Congratulations go out to our very special friends at Ampelos Cellars ! Two of their 2005 vintage were just rated.
AMPELOS Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills 2005 89-91 $35 / $28Fresh and vibrant, with a distinct wild berry-boysenberry-raspberry mix of fruit. Offers a hint of mineral, sage and lead pencil and ends with firm tannins, but has most of its parts in the right place. 1,400 cases made. —J.L.
AMPELOS Syrache Santa Ynez Valley 2005 85-88 $28 / $23Ripe, grapey wild berry, raspberry and black cherry fruit is high-toned and zesty, picking up a touch of anise and spice. Syrah and Grenache. 500 cases made. —J.L.
Ampelos Cellars employs biodynamic farming practices. Click this link to Watch a short video where Peter explains Ampelos's farming philosophy. It is very informative.
We will be talking much more about Ampelos in October when we get back from helping with Harvest and Crush. Until then I raise my glass and toast our Ampelos friends for such a great job !