Oregon icon Dick Erath convinced Ernie Pink to leave Microsoft in Seattle and buy 60 acres in Dallas, Ore., in 1999. After several years of selling fruit to some of the Willamette Valley’s most renowned wineries, Pink and his partner Dena Drews began making Amalie Robert Estate wines in 2006. Pink chooses the final blend each year for this release, and it starts with aromas of dusty cranberries, white pepper, cinnamon, saddle leather and fresh-cut celery. Vibrant flavors of fresh cranberry and pomegranate along with lively acidity make this particularly food-friendly, and suggested pairings include roasted rabbit wrapped in duck prosciutto and carrots in hoisin sauce.
Production: 311 cases