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Ampelos Cellars Syrache 2011

Rhone Red Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    14.2% ABV
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    14.2% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The best of both worlds. Cake and ice cream, Fred and Wilma, 4th of July and fireworks -- our sassy lady is flip-flops and stilettos! She is the 'sum' of a perfect weekend. Saturday's late night dancing fills the air with notes of cracked pepper and chocolate while Sunday's drive down a country road coats the palate with rich cherry, black berry and plum. She is keen in the kitchen and has never met a food that didn't compliment her. Hailing from the cool climate, Ampelos vineyard and the slightly warmer Alisos vineyard, she showcases all that Santa Barbara County offers. A touch of class and a bit of whimsy - she is everyone's favorite.

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    Ampelos Cellars, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    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.


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    A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of its land under vine is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

    While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

    Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wines grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought the Zinfandel vine to the Sierra Foothills and Lodi. Now considered by many to be the state’s flagship grape, Zinfandel grows in virtually all of its regions, expressing different personalities in each.

    The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux blends garner global attention and in some cases, cult status. Zinfandel thrives here as well.

    Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbs onto mountains, reaches far into valleys and stretches along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

    The Central Coast and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, and remain active new frontiers for Rhone and Spanish varieties.

    Mendocino California’s cool North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

    WWH137121_2011 Item# 146451