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2005 Ambullneo Bulldog Pinot Noir

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ITEM 8460925 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

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Item Sold Amount Date
I8480899 1 $20 Oct 16, 2022
I8383061 3 $40 Aug 14, 2022
I8358234 6 $40 Jul 31, 2022
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92The Wine Advocate

The dark ruby/purple-colored 2005 Pinot Noir Bulldog Reserve is a 500-case cuvee offering beautiful black cherry, tapenade, strawberry, and loamy soil aromas, medium to full body, and superb structure and length



Ambullneo Vineyards is in Santa Maria Valley, on California’s Central Coast. It was founded by Greg Linn and several investors with the goal of making Burgundian style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, though the vineyard also produces Syrah. The name of the winery and various wines are taken from Linn’s fondness for bull dogs, and the limited production wines have impressed wine reviewers. The Wine Advocate notes that “As most Santa Barbara cognoscenti know, Greg Linn is a huge fan of Burgundian wines, and has dedicated his projects in Santa Barbara to making potentially long-lived, elegant, flavorful wines in a more European style...” Wine Advocate called a recent Ambulleno Pinot Noir "a serious winner meant for connoisseurs."


United States, California, South Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley

Santa Barbara County is not an AVA, but a region just south of San Luis Obispo that includes the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley appellations. Wine has been produced in the area since the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted vineyards. It wasn’t until the 1990s, however, that producers focused on growing premier grapes for fine wines. During the 1990s more than 10,000 acres of vineyards were planted, and today there are nearly 20,000 acres of vineyards. The region received a big bump in recognition and prestige when the popular film “Sideways” was shot there in 2004. Because the region is affected by maritime weather, it is relatively cool climate makes it ideal for Chardonnay. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and an increasingly adventuresome number of varietals are also grown successfully in Santa Barbara County.


Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.