At a recent tasting of wines from Anam Cara Cellars I was really struck by their 2008 Vineyard Selection Pinot Noir. It has become one of my favorite values in Oregon Pinot Noir. Now, do not equate value with cheapness. Yes, it’s over 20 bucks. But for the level of complexity and finesse, it is worthy to be called a great value in Oregon Pinot Noir. I’m thinking of how lovely it would be with some grilled salmon and sauteed mushrooms. The Anam Cara has enough weight to handle a rich fish like salmon, and that kind of earthy* complexity that goes so well with mushrooms.
But really I was thinking how great the Anam Cara would be with a sunset on the Oregon coast. The above photo was taken at Manzanita, where a few years ago I was part of a group of friends who rented a house. There was a bit of a chill in the air, but no one was going anywhere until the sun was completely set. Design-wise, the Anam Cara is totally functional for the beach as it is sealed with a screw cap. And a nice, easy-drinking, elegant Pinot Noir (best enjoyed out of a mismatched collection of jelly jars) will be a compliment rather than a distraction like a big bruiser of a palate-clubbing red wine. And if you’re drinking beer, you might find yourself so full of liquid that by the time you make it to the bathroom at the rental and back, you’ve missed significant sunset time. Which would be criminal.
*I wish I could think of a better descriptor than “earthy” because even I always think “earthy” is a euphemism for “dirt-filled flavors.”