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The beginnings were inauspicious. The tiny winery got its first life in the basement of a prune barn, behind a plywood door and next to three barrels of vinegar. Rick started with three tons of Petite Sirah, three tons of Zinfandel and a heavy dose of chutzpa. The year was 1997. Over time, Rick expanded to five varietals the original Petite Sirah and Zinfandel were joined by a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Excellent ratings by wine critics pushed production demands for Rick’s wines beyond the confines of the current winery.
Healdsburg, CA
Phone: (707) 431-7767
Website: http://www.amphorawines.com
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
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2006 Chardonnay
Russian River Valley, Peters Vineyard

Peters Vineyard is located on the western edge of Russian River Valley and because of its cool setting is ideal for growing some of the best Burgundian varietals in California. T ... morehe 2006 Peters Chardonnay is feminine and delicate, with perfumes of gala apple, lemon custard, honey and brioche. The wine glides across the palate with a light silkiness and maintains its vibrant acidity on the finish. A fantastic wine to pair with flash seared ahi tuna encrusted with toasted hazelnuts and lightly topped with a ginger soy reduction. For simpler fare, go with lobster!

Pinot Noir
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2006 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, Windsor Oaks

One of our first Pinots, from the northeast Russian River Valley. Even in its youth, this wine is creamy, supple and complex, with Queen Anne cherry, chanterelle mushroom and viole ... moret notes overlying a raspberry-vanilla juiciness. Sweetness and spice, everything nice. Seat this guest next to the roast turkey and cranberry sauce.

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2005 Sangiovese
Dry Creek Valley

The hillsides surrounding the fertile Dry Creek Valley, so much like the Chianti region of Italy, produce the finest Sangiovese. This impressive light ruby-red wine offers rich ar ... moreomas of raspberry and spice. Mouth-filling flavors of strawberry jam and white pepper highlight this lovely wine. Great acidity and a lingering finish make this an excellent choice for a variety of foods.

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2005 Zinfandel
Dry Creek Valley, Mounts Vineyard

This 2005 Zinfandel was hand-harvested from 35-40 year old head-pruned vines from Mounts Vineyard on the west side of Dry Creek Valley. This deep ruby-red wine offers mouth-filling ... more aromas of spice, ripe raspberry and plums. Mouth-filling flavors of red currant laced with cinnamon and plum are complemented by a hint of black pepper. French and American oak flavors round out this well-balanced wine. It is an excellent match for lamb kabobs, beef stew, or even a flourless chocolate cake.

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2005 Merlot
Dry Creek Valley, Polesky Vineyard

The Polesky Vineyard sits near the peak of Bradford Mountain, which lies on the western edge of Dry Creek Valley. Predominantly red volcanic soil called "Boomer Soil", the Polesky ... moresite is ideal for growing intense fruit-driven Merlot. With initial emphasis on black cherry, currant and plum, the nose unfolds with hints of soy, pencil shavings, and sweet herbs. The palate is rich and full-bodied with enough tannin to warrant a few years aging. Best to pair this lovely wine with an aged ribeye grilled just right.

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Cabernet Sauvignon
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2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, Jacob's Ridge

Located on the east side of Mounts Vineyard overlooking Dry Creek Valley, Jacob’s Ridge lies on the highest point of the ranch. Its hillside structure and well-drained soil produce ... mores the finest Cabernet grapes in the valley. This is a dense, plum-colored Cabernet Sauvignon with profound and sultry aromas of black cherry, blackberry and vanilla. Ripe black cherry, blackberry and subtle hints of green olive burst forth on the palate. Enjoy this full-bodied, well-balanced wine with hearty beef tenderloin or an elegant filet mignon.

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2005 Syrah
Dry Creek Valley

This single-vineyard Syrah comes from the west side of Dry Creek Valley. Ripe , dark fruits entice the nose and charm the palate.Full-bodied and well-balanced, this wine will enhan ... morece a meal of rich meats and fresh vegetables grilled on your patio, or a hearty pasta dish enjoyed by the fire.

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Petite Sirah
CAW Rating: 87
2 reviews

2005 Petite Sirah
Dry Creek Valley

The 2005 Petite Sirah from 2 vineyards west side of Dry Creek exhibits a luscious ink-color with fruit-driven aromas of blackberry, blueberry and a hint of raspberry. The intense f ... morelavors follow true to the nose with a touch of cola, black pepper and a lingering finish of warm vanilla and dark chocolate. The concentrated varietal fruit, combined with well-integrated tannins, produces a full supple wine. This wine will complement grilled steak, barbecued ribs or tomato-based pasta dishes.

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2005 Seven Sisters
Dry Creek Valley

This first proprietary red wine from Amphora bears quite an image, and quite a tale! But you'll have to ask Rick for the details!

Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, insp ... moreired by Rick's time "Down Under" and a bevy of admirers (see the label)!


Updated on July 9, 2008

CrazyAboutWine recommends contacting Amphora Wines at http://www.amphorawines.com or calling (707) 431-7767 to verify the winery's location.

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