Ampeleia 4-pack offer -
Unique, Natural Wines from Tuscany!

Today, I'm very excited to offer a 4-pack deal on the wines of Ampeleia, Elisabetta Foradori's new project in Tuscany's Maremma region. 

Elisabetta, whose family estate is in the Northern Trentino region, has long been one of our favorite wine growers. She is a guiding force in the natural wine movement in Italy and elsewhere, championing not only biodynamic methods in the vines, but experimenting with traditional fermentation techniques in the cellar. For example, her use of ancient-style concrete amphorae has been greatly influential on a new generation of wine makers. And, more importantly, it results in pure wines, that clearly express their varieties and terroir. 

In 2009 Elisabetta, along with two partners, took over Ampeleia,  a 35 hectare estate situated around the medieval, Tuscan city of Roccatederighi. The vineyard is farmed 100% organically, and Elisabetta has been gradually converting it to full biodynamics year-by-year. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Ampeleia project are the grape varieties planted. Inspired the by poly-culture of the traditional Mediterranean farm, Ampeleia is planted to a wide variety of grapes, many of which are most closely associated with France's Rhone valley. At Ampelaia, grapes like grenache, and mourvedre grow together with cabernet franc and sangiovese. These are then blended to capture the true essence of the local terroir. 

Today I am offering three of the wines from Ampeleia - 

The 2013 "Unilitro" is a blend of grenache, and carignan farmed 300 meters above sea level. This delicious wine, that comes in a 1 Liter bottle, is bright and fresh, with a creamy palate feel, with just a hint of earthy spice to balance the sappy, cherry fruit. It was aged for 11 months in concrete vessels.  

The 2012, "Kepos" reminds me of Chateauneuf du Pape, but at a steal of a price. Along with the dominant grenache, there is mourvedre and carignan in the blend to lend more depth and complexity. The nose is intense with black fruit preserves and spice. The palate is bold, with notes of leather and concentrated cherry. The wine is aged in concrete for a year and then 5 months in bottle before release. This is serious and elegant wine!

The 2011, "Ampeleia", which comes from the highest elevation part of the vineyards 600 meters above sea level, is concentrated and rich. The blend is largely cabernet franc, and sangiovese, but grenache, and carignan are also present. The nose has notes of grilled meat, cassis, and mocha. Despite its concentration and ripeness, the tannins are silky and integrated. This wine is partially barrel fermented so it's built to cellar mid-term. A beautiful expression of this unique part of Italy.

Today I am offering 15% off any 4-pack of these wines, mixed or matched in any way. "Unilitro," and "Kepos" are in stock now. "Ampeleia" arrives next week. This offer price is good until 9/12/14.

2013, "Unilitro" - $21.24 in a 4-pack mix (Reg Price $24.99) 

2012, "Kepos" - $22.94 in a 4-pack mix (Reg Price $26.99)

2011, "Ampeleia" - $40.80 in  4-pack mix (Reg Price $47.99)

To order, please email me at noel@cavetaureauwines.com