Vinous: the 2014 ratings
Ampeleia is one of the stars of the Tuscan coast. This year, I find the Grenache based wines a bit vegetal to my taste, while the Kepos and Ampeleia are more in line with the estate's historic level of performance. At their best, the Ampeleia wines are among the most pure, transparent expressions of the coast readers will find. Elisabetta Foradori and her team are doing important work here. Ampeleia is a young estate. There is every reason to believe the best is yet to come.
AMPELEIA 2011: 93
Grilled herbs, mocha, smoke, tobacco and black fruits meld together in the 2011 Ampeleia. The heavy presence of Cabernet Franc (60%) is felt in the wine's aromatic profile and weight. Supple, textured and gracious through to the finish, the 2011 Ampeleia is a winner. The open, racy character of the vintage comes through, but there is plenty of freshness as well. The blend is 60% Cabernet Franc, 25% Sangiovese and 15% assorted other grapes.
KEPOS 2012: 92
The 2012 Kepos is magnificent. Dark red cherry, pomegranate, plum, spices and leather notes meld together in a vibrant, beautiful wine loaded with class and depth. The flavors are bright, focused and wonderfully delineated in this super-expressive, supple coastal red. What a gorgeous wine this is. Kepos is 40% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre, 10% Carignane, 5% Alicante Bouschet and 5% Marsellan.
ALICANTE 2013: 86
The 2013 Alicante (Grenache) is another soft, floral light wine. Some readers might appreciate this wine more than I do, but for my taste, it lacks fruit, body and mid-palate. The flavors are quite aromatic, savory and vegetal throughout.
UNLITRO 2013: 87
Savory herbs, crushed flowers and strawberries waft from the glass in the 2013 Unlitro. In this vintage the Unlitro is soft, delicate and perfumed, with plenty of savory overtones laced into the mid-weight finish.