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"This is one of the Willamette Valley’s most distinguished wineries, but not one that is widely known."

- Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile - September 2016


"Dena Drews and Ernie Pink have been quietly producing some of Oregon's most elegant and perfumed Pinots since the 2004 vintage. Their 30-acre vineyard outside the town of Dallas, abutting the famed Freedom Hill vineyard where Drews and Pink live, is painstakingly farmed and yields are kept low so production of these wines is limited. Winemaking includes abundant use of whole clusters, which is no doubt responsible for the wines' exotic bouquets and sneaky structure…"

- Josh Raynolds, Vinous - October 2015


"...Dallas growers Dena Drews and Ernie Pink... showed me this July three of their reserve bottlings and thereby altered my perception of their endeavors. Since these are produced in only one- or two-barrel quantities, they offer an extreme instance of a phenomenon encountered at numerous Willamette addresses, whose really exciting releases are extremely limited. But they also testify, importantly, to what is possible; and what’s possible from this site in these hands revealed itself to be extraordinary!... And what a Syrah!"

- David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate - October 2013

Wine & Spirits

"Finding that their whole-cluster tannins take some time to integrate, Pink and Drews hold their wines in barrel for up to 18 months - so Amalie Robert is just releasing its 2008s. And what a stellar group of wines: Bright and tart, they possess both transparency and substance, emphasizing notes of rosehips and sandalwood as much as red berries. The pinot noirs alone would likely have earned Amalie Robert a top 100 nod this year. But the winery also produces cool-climate syrah that rivals the best examples from the Sonoma Coast. And the 2009 Heirloom Cameo, their first attempt at a barrel-fermented chardonnay, turned out to be one of our favorite Oregon chardonnays of the year. Ten vintages in, Amalie Robert has hit its stride."

- Luke Sykora, Wine & Spirits Magazine – September 2011


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Amalie Robert Estate Vintage Update: 2014 Bud Break

Hello and Welcome to the 2014 growing season at Amalie Robert Estate!

The big news is we have bud break!  The first intrepid buds began to open on 4/11/14. Note this is day 101 of the Julian Calendar.

Actually, we saw this coming a few weeks away. First it was the Crocus, then the Daffodils and finally the forms for the national mathematics exam arrived in the local P.O. Yep, the ol’ 1040 is where the citizenry meets the inner workings of the Internal Revenue Service yielding a lot more than just a little “creative accounting”.  If we could just figure out how to get that much complexity into our wines!

The Purple Lilac is the indicator plant for Pinot Noir bud break and that is what really tipped us off. When the Purple Lilac starts to bloom, the Pinot Noir buds along the cane begin to open. Now, if we could just get that much simplicity into our tax code! (IRS Humor: How much money did you make last year? Ok, send it in. What does AMT stand for? And More Too!)

The 2014 growing season marks our 15thAnniversary at Amalie Robert Estate. We finished planting our first 10 acres, with a little help from our friends, on Earth Day.

To track 2014 and prior vintages, visit our new blog at

Dena & Ernie

Kindest Regards,