AmByth Estate believes in producing wines that are made with minimal intervention: letting the wine make itself. We do not use additives or other winemaking gimmicks to manipulate the fruit that comes from our vineyards. Many factors influence that year’s crop, and we want to taste these influences in the wine. We do not fine or filter and we use only native yeasts. We gently foot crush our red grapes and let them set on their stems and skins until full fermentation has taken place. We also strive to produce wines lower in alcohol levels, so that we have drinkable wines which create that magical harmony between wine and food. Wine is a lover of food, it should caress and bring out the very best.
We are proud to make interesting natural wines, wines that definitely tell you you're drinking AmByth wines. As of 2011, all wines are made with Zero Added Sulfites (with the exception of 2011 Red Table Wine, which has 14ppm added). The wines are aged in neutral oak barrels, stainless steel, or terra cota amphoras handmade in Italy.
Library Wines & Tasting Notes:
2006 Grenache/Mourvedre/Syrah--No Added Sulfites
October 12, 2009: we drank this under a beautiful full moon with a white been soup stocked full of tomatoes from the garden. It is an absolute "must" to decant this wine, at least 2 to 4 hours before drinking, and it is worth of a big glass: a proper large bowl glass. It exhibited an incredible nose with loads of fruit and fresh, crisp plums. Mary sensed a deep, earthy aroma and thought the wine tasted young and youthful. Phillip enjoyed the long-lasting taste on the palate. If you have this wine in your cellar, it is drinkable now, but it still has more years to develop and open up.
100% Marsanne, no added sulfites
Grenache Blanc 63%, Marsanne 16%, Viognier 14%, Roussanne 7%. This wine aged in an 800 liter clay vessel called Amphora. We believe this lets the wine breathe through the aging process without imparting any oak characteristics and flavors. Priscus latin "venerable, ancient", has a healthy dose of sediment, please decant before serving. 13.14% alc by volume84 cases produced
100% Viognier, no added sulfites
2013 Roussanne Half Bottle (375ml)
100% Roussanne. 2013 was a difficult year as the California drought raged on and the Rousanne would not fully ripen. We hung the harvested grapes to dry and shrivel to concentrate their juices. This lends for the intense aromas and flavors of the wine, giving it also a medium straw color. No added sulfites.
2013 Grenache Blanc Orange Wine
100% Grenache Blanc. This wine was fermented with skin contact for 10 days before being pressed off. The wine vinified in an 800 liter clay pot called an Amphora for 12 months before being bottled.This is a style of wine gaining popularity in esoteric wine circles, which we like to align ourselves with. It has an intense “orangey” color and a complex nose of carmelized apple, dough, citrus, Indian spices and herbs. It is a full-bodied wine with citrus notes still dominant. It has a very pleasant texture with soft, grippy tannins. Mother Acid is reminding everyone to stay on track. This is a wine that opens the door to exotic and adventurous pairings, thanks to the tannins and acid structure and overall complexity. It longs for ethnic food like Indian or Thai (with a low spice level), and yes, meat is very welcome with this “orange” wine.
2012 Passito Half Bottle (375ml)
75% Sangiovese, 25% Tempranillo. This passito-style red wine was made from grapes hand-harvested and hung to dry and shrivel for two weeks to concentrate the juice. The wine aged in a 225 liter neutral oak barrel for 24 months before bottling. Initially sweet upon first encounter but surprisingly packed with a balanced acid finish. No added sulfites.
2010 Adamo-Grenache 62%/21% Syrah/Mourvedre 10%/Counoise 7%
Adamo (latin: to fall in love with, to find pleasure in) reflects the lovely femininity of Grenache when harvested at reasonable brix levels. This wine showcases a clean and captivating nose of dark berry fruit and smoke. The palate offers loads of tension and concentration. It has so much to say but has decided to wait before revealing all of its story. Time will polish even more the lovely velvety tannins. Give this wine 5 or 10 years, or decant a week before serving...seriously ;). 10 ppm Total Added Sulfites 13.69% alc by volume
2010 ReVera--Mourvedre 46%/Grenache 23%/Syrah 23%/Counoise 8%
ReVera (latin: in truth). This wine is aptly named, we feel Mourvedre has the expression of the earth--of walking through the vineyards and inhaling the scents of provincial herbs wafting on the winds. The nose is pretty straight-forward “animale”, gamey and intriguing when encountered for the first time. But it quickly transforms itself into a meaty rich wine with intensely packed dark fruit flavors with seriously strong tannins.
2010 Maiestas--Syrah 54%/Grenache 27%/Mourvedre 12%/Counoise 7%
Maeistas (latin: majesty, dignity), You're greeted with the classical deep, dark color of Syrah in your glass. The aroma mirrors the appearance: deep and dark and wonderfully fruity, we find a beautiful expression of lavender aromas. This Syrah based wine has its own sweet fruit, but different from the cherry-like fruit of Grenache, it is more of the rich earthy, brooding fruit that has depth and great dimension with an incredible lingering after taste. The acidity is admirable, and the flavors are delightful.
2011 Ti a Fi
Ti a Fi (Welsh: You and me) Grenache 20%, Mourvedre 19%, Sangiovese 19%, Tempranillo 18%, Grenache Blanc 10%, Counoise 7%, Syrah 5%, Marsanne 2%Our 2011 Ti a Fi has a rich royal, deep garnet color with great heft. The aromas are a blend of the late summer stone fruits of plum and cherry compote. On the palate you are met with a great amount of fruit and jam, with more sweet plum and olallieberry/blackberry flavors. This is a young wine, but it is drinking beautifully; it is recommended to decant this wine, as all of our wines throw sediment and enjoy time to breathe. 55 cases produced, 13.14% alc by volume, 4ppm total added sulfites.
Sangiovese 79%, Tempranillo 21% We thought we cleverly invented this perfect blend between acid and tannic flavors by combining the two grapes, however on a trip to Tuscany we learned that indeed, some of the older vineyards present in the Chianti area are planted to Sangiovese with a few Tempranillo (Malvasia Nera) plants thrown in there. In fact, these grapes have been blended for eons. This is Phillip's favorite of the Sangio/Temp blends. 80 cases produced. 13.31% alc by volume
Tempranillo 70%, Sangiovese 30% This is the brute of the offering, and one of Mary's favorites. You will find the slightest trace of oak in this wine (very unlike the other AmByth offerings). It is indeed Tempranillo. 56 cases. 13.17% alc by volume
2011 CrossLynn Zinfandel
75% Zinfandel 25% Grenache
2008 Gran Reserva Artist Series
Tempranillo 50%, Sangiovese 50%. This is the first release of our Gran Reserva estate wine. This wine aged for 25 months in new and used American oak barrels then aged in bottles for more than 36 months before release. It is our sincere desire that you savor our Gran Reserva as much as we enjoyed crafting it. We are pleased to inaugurate this artist's series wine collection with a view of our vineyard painted by Phillip's brother, Mat Hart. Only select vintages will be chosen to produce a Gran Reserva. May the artistry of the painting and the give you a joy of life. 28 cases produced, 12.2% alc by volume. Contains sulfites.