Nick and Sheila Nicholas arrived in Oregon from California to make Pinot Noir, and their flagship wine is a blend of their five blocks, which they began planting in 2001. This lighter-styled wine, made from mostly Dijon clones, hits on many of the qualities expected from in the Willamette Valley, opening with delicate aromas of plum, white strawberry, moist earth and saddle leather. Its approach is smooth with dusty strawberry, red currant and Bing cherry with reduced tannins and red plum acidity for good length. Look for Anam Cara wines in Newberg at The Painted Lady or take the Nicholas’ suggestions of serving with wild mushroom risotto, beef stroganoff, lamb shanks, grilled salmon, roast beef, pork tenderloin, lasagna or a hearty stew.
Production: 1,000 cases