"It’s hard to believe that Dick Arrowood, who starred at Château St. Jean in the 1970s, has logged 50 years of winemaking in Northern California, primarily in Sonoma. He pretty much put Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese-styled Rieslings on the map, developed an ambitious program at Château St. Jean for single vineyard Chardonnays, and gets little credit as one of the early pioneers and believers in the Rhône Ranger movement. I had a chance to taste with him at his winery just north of Sonoma, and there’s no resting on his laurels, even after a career that started in 1965 and continues 50+ years later." -eRobertParker.com #223 Mar 201690 Points – 2015 Amapola Creek Rose Cuvée, Sonoma Valley, Estate Vineyard95 Points – 2015 Amapola Creek Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Jos. Belli Vineyards95 Points – 2014 Amapola Creek Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Jos. Belli Vineyards90 Points – 2014 Amapola Creek Cuvée Alis, Sonoma Valley, Estate Vineyard92 Points – 2013 Amapola Creek Cuvée Alis, Sonoma Valley, Estate Vineyard94 Points – 2014 Amapola Creek Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley, Monte Rosso Vineyard95 Points – 2013 Amapola Creek Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley, Monte Rosso Vineyard96 Points – 2013 Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, Estate Vineyard90-92 Points – 2014 Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, Estate Vineyard90-92 Points – 2014 Amapola Creek Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley, Monte Rosso Vineyard93 Points – 2013 Amapola Creek Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley, Monte Rosso Vineyard
Amapola Creek, 2014 Jos. Belli Vineyards, Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 13.9%, $45. ★★★★1/2: Striking. Generous fruit, good complexity. Notes of apple, melon and creme brulee. Bold, yet balanced. Knockout.
"The 2013 Chardonnay Jos. Belli Vineyards (385 cases) is the glorious, subtle yet concentrated style of Chardonnay that Arrowood has made famous over many years. He has always been able to achieve great flavor authority, but never goes over the edge, preferring delicate hints of oak and letting the fruit jump to the foreground. This 2013's delicate straw color with a greenish hue is accompanied by hints of white peaches, honeysuckle and no evidence of wood. Medium to full-bodied with good acids, it builds gently in the mouth, revealing Richard Arrowood’s incredible craftsmanship and touch. Orange blossom notes also appear as the wine sits in the glass, and it finishes with authority as well as delicacy. Drink this beauty over the next 5-7 years.
Amapola Creek is the relatively recent project of Richard Arrowood and his wife, Alis. There are only a handful of wine producers in northern California that have the breadth of experience and impressive résumé of Richard Arrowood." - eRobertParker.com #216 Dec 2014
“Spiced compote kissed with violets and vanilla gives way to minty berry and red plum fruit with some heft from tannins underneath.” – Sara Schneider, Wine Editor
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