Ampelos Cellars Sta. Hills Pinot Noir Rho Magnum Bottle
Thrill and excitement mixed with a dash of danger. Transformative with a spicy glance, rich cherry cola, tree ripened plums and a kick of cloves. A pop of acidity, bright red fruit and tiny ribbons of creaminess swaddle you in the high roller suite. You will definitely find yourself "all in" because 'rho' is a game changer. Aged over 30 months in French oak barrels. Only 11 barrels produced.
|Wine Maker||Peter & Rebecca Work|
|Production Method||After we harvested the fruit, it stayed 24 hours in our cold room to avoid the use of dry iceThe fruit was gently destemmed and cold soaked for 3-5 days until the fermentation started. based on the trials we had done since 2009 we decided this year for the first time not to add any yeast but let the wild yeast the grapes carries from the vineyard do its jobWe hand punched each fermenter twice a day to enhance the extraction of colors, tannins and flavorsAfter completed primary fermentation we let the fermenters continue with extended maceration up to one monthWe separated the free run, press off the rest and barrel down the individual batchesThen the second fermentation (converts malolatic acid to lactic acid) kicks in utilizing the natural wild malolactic bacteria After one year of barrel ageing we tasted through all barrels and selected our favorite 9 barrelsComposition is 22% clone 115, 22% 2a, 22% 667, 11% pommard4, 11% 828 and 11% 777This wine is made entirely from free run wine – no press wine barrels were selectedIt was aged for 33 months and only racked once and it is unfined and unfiltered|
|Ratings/Awards||91 pts - Wine Enthusiast|