After working with Counoise for the past 4 vintages, we decided to make a change in 2020 to Sangiovese for a couple reasons. For a healthy layer of _flor_ to form over a wine, one needs the tricky combination of both elevated alcohol AND elevated acidity, which can be difficult to attain given the natural ripening trajectory of grapes (as sugars go up, acid goes down). But, with Sangiovese’s ability to ripen while maintaining high acid, we felt it to be an ideal candidate. It’s also a grape with more inherent personality than Counoise in terms of its aromatic profile, and we suspected it would express a sense of place and varietal character without being completely dominated by the aromatics of the _flor_. To make a long story short (too late), this wine is stunning, hands down the best rosé we’ve ever produced; hell, probably one of our favorite wines we’ve ever made period. The first thing you’ll notice is this is MUCH more deeply colored than our past rosés. Its color falls somewhere between a rosé and a very light red, with a bit of Sangiovese’s classic brick/orange tint. This is due in part to our varied skin contact times, which ranged from 1 hour up to 24 hours in 2020. We also, as we had hoped, saw great _flor _formation, with the fluffy white layer one sees in Sherry. There is a savory depth to this wine, coupled with abundant fruit and succulent acid, that make it incredibly moreish. This isn’t just a summer sipper, this is a wine of contemplation (though we’d be perfectly happy drinking a bottle solo and contemplating a nap). We bottled it in 500 ml bottles and have also designed a completely new label for it, to highlight its truly unique character. Break out your most umami-forward foods and share with your loved ones.
## OUR ROOTS
We are Cameron and Marlen Porter, a husband and wife team born and raised in Santa Barbara County. The exploration, and elevation, of our growing region has been our life's work. We first bonded over a shared love for wine and music, and Amplify is a natural extension of this marriage between our two greatest passions. As winemakers, we seek to amplify the voice of site and enhance the most singular characteristics of a given vineyard, marrying a sense of place with a sense of style. We believe in: native yeast fermentations; neutral vessels for fermentation and aging; no additions of any kind except for minimum effective sulfur dioxide; and farming that seeks to establish a healthy ecosystem, enhancing and supporting the natural characteristics of a given place. We embrace the happy accident, letting intuition guide our hand, with our creative spirit and palates as our primary tools. Thank you for joining us on our winemaking journey._– Cameron, Marlen, and Miles Porter._