Ampelos

Pinot Noir

9.054 ratings
8.88 pro ratings
Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Brent Clayton

My reward for selling the rest of 2016 & 2017 today. Lean and hot upon opening. After an hour has finally blossomed with ripe candied red cherry fruit, good acid, and hints of spice on the finish. Very pleasant and deft handed; on the lighter side of SRH Pinot Noir.

My reward for selling the rest of 2016 & 2017 today. Lean and hot upon opening. After an hour has finally blossomed with ripe candied red cherry fruit, good acid, and hints of spice on the finish. Very pleasant and deft handed; on the lighter side of SRH Pinot Noir.

Oct 8th, 2020
Peter Wassam

Easily one of the best CA pinots I've ever had, especially in this price bracket. Light in color, long on flavor. Morello cherry, underbrush, strawberry twizzler, orange rind, a mineral vein, ethereal texture and the fluffiest tannins ever that just dash the tongue before fading seamlessly. There's some damp rose petal in here too. And cranberry. Biodynamically farmed, only 57 barrels, I'm a fan, shoulda got more.

Easily one of the best CA pinots I've ever had, especially in this price bracket. Light in color, long on flavor. Morello cherry, underbrush, strawberry twizzler, orange rind, a mineral vein, ethereal texture and the fluffiest tannins ever that just dash the tongue before fading seamlessly. There's some damp rose petal in here too. And cranberry. Biodynamically farmed, only 57 barrels, I'm a fan, shoulda got more.

1 person found it helpfulDec 28th, 2017
Ryan Gaskins

Animal qualities, lush fruit, great structure. Cali gem!

Animal qualities, lush fruit, great structure. Cali gem!

1 person found it helpfulSep 22nd, 2014
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

8.6

Nice sour cherry. Good body and good acid.

Nice sour cherry. Good body and good acid.

May 27th, 2014
Nicole LaBarbera

Balanced flavor but, didn’t like the nose of this wine.

Balanced flavor but, didn’t like the nose of this wine.

Nov 18th, 2018
Kevin Snorf

Just can't get enough

Just can't get enough

Apr 4th, 2018
Kate Brandt

Nice, smooth, cherry, shine spice

Nice, smooth, cherry, shine spice

Jan 8th, 2017
Michael Graves

Unexpectedly good. Earthy and restrained, not overly fruity.

Unexpectedly good. Earthy and restrained, not overly fruity.

Jan 19th, 2016
Elizabeth Griswold

Day 2, really feminine & pretty. Sour cherry palate, touch of cola. Lost the vanilla bean from yesterday, still finishing sweet. Lovely restrained Russian River.

Day 2, really feminine & pretty. Sour cherry palate, touch of cola. Lost the vanilla bean from yesterday, still finishing sweet. Lovely restrained Russian River.

Mar 18th, 2015
Devon Graham

Strong cherry note with good balance

Strong cherry note with good balance

Mar 7th, 2015