The Wine Advocate
2013 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Jos. Belli Vineyards

"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." - #216 Dec 2014

Sunset Magazine
BUY RIGHT – Sara’s Favorite Zins
2011 Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Viñas Antiguas

“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

92 Points - The Wine Entusiast
2010 Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Viñas Antiguas

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

91 Points - The Wine Enthusiast
2010 Cuvée Alis, Sonoma Valley, Amapola Creek Estate Vineyard

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

92 Points - The Wine Enthusiast
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, Amapola Creek Estate Vineyard

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