It’s difficult to bring delicacy and subtlety to a big Zinfandel from Monte Rosso. This wine does both, despite the high alcohol. Aged in some new oak, it brings a vast array of toast, blackberry jam, briary wild blueberries and black pepper, wrapped into strong tannins, and brightened by beautiful acidity. This Zinfandel will hold in the bottle for many years, but your window is now and through 2016, before it begins to lose fruity freshness. The Wine Enthusiast- June 2014
Syrah dominates the blend on this dry, complex red wine. It brings tannins and deep flavors of blackberries and charred meat. One-third of Grenache adds lightness and cherries, while oak contributes the perfect note of toast. The alcohol is high, but it never feels hot, just mouth-filling and warming. It’s a polished and complex wine that brings to mind a perfect steak. The Wine Enthusiast - June 2014
There’s a great wine lurking inside big, hard tannins, but it’s going to take some time to express itself. If you chew the wine, you’ll discover a core of intensely ripe black berries and currants. The finish is thoroughly dry and spicy in cinnamon, clove and black pepper, with hints of cocoa. Stash this in the cellar until 2020. Cellar Selection. Wine Enthusiast - June 2014
Following a recent visit to the estate, wine writer Dan Berger featured Amapola Creek in his article entitled "Two wineries linked by history," that appeared in The Press Democrat. A link to the clip is attached.
“Amapola Creek is a small, prestige winery in Sonoma Valley whose owners, Richard and Alis Arrowood, are making remarkable strides.
Among their top wines is a stellar Cabernet Sauvignon, a terrific Syrah, dramatic Zinfandel, and a superb Chardonnay."
The Press Democrat is a local, daily newspaper based in Santa Rosa, CA, with additional bureaus in Petaluma and Ukiah, CA. The paper covers local, regional and national news of interest to residents of Northern California. Dan Berger lives in Sonoma County, where he publishes “Vintage Experiences,” a weekly wine newsletter.
“92. Amapola Creek 2010 Zinfandel, Monte Rosso Vineyards, Vinas Antiguas, Sonoma Valley ($42) Chocolate cherry-blueberry jams only so far: Enter a searing acidity and fresh aaah. Spiced with cracked pepper and nutmeg to pique the taste buds but softens with grilled meats and fatty foods, red sauce or a hunk of cheese. This dry-farmed Zin from 118-year-old vines is from legendary winemaker Dick Arrowood."
By Meridith May, Publishers Picks