2008 Ampelos Lambda Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.ampeloscellars.com

There’s no question that the Santa Barbara area of California has been producing stellar wines for a long time now. Unfortunatley, however, it seems that all too many people outside of that area often take the time to consider them, much less even taste or buy them.

This is a great little bottle of Pinot from Ampelos Cellars that exhibits stellar acidity, good tannin and solid fruit.

Technical Data:

  • Appellation sta. rita hills
  • Composition 100% pinot noir
  • Vineyard source exclusively ampelos vineyard – one of the first to be certified in sustainability in practice, organic and biodynamic
  • Alcohol 14.2%
  • pH 3.27
  • Barrel aging 21 months
  • Oak profile 33% new french oak and 67% neutral oak
  • Price: $35

Nose: I get like a cherry-cola infused cranberry action right off the bat which is closely followed with notes of roses, white pepper, bacon fat, tar bubble and licorice.

Taste: A very well-structured pinot – good fruit, tannin and acid that all combine together in a way to create a good mid palate and clean finish.

W.E.P. Rating: 95%