Beckham Estate Vineyard

A.D. Beckham Amphora Pinot Gris

Complex yet delicate. 2015 vintage is in a great spot. Pinot Gris can be interesting and this proves it. — 2 months ago

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Vare Vineyard Ribolla Gialla 2012

What a beautiful spring day in Minnesota!

The glorious, golden sunshine called us outdoors and inspired us to crack into this 2012 Arnot-Roberts “Amphora” Ribolla Gialla.

We had the pleasure of blind tasting the 2010 vintage when we visited Arnot-Roberts last year. Check out my IG post (@Sips_Ensemble) from June 9, 2022 for more details on that magical visit!

This wine is made from the Ribolla Gailla variety, an ancient and rare grape grown most notably in the Friuli region of northeastern Italy and neighboring Goriška Brda region of Slovenia (where it’s called Rebulla).

Here is a lovely Napa expression coming from the Vare Vineyard in Napa’s Oak Knoll District, which is farmed organically by the esteemed Steve Matthiasson. Growing Ribolla in the Vare Vineyard dates back to 2001, when cuttings were brought over from Friuli, Italy for planting.

Settled at the base of the bottle we can see the lees (fine particles from the yeast), an indication this wine was likely unfiltered (or minimally filtered), lending richness and texture while also helping to preserve the wine.

It’s justifiably showing some signs of age with its deep golden hue and honeyed, nutty notes; yet it still offers round primary notes of yellow apple, bosc pear, quince, orange peel, grapefruit pith, cantaloupe, honeysuckle, white blossom, and wet slate, with a notable creaminess.

Cheers to sipping delicious wine on a delicious day!
— 8 months ago

with Deked1
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It’s been cold up there! My husband is from Wisconsin near UP Michigan and his mom still lives there. Keep warm and continue to drink great wine!


@Sharon B Yes! We needed this. Your mother-in-law, too. We are taking it all in (along with this delish wine)!! ☀️

Cristiano Guttarolo

Rosato Amphora Rosé Blend 2021

Complex. A bit unfocused. Initial forward tartness retreated after a while, but there was a bitter note, kinda cherry stones/bitter almonds, that remained unintegrated into the whole picture. — 5 months ago

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Filipa Pato

Post Quercus Tinto Baga

Vintage 2015 | the stubborn Baga grape finds its Master in Filipa Pato and William Wouters. Fermented and aged in amphora. It gets a light footed structure and mineral typed taste with a velvety mouthfeel. Great effort! | paired with a simple pasta tomatosauce and a steak afterwards — 10 months ago

Brian, Eric and 16 others liked this

Herdade Do Rocim

Fresh From Amphora Red Blend 2020

Buen vino y facil de tomar — 4 months ago

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Azienda Agricola Cirelli (Francesco Cirelli)

Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2019

The amphora-aged bottling gains noticeably in complexity and power. Warm and sunny, round on the palate, showing exotic fruit and floral tones with some nuts and spice. Worth the step up in price and still a very good value — 7 months ago

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Clos Canarelli

Amphora Corse Figari Nielluccio Sciacarello 2019

Rainy Saturday night at home listening to Lady Blackbird. Smoky, sultry, spellbinding. Fresh, with lots of finesse. Stewed fruits on the nose with hints of minerality. Some spice on the palate. Subtle hints of dried longan.

Blend of Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu, Minustello, Carcaghjolu, and Moresconu. Northwest- and south-facing vineyards on a windswept clay-limestone terroir. The estate has been certified organic since 2002 and the vines have been farmed according to biodynamic principles since 2006. The yield for this cuvée was 25 hl/ha. After hand-harvesting and sorting, the grapes are 100% destemmed and vinified with indigenous yeasts in clay amphorae. The wine is neither fined nor filtered. No SO2 added.
** Note: This wine will benefit from some time to breathe prior to drinking. **
“A rich, intense nose with notes of ripe fruit and spices. The palate has great volume, finesse and freshness – a pure and balanced wine. The amphora, this ancient vessel of winemaking, has been mastered to perfection by Canarelli.” Cave Pur Jus
— 10 months ago