Introducing “Friends with Benefits”

You asked for it, you got it!  After many requests, we are happy to announce Amici’s new wine club, or, as we like to think of our members, “Friends with Benefits.”  Enjoy the perks of friendship with shipments of special wines not always available to the general public, including pre-release, library and limited-production wines directly from the winery.  Members also enjoy many advantages reserved for our inner circle of friends, listed below.

We offer three tiers of membership, geared towards your specific tastes:


JUST FRIENDS

Amici Wines

A mix of white and red wines chosen from our Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

6 bottle ~ $210
12 bottle ~ $420
24 bottle ~ $840

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SOMETHING MORE

Amici Reserve and Vineyard Designate Wines

A mix of white and red wines chosen from our Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc Reserves and Singe Vineyards.

6 bottle ~ $500
12 bottle ~ $1000
24 bottle ~ $1500

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CONFIDANT

Amici Reserve and Vineyard Designate Red Wines

A mix of red wines chosen from our Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir Reserves and Single Vineyards.

6 bottle ~ $745
12 bottle ~ $1490
24 bottle ~ $2980

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Members of each club enjoy the following perks and features:

  • Three shipments annually comprised of Amici wines specially chosen based on your Membership level
  • Access to new vintages before these wines are released to the public
  • Complimentary tastings at Amici Cellars (advanced reservations required)
  • Collectible recipe cards in each shipment paired specifically with Amici wines
  • Invitations to exclusive events at the winery
  • $10 ground shipping on orders of 6 bottles or more

For our “Something More” and “Confidant” Club members, the relationship has even deeper meaning:

  • Private wine tasting for members and up to seven guests with cheese pairing (advanced reservations required)
  • Special access to our library wines and large format bottles
  • Preferred pricing and early enrollment for Amici events and classes at the winery

We welcome you to join us as an Amici friend…with benefits!

Chicago Tribune on Tannins

Bill St. John of the Chicago Tribune recently interviewed Joel Aiken about tannins:  what they are, why they’re necessary in wine, and how a good winemaker manages them.  The result is an excellent article which may teach something to even the most devoted wine aficionados.  Here it is (view the entire article):

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Olema New Releases

Announcing new vintages of Olema wines!

2012 Olema Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County
2013 Olema Pinot Noir Sonoma County
2013 Olema Chardonnay Sonoma County

Word is spreading fast: Amici’s second label “Olema” has gained attention across the country as people discover that the name Olema offers exceptional wines at incredible values. We spend a lot of time and effort searching out and purchasing grapes from only the best—and sometimes very well-known—vineyards to create excellent wines at affordable prices. Joel’s three decades of winemaking means he’s able to get his hands on some amazing grapes before anyone else, which is our good luck—and yours!

Last year’s Olema releases garnered accolades from the wine press, including Wine Spectator naming the 2012 Olema Chardonnay in its “Top 100 Values of 2014,” a distinction given to only 100 wines out of 18,000 tasted. Meanwhile, the 2012 Olema Pinot was rated 90+ points by Wine Enthusiast and International Wine Cellar, among other top wine press.

These new Olema releases are from the 2012 and 2013 vintages, widely regarded as the best back-to-back vintages in many decades, and will surely be just as popular as the last.
Olema_CS2012 Olema Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

Made from grapes hand selected off vineyards in Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, this is an inky dark Cabernet displaying complex aromas of black cherry, cedar and espresso followed by blackberry and chocolate flavors. It is full-bodied on the palate with lush juicy fruit and silky smooth tannins. In his vintage ratings, Robert Parker rated 2012 at 96 points (“Extraordinary”) for Sonoma Cabernet. The 2012 Olema is an excellent example of what this vintage has to offer. $22.50
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prod_image1_65-5 copy2013 Olema Pinot Noir Sonoma County

A blend of Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from premier vineyards, this wine features the classic Russian River Valley characteristics of perfumed aromas and bright, focused cherry flavors, framed by the delicate tannins of the Sonoma Coast. An outpouring of beautiful ripe cherries intertwine with a hint of sweet vanilla on the nose. On the palate, dark berry flavors mingle with hints of cola, leather, earth and white pepper. Perfectly balanced refined fruit and silky tannins create a seductive, smooth wine. $20.00
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prod_image1_62-4 copy2013 Olema Chardonnay Sonoma County

Aromas of green apple, pear, melon and marzipan meld seamlessly with a hint of buttery oak and refreshingly crisp finish on this Chardonnay, a blend from premier vineyards in the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley appellations of Sonoma County. A portion of the blend was fermented in barrels for a rich, creamy texture with the remainder fermented in stainless steel which preserves the bright, vibrant fruit and crispness. $15.00
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Singing “Purple Rain” to the end of Harvest 2014

What a great fall season (earthquakes notwithstanding).  We celebrated the official end of harvest for Amici on Monday as we brought in our last load of grapes (from the famous Tokalon vineyard, no less—look out for that one in a couple years).  After nine weeks of harvest craziness, the last grapes rolled off the sorting table as the crew cheered and champagne corks popped to the strains of “Purple Rain” by Prince. We caught it all on video, so we hope you enjoy this little glimpse of life around our winery.
Loud music warning:  if you’re watching this at work, you might want to get those headphones on!

Celebrating the Close of Harvest 2014

A Look at Amici Harvest Boot Camp

Every fall we have fun hosting a series of visitors from the wine industry who come to us to take part in Amici’s “Harvest Boot Camp.” It’s a unique way to truly understand what happens at a winery during the harvest season, and provides an opportunity for our “boot campers” to put their own personal stamp on a wine, knowing they played a part in its creation.

One of our recent boot campers, Heather Boysen, wrote an article for the Argus Leader on her experience at Amici:

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http://www.argusleader.com/story/wineblog/2014/10/01/amici-farm/16540209/

The Napa Earthquake: Showing the Spirit of Cooperation

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You’ve seen the photos: barrels toppled into chaotic heaps and rivers of red wine running though floors strewn with the glass shards of broken bottles. As Napa struggles to recover from Sunday morning’s 6.0 earthquake, the valley’s well-known spirit of cooperation amongst its wineries is once again shining.

We were one of the lucky ones: our winery was unscathed and the only sign of the earthquake was a slight shift in the barrels stacked six high floor-to-ceiling. Our wine inventory, which sits in a warehouse just a quarter mile from the epicenter, remains fine. You can bet we’re counting our lucky stars.

About 80% of the wineries in Napa fared well through the earthquake with little or no damage. But for the ones that did suffer damage, the timing was about as bad as it gets. With harvest having arrived about two weeks earlier than normal, and what looks like an exceptional-quality vintage in store, wineries across the valley were in full-action mode when the earthquake hit. Newly harvested juice is undergoing fermentation, a process that needs to be watched and controlled carefully for the best outcome. And new loads of beautiful quality grapes are coming in daily, whether or not wineries have recovered enough to resume harvest.

But this is where the Napa wine industry shines: there is a long-held spirit of professional cooperation here, which means that this week all hands are on deck helping our fellow vintners restore power, clean up barrel rooms and fix equipment so that harvest can continue. No one wants to see a fellow vintner have to miss out on an excellent harvest, one that last week we were all so excited about.

Most vintners attribute the spirit of professional cooperation in the Napa wine industry to Robert Mondavi. He always had a generous “we’re all in this together” approach to building the valley’s reputation as one of the world’s premier wine regions, recognizing that he couldn’t successfully build his own winery’s reputation without first promoting the region as a whole. There are well-known stories amongst the older generation of vintners of Bob Mondavi pitching in to help fellow vintners down on their luck, lending his equipment or doing whatever he could to help rescue a neighbor. Something tells me that at a time like this, he and his legendary generosity would really shine.