Ampelos Cellars - Syrah Gamma (2016), 750ml - Sta. Rita Hills
Dark, rich, and earthy, Ampelos Cellars' 2016 Gamma Syrah is a plucky red with a big heart. Expect seductive, earthy notes of berries, spices, and chocolate.
- Origins: Sta. Rita Hills, California
- Varietal: Syrah
- Grape: 96% Syrah, 4% Viognier
- Vintage: 2016
- Vineyard: Ampelos Cellars
- Alcohol Content: 14.2%
- Character: Dark, rich, and earthy with berries, spices, and slate minerality
- Pairing: BBQ, casseroles, vegan burgers, rich pasta dishes
- Vegan Friendly
- Certified Organic
- Certified Biodynamic
- Certified Sustainable
Often overlooked in California blends, Syrah offers distinctive flavors and aromas not found elsewhere. This dark, supple grape that Ampelos calls the ‘black beauty’ of the Sta. Rita Hills makes for robust, succulent wines with a spirited streak of something wild and gamey. In this cool climate region enveloped by ocean fog, the Syrah clusters achieve a very long hang-time, allowing the rich flavors to fully develop. Ampelos Cellars’ 2016 Gamma Syrah is organic, biodynamic, and minimally invasive, honoring the unique qualities of this sumptuous fruit.
The 2016 Gamma Syrah has an enticing hue of deep cardinal red. Expect to taste stewed black fruits, earthy blueberries, fine cacao, and a savory bite of cracked black pepper, with a kick of slate minerality. After three years in the barrel, oaky nuances are well-integrated, offering a mellifluous undercurrent of smoke, leather, and ash. This is an unshrinking, full-structured wine, with bold tannins, and a subtle burst of acid. The finish is long, captivating, and persistent. Serve with your meal or sip after dinner to perfectly round off the evening with the essence of central California.
100% Red Blend. No Sulfites Added.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I serve the Ampelos Cellars 2016 Gamma Syrah with?
The dense, powerful flavors and aromas of this superb wine require some standing up to! Pair with smoky barbecued eggplant drizzled with molasses, hearty casseroles, juicy vegan burgers with tangy relish, or rich pasta dishes.