2009 Ampelos Syrah Gamma


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Sta. Rita Hills
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • denver_vinder Likes this wine: (93 points)

    November 19, 2014 - For a syrah wine quite light colour. Very nice nose with blackberries and cherries. Super, fleshy fruit with blackberries and cherries; rounded tannins. Nice balance and a long, straight aftertaste with lots of fruit. Definitely elements from a cool climate syrah with a lot of complexity.

  • Dagalaifus Likes this wine: (93 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.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2013, IWC Issue #171 (link)

    (Ampelos Cellars Syrah Gamma Ampelos Vineyards Sta. Rita Hills) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ampelos
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Gamma
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Sta. Rita Hills

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  • In Cellars 27 (36%)
  • Consumed 48 (64%)

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