While we’ve been busy gearing up for the bulk of harvest, we managed to garner a nice little piece about our 2009 Cuvee Alis by Virginia Miller of The Perfect Spot.

Amapola Creek’s 2009 Cuvee Alis, Sonoma Valley
“Glen Ellen’s Amapola Creek, from Richard Arrowood (who founded Arrowood Winery), is a small, boutique winery. Cuvee Alis ($48) is named after Richard’s wife, a hand-harvested, unfined and unfiltered blend of 55% Syrah, 45% Grenache, organically grown on a slope of the Mayacamas Mountains on the Arrowood’s 100-acre ranch. The wine gives of a nose of cherry pie, gentle pepper, smoke, tasting of dark berries, spicy meat, with silky tannins and acidic balance. http://www.amapolacreek.com”

Thanks for the kind words Virginia!

Amapola Creek is Richard Arrowoods’ latest winemaking project, to visit the Amapola Creek Winery main site, please click here.

 

 

 

This wine sure has garnered a lot of attention! Here’s what Rich Mauro of The Gazette had to say about it;

“2009 Amapola Creek Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Vineyard Viñas Antiguas ($42). After 15 years at Chateau St. Jean and 25 years at his own Arrowood Winery, Richard Arrowood, with his wife, Alis, established a vineyard on the western side of the Mayacamas Mountains and began producing estate wines under the Amapola Creek label. This wine shows the pedigree of its mountain source and 118-year-old vines. It is dense, with oak touches, mineral and spice notes, sleek texture and noticeable but soft tannins.”

Thank you for the kind words Rich! Click here to read the full article.

Amapola Creek is Richard Arrowoods’ latest winemaking project, to visit the Amapola Creek Winery main site, please click here.

 

 

 

 

Well, it just keeps on happening, here’s another great review for our 2009 Monte Rosso Zinfandel!

“SRP: $36. A beautiful Zinfandel. Fresh-from-the-farm cherries, perfume, wild blackberries, and sweet Asian spices. While proudly ripe, this wine isn’t in your face. The palate is lush and balanced. (91 pts.)”

Thanks for the accolades!

Amapola Creek is Richard Arrowoods’ latest winemaking project, to visit the Amapola Creek Winery main site, please click here.

 

 

July 12, 2012

 

 

 

Many thanks to the Earthwine blog for profiling us on their list of environmentally friendly wineries! This is a pretty good little summary of how we look at what we do. Normally on our own blog we try to give you the details of what it is that we do, as opposed to the philosophy behind it, and so we would recommend clicking through and checking it out to gain a little perspective on what you read here!

Earthwine blog – Amapola Creek

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This really has been a fantastic couple of weeks for us in terms of reviews! This time, our 2009 Monte Rosso Zinfandel was listed as the Wine of the Week by  Brian Freedman of The Goodlife Report;

” This boasts a rich cherry liqueur and wild-berry cobbler nose, with warm Tahitian vanilla, caramel, flowers, black peppercorns, and exotic spices, cardamom chief among them. On the palate, this remarkably elegant wine sings of red cherry and black and red raspberry, summertime blueberry, pie crust, toast, vanilla, spice, and cedar, with a hint of sandalwood on the finish. Complex and rich yet never ponderous, it’s an exceptionally lively bottling with elegance and depth to spare, and promises to drink very well through 2022. Not that you’ll be able to wait that long. ”

You can read the full article here, we would also recommend browsing through the rest of The Goodlife Report, as it has a number of interesting articles and reviews.

It’s great to hear so many nice things about our wines, we work very hard on them and so the validation is music to our ears!

To visit the Amapola Creek Winery main site, please click here.

 

 

 

Here’s another of the great reviews our wines have gotten in the last few days! This one is from Hayley Hamilton of Side Dish magazine;

“Iconic California winemaker Richard Arrowood just released his 2009 Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel made from 100+year old Zinfandel vines grown in the mineral rich, mountainous vineyard. This is a soft and supple wine filled with freshly cracked black pepper, ripe red cherries, dried berries and toffee with lingering aromas of violets and wild flowers on the finish.”

This has been a great week for us, it’s fantastic to hear such wonderful things about our wines!


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More nice reviews!

June 18, 2012

 

 

 

We’ve had a flurry of exciting reviews of our wines recently, here’s what David White of the Terroirist wine blog had to say about our 2009 Cuvee Alis;

SRP: $48. On the nose, a dark and brooding Rhone blend. Dark soil and earth, followed by layer after layer of blackberries and black cherries, followed by bittersweet chocolate, chili paste, and some graphite. On the palate, lots of black pepper comes out. The wine has gentle tannins and juicy acidity, but some astringency shows itself at the finish. A big wine that’ll likely take a few years to settle down – and will likely mature into something delicious. (91 pts.)

You can actually find a second excellent review of this wine by clicking through the Terroirist link above, and then clicking the link ‘2009 Amapola Creek Cuvee Alis Estate’, which is just above the text of David’s review.

This wine has been beautifully received by critics, we are very proud of it and hope you all get a chance to enjoy it!

To visit the Amapola Creek Winery main site, please click here.

 

 

 

Another great review from Josh Raynolds of the International Wine Cellar, this time for our 2009 Cuvee Alis, a Rhone red blend.

2009 Amapola Creek Cuvee Alis, 90 points

“Opaque ruby. Smoky, highly perfumed bouquet evokes black raspberry, cherry-cola, dried flowers and anise, with a peppery topnote. Weighty dark berry flavors become livelier with air and pick up an element of spiciness. Finishes tangy and long, with lingering smoke and vanilla qualities.”

Thanks again for the kind words, Josh!

To visit the Amapola Creek Winery main site, please click here.

 

 

 

Check out what Josh Raynolds of the International Wine Cellar had to say about our 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon,

“2007 Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 points Inky purple. Complex aromas of dried cherry, licorice, tobacco and aged beef, plus a subtle smoky nuance. Sappy and creamy in texture, offering intense dark fruit flavors that gain power and spiciness with aeration. Shows bitter cherry pit and smoked meat notes on the back end, finishing with very good breadth and sweetness.”
Thanks for the kind words Josh!

To visit the Amapola Creek Winery main site, please click here.

 

 

 

Check out what Josh Raynolds of International Wine Cellar had to say about our 2009 Monte Rosso Zinfandel!

2009 Amapola Creek Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard Vinas Antiguas Sonoma Valley

($42) (includes about 9% petite sirah; 16.1% alcohol):  Inky ruby.  An explosively perfumed bouquet displays dark berry liqueur, cherry-cola, licorice and smoky Indian spices.  Lush and expansive blackberry and blueberry flavors show surprising vivacity for a wine of this size, with lively spice and floral qualities emerging with air.  Closes smoky and very long, with lingering vanilla and violet nuances. 92

We have to agree! Always lovely to hear nice things about our wines!

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