the Roman numeral denotes this vintage’s place in the series. Only 70 cases produced.

The 2007 Vintage:  Snow in April and late bud break set the tone for a cool growing season, but summer rainfall was low which kept the vines on track. Cool rains at Harvest might have derailed earlier vintages, but advances in viticulture and continuous attention to the vineyard for the previous 11 months paid big dividends. The resulting wines are elegant, higher in acid, lower in sugars and alcohols. In the hands of experienced winemakers, this vintage truly shines.

UPDATED following tasting of 2011 wines: 93 POINTS Wine Advocate, October 2013   Tasted along with the estate’s 2011s, Anam Cara’s 2007 Pinot Noir Mark II utterly belies its origins in “the vintage from hell.” The seeming near-miracle here begins with the wine’s healthy, deep color, because Sheila Nicholas swears “it was all gained in bottle; at the beginning this looked as light as our 2011s do now.” An utterly fascinating nose of black tea, kelp, and lightly cooked dark berries leads into a sappy, improbably energetic palate that features invigorating and incisive impingements of cardamom and black pepper along with an uncanny evocation of sweet, saline, iodine-inflected steamed blue crab with bay seasoning. (Your metaphor may differ.) Finishing with superb, mouthwatering and downright exhilarating length, this is mind-bending in the context of its vintage, not to mention profoundly delicious. I suspect it will continue to generously reward tasters for at least 2-3 more years. Nick and Sheila Nicholas – for much more about whom and about whose Chehalem Mountains estate consult my Issue 202 introduction – did not pick their 2011 vintage Pinots until early November, and even then at must weights that resulted in low-mid 12s in alcoholic percentage and a lightness of color and carriage that some tasters might find off-putting. I found the results delightfully distinctive. A highly memorable 2007 – indeed, the sort of wine that has a profound influence on one’s thinking about early vintage assessments as well as the bottle evolution of Pinot Noir generally – concluded the outstanding line-up of Anam Cara 2011s that I tasted this July. Taken together, these wines taught me a great deal more respect and admiration for this estate.

92 POINTS: WINE ADVOCATE, OCTOBER 2009

Displays a superb nose of pain grille cinnamon, allspice, cherry and raspberry. Excellent density, a suave personality, layered fruit, and outstanding balance and length.

90 POINTS: SNOOTH

“Big and toasty …on the palate this is really texturally complete with great balance to the integrated yet prominent acids and the sweetness from the oak … incipient complexity and fun fruit.”

EXCELLENT! PINOTFILE

Brooding aromatics slowly revealing dark stone fruits, mocha java and toasted oak. Delicious attack of plums, blackberries, cola and mocha flavors that are still evolving. Great stuffing and amazing persistence on the fruit-filled finish.


2007 Heather's Vineyard Pinot Noir

The cool 2007 growing season produced elegant Pinot Noirs reminiscent of those that put Oregon on the world’s wine map, and our third “Heather’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir is no exception.

Once again we blended from a few select barrels of Dijon clone 114, choosing neutral oak to show the wine’s true appeal. As we continue to learn our vineyard, we have been able to identify ten rows in this 5-acre block for “Heather’s” potential. These rows were cropped to only 1.5 tons of fruit to the acre.

It shares many of the same vineyard characteristics of ripe plum, black raspberry and an interesting minerality as the Nicholas Estate and Reserve Pinot Noirs, but with an added translucency which will appeal to the Pinot purist.

Like its inspiration, our daughter Heather, we think this wine is beautiful and deeply expressive.

The 2007 Vintage:  Snow in April and late bud break set the tone for a cool growing season, but summer rainfall was low which kept the vines on track. Cool rains at Harvest might have derailed earlier vintages, but advances in viticulture and continuous attention to the vineyard for the previous 11 months paid big dividends. The resulting wines are elegant, higher in acid, lower in sugars and alcohols. In the hands of experienced winemakers, this vintage truly shines.

 

93 POINTS: PINOTREPORT

“Medium-deep ruby color; deep aromas of dark cherry, roses, herbs and some pepper; deep, rich, black cherry flavors with sweet oak and some tannin; good structure and balance; long finish. Very aromatic and complex Pinot.”

91 POINTS: ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE

“… an alluring bouquet of smoke, cinnamon, allspice, cherry and raspberry. Medium-bodied and feminine on the palate, it has a velvety texture, good depth, impeccable balance and a lengthy finish.”

90 POINTS: TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR

“… “Brisk, perfumed aromas of strawberry, raspberry and rose, with slow-building note of blood orange. Racy, finely etched red fruit flavors are underscored by a nervy mineral quality and framed by silky Tannins. Gains weight with air and picks up a bitter cherry element that extends through the long finish. Delicate and precise pinot.”

EXCELLENT!   WINE PRESS NORTHWEST

“… The pride of Nick and Sheila Nicholas shows in this release - named for their daughter. Hints of strawberry, blueberry, cassis and pie cherries gain complexity from cocoa powder, Earl Gray tea and smoked paprika. Sophistication and approachable describe the palate with delicious flavors of strawberry freezer jam, blueberries and Lakewood Black Cherry Juice. Raspberry acidity, a touch of minerality and restrained tannins help describe the structure.”


2007 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

Only 280 cases of this unfiltered wine were bottled. As we learn our vineyard, we have been able to identify sections and rows with Reserve potential. This wine was blended from selected barrels and individual rows bearing only 1.5 tons of grapes to the acre. The cool 2007 growing season produced Pinots reminiscent of the great Oregon vintages of the 1980’s and this elegant Reserve captures the same complexities. 

Exceptionally well-received by chefs who recognize the wine’s versatility and ability to enhance rather than overwhelm a dish, this wine’s evolution in the glass is remarkable. Wonderfully delicate, yet layered with flavors and aromas, tones of wild blackberries, plums, red cherries combine with earthy notes of cocoa and dusty sandalwood. The underlying minerality is the signature of the vineyard.

93 POINTS: PINOTREPORT
“Medium-deep ruby color; deep, earthy, forest floor aromas and flavors with some rich black cherry notes and pepper, herbs and earth.  Moderate tannin; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex, well-structured Pinot, a great match for steak or other grilled meats.”
91 POINTS: WINE ADVOCATE
“.. expressive aromatic array of cedar, spice box, mineral and assorted red fruits … plenty of savory fruit, ripe tannin, lively, well-integrated acidity and a lengthy, pure finish.”
90 POINTS: TANZER’S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR
“Sexy aromas of red berry preserves, potpourri and blood orange. Light in body but deep in flavor, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and good back-end lift. Spreads out nicely on the finish, which is impressively clean and persistent.”
89 POINTS: BURGHOUND
".. supple and silky-textured medium-bodied flavors posses good length and a dusty mouthfeel…”
89 POINTS: WINE ENTHUSIAST
“.. demonstrates Anam Cara’s commitment to fruit and terroir. Elegant and charming, it links pomegranate, raspberry and cherry fruit to silky tannins, achieving a lovely purity of expression…”
EXCELLENT! WINE PRESS NORTHWEST
"When you crop well-tended Dijon clones to 1.5 tons per acre, these are the rewards. The experience begins with aromas of fruit punch with apricot, cherry cola and mulberry, accented with hints of cedar, roasted meat, lilac blossom and lawn grass. Juicy raspberry, president plum and Van cherry flavors and juicy tannins invite your return. Enjoy on its own or with a cheese plate or smoked ribs."
ALL AMERICAN TEAM! PINOTFILE
“ Alluring perfume of blackberries, plum sauce and tea with a hint of oak. Rich but not cloying array of berry fruits that are thoroughly engaging. Admirable finesse, perfect harmony and a finish that keeps you coming back for more. Great two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A keeper that is liquid nobility. ”


2006 Vintage

2006 Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir

This wine has Italian plum, wet soil, raw meat and vanilla on the nose as well as ferrous minerality, framed by subtle toast and vanilla. Sweet, rich and harmonious attack, with a flavor profile closely mirroring the nose. The tannins are rich and surprisingly soft, and the nicely rounded mid-palate rolls lingeringly into the sustained finish.

Enjoy with duck confit, pork tenderloin. The lush fruit quality would also pair well with baked quail with mushrooms. 

91-POINTS: THE WINE ADVOCATE: >>
Offers up mineral notes in its attractive bouquet. Velvety-textured, ripe, rich and layered. It is nicely balanced and has 2-3 years of aging potential. .. The future looks bright for this family-owned winery.
92-POINTS: INTERNATIONAL WINE REVIEW. TOP 2006 OREGON PINOT UNDER $35. >>
…The attack is soft and silky with an elegant velvety mouthfeel and intriguing flavors of mushrooms and light red cherry. The finish is beautiful and long with round tannins.
89 POINTS WINE ENTHUSIAST >>
...it is the new–oak scents of toasted hazelnuts and burnt butter that dominate the entry of this young Pinot Noir... It’s a pretty Pinot, with plums, berry and herb flavors; the tannins have some earthy flavors as well, and the barrel influence continues into the finish with coffee grounds and baking chocolate.
“EXCELLENT” WINE PRESS NORTHWEST >>
…Blackberry, boysenberry, cranberry sauce, mocha, bay rum, smoke and crushed leaf accents only begin to describe the nose...
“RECOMMENDED” NORTHWEST PALATE >>
Aromas of dark berry fruit mingle with notes of pipe tobacco and coffee on the savory-leaning nose... sweet and forward black cherry fruit is nicely framed by crisp acidity and constrained tannins… the finish is warm and long...

 

2006 Reserve Pinot Noir

Refined, bright, Chambolle-like nose of red cherries, raspberries, cinnamon spice on a light toasty oak frame. Firm, with lovely balance of acidity creating an immediate juiciness. Classically varietal flavors of red and black cherries and raspberry.

The Reserve is both a barrel and vineyard selection, with specific rows cropped to 1.5 tons per acre to concentrate fruit flavor and kept separate throughout the winemaking process. The final blend was determined not only by the excellence of the individual wines in barrel, but also their ability to harmonize and add a deeper dimension to the whole.

91 POINTS: WINE SPECTATOR:
“Supple, generous and appealing for its spicy, licorice-accented cherry and blackberry flavors, lingering with fine balance on the harmonious finish.”
90 POINTS: ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE:
“… reveals smoke, toast, mocha and earth notes… plenty of sweet fruit on the mid-palate…”
90 POINTS: WINE ENTHUSIAST:
“Delicious…the Burgundian fruit, expressive and elegant with a pleasing mix of raspberries, cherries and cinnamon spice nicely balances… this rather soft, substantial, yet elegant wine delivers the goods.”
90 POINTS: ALLEN MEADOWS: BURGHOUND REPORT:
“…earth notes that complement the nicely-fresh, round and well-detailed flavors …good mid-palate concentration, and a sappy, delicious and complex and solidly long finish…”
TWO STARS SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“Lovely earth, blackberry jam, sweet red cherry, plum and slight spice aromas. The earthy barnyard note carries through to a palate that has juicy ripe cherry and a hint of baking spice. Well made.”

 

2006 Mark 1 Pinot Noir

An estate vineyard and barrel selection, this is a full-bodied, aromatic wine with the ability to cellar. Named for our son Mark, the Roman numeral denotes this vintage’s place in the series.  

Big brooding nose of dark, damp, freshly-turned earth. A big plum, juicy entry is followed by waves of dark cherries, Damson plums, chocolate, wet soil loaded with minerals, and toasted vanilla bean. Harmoniously rounded and elegant at its core, yet showing lovely, fine-grained tannins.

92 POINTS: PINOTREPORT   JULY, 2010
Deep, earthy, forest floor aromas and flavors with some rich black cherry, pepper, herbs and earthy notes. Moderate tannin with good balance and a long finish. Complex, well-structured Pinot, especially good with a steak.
91 POINTS: ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE  OCT/NOV, 2008
“… is especially fragrant with a perfume that jumps from the glass. Spice, toast, and red fruit aromas lead to a smooth-textured, layered yet elegant wine. On the palate mineral notes and darker fruits emerge. The finish is lengthy and fruit-filled …”
91 POINTS: INTERNATIONAL WINE REVIEW. APRIL, 2009
“…The velvety soft palate is beautiful with layered flavors of red cherry fruit and spice.”
GOLD MEDAL: 2009 CRITICS CHALLENGE INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION