Amalie Robert
2008 Vintage Debut Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
$32 per bottle | $345.60 per case

The 2008 vintage cemented the Willamette Valley’s reputation for Pinot Noir, producing structured, expressive wines with the potential to age for decades. Naturally, most of them sold out quickly upon release, so when we stumbled across a stash of Amalie Robert’s long sold-out 2008 Vintage Debut we knew we had to make this rarity our Wine of the Week. While Amalie Robert may not be a familiar name, they’re widely considered one of the best growers and producers in the Willamette Valley, selling fruit to such luminaries as Beaux Frères, Cristom, Elk Cove, and Erath. Coming off their triumphant 2007 vintage, for which they received the highest ratings of any Oregon producer in Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, their 2008s are even better. Dark, spicy black cherry and raspberry reflect the intensity of the vintage, but a graceful whiff of violet helps retain Amalie Robert’s elegant house style. Though this was a very sturdy wine on release, just a little bottle age now has this drinking at peak, where it should remain for at least the next four to five years. Picking up a case will give you some to drink now and for holiday gift giving. This will be delicious with turkey, goose, salmon, mushrooms, and even large rib roasts or crown roasts of pork.- Ryan Stotz, Assistant Store Manager, H&F Bottle Shop

AuthorKelley Wisniewski