Ampelos Cellars, "Phi: The Golden One", Viognier
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Ampelos Cellars, "Phi: The Golden One", Viognier - 2020

Item # 45203 750mL
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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

Tasting Notes

From the smallest holdings at Ampelos Cellars, only one row of vines, this Viognier is their sole white offering. This full-bodied, dry, aromatic white is absolutely bursting this aromas. Peter and Rebecca Work are crafting very limited quantities of excellent wines. Pair with shrimp aguachile.

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Staff Pick Notes

Once in a while you will smell a wine that evokes instant happiness within you. Describing the aroma as a happy smell is subjective, but the combination of honeysuckle and juicy apricot is downright beautiful. Consider memories of Grandma’s pies baking in the oven along with the warm breeze of a summer night carrying the scent of wildflowers. Upon tasting, you will feel the acidity zip right through, chiseling your palate after it has been mellowed by the rich mouthfeel. Ampelos is introducing us to a rare California Viognier of depth, texture, and complexity, artisanally crafted for you.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


Some of the most intriguing wines associated with the white Viognier grape contain hardly any Viognier at all: in the Côte Rôtie appellation, wine must be made principally from the red Syrah grape, but up to 20 percent (often far less) can be of white Viognier. The practice of adding Viognier to Syrah began as a way of taming the very ripe, tannic reds of the hot Côte Rôtie ("roasted slope"), but...

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