Amapola Creek

Alis & Richard ArrowoodThe Amapola Creek story began in 2001 when Richard and I discovered a very special place on the western slope of the Mayacamas Mountains--those magnificent mountains that rise between and separate the Sonoma and Napa valleys. From the first moment we set foot on the 100-acre ranch that we now call home, we both felt a sense of recognition. It was almost as if we had known and loved the place in another lifetime. There is, in fact, a deep connection to the past here. The red-brown volcanic soils reveal the mountain's fiery history, and traces remain of the old stagecoach road that once ran through the property. Stone walls still stand where Chinese immigrants built them more than a century ago.

At the time, we were completely smitten by the expansive, yet intimate beauty. Immediately in his mind's eye, Richard saw the mountainside vineyards he would plant on the steep volcanic slopes and the new winery that would be nestled amid a stand of ancient oak trees.

Now Richard has approximately 20 acres of certified organic vineyards from which to craft the best wines of his career, and together we share the peaceful home we built on the crest of the ridge--with its views of the sunset...and the winery!

"It's hard to believe that Dick Arrowood, who starred at Château St. Jean in the 1970s, has logged 50 years of winemaking in Northern California, primarily in Sonoma. He pretty much put Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese-styled Rieslings on the map, developed an ambitious program at Château St. Jean for single vineyard Chardonnays, and gets little credit as one of the early pioneers and believers in the Rhône Ranger movement. I had a chance to taste with him at his winery just north of Sonoma, and there's no resting on his laurels, even after a career that started in 1965 and continues 50+ years later." #223 Mar 2016

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Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Zinfandel 2014
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 “The 2014 Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard is slightly less potent (15.5%), but production is about the same (670 cases). Dense opaque purple, with a big, sweet blackberry and cassis nose of camphor, roasted meats and hints Provençal herbs and pepper, this rich, full-bodied, inky
Item Number: 30546
Case: $197.70

Amapola Creek Zinfandel 2012
93  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93 "The unfined, unfiltered 2012 Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard Vinas Antiguas (815 cases produced) is a meaty, dark plum-colored wine exhibiting aromas of grilled steak and herbs. Peppery, spicy, full-bodied and rich with 15.5% natural alcohol, it cuts a broad, expansive swath across

Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94 "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (1,568 cases) comes from the new AVA called Moon Mountain. A beauty, it offers up aromas of forest floor, black cherries, earth and spice with the oak pushed to the background. Full-bodied with good depth, richness and density, the tannin is

Amapola Creek Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
"This wine shows a subtle mix of rich, dark flavors; blackberry, cassis, and juicy red plum all vying for attention against a backdrop of lush tannins, set within a round, generous mouthfeel." ~winery notes