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Amalie Robert Estate

Amalie Robert Estate Amalie Robert Estate was founded by Dena Drews and Ernie Pink in 1999. Dena and Ernie left the corporate world behind and began a journey to pursue a vision. What they found was a beautiful cherry orchard, and the opportunity to follow their dreams. Only Dena and Ernie could see their vineyard under that orchard. The cherries were harvested in the summer of 1999 and the transformation to vineyard began in earnest. With the help of some new friends, it was Earth Day 2000 when the last vine was planted, and the vineyard at Amalie Robert Estate was established. The timing could not have been better. The local community college was in the infancy of developing a viticulture and wine making program. With three bachelors and a masters degree between them, they applied their skills to the task at hand. Between the course work, hands on experience in their vineyard and help from some of Oregon’s pioneers, the vineyard thrived. The 2006 harvest marked another milestone for Amalie Robert Estate - our first estate crush. We began planning our estate winery in august of 2005, and we broke ground on February 9, 2006. The grapes and the winery were ready at the same time, - just as if we had planned it that way! Harvest began on October 3rd with the Pinot Noir, followed by the Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and wrapping up with the Syrah on Halloween. When the buckets were washed and the bins put away, we had fermented 30 tons. Amalie Robert Estate has come a long way. What started out as sketches and notes on cocktail napkins, has become the achievement of two very unique people. From deciding on clones and rootstocks to planting vines and pounding posts, they have done it all. Add to that, designing and building a gravity flow estate winery and that completes the circle. Dena and Ernie invite you to experience their desire for "wines true to the soil and true to the vintage".


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13531 Bursell Road, Dallas, OR, US, 97338 Email:
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  Amalie's Cuvée Pinot Noir
The 2004 growing season was more temperate, creating nuanced, well balanced wines. Amalie’s Cuvée Pinot Noir is true to the vintage providing a deep, rich aroma of ripe strawberries and sandalwood. The palate is articulate providing layers of focused fruit with an earthiness just below the surface. The finish is clean and lingering. Unfined and unfiltered.
  Dijon Clones Chardonnay
For the third year in a row, this remains a very unique Oregon Chardonnay. The wine was slow fermented in stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain the vibrant character of Chardonnay. We want to produce Chardonnay that reminds us of the fruit we hand harvest. The combination of Estate grown Dijon Clone fruit with little winemaking intervention resulted in a wine with intense aromas and flavors of passion fruit, lemon grass and ripe limes, with a crisp and refreshing finish. This is an Oregon Chardonnay that shows you where it was grown and expresses the true character of the varietal. The fruit for this wine is estate grown in 2 small blocks containing 2 Chardonnay clones. The blend is Dijon clone 76 (53%) and Dijon clone 95 (47%). These blocks were hand harvested on October 18, and thanks to a cold cellar, completed primary fermentation the following August. This wine did not undergo malo-lactic fermentation.
  Dijon Clones Pinot Noir
The 2004 growing season was more temperate, creating nuanced, well balanced wines. The 2004 Dijon Clones Pinot Noir is true to the vintage, releasing sultry aromas of blackberry, Montmorency cherry, spices and tea from an earthy core. Dark fruits, spices and vanilla are woven together to form a juicy mouthful, with a smooth and lasting finish.
  Pinot Meunier
What is it? Pinot Meunier (PEE-noh mun-YAY) is a close relative to Pinot Noir and was identified as such before the 16th century. Based on recent DNA “fingerprinting”, an early Pinot vine (maybe Pinot More?) and a vine called “Gouais Blanc” are the parents of Pinot Meunier and fifteen other Gallic varieties, including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The name “Meunier” is a French word meaning “the miller”. This term is given to Pinot Meunier due to the distinctive, flour-dusted appearance on its leaves.


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