Ampelos Cellars Lambda Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
Lambda has a fabulous deep dark garnet red color, brimming with aromas of sweet Indian spices and cherry cola and demonstrates a truly elegant burgundian nose. The flavors are packed with rich dark cherries, spices and earth giving way to a smooth finish that lingers on forever.
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid red. Sexy, pure aromas of red berries, Moroccan spices and musky herbs. Silky, spicy and concentrated, with an enticing sweetness to its strawberry and raspberry flavors. This expressive wine really stains the palate with sappy red fruit and spice qualities. The long finish features a touch of bitter blood orange."
Burghound.com - "A moderately deeply pitched nose of dark berries, black cherry and blue fruit hints leads to rich, concentrated and attractively textured flavors as there is an ample amount of dry extract that buffers the firm tannins on the mildly austere and dusty finish. I like the sense of restraint and underlying complexity and this should reward 3 to 5 years of cellar time, perhaps a bit more. Worth considering. 90/2014+"
Ampelos Cellars Winery
Ampelos is a Greek word meaning "vine". We believe that all great wines are made in the vineyard, we also have strong ties to Greece, so “ampelos” truly represents our focus.
We believe in taking care of and respecting the environment and that our vineyard needs to be in balance, therefore a few years ago we made the decision to go 100% bio-dynamic. This means we are essentially organic - yet a step beyond. In 2008, we were one of the first vineyards to be certified as Sustainably Farmed, a milestone of which we are particularly proud. View all Ampelos Cellars Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
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