Red

2006 Ampelos Syrah Gamma

Syrah

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Central Coast
  • > Sta. Rita Hills
Drink between 2011 - 2013
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • bbell73271 wrote: (90 points)

    October 17, 2014 - Expected this to be over the top and lacking subtlety but this was a pleasant surprise. The nose is especially expressive and funky with cedar notes - strangely like old school Bordeaux. It's a bit of a letdown on the palate - typical CA Syrah ripeness is a little monolithic but there's enough acidity to keep it from being a total washout. Not really my style but definitely moving in the right direction!

  • Hodad Likes this wine: (91 points)

    October 20, 2013 - Dark inky ruby color. Soft perfume of cherries and chocolate on the nose. Black cherries, cola, chocolate; and slight hint of bitter dark chocolate, violet flowers and candied fruits; followed by a spicy, peppery finish of medium to long length. Medium to full body with sumptuous tannins. Very well balanced and drinking wonderfully.

  • ListenToMeWine wrote: (90 points)

    March 10, 2012 - Dark chocolate, bramble berry, white paper. Good and ready to go.

  • Tarrant wrote: (92 points)

    September 5, 2011 - Excellent Cali Syrah, this one did not feel over the top from a fruit/alc. perspective and it was quite elegant and balanced, still struggling to understand why this varietal struggles in Cali and it is quite unique and attractive when put against it's Aussie Shiraz 'cousins' (albeit the good examples are more pricey) - Black, full bodied with a nose of blueberry, plum, cherry, pepper and vanilla, good structure, decent tannins and acidity, well balanced, sweet, silky smooth on the palate with excellent length, outstanding (92 Points).

  • PIntag wrote: (87 points)

    February 10, 2010 - Really some very nice fruit and spice in this wine, but it seemed a bit disjointed right now and some heat on the finish as well. This probably needs to rest for a couple of years.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    A focus on Washington State, Issue #4, 5/1/2010 (link) 88 points

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2009, Issue #147 (link)

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  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Red Wines in San Diego, Episode #663, 4/22/2009 (link)

    (Ampelos Santa Rita Hills Syrah Gamma) #1; VaynerPAZZZ; COLOR-dark; NOSE-great; PALATE-great; WS-99; GV-99

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2006
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ampelos
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Gamma
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Sta. Rita Hills

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 36 (59%)
  • Consumed 25 (41%)

Food Pairing

and risotto., Paired very with with braised shot ribs, sweet root vegetables

Who Likes This Wine

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