Amici Pinot Noir comes from Amici Cellars in Napa Valley, California, USA.
Awarded 92 points by James Suckling, this Russian River Valley appellation wine is 100% Pinot Noir, with no blending.
It was fermented in a 100% stainless and aged for 13 months in 100% French Oak.
My very kind next-door neighbors gave this wine to me as a gift.
They know I love Pinot Noir and I’m very thankful to them for sharing this wine with me!
Now, onto the review…
Amici Pinot Noir Wine Review
From the bottle:
Our Pinot Noir is a deep, lush expression of the Russian River with velvety tannins that produce a long, rich finish.
I tasted the 2019 vintage of Amici Pinot Noir Russian River Valley.
In the glass, this wine is Burgundy in color with blood red reflections from light.
I found it to be typical in color for a pure Pinot Noir, if not just a little bit darker than you sometimes see.
In my opinion, this wine’s aroma was one of its best features, with notes of plum, bright cherry and candy.
I also noted a hint of pine forest.
Overall, a complex aroma with a slight whiff of alcohol in the nose.
Amici Pinot Noir alcohol content 14.5% by volume, per the bottle.
On the palate, I noticed hints of raspberry and cherry, with a bit of “tang” as well.
Further sips revealed softer flavors on the front and top of the tongue.
Along with that, I discovered some tart flavors on the sides of the tongue and the back of the palate.
Enjoyable and again, complex.
Mouthfeel and Tannins
I found the mouthfeel to be silky, with soft but definitely noticeable “all over the palate” tannins.
This wine was medium finishing with a good blend of flavor and slightly bitter tannins.
Perhaps a bit shorter in finish than other Pinot Noir I’ve tasted.
However, since there was no blending with this wine, that’s not too surprising.
Overall Opinion of Amici Pinot Noir
Overall, I greatly enjoyed this wine and would rate it a solid 90 points.
I especially enjoyed the intriguing complexity this wine presented in both the aroma and flavor.
I also have a feeling this wine might age well, given its youthful tannins.
Amici Pinot Noir price $39.98.
Amici Pinot Noir Wine Rating:
Jon Rogers, Honest Wine Reviews – 90 Points.
Complex in aroma and intriguing in flavor.
Suggested Food Pairing
Because of the complexity, you could easily treat this wine as a standalone sipper.
However, with food, go with a pairing of Thai style roast duck.