December was a busy month for Amici wine reviews as critics published their “Best of the Year” lists. Of course, we’re thrilled by every mention we got and are grateful to all of those reviewers for taking the time to taste our wines. Some of the highlights:
2009 Amici Morisoli Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 Points, Wine Enthusiast Best of the Year Buying Guide: “Another successful Cabernet from Amici, who turns to this esteemed vineyard for sourcing. It shows real pedigree and finesse, and it’s instantly appealing for its soft tannins and complex cherry, red currant, cocoa and spice flavors. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s Amici’s best Cabernet of the vintage, and this is as upscale as Napa Cabernet gets.”
2009 Amici Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 Points, Wine Enthusiast Best of the Year Buying Guide: “This 100% Cabernet is soft, rich, fruity and almost sweet in ripe, jammy blackberry and cherry flavors… The acidity is firm and mouthwatering, and the tannins are wonderful. Drink now-2015.”
2009 Amici Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine: “This wine is deep in cassis and tobacco-tinged fruit and hints at dusty soils from first to last. Its evident ripeness is never an issue or concern because the finely focused fruit stays the course and brings good balance and youthful energy to the insistent flavors. Supple in its texture in a way that belies its solid, tannin-firmed underbelly, it is a wine that is going to last for years to come even if capable of pleasing in the here now.”
2011 Amici Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley – Wine Enthusiast: “Tart, clean and juicy, this has ripe flavors of apricot, citrus, tropical fruit and spice. With zesty acidity, it feels basically dry, despite the honeyed finish. A touch of oak lends vanilla and smoke notes.”
2011 Amici Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley – Wine Spectator: “Touches of fresh herb highlight the crisp, juicy citrus, apple and pear flavors that lead to a refreshing finish. Drink now.” – M.W.