Anne Amie Cuvée A Amrita 2018, Willamette Valley, Oregon

The name Amrita comes from the Buddhist equivalent of ambrosia, or a wine of the gods. This Amrita is a unique inspiration each harvest, crafted from different varieties to be an irresistible, lightly effervescent, fruit-forward wine. Anne Amie Vineyards are located in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton District and on the steep hillsides of the Chehalem Mountains, both nestled in Oregon’s verdant Willamette Valley. Grapes were hand-picked by block and hand sorted. Whole cluster pressed and placed into temperature controlled stainless steel fermenters. Each varietal was paired with suitable yeast and slowly fermented at 45 degrees F for maximum varietal character. The wine aged on its lees for 4 months before blending and bottling. CO2 was left in the wine for a slight effervescence. Extensive blending trials and tastings were conducted before choosing the final blend. 2017 vintage – Riesling 32.1%, Muller-Thurgau 13.9%, Pinot Blanc 25.5%, Viognier 11.4%, Gewürtztraminer 7.1%, Chardonnay 6%, Pinot Gris 4%. From the vineyard: Aroma: Elderflower, starfruit, Ranier cherry, lemon drops, quince, shortbread. Flavor: white strawberry, kumquat, golden raspberry, St-Germain, summertime. Finish: spicy, mineral driven and effervescent.