Amapola Creek Petite Sirah - Monte Rosso, 2018
Monte Rosso Vineyard, Moon Mountain District
Amapola Creek Vineyards consists of 100 acres along the sun-washed western slope of the Mayacamas Mountains adjacent to the highly-acclaimed Monte Rosso Vineyard. These red, iron-oxide soils have yielded superb wines for well over a century. Founded by the renowned winemaster Richard Arrowood and now part of the B. Wise Estate, we are working with master vineyardist Phil Coturri to replant 25 acres as organically-certified estate vines.
About the Amapola Creek Petite Sirah:
The unique character of our 2018 Petite Sirah begins with the mountain terroir of our neighbor, the historic Monte Rosso Vineyard, and its famous red soils. The vines are planted at an elevation of around 100 + feet above sea level and with an intensive dry-farming regimen that helps to deeply concentrate the characteristics of this variety. These vines yield just enough fruit for us to produce between 50 and 75 cases each year. The nose on this wine opens with an earthy bramble of berries and plum, swirl the glass and you will uncover a gentle hint of anise, balanced against a subtle minerality that underscores and enhances the fruit. The body is huge and round, with marvelous tannin and a pleasing acidic bite. The palate holds a surprising note of cinnamon at the front, followed by a deep, dark wave of black fruit that washes through to a lengthy finish, ripe with toast and ripe red cherry.
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