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Amista Vineyards Syrah Dry Creek Valley 2006

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Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Gold Medal

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Amista Vineyards, Inc.:
We dreamed of owning a vineyard and making wine since we first met in 1983. It took us a decade before we'd plant our first vine, and then another six years before we'd find this magnificent vineyard in Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley. Along the way we learned a lot! Most importantly, that wine is a source of endless discovery and rich friendships. Amista translates as "it makes friends" and in our ... Read more
We dreamed of owning a vineyard and making wine since we first met in 1983. It took us a decade before we'd plant our first vine, and then another six years before we'd find this magnificent vineyard in Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley. Along the way we learned a lot! Most importantly, that wine is a source of endless discovery and rich friendships. Amista translates as "it makes friends" and in our experience creating this winery has been all about friendship. At each step in our journey, we've had friends encouraging, guiding and helping us realize our dream of owning a winery. Their enthusiasm and interest taught us that not only do we take great pleasure in growing grapes and making wine, but that we're invigorated by sharing our experience with others. And so, we've created a winery that welcomes old and new friends alike, to join us in exploring the natural rhythm and splendid beauty of wine country living. Read less

External Reviews for Amista Vineyards Syrah Dry Creek Valley

External Review
Vintage: 2004 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Gold Medal


External Review
Vintage: 2003 10/16/2008

This is the first release from Amista, a producer which seems intent on making wines and promulgating the exigencies of the Dry Creek Valley AVA. Vicky and Mike Farrow use only the fruit from their own vineyard, which sits near the center of the famed valley, three miles east of Healdsburg in northern Sonoma County. Dry Creek, known mostly for its Zinfandels, is producing some bright Syrahs because as Lou Preston at his eponymous winery discovered back in 1977, the climate is not unlike that of the southern Rhône.The Amista Syrah, from young vines off of eight acres on the Farrow’s Morningsong Vineyard, is redolent of the dark fruit for which Dry Creek has gained its reputation. Aromas are warm, somewhat smoky with bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder and of moist earth. There’s burnt caramel and caramelized berry syrup flavors and fine grain textural tannins. This is a hell of a first effort. The wine is substantial and will hold together for about a dozen years.Mike Farrow picked his grapes at 23 Brix sugar for which I applaud him, and which helps to incorporate the 14.6 percent of listed alcohol. He made 760 cases of the wine at Everett Ridge. The wine was aged for 18 months in 50 percent French and 50 percent American barrels, 25 percent of which was new. (Amista, incidentally, is pronounced a MEE sta.)




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