Amici Cellars Napa Valley
The first commercial vintage at Amici was in 1992 and the winery remains small with an output of just a few thousand cases a year. Winemaker Jeff Hansen sources fruit from throughout the Napa for the Cabernet, while the Pinot Noir comes from the Costa Vineyard in Mendocino. Both wines are aged in French oak, 40–50% new, and the Pinot Noir is regularly hand-punched during fermentation to add complexity.
The Pinot Noir is in a relatively tight style with bright strawberry fruit. The Cabernet is ripe and full with a dark, almost tarry character. The Cabernet in particular will benefit from 5 or 6 years’ cellaring. A more expensive Reserve Cabernet is also released along with pricier still (£G) examples from Spring Mountain and the Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford. A Sauvignon Blanc is also made. (DM)
To find out more about Amici Cellars and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide Napa and Carneros..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)