Earlier this year, Thomas Houseman earned the equivalent of double gold medal at a Wine Press Northwest magazine tasting for his 2017 Cuvée A Amrita. This fall, his 2018 edition of Amrita merited a gold medal at The Invite. The wide-ranging work, which included an increase in production of nearly 50 percent, leads with Riesling (28%), followed by Pinot Blanc, Müller-Thurgau, Viognier, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Meunier. All grapes came from their two vineyards, Twelve Oaks and Anne Amie. The nose is dominated by citrus, floral and mineral notes; it’s easy to pick out the Riesling, Gewürz and Viognier influences. The palate is zippy and bright with a plentiful fizz that’s texturally reminiscent to Moscato d’Asti. Fresh fruit and clean florals lead to a dry finish. This comes in a crown cap, which reduces the fear factor of the cage and cork. In February, Anne Amie will play host to more than 20 Oregon sparkling wine producers during the two-day Bubbles Fest for consumers.
Production: 2,605 cases
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