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2007 Ampelos Dornfelder Epsilon Huber Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Sta. Rita Hills
Drink between 2010 - 2016 (Edit)
CT89.5 9 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 8

  • TXRhoneRanger wrote: 93 points

    August 1, 2019 - Black as the night in color. no bricking anywhere. Solid purple to black to the core. Bay leaf, rosemary, blackberry cobbler, campfire smoke on the nose. Tart blackberry & cassis fruit on the palate. Medium body. Medium + tannins, surprising low alcohol heat for such a big wine. Light on it's feet with elevated acidity. If stored well, could last another 5 years, but why wait. Drinking nicely now.

  • timewithwine wrote:

    April 7, 2016 - An opaque and youthful purple. The nose is deep, rich and sweet.... almost like a Coke or maybe a blackberry Coke. Jammy richness hits the palate with blackberry, brown sugar, molasses and .... Coke. The tannins are round, but still lively and will undoubtedly carry this wine forward for a number of years. A pleasant enough wine, but very linear and more of a fruit bomb than I’d care for. Some slight sediment. 14.7% alc. With a Shack attack of beef burgers. Recommended with reservations.

  • fingers Likes this wine: 90 points

    January 19, 2014 - Notes from last part of a bottle opened yesterday. Pitch dark, inky violet color. Fully opaque with heavily stained legs. Surprisingly, only light sediment. Interesting wine that I would put somewhere between Petit Sirah and Zinfandel, but also unlike any blend I've ever had of the two. There is the lifted floral notes of PS, but the brambly blackberry of Zin, too. Tannins would also fall somewhere in between those two varietals with more prominent acidity than either. With 7 years on it, the structure is playing in smooth harmony. I think the winemaker is really getting the most of out of this grape and has produced a really good example. If more were available of this vintage, I'd happily buy. 5+11+16+8 = 90

  • beezer6 wrote: 92 points

    November 20, 2011 - Johnny brought this into S&W with Amy.
    So dark and fat. Jet black color - completely opaque even at the rim.
    Savory blackberry, soy, Hoisen, duck and other game. Thick - uber coating.
    Slowly crawls back down the glass after each swirl.
    Great acidity keeping any sort of cloying action at bay.
    Awesome super unique wine. I'd recommend this to ANY wine geek. Only one other vineyard produces this varietal.

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  • kcsteve Likes this wine: 88 points

    December 17, 2010 - Consistent with last tasting note. In addition, rather shortish finish and short on tannins.

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

    (Ampelos Epsilon Dornfelder Huber Vineyard Santa Rita Hills) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ampelos
  • Varietal Dornfelder
  • Designation Epsilon
  • Vineyard Huber Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Sta. Rita Hills

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 24 (34%)
  • Consumed 46 (66%)

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