The World of Pinot Noir

Rebecca Work is the owner of Ampelos Wines.

There were two estates or winemakers that stood out for me:

Ampelos (who also does much of the work in creating GoGi wines, Kurt Russell’s winery)

and Blue Farms from Sonoma

As they say in their web site, “​In 1999 we purchased 82 acres in what would later become the Sta. Rita Hills appellation (Santa Rita Hills in California is legally Sta. Rita Hills), and named it ‘Ampelos,’ the Greek word for vine.”

We, as in Peter and Rebecca Work.

Not a large producer, but they take their time in fashioning their wine. The 2016 Lambda rests in barrel for two and a half years and then a year in bottle before it is released. The resulting wine reflects this time and care.

It is outstanding. Immediately enjoyable with an excellent balance, and solid red fruit (especially raspberries) comes through.

And if it sells for the same price as the 2015 does online ($35). That’s a major bargain. The 2015 Infrequent is a single-clone pinot and is a blockbuster.

Delicious with more body and strength than the Lambda, it’s not to be missed.

Blue Farms from the Sonoma side of Carneros also stood out in a sea of pinot.

Anne Moller-Racke is the winegrower and proprietor.

She poured the 2017 Anne Katherina and the 2016 King Ridge. The King Ridge was very pleasant, almost the epitome of pinot noir, light color, strawberry fruit, and berry aromas. Excellent. Its source of fruit was from the Fort Ross-Seaview, an AVA in the Sonoma Coast region.

The star was the 2017 Anne Katherina, all estate fruit. Outstanding, with great fruit. Heavy, brooding berries yet creamy and quite smooth. A real find.

You know that these must be really unique wines if, after tasting more than 50 pinots, these two stood out.
Unfortunately, likely, with the coronavirus it will be a while before similar large tastings are held. In the meantime, get yourself some Ampelos and Blue Farms to ride out the wait.
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