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2009 Ampelos Syrah Gamma
- > California
- > Central Coast
- > Sta. Rita Hills
Community Tasting Notes 5
Dagalaifus Likes this wine: (92 points)
July 16, 2014 - The wine is inky ruby with a wonderfully aromatic nose and flavors of blackberry, smoke, vanilla and earth. It has a lengthy, toasty oak and white-pepper-driven finish. While it is delicious now, I predict that it will improve with an additional 2-3 years in the cellar. To the extent the wine has received sub-90 scores, I suspect that it is because it is often compared (unfairly) with the more fruit-forward wines from Paso or the Santa Ynez Valley. While medium-bodied, there is real complexity, and even (I daresay) terroir to this splendid and reasonably priced (sub $30 per bottle) wine. The grapes are sourced from vineyards located in the cooler Santa Rita Hills and not surprisingly, the wine has a Northern Rhone flavor profile.
beachdude8977 wrote: (90 points)
May 7, 2014 - Very good med body syrah.. def cooler climate syrah with nice spice and woody notes.. a bit of toast actually but very enjoyable!
BigBoy_Sonoma Likes this wine: (87 points)
April 26, 2014 - Black fruit, pepper, well balanced spice and acidity smokey oak B/B+
petermpls Likes this wine: (89 points)
March 8, 2014 - Good with 5 spice duck and sweet potatoes. Drink now - no reason to wait.
markcic wrote: (87 points)
September 7, 2013 - Nice dark color, nose of dark crushed fruit, medium body with fruit and spice on the palate, decent finish.
Pro Reviews 1
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
By Josh Raynolds
November/December 2013, Issue #171 (link)
(Ampelos Cellars Syrah Gamma Ampelos Vineyards Sta. Rita Hills) Subscribe to see review text.
- Vintage 2009
- Type Red
- Producer Ampelos
- Varietal Syrah
- Designation Gamma
- Vineyard n/a
- Country USA
- Region California
- SubRegion Central Coast
- Appellation Sta. Rita Hills
- Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
- In Cellars 32 (53%)
- Consumed 28 (47%)