Amapola Creek by Richard Arrowood Cuvée Alis (2013) Sonoma Valley

Amapola Creek
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SKU amapola_creek_cuvee_alis_2013
Stock 2
Gift Wrapping Available
Varietal Red Blend
Country USA
Region California
Appellation Sonoma Valley
Size 750ml

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 92 Points "The 2013 Cuvée Alis Estate (66% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre and 12% Syrah) is a hefty, high-octane style (15.6% alcohol) with loads of kirsch liqueur, pepper, lavender, earth and underbrush. It is Provençal, deep, full-bodied, and a total lusty treat. Drink it over the next 5-6 years."

Richard Arrowood is an iconic winemaster who has been making wine exclusively in Sonoma County for more than for 45 years. From 1974 through 1990, he created the wines for Chateau St. Jean, where he developed some of the first vineyard-designate Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon produced in Sonoma County. He and his wife, Alis, founded Arrowood Winery with the 1985 vintage. Each year, they made extraordinary small-lot varietals and vineyard designates. Richard was the winemaster at Arrowood Winery until June 2010, when he resigned his position to devote himself full-time to making wines for his estate winery, Amapola Creek Vineyards and Winery.

Winemaker's Notes: Our Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre are organically grown in several small vineyard blocks high above Sonoma Valley on a sun-washed western slope of the Mayacamas Mountains. These blocks comprise a tiny part of our 100-acre ranch, which borders and shares red, iron-oxide volcanic soils with our neighbor, the highly acclaimed Monte Rosso Vineyard, a source of superb wines for well over a century. We have situated our vines in the perfect spots for each variety. The Syrah and Grenache are planted on the upper property, in a block we call Bobcat Run, which lies in a cool hollow open to the southwest, with rows running north/south for good sun and warmth without excessive exposure. The Mourvèdre, a slower ripening variety, is on a steep and rocky sliver of hillside with thin, well-drained soil and heavy exposure to the sun.


Red Blend
Sonoma Valley