Updated: Aug 30, 2022
Mindful Wine Journal: Producer Spotlight
Ambyth Estate | Templeton - Paso Robles, CA
Demeter Certified Biodynamic & Certified Organic Estate Vineyard
Located in the Templeton Gap north of San Luis Obispo and among the coolest of the Paso Robles winegrowing districts, Ambyth was the first Demeter certified Biodynamic estate in Paso Robles. Philip and Mary Hart founded Ambyth estate in the early 2000s with the dream of creating a Biodynamic vineyard and farm equipped to sustain generations to come (“Ambyth” means “forever” in Welsh.) In addition to working Biodynamically, their vineyards are all dry-farmed. They see extreme water conservation in drought-prone California is a necessary part of conscious farming. Some vintages do not yield enough estate fruit to make much wine due to drought, so Ambyth also purchases from other organic and Biodynamic vineyards that meet their exacting standards. They are pioneers in the California natural wine movement, making wine in its purest form with zero added sulfites and using large terra cotta amphorae handmade in Italy for aging.
What we love...
2019 AMBYTH “COQUELICOT” SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SAUVIGNON BLANC (ORANGE WINE)
Fermented on the skins like a red wine, this is a wonderful example of how juicy and refreshing orange wine can be! Skin contact adds flavor complexity and texture along with a beautiful amber color. Bottled unfiltered with with no added sulfur, this displays exotic fruit aromas and flavors with lingering savory finish.
Try it with: Spicy Thai, sushi, fish or salad—it is hard to think of a food this wouldn’t pair with!
2015 AMBYTH "DUVARITA" SANTA BARBARA COUNTY PINOT NOIR
100% Pinot Noir. From the acclaimed Biodynamic Duvarita Vineyard of Sta Rita Hills, this foot-stomped and whole-cluster fermented Pinot Noir shows the charm of the old world with aromas of red fruits, dried flowers, and forest floor. Bottled with no added sulfites, this is a dead-ringer for classic Burgundy, with layers of complexity and finesse.
Try it with: Well-matched to rustic country fare or strong cheeses this has many pairing possibilities!
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