2011 AmByth Estate "Bailey Vineyard" Paso Robles Zinfandel

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Under-the-radar Paso Robles winery with a penchant for non-interventionist winemaking. According to the winery: "You'll find a nose of wild mountain berries with white pepper spice (lots of white pepper!) followed in the mouth by a taste of a magnificent fresh fruit compote. It is quite unlike any Zin you've had before! It is a young wine, but it is beautifully complex and aged in its character, we are quite smitten with it." CCOF certified organic, just 13.9% abv, and no sulfites added.

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By: Angie An | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2014 | Send Email
Do you consider yourself a super wine geek? You are not if you haven't tried Ambyth! This super small winery produces a total of 1,000 cases annually entirely out of the winemaker's garage, with vines surrounding his house co-existing with chickens, dogs, cats, sheep and cows. Everything is completely organic, biodynamic (I know, I know, you've all heard that before) and... wait for it... 100% natural (HUH?) It means dry-farmed, hand-picked, NO chemicals added, NO yeast added (wild yeast only), NO acid adjustment, NO sulfites added, NO fining and NO filtration. You think you can handle all that? Let's raise the stakes by adding in the Australian owner with cool accent and amazing hospitality, oh, and did I mention all the wines are fermented in amphora (handmade Italian clay pots)? In true Ambyth fashion, this wine is anything but your ordinary Zin. I got loads of wild raspberries, dried cherries, and black tea, but it's all elegantly put together, not overly intense or jammy. Red flowers and some strawberries that really lighten up the aromatics and makes it lively on the palate. Again, the wine has good acidity (acid is your friend! Especially when it comes to pairing with food) and a touch of spice on the finish. It's a fun and different expression of Zinfandel that you really won't find elsewhere!

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9