Now this is a new world Pinot Noir for me. Bold and fruit forward with black fruits, wood, spices, vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, earth and light vegetables.
Tangy and spicy, rich and extracted. Showing lots of acidity to make it lively and interesting.
A good sipping wine and very enjoyable by itself.
Good right out of the bottle and very tasty.
I paired it with a nice view of the lake.
14.7% alcohol by volume.
$35. — 3 days ago
Easily one of the better incarnations of this wine, the 2015 Sky is drinking really well. I think (but am not 100% certain) that by this vintage Greg Brewer had moved from Melville to John Hilliard’s operation just down the road on Route 246. Has many of the same characteristics you’d expect from a St Rita Hills pinot - beautiful bright strawberry-laced fruit, a bit of earth and spice, all wrapped together in a wine with a seamless mouthfeel. Very sad that life circumstances compelled John and his wife to shut HB down, but this wine is a terrific reflection of what they achieved in a very short space of time. Cheers! — 20 days ago
2nd day review(my wife opened it a little too early last night without me 😪). A mystifying dark garnet color. On the nose: dark cherry, strawberry, wet leaves, floral, little caramel, and very slight menthol. Taste: raspberry, dark cherry, minerals, tea ...nice med plus acidity, a smokey/plum finish, velvety smooth and drinking well for this young wine on the 2nd night!!! — 2 days ago
Ripe blackberry, cherry, sweet tobacco, cola, smoke and hints of vanilla, all waft up from the 2015 Ampelos Syrah Gamma. It's soft on the palate, mixing minerals with ripe dark berries as zesty acids tug at the cheeks and hints of savory herbs resonated toward the close. The finish is long, yet this is no blockbuster, instead wonderfully pleasant and poised, still showing blue and black fruit with gentle tannins and a hint of tart citrus. Don't overt think it, just enjoy. — 10 hours ago