Rosé of Syrah, Ampelos Cellars
75% Syrah/19% Grenache/6% Riesling
In 1999, Rebecca and Peter Work purchased 82 acres in what would later become the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, and named it “Ampelos,” the Greek word for vine. Located in the cool climate area of the eastern Sta. Rita Hills, Ampelos Vineyard & Cellars is resolute in their passion to produce hands-on, minimally invasive wines. The vineyard is the first in the U.S. to be certified Sustainability in Practice, Organic, and Biodynamic.
Color is bright pink/salmon – looks like it will glow in the dark. On the nose are hints of fresh strawberries, with watermelon, pomegranate, jolly rancher and pink lady apples. The minerality is crisp and slate-like. Palate of white lilies, bright red fruit, candy necklace and light herbs – nice tropical lift from the Riesling. The finish is long & filled with the aforementioned fruits. nose of straw- and raspberries, with watermelon and pomegranate.