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Oregon tasting notes

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These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Oregon wine.

AMITY VINEYARDS, OREGON

Amity Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc 2006
There's also 9% Auxerrois in the blend of this bright, clean wine with a nose that's quite subdued, but with pear and peachy notes. Fine, very rich palate, with good weight and a touch of leesy richness. Very nice and crisp, with pithy lemon and orange acidity. 86/100

Amity Willamette Valley Dry Gewürztraminer 2006
Very good expression of Gewurz., with a certain smokiness and a touch of bacon fat. There is lychee and some mango. On the palate it is pretty powerful and a touch phenolic, but has fine Gewürztraminer character. 88/100

Amity Eco-Wine Pinot Noir 2007
'Eco-Wine' is Myron's organic and sulphite-free label. Intense, nicely mineral and schisty tones. Bright, clear cherry fruit, with a nice grippy, savoury, quite food-friendly style. 87/100

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2006
Only 2600 cases of this wine are made, but it does come to the UK. Lovely rich fruit, with bramble and rich cherry fruit. Nice touch of briar and cedar, with a touch of new oak, but almost all older oak barrels. Nice balance. 88/100

Amity Crannell Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
Lovely Pinot nose, with some creamy, light, sprightly characters of red fruit and a touch of floral. Very juicy fruit - nice, crisp wine. 88/100

Amity Sunnyside Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
Interesting herbal quality, with quite a light, cherry fruit. Background of cedar. The oaky spice and the spiciness of the grape and tannins comes through, with quite a broad, rich mid-palate and good balancing acidity in the finish that becomes quite bright and crisp. Delicious. 90/100

Amity Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
Nice chocolate and fudge notes to rich, rounded fruit. A touch of baked fruit, but not stewed. Fleshy and rounded, with a warm, ripe tannins adding breadth. Delicious again. 89/100

Amity Winemaker's Reserve Pinot Noir 2006
Very rich and fine, with lots of tannin and rich, full, fleshy palate. Good fruit and a substantial wine that needs time. 89/100

Amity Willamette Valley Riesling 2006
Beautiful, shimmering, very Mosel-like nose, with a touch of peach and a touch of lemon sherbet. There is a pithy grapefruit and lemon zest touch, with 14g/l with delicious balance. Very fine. 88/100

Amity Late Harvest Riesling 2002
Gorgeous honeyed nose, with lemon-drop fruit. The palate has fantastic balance, a touch of weight and a shimmering balance of acidity and sweet nectarine fruit. 91/100

Amity Late Harvest Gewürztraminer 2002
Nice wine, with a little bit of the Gewurz character, but although it is slightly thinner on the palate. Very good. 88/100

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