Anam Cara Cellars 2011 Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $32

By on March 16, 2014

anam-cara-nicholas-estate-pinot-noir-2011All five blocks from Nick and Sheila Nicholas’ certified L.I.V.E. estate in the hills above Newberg, Ore., contribute to this production off the 25 acres of Pinot Noir they began planting in 2001. This cooler vintage helped make for a nose of dusty strawberry, cherry juice, poached plum and earthiness. The clean, bright drink is one of red plum, dried cherry and strawberry. And its elegant structure with low alcohol and modest tannins makes this an ideal match for suggested pairings with Beef Stroganoff, grilled salmon, lamb, lasagna, pork tenderloin, tomato-based stews or wild mushroom risotto. Our panel revisited this wine several months later, and it has continued to evolve nicely.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,500 cases

Alcohol: 12.4%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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