The name Amrita comes from the Buddhist equivalent of ambrosia, or a wine of the gods. This unique, edelzwicker style inspiration is crafted each harvest to be an effervescent, highly aromatic, fruit-forward wine. Amrita makes a delightful aperitif and is our favorite match with Pan-Asian foods. The 2016 Amrita has aromas of quince, elderflower, golden delicious apple, cherimoya and honey, combined with flavors of kumquat, St. Germain and golden raspberry. The finish is off-dry, making it a perfect companion for sushi, Thai food, Indian food, BBQ, chicken wings and watching Netflix!
Cuvée A Müller-Thurgau:
Our estate-grown Muller-Thurgau comes from vines first planted in 1979. Crisp, fresh, and dry, it is a charming example of the variety at its best. From chicken to shellfish, this wine is a versatile match for mildly spicy foods like Thai, Creole, or Mexican.
This estate-grown Cuvée A Muller Thurgau comes from vines first planted at the Anne Amie Estate Vineyard in 1979. Crisp, fresh, and dry, it is a beautiful example of this grape variety at its best. Aromas of honeysuckle, key lime pie, white flowers, starfruit, and crushed gravel lead into flavors of key lime, yellow grapefruit, and golden delicious apple. Though absolutely delicious on its own, this wine is a versatile match from grilled fish to bibimbap to paella to weisswurst to mildly spicy foods like Thai, Creole, Indian or Mexican cuisine.
When Dr. Robert Pamplin, one of Oregon’s most forward-thinking philanthropists and businessmen, purchased the historic Chateau Benoit Winery in 1999, his vision was to create wines of the highest quality to reflect his passion for excellence. To this end Dr. Pamplin has charged winemaker Thomas Houseman and winegrower Peter Ebbers with the task of crafting extraordinary pinot noir. Thomas, Peter, and the rest of the crew are absolutely passionate about producing wines of the finest quality and have dedicated their lives to this quest.
Pinot reigns supreme at Anne Amie Vineyards with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc forming the heart of our production. Complementing the pinot family is Old-Vine Estate Müller Thurgau, planted in 1979. As with all great wines, our’s start in the vineyards. We are fortunate to have some of Oregon’s best sites, all of which are Salmon Safe and LIVE certified. Our estate vineyards, along with those we purchase from, receive only the minimal required treatments and yields are dramatically reduced in order to give fruit with great depth and complexity.
Our estate 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. Our LIVE certified winery is located on our Yamhill-Carlton property, a few miles from both Lafayette and Carlton, Oregon.
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Not really a wine taster here, more of a wine gifter and occasional drinker. Most of my past purchases consisted almost exclusively of Woot Cellars. I was surprised when I got the email that I was getting to rat this wine, and not knowing when it would actually go live, I incorrectly assumed it was sooner than it was. Because of this, I was unable to gather my wino friends who may have added more to my notes, before it was gone. So this is what I cobbled together.
I got a bottle of the Cuvée A Amrita:
Scent - Initial alcohol (not overt, just noticeable), but some berry or other fruit - maybe strawberry - alcohol dissipates after sitting a bit
Taste - fruit taste, not overly so. As indicated by scent, I believe strawberry and maybe blackberry … also crisp, or rather spicy on the back of my tongue - not sure if this is due to the carbonation.
Finish - medium to long … taste lingers, but not too dry. Enjoyable
Pairing - went well with the spicy chicken and salad I had. Not sure if it would go well with really spicy though. Also seemed to go well with the various mini hard cheeses I had, as well as all by itself.
Not my typical choice, but I enjoyed it. Thank you to Casemates for the opportunity.
I had the honor of getting a golden ticket once upon a time in the good ‘ole days on another site most of us frequented, and I was surprised with another opportunity to Lab Rat for Casemates This Rat Report is for Anne Amie Vineyard’s estate 2016 Cuvée A Müller-Thurgau. I have been known to have a glass of white from time to time, but I was not familiar with the Müller-Thurgau varietal. A little research showed it is used predominantly in Germany and is a crossing of Riesling and Madeleine Royal created by Dr. Herman Müller. Who doesn’t love a litter history…Anyway, on to the wine. Luckily, I had SWMBO Rat with me to help out since she drinks way more white than I. We tried this chilled btw. Right off the bat I picked up floral notes on the nose with what remined me of honeysuckle and a slight hit of lime as well. The first taste right after the first pour was definitely dry and tart towards the end but not the sour tart (almost a pleasant tart like the froyo kind). On the second taste, we both picked up on what seemed to be hints of green apples or limes, but this time it was a tad sweeter than the first go around yet still dry and minerally. We were talking about letting it sit and checking again after a little bit, and our dogs getting out of the backyard provided the perfect opportunity to make that happen. After finally getting back, we got at it again. Much more refreshing as it warmed up yet still dry, slightly tart with green apples, key limes, and minerals. To sum it up, we both feel like this would be great to pair with seafood such as oysters, ceviche tuna poke, or a mild white fish or even something spicy like a legit order of pad thai or something Indian. This would be a great wine to enjoy on the porch in early spring or a summer night after a cold front has made it enjoyable enough where you aren’t suffering from a heat stress situation in just 30 minutes like we are in Houston right now. Anyhow, I don’t drink white that often, but this is definitely something I’d love to enjoy on occasion and pair with something noted above. Thanks for the opportunity to Rat, and I’ll check back from time to time to answer any questions. I have a small amount saved just in case anyone wants me to go back and try it after a period of time.
My wife and I “ratted” back in the old days and were lucky enough to rat Twisted Oaks “The Spaniard” which has become one of our favorite wines, so we were really excited for our first rat with Casemates. When we opened our box with Amrita, we were intrigued. With the bottle cap closure and the clean design of the label, you know you are in for something a little different before you even pop the top. Since it is a sparkling wine, we chilled it to 45 degrees. We had our first glass by itself while we were making dinner. The appearance held the only fault for me - it was a tiny bit hazy. I thought that the nose had a nice cracker note, while my wife mostly noted pear. With our first sip, my wife’s first impression was that of a high quality dry cider more than a wine. She described the effervescence as almost carrying the wine right past her tongue. I thought that bubbles were velvety and the cherry notes were big and bold. As the wine warmed up a little (probably 50-55 degrees) the more complex characteristics came out and the carbonation was a little calmer. I was pleasantly surprised with the length of the finish. For dinner we made peanut Pad Thai since the winemaker suggested Thai and other spicy food as a pairing. As we were grating the ginger and sipping the wine we knew this would be a good pairing - the flavors of the wine and the smell of the ginger seemed to dance! We had some Campo de Monteban cheese, which you would normally pair with a medium-bodied red, but it worked brilliantly with this wine. The Amrita gave depth to the cheese and really brought forward the heather, while the cheese helped the herbal notes pop in the wine. Since it is a sparkling wine with cherry notes, we thought it might be fun to try making a Tincho with it, adding ice and lime. This turned out to be a mistake because it completely flattened out the wine and we went back to sipping the wine by itself. When we had our second glass with dinner, it worked very nicely. The wine did not change a lot with the Pad Thai, though I thought that the food brought some citrus notes ahead of the cherry. The biggest thing is that the wine did not fight the heat of the dish at all. That said, I don’t think that food pairing is where this wine really shines - this isn’t a wine you save for a special dinner. It it wine that you pull out when you are sitting on the deck with friends and say, “I think you are really going to like this…” The best pairing for this wine might be an Adirondack chair. Lastly, don’t be frightened by the 1% RS. Being from Michigan, some of our favorite local vineyards are the the same latitude (45N) as Anne Amie and we are huge fans of bone dry Riesling. In this wine, the RS clearly adds some body but is very well balanced with the acid and aromatics and the wine comes across as almost dry. This is a very fun wine in a style that you won’t often find (and probably don’t have in your cellar) that snobs and novices alike will probably enjoy (with a very good QPR) - highly recommended.
@Boatman72 You’re in trouble now! When my wife wants to know why I bought another case of wine I’m going to blame it on you and your recommendation. How can you say no to a wine that pairs well with an Adirondack chair!!!
@mrn1 LOL…just don’t let her talk to my wife!!! Then both of us will be in BIG TROUBLE!!! I just took the covers off of two Adirondacks yesterday along with two rockers (you know…for old folks!!). Now I have to power wash the stamped concrete patio and paint the gazebo. I was going to see if you or @chipgreen wanted a couple bottles, but I had to get some boxwood cuttings started. Thought maybe you’d be mad if I didn’t sell you one of my two cases once you tried it. We got our Program Manager a case of mixed Anne Amie when he retired and he was very excited! AA has great Pinots too. Hope @winedavid49 can wiggle some Pinot Noir from them at a great price! Then he can rat both of us!!!
Did you get the special delivery on your case? I did on both. Was going to do one of each and see what the difference was because we aren’t in the heat of summer yet. I’ll still check temps on arrival.
@chipgreen, if you are out there lurking and want a couple, we aim to please!! You could also get a Good Guy discount!!
@mrn1 has that other wine arrive yet? You have my cell, right? Just give me a shout!!
@Boatman72@mrn1 When you place an order, you now have an option to add one more. I think it’s still 2 max (1 + 1 more), but it’s a new option introduced only this week, I think. Not sure if you can place a second order after you’ve already completed an order for one, though.
We wonder if there is any chance of offering the opportunity to order an additional case. It would of course have to be long enough AFTER shipment that we have had the opportunity to have tasted the original.
Logistics for WCC might be difficult as the reorders would likely be low, but the sellers could mitigate that by only offering the opportunity only when they next make another offer.
First time Lab Rat here. Received a bottle of the 2016 Cuvee A Muller-Thurgau last week, but was in Kentucky sipping Bourbon over the weekend, and didn’t get a chance to taste until yesterday.
Having never heard of a Muller-Thurgau before, I decided to start by going to the winery’s website and take a glance at the tasting notes. Armed with a dangerous amount of knowledge, I removed the chilled bottle from the fridge, poured a couple classes for my fiancee and I, and proceeded to lab rat.
Both of us agreed that there was definitely a honeysuckle and starfruit aroma. I also got a little bit of white flowers. Not sure what crushed gravel smells like in a wine, but we didn’t sense anything that smelled like a quarry.
We took a few sips of the wine, and found that it was definitely on the drier side of things. Not the driest white I’ve ever had, but close. We both thought the dominant flavor was green apple. This is a little different than the tasting notes, which said golden delicious apple, but we didn’t get any sense of the sweetness we’d normally associate with a golden delicious apple. I did agree with the tasting notes and found that there was a definite grapefruit flavor as well. Didn’t get any sense of key lime with either the aroma or the flavor.
The finish was definitely as advertised. We both felt the wine was dry with a mineral finish. Not unpleasant at all, just not we are used to. Maybe that’s where the crushed gravel ended up.
Full disclosure: this isn’t normally the type of wine we would buy. With that being said, I could see trying this with something spicy like Thai Chicken or Chinese Hot Pot. I think the tartness would cut the spice pretty well. Now that I’ve seen the price, I think that as long as the Amrita is decent, I’d consider picking up a case to keep at home or for our annual Chinese Hot Pot event at work.
Verdict- the Cuvée A Amrita is awesome, would buy again happily. It’s becoming our household’s brunch fizzy for the near future. Would easily buy this again, I like not having to fuss with champagne style corks in my Sunday lazy food fest.
The Cuvée A Müller-Thurgau is, as I worried, a bit too acidic for my household’s tastes. Makes a good summer sangria with some apricot brandy, mango, peaches, and mixed frozen berries though!
I popped my first Amrita this week. This stuff is the bomb! I wish I had gotten a case, darnit. Maybe we will see this again. Thank you again labrats for convincing me to try this out. Looking forward to trying the Müller-Thurgau this weekend.