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. 2018 vintage – Riesling 27.8%, Muller-Thurgau 17.7%, Pinot Blanc 24.7%, Viognier 13.8%, Gewürtztraminer 5.2%, Chardonnay 9.9%, Pinot Meunier 0.9%. From the vineyard: Aroma: guava, mandarin, jasmine flower, juicy fruit, cherimoya, citrus blossom, ginger. Flavor: white strawberry, lychee, nectarine, honeysuckle, quince, green pineapple, St. Germain, summertime. Finish: spicy, mineral driven and effervescent.