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Ampeleia 'Kepos' Last Dance 2020
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James Suckling 93
"Fragrant nose of violets, orange zest, raspberries, green peppercorns, clay and thyme. Medium-bodied with precise, tight tannins and vibrant acidity. Sleek and fresh, yet surprisingly firm and structured. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Unfiltered. Better in 2024." ~ JS

Kepos is Greek, meaning a mixed garden. 50% Alicante Nero (aka Grenache), 30% Mourvedre, 20% Carignano— sourced in the vineyards closest to the sea, in Ampeleia di Sotto, where the ... read more
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Shelf Location — 98b
Size:750mL (wine)
Alcohol by vol:12.5%
Closure:Cork
Store Item ID:#48457
Location at store:98b
Item Description
James Suckling 93
"Fragrant nose of violets, orange zest, raspberries, green peppercorns, clay and thyme. Medium-bodied with precise, tight tannins and vibrant acidity. Sleek and fresh, yet surprisingly firm and structured. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Unfiltered. Better in 2024." ~ JS

Kepos is Greek, meaning a mixed garden. 50% Alicante Nero (aka Grenache), 30% Mourvedre, 20% Carignano— sourced in the vineyards closest to the sea, in Ampeleia di Sotto, where the Mediterranean scrub dominates the landscape and permeates the air with its fragrances. The parcels are at 200-350 meters above sea level, so slightly higher than the parcels for Unlitro, harvested a touch later and at lower yields. The varieties are co-harvest and co-fermented. We call this the "grown-up Unlitro, as it has longer aging and a later release date.
About Ampeleia
Ampeleia is one of the stars of the Tuscan coast.....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." --Antonio Galloni, September 2014

Ampeleia was born in 2002 from the collaboration and friendship between Elisabetta Foradori, Thomas Widmann, and Giovanni Podini; they saw in Ampeleia a place where they could not only develop an agricultural project but also fulfill a common vision. The project aspires to represent the inherent diversity and huge potential of this particular area of Maremma, the "Colline Metallifere," which are not the coastal lowlands one usually associates with the Maremma, but mineral-rich hills that have been mined since Etruscan times.

The estate results from the purchase of different plots of land, located far apart and on different altitude levels, with the precise aim of creating a great variability in altitude, soil type and microclimatic conditions; each vineyard has a distinctive identity that is enhanced by the uniqueness of the surrounding environment. Variety is the keystone and soul of Ampeleia. In fact, variety represents the project's constant quality, both physically and symbolically, and is harmoniously expressed in its wines that taste of the varied lands of the area around the village of Roccatederighi. Many of the grape varieties that have been planted in Ampeleia are common in Mediterranean farmlands. In past times, vineyards were not planted with just one grape variety but many types of grapes were present and they were all harvested at the same time; the vineyards at Ampeleia reflect this tradition.

Within this diversity, the estate focuses on Cabernet Franc (planted in the early 1960s) and Alicante Nero, a distinctly Tuscan biotype of Grenache. Though Ampeleia owns around 130 hectares of land, only 35 hectares are planted to vine, in an attempt to keep the landscape intact to promote biodiversity.

The Three Altitudes:

Ampeleia di Sopra: 70 hectares, 15 under vine; this is the largest land unit of the estate. Placed between 450 and 600 meters above sea level, it is mainly planted with Cabernet Franc. The landscape here is dominated by chestnut groves.

Ampeleia di Mezzo: 35 hectares, 10 under vine. This is the land of Sangiovese. Divided into small plots that range from 250 to 350 meters above sea level, the vineyards, surrounded by cork oak woods and Mediterranean scrubland, are planted with Carignan, Grenache and Sangiovese.

Ampeleia di Sotto: 15 hectares, 10 under vine. This section of the estate includes the plots closest to the sea, and are the most distinctly Mediterranean in character. The vineyards, found around 200 meters above sea level, are planted with traditional Mediterranean grape varieties, mainly Grenache.
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