2016 AMPLIFY "DUKE & ELLA" SANTA BARBARA COUNTY WHITE WINE
Named for Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, Duke & Ella is an ever-evolving white blend inspired by the creative wavelength shared by husband and wife. The masculine meeting the feminine, the graceful meeting the brassy, it is a wine defined by floral aromatics, intense minerality, and acid-driven structure. 66% Riesling grown in gravel (foot crushed, 4 hours on skins), 28% botrytised Muscat grown in sand, and 6% 2014 Viognier grown in shale, adding a bit of a solera component to the mix. Very bright acid, bone dry, but it has weight and flesh and textural depth, loads of minerality. Barrel fermented and aged, all neutral oak, unfined and unfiltered. Native yeast fermentation. 100% neutral oak. Barrel fermented and aged five months in barrel. Peachy and floral notes with a splash of lemon-lime and nutty undertones.
This is Amplify's third year working with this blend, and its subtle fluctuations in style are driving closer and closer to their artistic ideal. That vision- tropical aromatics, piercing minerality, vivid texture- has seen its fullest realization in 2017. While Riesling still forms the backbone, Muscat has been eliminated, replaced by Viognier. Our desire to coferment resulted in grapes with wildly different numbers that, together, form a cohesive, complex whole. Very ripe Viognier (27.5 brix) and barely-ripe Riesling (18.5 brix) created a perfect balance of stoniness and tropicality. This is a wine that we feel is truly singular, and should make for an incredibly versatile partner to food. (Winery)
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