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.
2011 Priscus--33% Grenache Blanc/33%Roussanne/21%Marsanne/13% Vi
This wine has a beautiful pale gold color. The first nose is very fresh and complex with lifted aromas of fresh citrus, orange blossoms and crushed minerals. It is medium-bodied with an intense energy carried by a perfect natural acidity. On the palate lime tree notes are on the foreground but you can guess more complex aromas that will develop with time: young quince, butterscotch and smoky minerality. The finish is long, fresh and vibrant. No need to rush with this wine, it is refined and elegant, it is a serious white wine. 13.2% alc by volume, No Added Sulfites
2012 Viognier Orange Wine
A bright and lively Viognier made in a red wine style: the freshly stomped juice remained on its skins and stems for 14 days during fermentation. This gives the wine a lovely orange hue and deep tannins. 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 for "in truth") 13.68% alc by volume, 10 ppm total added sulfites
2010 Maiestas--Syrah 54%/Grenache 27%/Mourvedre 12%/Counoise 7%
2010 Grenache 100%
Our estate Grenache is beautifully aromatic, with a few gamey notes but strongly mixed with blueberry/cherry and other red fruits; dry tobacco and Indian spices whisper in the background. The palate is intense with red currant and tart berry fruit. The tannins are soft, yet present and well integrated in this medium-bodied wine. The finish is long and clean, carried by a vibrant natural acidity. This wine provides great pleasure and versatility with food pairings and will age gracefully over a decade. Native yeast fermentation, Unfined and Unfiltered. 13.77 alc by volume, No Added Sulfites
2010 Mourvedre 100%
Dark, deep garnet color. The nose is pleasantly open and generous with blue fruit notes mixed with light gamy aromas. It is already in place.The palate offers a great mix of generosity and tension. This Mourvedre offers a little extra layers of comfort that will please those that enjoy some volume. Make no mistake, it is not a monster. The acid structure keeps the wine in check and takes it on a long, rich and lively ride. Enjoy now and in the next decade...or more. Native yeast fermentation, Unfined and Unfiltered. 13.76 alc by volume, 15 ppm Total Added Sulfites
2011 Bailey Zinfandel--No Added Sulfites, Organic
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 Zinfandel from the Bailey Ranch, 13.9% alcohol
2011 CrossLynn Zinfandel
75% Zinfandel 25% Grenache