Brewer-Clifton Ampelos Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California

Item No. 130326
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • RP92
  • ST92
  • V91
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2011 Ampelos Pinot Noir shows lovely aromas of dark cherry, blonde tobacco and black pepper. The palate shows flavors are rhubarb and orange pekoe, with an angular, muscular texture.

Critical Acclaim

"The last vintage that Greg and Steve will be making of this wine as they focus more on their own estate vineyards, the 2011 Pinot Noir Ampelos is a rich, layered effort that has ripe dark berry, cocoa, warm spices and autumn leaf-like qualities all emerging from the glass. This medium-bodied effort has firm underlying structure and solid focus through the finish and it should age nicely on its overall balance. Drink 2015-2021.
Rating: 92+"
92 Points

"Ruby-red. Exotic aromas of raspberry liqueur, blood orange and Asian spices, with a bright mineral overtone. Juicy, ripe and penetrating, offering firm, spicy red berry and floral flavors and energizing acidity. Finishes fresh and firm, with suave, harmonious tannins. Bright and nervy pinot, with the backbone and depth to reward patience."
92 Points

"Firm, sturdy tannins frame the 2011 Pinot Noir Ampelos. One of the more structured wines in the range, today, the 2011 is dominated by its structural elements. As good as the 2011 Ampelos is, it doesn't have the sheer sexiness or appeal of the very best Brewer-Clifton wines."
91 Points

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While grounded in traditional ideals matched with extensive studies in Europe, the wines at Brewer-Clifton do not feel the necessity to be fettered by them. Instead, the vintners elect to employ the most sincere and vulnerable wine production practices so as to reinterpret classicism within the aesthetic of the Sta. Rita Hills. They do not strive to emulate any other producer...

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Learn About Central Coast

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 Facts...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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