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Up there with the top Viogniers coming out of Washington (I’d put this right beside the Viognier from Cayuse), the 2014 Viognier was barrel fermented with no malolactic fermentation (just in 2014). It has fabulous Viognier character in its floral, citrus and peach aromas and flavors, and on the palate it has plenty of depth and texture, yet is pure, clean and layered. It’s a fabulous Viognier to drink over the coming 2-3 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
WA 91

The 2013 Pinot Noir underwent extra cluster thinning during the growing season and was picked during the second week in October. Matured in 10% new oak, it has a comparatively light red berry nose with strong damp undergrowth scents coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, tensile in the mouth with tart red cherries mixed with sous-bois and tobacco on the finish. Very classic in style, this is a satisfying contribution to the vintage.

Former Air Force pilot Bob Morus came to show me his latest releases from Phelps Creek down in the Colombia Gorge. A mighty fine bunch of wines they are, too. This is one of several Oregon wineries graced with a Burgundy touch, since Alexandrine Roy of Domaine Marc Roy in Gevrey comes over four times a year after Bob approached her at the IPNC in 2007. Having met Alexandrine in London a couple of times and been impressed by her wines, I can understand why he was keen to employ her services. Her focus is mainly on the Cuvée Alexandrine, Fleur du Roy rosé and the Coeur de Roy, their Pinot Noir Blanc that had to be renamed "Corduroy" after a legal challenge (neat switch!) "In 2013 there was a lot of disease pressure because of the temperatures, but the nights were cooler than in 2014," he explained. "The fruit was cold when it came into the winery. I think that the 2012 was an easy vintage: sexy and with voluptuous fruit." There was an appreciable focus on balance and poise in these wines. They sport a bit more substance than you might find back in Alexandrine's hometown, but this is in tandem with finesse and tension. I was also smitten by the Reserve Syrah 2012 that should not be overlooked.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (March, 2015)

WA 90

The peppery, herbal, black cherry and smoked earth-scented 2014 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is rich, textured and balanced on the palate, with bright acidity and a clean, gulpable style that keeps you coming back to the glass. It has excellent complexity, plenty of fruit and will drink nicely for 4-5 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)
V 91

The 2011 Chardonnay Barrel Fermented boasts gorgeous textural depth and volume. Varietal notes flesh out in a wine that shows tons of Clos Pepe character in its brightness, but with an additional layer of complexity from the fermentation in barrel. This is the first Clos Pepe Chardonnay to see a touch of new oak, 5% in this vintage. The flavors are a little broader than in the Hommage, but the style is quintessentially Clos Pepe and 2011.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
WA 92, WS 91, WE 91

The 2013 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard is a smoking white from the Santa Maria Valley that was brought up in 15% new 400-liter French oak barrels. Full, bodied, rich and beautifully textured, with lots of buttered apple, melon, spice and creamy notes, it stays crisp and clean on the finish. Drink this full-flavored, beautifully made Chardonnay over the coming 4-5 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)
WA 91

The 2014 Chardonnay No. 81 is scented of ripe apples and peaches with hints of cedar, baking bread, marzipan and ginger. Medium to full-bodied and silken textured, it offers a great concentration of clean, ripe stone fruit flavors with some savory characters coming thorough on the long finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2017)
Shimmering, this wine is alive with energy. Vibrant aromatics, red and black fruits and heaps of minerality on a long focused finish. Great today, great in ten years, the Great Milbrandt!
We sell only the finest wines available. Orders are processed promptly and you are only charged when your order is confirmed.Silky smooth and ultra showy. Dark berries, violets, Provencal herbs, flecks of cinnamon. Approachable now - in fact you'll have a hard time keeping your hands off this one. A blend of the winery's estate fruit and neighboring Saikkonen and Armstong Vineyards.
WS 88

Displays a charming savory side that commingles with dusty berry, gravel and brick notes. Supple in texture until the very end, where the tannins give the flavors traction. Drink now through 2024.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2016)
WS 91

Starts trim and focused, and then the fruit accelerates and expands, with a burst of spicy raspberry, fresh earth, wilted rose and black licorice. The texture smooths out, but this is appealing for the zesty personality and fine-grained tannins. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (2016)
WE 92

From a range of vineyards including Cole and Rodgers Creek, this blend is thick and soft, highlighted in charcuterie, black licorice and tar aromas. Birch and leather add more savory personality, as the nose continues to suggest the aromatic landscape of an Italian deli. It's cofermented with a small percentage of Viognier.


- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2017)
This wine is filled with aromas of black cherries coupled with forest floor, subtle earthiness, loam, and notes of damp redwoods. On the palate the wine is rich and velvety with lingering hints of sage, plum and allspice. This Pinot Noir shows the cool season but with depth and intensity. This wine will age with grace for 5-10 years.
WE 93

Rich sugar-apple and pear tart provide warmth and decadence to this wine. Despite its voluptuous nature, the wine is also layered and complex in intriguingly satisfying ways. A touch of ripe peach and salty pretzel figure into the mix quietly, yet harmoniously.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2016)
WE 92

Medium in build and high in minerality, this fruity, dark-cherry wine is tethered by sizable oak and tannin. It finds its balance midway through, before offering a substantial finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)
WE 93, WA 92

The 2014 Chardonnay Double L Vineyard is a cellar selection from their estate vineyard and incorporates eight different clones. Brought up in 30% new French oak, it's a rich, textured and concentrated beauty that has terrific purity and freshness in its orchard fruits, toasty oak and baked apple aromas and flavors. It has a Montrachet-like vibe and will drink well for 4-5 years at a minimum.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2016)
WA 92

Another savory, peppery effort, the 2012 Pinot Noir Rancho la Vina Vineyard has a solid core of black raspberry and cassis-scented fruit to go with plenty of sous bois, wild herbs and tapenade on the nose. Medium-bodied, beautifully balanced and graceful on the palate, it has polished tannin, nicely integrated acidity and a great finish. Like the Las Hermanas, it has plenty of stem influence, yet has everything in the right proportions, lots of charm, and is a joy to drink. Fermented with 70% stems and aged 20 months in 30% new French oak, drink it anytime over the coming 5-7 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)
V 92

Lail's 2014 Blueprint (Sauvignon Blanc) is crisp, delineated and absolutely delicious. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint and white pepper are some of the signatures. Drink this bright, expressive, distinctive Sauvignon over the next few years. The Blueprint was fermented in barrel and aged in tank.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Macauley magically combines the texture of a Napa Cabernet, with the hedonistic pleasures of Zinfandel. The heady aromatics are loaded with black cherry, pipe tobacco, briar, and subtle earthiness. The palate is ultra-rich, boasting pure black fruit, tons of spices, and dark chocolate. This alluring wine shows ample power and culminates in what is easily a 45 second finish. Enjoy this head-turner for the next 6-7 years.
WE 91

Softly floral and brightly spicy, this wine rocks in red cherry and tangy citrus, sure to please a broad range of palates in its approachable elegance and restraint. Toasted vanilla oak rounds out the finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)
WS 93, WA 92

Plump fruit meets lively acidity and good structure. Floral cherry, river stone and spiced cinnamon aromas open to rich, sleekly complex raspberry and tarragon flavors. Drink now through 2026.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Spectator (May, 2017)
WS 92

A graceful, elegant style that impresses with nuance and finesse, offering subtle smoky, toasty oak and leesy, yeasty notes that add dimension to the fig and apricot flavors. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)
WA 89

The 2013 Pinot Noir Murto Vineyard, from vines planted in 1978 on volcanic soils, has a crisp and lively bouquet with redcurrant and cranberry scents, a touch of fennel and garrigue developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with tart cherry fruit, wild strawberry and a fresh and chewy finish. Enjoy this sappy Pinot Noir over 8-10 years.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
Starting with the 2015 vintage and going forward, the Mirabai will have 100% Maresh Vineyard fruit. The Mirabai 2015 is a selection of 21 barrels of wines from all of my blocks at Maresh except for the Red Barn Blocks: the Old Block (planted in 1970), the Long Rows (planted in 1970), the Star-of-Bethlehem Flower Block (planted in 1988) and Block 8 Pommard (1978). All of my wines in 2015 were 100% whole cluster. The colour is a shining, brilliant, transparent light red. The nose is full of sun-warmed Hood strawberries and a little spice, but not the sun of a hot summer day, but one of a late spring day, with both a welcome sunshine from above and a fresh coolness like the dew of a spring morning not yet warmed. There are soft minerals in this lithe, high energy, aerial Pinot, reminding me of hummingbirds, but with a certain trickiness of Tinkerbell. The vines are old and know themselves: this Mirabai has a twinkle in its eye with a seriousness that doesn’t need to be obvious.

Wine Cellarage Tasting Note: Elegant aromatics of red cherry, strawberry, orange zest and delicate spices rise from the glass. The wine is refined and velvety on the palate with great depth and minerality. I will describe the wine's color as a jewellike gossamer crimson...very translucent. The delicate coloring coupled with the tremendous underlying power present in this wine creates a beautiful paradox.
WA 90

Opening with apricot, guava and honey toast scents with a waft of butterscotch, the 2015 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch has a medium body laden with ripe stone fruit and toast flavors, marked by a lively backbone and finishing clean and fresh.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
WS 91, WE 91

Focused, bright and sleek, with juicy blackberry, currant and black tea flavors set on a lively frame. Nubby tannins rub against the finish as this sails on with presence. Best from 2017 through 2023.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)
WA 91

A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec, the 2014 Columbia Valley Red Wine offers an impressive bouquet of black raspberries, toasted spices, licorice and integrated toasty oak. Ripe, rounded and beautifully textured, it has loads to love and should drink nicely for 7-8 years, probably longer.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
WS 88

Dark and peppery, with a tangy edge to the firmly textured blackberry, fresh sage and tar flavors that play against refined tannins on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best after 2014.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2012)
WA 92+, WE 92

Another terrific wine from this estate is the 2014 Lucienne Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard. Fresh, focused and vibrant, with nicely integrated acidity giving plenty of lift to notes of black cherries, sappy herbs and spring flowers, it has fine grained tannin, excellent concentration and a great finish. It will be better in a year or two (which is a rarity in 2014) and keep through 2024.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2016)
WE 92, WS 91

Baked black cherry, rare roast beef and light sage aromas show on the dynamic, earthy nose of this bottling by Winemaker Paul Clifton. Garrigue is prominent on the tip of the sip, with strong but not overripe black cherry and plum flavors. These lead into forest floor, juniper, pine needle and mulling spice on the finish.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)
WA 90

The 2013 Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vineyard has accentuated fruit intensity on the nose compared to the 2013 Murto with redcurrant, raspberry coulis and wild hedgerow aromas that soar from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a crisp line of acidity, fine precision with a classy, very natural and enticing Pommard-like finish. Not a flashy Pinot by a long shot, but this is still a delicious wine that is detailed and tensile.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
WA 90+

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is scented of baked cherries, black currant cordial and dark chocolate with hints of bay leaves, cedar and cloves. Full-bodied with a solid structure of firm, chewy tannins and uplifting acidity, the palate provides a great core of black berry and earth flavors, finishing long with an herbal lift.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
WE 89

There's a lot of rust and blood aromas on the nose of this wine, with pencil lead and black slate keeping up that mineral-driven sensibility. The flavors are light and earthy, with juniper laced across a strawberry-blossom core, showing a touch of black olive and crushed sage as well.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)
WE 88

Richly intense, this wine wraps thick textures of caramel and toffee around tropical mango. The full body celebrates ripeness while finding enough restraint.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2016)
WE 93, WS 91

A standout among the winery's single-vineyard selections, this big-boned effort brings flavors of chewy cherry alongside a citrus highlight and a definite underpinning of wet stone and clay. Texturally compelling, it should age gracefully through 2024.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2016)

WE 94

From a selection of vineyards influenced heavily by fog, this wine shines in fleshy, expansive stone fruit and brightly integrated flavors of apple and pear. With a focused, velvety and juicy texture, it retains plenty of balance against a backdrop of elegant richness.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
WA 95

Another wine that overachieves is the 2013 Syrah Morrison Lane. Easily the best vintage of this cuvee to date, it has a killer bouquet of olive tapenade, grounded, peppered meats and a core of darker fruits. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant and with fine tannin, it’s terrific and will drink nicely for 10-15 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
WA 90

An excellent value is undoubtedly the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot. For $55.00 one rarely finds this level of quality in Napa. The wine has a dense purple color, a good sweet kiss of crème de cassis, blackberry and licorice. Graphite makes an appearance in this medium to full-bodied, delicious wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
V 92, WA 92

The 2012 Pinot Noir Pioneer is a barrel selection from the Dijon 667 clone. It has an upfront nose with a bit of hubris: blackberry and iodine scents with hints of violet. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity and it is packed to the rafters with juicy blackberry and blueberry fruit. Delicious.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (March, 2015)
Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards 2012 Dos Ladrones is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Malvasia Bianca from Bonita Springs Vineyard, Graham County, Arizona. It has beautiful floral notes with crisp white fruit, pear, honeysuckle, gooseberry, and vanilla flavors. Think dreamy spring nights, chalked hopscotch next to a blooming bed of tulips.
WE 93

Cody Wright sources his fruit from an A-list of Willamette Valley vineyards, and Shea is right at the top. Cloaked in a milk chocolate shell, this sophisticated wine melds blackberry fruit with flavor-extending streaks of cola and caramel. In scent and finish, there is a slight intriguing hint of pine sap.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)
WA 90

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mario's (14.8% alcohol) shows soft tannins in an up-front, forward dramatic style in keeping with this vintage. The wine has medium to full body, low acidity and loads of black and red currant fruit. Drink it over the next 8-10 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, (Dec, 2015)
WS 90

There's much to admire in this rich, savory, layered and well-fruited effort, featuring bold dark berry, anise, mocha and jazzy oak flavors. Deep and persistent. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)
WE 93, WA 92

The medium-ruby colored 2013 Sangiovese Guido comes all from Jack’s Vineyard in the Rocks region of Walla Walla. It has juicy acidity and an elegant, medium to full-bodied style, as well as lots of kirsch and cherry fruit characteristics, spring and spice. It shines on its purity and finesse, and should keep nicely through 2023.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
A bright, clear garnet in the glass, this vintage opens with beautiful red, ripe fruit aromas: pomegranate and red apple skin intertwine with cardamom and earthy, forest floor notes. On the palate, the red fruit tones lengthen into cherry and cranberry, joined by flavors of cola, baking spice and just a touch of pencil shaving on the structured mid palate. There is a nice weight to the textured, black-tea scented finish. Enjoy upon release or cellar through 2020.
San Francisco legend tells of a French restaurant in the gold rush days of the city named Le Poulet d'Or. Though beloved by the patrons come down from the gold fields, many had a hard time pronouncing the unfamiliar language of the restaurant's name. Some began to simply call it Old Poodle Dog and soon that's what it became. Our wine is an homage to that spirit of our favorite city that learns from the traditions of others and creates something new and delicious from it.

2/3 Coombsville fruit, rest Yountville Cross Road and Diamond Mountain. Nose: cinnamon dusted black cherries, cocoa powder, tar and wheat toast. Taste black currants, more black cherries, pie spice, tobacco and mocha. Big, youthful finish of both flavor and tannins. A “serious” Napa Cab for a not-so-serious price. 8% combined Merlot, Malbec & Petit Verdot.
WS 94

Silky and harmonious, with an elegantly precise structure and black cherry, fresh violet and spice notes that glide expressively toward the long finish. Drink now through 2022.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2017)
WS 94, WE 93

Vibrant and rich, offering complex savory cherry and pepper notes that play against loamy minerality as this flows toward refined tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2023.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2017)
WS 91

A supple, graceful style, deceptively elegant and understated, with crushed rock and mineral supporting crushed raspberry and black cherry, ending with a dash of anise. Drink now through 2023. 690 cases made.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2012)
Dark garnet in color, the wine opens with a combination of raspberry fruit, spice, cinnamon with a hint of clove. On the pallet the clove leads into a blast of bing cherry, raspberry, spice and hints of cola. This wine has bright acidity and great balance that leads to a long cherry fruit finish. This wine also has enough tannins to allow to age well. Best from 2013 through 2020.
WS 92

Dark-hued, rich and spicy, with an enticing core of mocha-laced blackberry, cherry, spice and floral scents. Ends as it begins, bold and rich. Drink now through 2026.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)

WS 92

Delightfully rich and expressive, with tiers of dark blackberry, mocha, licorice and cherry. Broad and lingering on the deep and persistent finish. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)
The Arizona take on a Super-Tuscan blend: 50% Cabernet, 30% Merlot, 20% Sangiovese. Aged 18 months in new & neutral French oak, making for a lush and spicy wine perfect with steak or veal, and especially compliments red sauce dishes.Located in the Verde Valley of Arizona, Caduceus operates under the direction of founder/winemaker/musician Maynard James Keenan, himself a descendant of Italian winemakers. The grapes come from his own Merkin Vineyards in Jerome, AZ, where he grows a multitude of varietals.
WA 91

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Tre Vigneti is the softest and most accessible of the Cabernet Sauvignons, with a dark purple color, notes of blackcurrants and creamy oak, a luscious, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, excellent purity, and good texture and length. It is relatively dramatic and evolved, so drink it over the next 10-12 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WE 91

A sizable percentage of Merlot is blended in here, as well as much smaller amounts of Petit Verdot, Zinfandel and Malbec. Together, they work, offering a lushness of blackberry jam and chocolate in a medium-bodied package that's smooth, with just the slightest tension of tannin and tobacco.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)
WA 90, WS 90

Another rich, honeyed style of wine fermented and aged in 100% new French oak is the 2013 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch. This has a light gold, greenish-hued color and plenty of white peach, honeysuckle and toasty oak. Medium to full-bodied, with outstanding purity, richness and length, it should keep nicely for 3-4 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
From the outstanding 2012 vintage, this is a big, rich Napa Valley Cabernet with dark fruit and spice aromas and a hearty core of currant and black cherry flavors. The wine has excellent balance, soft tannins and a long finish.
JS 93

Aromas of licorice and tar with black currants. Full body, round and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Gorgeous wine. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling (July, 2015)
WA 93, WE 93, WS 93

The 2012 Tapteil Vineyard is elegant and complex, with lots of minerality in its red plums, blueberry and floral bouquet. Full-bodied, mouth filling, layered and pure, with lots of tannin on the mid-palate and finish, it needs short-term cellaring and will be another 2012 from Ben that will see its 20th birthday in fine form. The blend here is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, all of which spent 18 months in 40% new French oak.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
WE 93, WS 92

From a cool spot planted within classic Goldridge soils, this wine opens with smoky graham cracker and soft red and blue berry fruit. Black tea and clove speak to its site, providing intriguingly exotic and savory undertones that meld well with the fruit and oak. Still young, the wine needs to open for full effect.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2015)
WE 90

Plum jam and cranberry rise aromatically from the glass, with pretty accents of violet and cedar. Notes of baked bread add a comforting notion, while soft, sticky tannins combine with toasted oak and caramel on the midpalate and finish. There’s a boldness to the structure; drink through 2020.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2016)
WA 93-95

Another blockbuster is Tensley's 2014 Syrah Colson Canyon. Yields were down close to 40% for this vineyard in 2014. The only wine to see new oak, it spends roughly 11-16 months in 40% new French oak prior to bottling. It offers incredible notes of graphite, olive tapenade, white pepper and decadent levels of black raspberry that flow beautifully to a full-bodied Syrah that has a huge mid-palate, plenty of tannin and a monster finish. It should have 10-12 years or longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)
WE 91

A dark, rich color imparts a hearty feel to this wine, which features velvety tannins around integrated oak. Concentrated, yet finessed, it sparks in cedar, dried herb and blackberry-infused chocolate.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2016)
WE 90

This is 100% varietal and mostly from the producer's Spring Mountain District estate, with the remaining grapes, 28%, from Pope Valley. Heavy and spicy on the entry, it offers a striking combination of black pepper and mountainous sage. Drink now through 2020.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2016)
WS 90

Well-proportioned, tight and smoky, with a firm, structured beam of licorice- and blackberry-tinged fruit. Ends with fine-grained tannins and a long, clean finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
WE 94

A full-bodied, complex and supple-textured wine, this offers plump, ripe black-cherry aromas shaded by hints of forest floor and sautéed mushrooms, along with mild plum and cherry flavors. While soft and soothing on the palate, a fine layer of tannins wraps it up and keeps it appetizing.

- Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2016)
WA 90

The 2015 Chardonnay Ryo-fu gives toasty oak, honey-nut and butterscotch notes over a guava, honeydew melon and pineapple scented core. Medium-bodied, it offers mouth-filling tropical fruit and oak inspired flavors with a lively line of acid and good length. It is a little old-school, yet nicely done.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
Offers a core of rich red and dark berry flavors, shaded by dusty, cedary oak, with a mix of black and red licorice creeping into the mix. Drink now through 2021.
WE 93

Compost, earth and spicy cardamom notes provide the savory intrigue of this full-bodied, expressive wine, with additional pine forest, pomegranate and orange peel flavors that add to its complexity and appeal. Sourced from several vineyards in the heart of the appellation, it represents the vintage and the location well.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)

This is the second label from the uber sensational winery known as Palmaz vineyards. This Cabernet is a genuine Napa Valley classic with structure and style worthy of its famous heritage. After 86 years abandoned, the Palmaz family resurrected this historic wine. The label design was taken from a rubbing of the 1889 barrel brander. This wine has super silky tannins and bold, delicious fruit in the blackberry and cassis families. An excellent value for the money.
WA 94, WE 93

My favorite of the Sta. Rita Hills releases, the 2013 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard offers sensational purity and elegance in its darker berry fruits, crushed flowers, underbrush and hints of mint. Seamless, silky and refined, it still has plenty of fruit and texture, and shows terrific focus on the finish. I'm a fan and this bottle drank beautifully over the three days I had the bottle open. It will have a decade or more of overall longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
WE 93

This cellar-worthy treasure has attention-grabbing spice, leather and smoky oak aromas. Ripe fruit flavors are heavily shaded with undeniably delicious accents of cedar and chocolate. It is bold in flavor, full in body and quite tannic in texture. Hold until at least 2018; the wine should improve even more after that.

- Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2015)
WE 93

A blend of 30% Malbec, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, this opens with aromas of ripe blackberries, Mediterranean herbs and cedar. The firmly structured palate doles out layers of black currants, blackberries, white pepper and licorice alongside chewy tannins. Drink through 2022.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)
WA 93-95, WE 94

Tasted as a barrel sample and Betz’s take on a right bank Bordeaux, the 2012 Clos de Betz is 67% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Petit Verdot. Inky-purple in color (has anyone seen a Betz wine not inky purple?), if offers impressive cassis, plum liqueur, spring flowers and underbrush-style aromas and flavors to go with a mouth-filling, layered and voluptuous style on the palate. I love the mid-palate here, and the tannin builds through the finish, so, while it should have plenty of up-front appeal, it should also evolve for 15+ years.

As always, my visit with Bob Betz and Tyson Schiffner at Betz Family Winery (which has been owned by the Griessel family since 2011) is always one of the highlights of my trip through Washington. For the tasting at the domaine, we focused on the 2012s (I tasted the 2011s from bottle at my office in Colorado), and they are easily some of the greatest wines I’ve tasted from this estate to date. While these wines always have considerable structure and focused profiles, these 2012 have an extra dimension of depth and texture, and should not be missed!

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2014)
V 96

The 2014 Chardonnay is brilliant. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint, almonds and smoke are all beautifully delineated in this transparent, super-finessed Chardonnay built on total finesse. The decision to pick a touch earlier plus the blocked malo style result in a focused, energetic Chardonnay that hits all the right notes.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Lifted red fruit with no sweetness, and conifer accents with light spice and hints of graphite, Radio Coteau’s La Neblina Pinot carries pleasant depth of character with good acidity, judicious tannin, and lots of length. Delicious and interesting.
WE 92

This méthode Champenoise blend of 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Chardonnay impresses with its inviting mousse of peach and strawberry. It's fresh and lush, aged on the lees for three years, giving it body without an overabundance of alcohol. Dry, it finishes with a twist of candied orange peel.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)
V 94

Another highlight in this range, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Star Lane Vineyard is absolutely delicious. Succulent dark cherry, plum, licorice, menthol and new leather are front and center. The 2013 is a beautiful wine that reconciles bold, racy fruit with the more earthy/savory style that is typical of this site in Happy Canyon.

- Vinous
WA 93

A blend of predominately Cabernet Sauvignon (76%) and Merlot (12%) with some Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, the 2012 Cyrus has a deep garnet color and slowly evolving nose of crème de cassis, plum preserves and cedar box with hints of underbrush, pencil lead, cloves and charcoal, plus a waft of bay leaves. The medium-bodied palate delivers tons of muscular fruit with a firm frame of grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing long with plenty of berry preserves, herb and earth layers.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
The 2014 Medina Vineyard Chardonnay is a very refreshing wine with gorgeous, floral aromas leading to bright flavors of lemon-lime, tangerine, honeysuckle and Muscat on the palate. Spicy oak complements these flavors, while a backbone of vibrant acidity becomes refreshingly dry on the finish.
V 93, WS 90

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is superb. A host of graphite, grilled herbs, licorice and spice meld into a core of inky fruit in a rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon that is going to take at least a few years to fully come together. This is an unusually big, opulent wine from Peter Franus, but all the elements are in the right place.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2015)
WE 93, WS 93, V 93

This marquee estate site supplies yet another gorgeous vintage of this powerful white, which opens with a crisp aroma of orange blossom. It follows in to the full-bodied palate, alongside layers of pear, pineapple and melon, all kept fresh by juicy acidity amid bites of oak and baking spice.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)
WS 90

Ripe and sleek, with underlying tobacco and chocolate notes adding to the deftly balanced beam of black cherry. Comes together smoothly on the refined finish. Drink now through 2018.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2014)
The nose is packed with ripe strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit as well as a lot of floral undertones. The structure of this wine is abundant with juicy, velvety tannins.

Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec
IWC 93, WA 92

The 2011 Pinot Noir Estate Reserve is a vineyard parcel and barrel selection. It was picked October 27 at 22 Brix and 100% de-stemmed, undergoing 45% new French oak. It has quite a dense bouquet with plenty of raspberry and crushed strawberry fruit that is well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin. There is plenty of backbone here, but it is very focused and harmonious with superb tension on the finish. This is an excellent contribution to the vintage—one of the best of Belle Pente's current releases and well worth hunting down.

"The 2011 was an interesting vintage being so late," Brian O'Donnall explained to me, when I asked him to summarize recent Oregon vintages. "The wines have a nice framework, the fruit a little leaner. Though the wines are different, I think they will evolve like the 2007s as there is a nice underlying sweetness. In 2012, there was a gorgeous summer. I worried that the wines would be all flash and no substance, but I think they will end up being compelling in 15 or 20 years. 2013 was a tough vintage with a lot of rain at harvest. It was gorgeous going along, but we got nailed badly in September, but the wines are much better than anyone would have guessed." This was a good, you might say "trustworthy" set of wines that really come into their own with the superb Pinot Noir Estate Reserves. My scoring would suggest that Brian excels more in cooler vintages such as 2010 and 2011 than a more benevolent season like 2012, though one should always keep in mind that Pinot Noir can excel in an edgier and more challenging season. Brian is clearly a skilled winemaker and I look forward to tasting more from Belle Pente in the future.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (March, 2015)
WA 94

A beautiful wine, with layers of cedary herbs, black cherries, currants, toasted spice and pencil lead, the 2014 El Jefe Tempranillo Stoneridge Vineyard hits the palate with full-bodied richness, an elegant, silky texture, plenty of concentration and a great finish. It’s just another incredible example of this variety coming from Washington.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
V 90-93, WA 92

Expressive floral and spice notes open up first in the 2014 Merlot. Fresh, nuanced and energetic in the style of the year, the 2014 is a highly representative wine for the vintage. The 2014 is not quite as generous as the 2013, but it offers a touch more vibrancy today, not to mention considerable potential.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2015)
WS 93, V 90-93

Defined by juicy plum, raspberry, cherry and blueberry flavors, this offers an enticing berry medley, joined by red licorice, dusty earth and minerally notes, achieving a measure of elegance and finesse. Young and gaining, this has a promising future. Drink now through 2023.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)
Our 2014 Estate Red is soft and rich with a fragrant bouquet of black cherry, black tea and lavender. The palate is plush and round, offering flavors of black currants, tobacco leaf, dark chocolate and leather. As the flavors fan out across the palate, a distinct oak nuance intermingles seamlessly with supple tannins on the long finish. This wine is appealing in its youth, but will also age beautifully over the next 10 years.
JS 96, V 92, WA 91

The 2014 Roserock Pinot Noir offers blackberry and briary scents on the nose with a touch of earthiness - well defined and quite vivacious in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with dusky blackberry and blueberry fruit. It exerts a gentle grip in the mouth and delivers white pepper sprinkled over the finish that is nicely detailed. This should drink well over the next 8-10 years and at this price, I would be loading up.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
WA 88

The 2014 Merlot Emmolo is named after Cheryl Emmolo, Jenny Wagner’s mother, who runs this wine operation. It is a fleshy, dense ruby/purple-colored wine with a full body, loads of fruit and straightforward, chunky, fleshy, consumer-friendly, big, chewy Merlot to drink over the next 7-8 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WE 93, WA 90

An outstanding effort, the 2012 Pinot Noir La Rinconada Vineyard has more spice, pepper, crushed rock and dark fruit to go with a pretty, elegant and lightly textured style on the palate. While it's slightly mid-weight through the middle, it has a great texture and fine tannin on the finish. Mostly destemmed and aged 15 months in 50% new French oak, from several hillside blocks in the vineyard, drink it over the coming 3-5 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2015)
WE 92, WS 91

There is a healthy dose of 22% Petit Verdot in this bold, juicy wine, rich in wild raspberry and cassis aromas and flavors. Graphite and chocolate fill out the dense, integrated midpalate, complemented by tangy acidity that provides structure and a hint of grace.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
WE 91, WS 91, WA 90

Dark and brooding, with bold licorice and wild berry aromas and burly, layered flavors of blackberry, smoky cracked pepper and dark Asian spice. The tannins firm up on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2024.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2015)
WA 92

Showing lots of savory herbs, dusty earth, spice and darker currant and blackberry-like fruit, it's medium-bodied, nicely textured and structured on the palate, with plenty of mid-palate depth. Given its recent bottling, I suspect it will be better this time next year and have 4-5 years of prime drinking. It was completely de-stemmed and aged 16 months in 50% new French oak.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
WA 95

The silky and finesse-oriented 2014 Pinot Noir Terraces (60% de-stemmed and aged 14 months in neutral oak) offers tons of dried flowers, spice, red currants and sweet cherry fruit in a medium-bodied, nicely textured and polished style. Like the Indigene, it has no shortage of building tannin, but is impeccably balanced. This is a beautiful wine that will be better in another year and will have a decade of longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (July, 2016)
WE 91

Bittersweet at first, with sizable tannins, this Cab also contains 13.8% Petit Verdot. Red and black berries give it a juicy palate atop dusty, chalky tannins and a richness of leather and clove on the finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2016)
WS 94

Big and rich, with firm, structured tannins that are powerful and edgy, framing the core of blackberry, black cherry, plum and espresso flavors. An impressive effort. Best from 2019 through 2029.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (2017)
WA 93, WE 92, V 91

Fermented and aged in 75% new French oak, the 2012 Pinot Noir Estate from Mount Eden has a lot of peppery spice and underbrush characteristics to go with a core of sour cherry and currant fruits on the nose. Medium-bodied, supple, nicely textured, and balanced with bright acidity, it starts out subtle, yet really stretches out nicely on the finish. It also blossoms with time in the glass. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy bottles through 2027.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WA 90

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, shows much sweeter tannins, a dense purple color, loads of crème de cassis and vanilla, a medium to full body, attractive opulence, purity and length. This is outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 12-15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WE 91, WS 90

Golden-honey colored, this wine has toasty toffee oak and full-bodied richness, with a stark layering of citrus and baked apple. Concentrated and thick, it shows its youth and should benefit with time in both the glass and in the bottle.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)
This Cabernet is sustainably farmed and produced from a blend of our best hillside blocks on Olive Hill Estate. A ripe and masculine Cabernet Sauvignon, with generous amounts of black fruit, cassis and espresso with dark earthy undertones of forest floor and briar. An enticing bouquet of cigar box, cloves and cedar all wrapped with subtle hints of mocha and anise leading to a rich palate of warm caramel, complex yet firm tannins and a long lasting finish.
The 2014 Bear Flat Merlot combines the berry fruits from a warm region with the savory notes of a cooler growing area. The wine opens with aromas of plum, spice, and forest floor. Juicy fruit flavors pop upon entry and are followed by layered notes of cedar, fine herbs, and black olive. The texture is full, yet so smooth and beautifully balanced that the lingering fruit leaves you yearning for the next sip.
JS 94, WA 93+

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity has an inky purple color that is much more saturated than its two predecessors. This is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc aged 18 months in 80% new French oak. This is a richer style of wine with much greater density, power and intensity. Opaque to the rim with more tannin, extract and muscle, this is more of a long-term proposition, so I'd suggest giving it 2-4 years of bottle age, and drinking it over the following 20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
V 92, IWC 91

The 2009 Pinot Noir is gorgeous. Bright red fruit, flowers, licorice and spices are some of the notes that emerge from this mid-weight, striking Pinot. Though at times a touch closed this shows marvelous mid-palate presence and a long finish that resonates beautifully. There is a reticence from the cool growing season that is totally alluring, as the wine is only showing a part of its ultimate potential at this stage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Aug, 2011)
WA 91+

Red currants, dried rose petals, cured meats and savory herbs all emerge from the 2014 Pinot Noir Block M, which is medium-bodied, elegant and supple on the palate, yet has a solid kick of savory tannin that gives me pause. There's lots of tannin here, and it needs 2-3 years of cellaring to come together.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (July, 2016)
WS 90

Rich without being weighty, offering a subtle presentation of green apple, melon, citrus and cedary nutmeg flavors, with the wood most prominent on the finish. Drink now.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2016)
JS 93, WS 93

This combines power with finesse and grace, with an extracted core of dark berry, loamy earth and crushed rock amid the dried herb and cedar notes. Smooth early on, yet gains tannic traction. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2028.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (July, 2016)
WA 90

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Yao Ming is a blend of 95.33% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. This has an outstanding aromatic profile of cedar wood, blackcurrants, licorice and forest notes followed by a supple-textured, medium to full-bodied, round, juicy wine that can be drink now or cellared for 10-15 years. This is well-made, clean, pure and well-balanced.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WE 93

This new project from the heights of Atlas Peak involves Steve Matthiasson as both viticulturist and winemaker, having had to take over the reins from the late Denis Malbec. It shines in bristling acidity, dusty tannin and a beautiful floral aroma of violet. Notes of chocolate, fig and cigar sit atop a pillowy, complex structure, while vanilla lingers on the finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)
V 94

Brilliant ruby-red. A heady, strikingly pure bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, potpourri and Asian spices, along with suggestions of sassafras, cola and smoky minerals. At once concentrated and lithe, conveying superb energy and focus to its juicy raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors. A suave floral quality emerges with air, carrying through a very long, sweet, gently tannic finish that leaves sappy red berry and rose pastille notes behind. Is this the best bottling yet to emerge from this winery, which has firmly established itself as one of America's finest sources of elegant Pinot Noir? One thing's for sure, it's an excellent value. Drinking window 2019 - 2024.

- Josh Raynolds, Vinous
WA 92, WS 91

2011 was a difficult vintage in general for Washington, yet the wines excel here, with solid depth and richness, and surprising concentration. Made from 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, the 2011 Two Blondes offers first rate complexity, as well as classic Cabernet character. Sweet red and black fruits, wild herbs, tobacco leaf and hints of violets are just some of the nuances here. The wine is medium-bodied, pure, focused and elegant on the palate. In short, it’s a classic Washington Bordeaux blend to drink over the coming decade.

Winemaker Anna Shafer continues to produce elegant, classically styled wines from her 13-acre estate vineyard located on the eastern edge – which is slightly higher in elevation and gets additional moisture – of Walla Walla.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2014)
WE 93

From the producer's iconic and historic vineyard comes this classic bottling, with red cherries, crushed brick, anise, tart plum skin, candied rose water and even a touch of tobacco on the nose. It's crisp and fresh on the sip, where more flavors of red cherry and anise meet with thyme and bay leaf.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast(Oct, 2016)
JS 94

Aromas of berries, stones and light coffee follow through to a medium to full body, integrated tannins and a chocolate, walnut and berry aftertaste. Linear and focused. Nice tension. Better than 2013. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling (Jan, 2017)
WA 94

Another wine that’s possibly the best vintage to date, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mays Discovery is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 18 months in 35% new oak. Inky colored, full-bodied, concentrated and layered, with impressive black raspberry, plum, licorice, wild herbs and spring flower-like aromas and flavors, it has enough texture and fruit to shine now, yet will be better with short-term cellaring, and have two decade of overall longevity.

These latest 2012s from Chris Camarda are easily some of the best wines I’ve tasted from him and they have everything; texture, richness, balance and structure. Chris continues to think 2007 is his best vintage (we tasted his 2007 Sorrella during the visit and it’s an incredible wine) to date, and he describes 2012 as a “bigger 2008.” Nevertheless, I think these 2012s will rival the 2007s in another 4-5 years. In addition, they have a new vineyard near Two Blondes called Pollard Vineyard that’s planted to Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. I visited earlier this year and the 2013s had not been put together, so I’ll review those (possibly from barrel) next year. These are great wines.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
WA 92

The 2012 Pinot Noir Juliard Vineyard lies right above the Weber Vineyard, though it is very different in profile: much more rugged and tends to produce earthier and more savory wines. The vines were planted in 1977 and 1988 and contain what is known as the "Upright Clone." There is some stem addition here to create a little chewiness in the wine and it includes just one new Sirugue barrel (even though Jim remarked that they tend to leak). The bouquet is very complex with a mixture of red and black fruit, Italian cured meat, dried blood and brown spices. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, savory on the entry, with hints of tobacco and wild fennel. This is a feral, untamed Oregon Pinot Noir surfeit with character and charm. My only minor quibble being that it does not quite have the persistence that other vintages might have.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2015)
Engaging aromas of lemon verbena, honeysuckle, Bosc pear and a hint of hazelnut are carried by the bright citrus notes of pink grapefruit, lime and Meyer lemon. With a creamy, yet light texture, flavors of tangerine, pink grapefruit, golden delicious apple, pear, thyme and a saline character linger on the palate through a long and bright finish.
WA 93+, WS 92, WE 91

One of the reserve wines from Ben Smith, the 2013 Bel Canto is a fabulous blend of 75% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot that saw just under two years in 50% new French oak. It shows the lengthy elevage on the bouquet with a spicy, ripe, incense, dried flowers and currants driven style that shows a hint of evolution at first, yet continues to gain freshness and purity with time in the glass. This gives way to a complex, layered red that has fabulous mid-palate depth, building, ripe tannin and a big finish. Even with the slightly evolved style, this beauty will age gracefully. Give bottles 3-4 years and plan on drinking through 2030.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
The 2014 Pirouette is a multi-layered wine with aromas and flavors of dark fruits and hints of sweet oak, licorice and cocoa that gain complexity across the palate. Richly textured, with refined tannins and a beautiful mouthfeel that provide a lengthy finish.
WE 94

This outstanding vineyard, matching mature vines to biodynamic farming, really shines in 2014. A toasty nose sends up coconut and vanilla notes, leading into a full-bodied full-flavored wine with the structure to age another decade or more. It's the perfect balancing act between immediate accessibility and long-term cellaring potential. Drink now through 2030.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
WS 90, WA 90

Sleek, jazzy, mocha-infused oak adds a wonderful touch to this firm, dense and chewy effort. The vivid dark berry and licorice notes join loamy earth and dried underbrush details to round out the flavor profile, never straying from the tannic theme. Best from 2019 through 2028. 825 cases made.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)
The 2014 Shea Vineyard is a gorgeous expression of the vineyard in this vintage: a potpourri of dark fruits, blue fruits and loamy earth with a lifted floral perfume reminiscent of roses that adds delicacy and grace. The wine is medium bodied with full ripe fruit flavors that coat the palate with dense silky waves of texture, sweetness and a long mineral and floral finish. Drink now to 2019.
JS 93

Black currants with sweet tobacco as well as espresso undertones dominate the nose of this Bordeaux blend. On the palate, this wine shows concentration, plenty of tannins and a finish with lots of dark fruits. A blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 9% malbec with the balance of cab franc and petit verdot.

- James Suckling
V 91

Silky tannins and expressive, perfumed aromatics are some of the signatures of the 2013 Pinot Noir Far Coast Vineyard. Bright red stone fruits, blood orange, raspberry and savory/floral notes are all nicely lifted in the glass. The personality of this cool site near Annapolis comes through in spades.

- Vinous (Jan, 2015)
WA 95, V 92-94

One of the bright shining stars in California winedom, their Chardonnays are clearly Burgundian, but with sensational purity and ripeness.The 2013 Chardonnay Stone Cote Vineyard (572 cases produced) is fashioned from a specific block of vines that Don Hartford farms in the well-known Durell Vineyard. Fermented with indigenous yeast, it exhibits lots of white peach, orange blossom, pear and honeysuckle notes in its medium to full-bodied, gorgeously pure, textured personality. With terrific acidity as well as focus, it should drink well for 10+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
WA 93, JS 92

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon has the essence of cassis, graphite, spice box, gorgeous purity, full-bodied opulence and a long, rich finish with nothing out of place. There’s background oak, but overall, it’s the fruit that dominates and this wine has lots of it, building a nice skyscraper-like mouthfeel. This is a super Cabernet Sauvignon from Macauley. Drink it over the next decade or more.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WA 94

A cuvee that continues to become more and more Cabernet Sauvignon dominated (Bob Betz loves Cabernet and think it’s the top grape of Washington), the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) is utterly seamless and elegant. It is full-bodied and open, with forward notes of cassis, crushed flowers, red currants and licorice. Where the 2014s are more exuberant and dense, this 2013 excels on its pretty, pure and overall elegant style. Drink it anytime over the coming 15+ years. While there's a long history of terrific wines from this estate, I think they've hit another level in the past few vintages, and these latest releases show a purity, elegance and textural quality not found in early bottlings. I'm sure this is in part due to the creation of a second wine, and even a stricter selection for all of the top cuvees. In short, don't miss a chance to try these wines.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (May, 2016)
WA 91

The 2013 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard shows slightly crisper acids, a more close-to-the-vest style, with notes of white currants, quince, wet stones and a touch of white peach. The wine is medium-bodied and seems to offer up loads of fruit, but in a zestier, slightly less dramatic style than its 2012 counterpart. It could be only a question of being a year younger.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, (Oct, 2015)
WA 92

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon shows lots of Pauillac-like crème de cassis, cedar wood, forest floor and fruitcake. There’s a touch of white chocolate, a nice influence of spicy and the wine is full-bodied, fleshy and opulent. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (July, 2014)
WA 91

The 2014 Pinot Noir Velvet Sisters emanates from another Anderson Valley site and is sourced from four separate clones – Dijon clones 115, 666, 777 and the Pommard selection. This wine displays notes of baked apple skins, pomegranate, black cherry and a hint of raspberry, with some floral notes as well as forest floor. It is rich, ripe, medium to full-bodied, and best drunk over the next 5-7 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WE 93

The Domaine cuvée spent 20 months in French oak, 30% new and another 30% once-used. The concentrated, well-ripened fruit sets up a chunky core of strawberry jam that plays nicely against defining acidity. It remains focused and pure through a driving, lingering finish.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2016)
WA 94

The 2014 Pinot Noir Muldune Trail comes from a vineyard at the southern end of the Anderson Valley planted at an elevation of 1,600 feet. Again unfined and unfiltered, this has a dense ruby/plum color that is more saturated than its two predecessors and notes of fresh herbs intermixed with wet gravel, blueberry, raspberry and pomegranate. It is medium-bodied, long, rich, and made from Dijon clones 115 and 777. This is a broad, savory, impressive Pinot Noir to drink over the next decade.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WS 91

Bright and peppery, with a spicy cast to the cherry and coffee flavors, remaining velvety and focused through the deft finish. Has presence and depth. Drink now through 2021.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2016)
WE 93

From Josh Jensen's 4.4-acre vineyard, this bottling offers black plum and mulberry aromas laced with crushed gravel and lavender notes. There is a powerful minty character to the palate, which helps enliven the hearty ripe cranberry and hibiscus elements. A thought-provoking and earthy wine.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)
WA 90+

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is scented of black currents, black plums, blueberries and cedar with a hint of sandalwood. Full-bodied in the mouth, it delivers tons of muscular fruit with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and good length. Still very youthful, it needs another 4 to 6 years to enter its drinking window.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2017)
27% Merlot, 27% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petite Sirah, 5% Petite Verdot. This is a deep, dark wine that brims with layered aromas of black fruits, crushed rock, violets, earth and black spice. Lush and intricate, each sip reveals more and more of this complex blend. Flavors boom long across the mid-palate, framed by well-integrated oak and ample tannins. The finish is long with hints of black spice, turned earth and mocha.
WA 92, WE 92

Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Silice Vineyard has an animal/meaty nose with savory notes of baking bread and Marmite over a core of kirsch, bay leaves, pepper, black raspberries and red currant preserves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm frame of chewy tannins and just enough freshness to support the muscular fruit, finishing long.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)
WE 92

Fresh and fruity, this elegant Cab is supported by smaller percentages of Malbec and Petit Verdot. Firm tannins and a low imprint of oak allow the cinnamon-dusted black cherry and cassis to speak, girded by a fine structure and peppery finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2015)

V 93-95, WA 91-94

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve exhibits classic crème de cassis, graphite and spice box notes as well as terrific purity, plenty of depth and ripeness, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. In the past, this cuvée has been highly successful as well as very ageworthy. The 2012 is another beauty. Juicy and filled with cassis fruit, it is still primary, but promises to keep for two decades or more.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WE 95, WS 92, WA 92+

Co-fermented with 10% Viognier, the 2013 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard has a medium garnet color and notes of jasmine and lavender over a black pepper and tar cor, with fruit notes of blackberries and black raspberries. The medium-bodied palate is earthy/savory in character, with a solid frame of chewy tannins and plenty of spice layers on the finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (March, 2017)
WA 92+

The single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the highest elevation (400-1000 feet) is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Brothers Ridge. It displays blacker fruit, loads of plums, blueberry and blackberry, a deep, full-bodied, mouthfeel, rich, concentrated, moderately high tannin, a nice minerality and plenty of black fruits. These are all well-built and potentially very long-lived wines of 25-30 or more years. This wine needs a good 4-5 years of cellaring.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
WA 94

A famous wine from the early days of The Wine Advocate, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander’s Crown Single Vineyard comes from a lower elevation of 250 to 360 feet. The wine displays broad, sweet crème de cassis, black cherry and blueberry fruit, some licorice, graphite, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and outstanding length and purity. This is a beauty, and makes me think back to the great 1974, which was the first one I remember tasting.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
WE 91

From the owners of another marquee vineyard nearby, Sun Chase, this wine is expressive and expansive on the palate, dark red-purple in color, thick and dense on the palate. Blackberry, black plum and black pepper rise to the fore, built along a continuum of earthy forest floor. Tannin and oak are interwoven well, before a soft finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2015)
JS 91, WA 90

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexis (1,572 cases made) offers abundant aromas of crème de cassis, licorice and spice, medium to full body, round tannins, decent acidity and good balance as well as depth. Approachable, it should continue to evolve nicely for a dozen years or more. This is the best set of bottled wines I have seen from Swanson in a number of years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WA 92

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint hails from six separate sources in Napa Valley and is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. The wine has an opaque purple color and notes of graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as touches of white chocolate, underbrush and licorice. It is medium to full-bodied, with terrific purity and a supple, fruit-forward, luscious style that is characteristic of this endearing vintage. Anticipated maturity: now-2032.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
V 95, WA 92

Arietta's 2012 Merlot emerges from the oldest vines on Lee Hudson's vineyard in Carneros. A dark, super-expressive wine, the Merlot is endowed with serious depth, power and structure. Brambly red fruit, smoke, tobacco and grilled herbs emerge from a surprisingly big, structured wine that should drink well for many, many years. This is the finest and most complete set of wines I can remember tasting from Arietta. Proprietor Fritz Hatton and winemaker Andy Erickson seem to have reached a new level of quality with the 2012s and 2013s, both of which are brilliant. This is a fabulous showing from top to bottom.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2014)
V 92

With the generous 2013 vintage Eric Sussman decided to include 19% whole clusters to add structure and definition to the Alberigi pinot. Red and blue fruits exude from the glass, the abundant acidity raising the fruit notes higher. Well rounded and balanced with a savory, silky quality on the palate. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Deep garnet core. is wine is deceptively elegant and complex with aromas of rhubarb, Bing cherry, pomegranate and bloodorange mingling with talc, white pepper and redwood spice. On the palate are darker berry fruits with orange zest and savorynotes. Well-integrated silky tannins and brilliant acidity, this wine unfolds in the glass with layers and nuance. Made with 100% Pinot Noir.
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This is an inaugural release of this variety from the Mount George Vineyard in cool Coombsville, granted AVA status in 2011. Juicy and soft in blackberry and stone fruit, the wine is cradled by generous tannins and herbal tones. Full bodied, its sinewy structure suggests it would benefit from more time in bottle; cellar through 2022.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2016)
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This is a small, family-run estate situated in the heart of the appellation, with a bent for making elegantly styled wines. Here, in its fourth vintage, small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc are blended in to provide a concentration of high-toned raspberry, cherry and cassis atop soft layers of integrated tannin and oak. The wine remains rich and velvety through a long finish.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)
WA 92+

Dense ruby/purple with a restrained but promising bouquet of cassis,tobacco leaf,subtle oak,this full-bodied wine is very youthful,dense,and extremely promising. Always one the winery's classics this should be at its best between 2018 and 2035.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
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The 2012 Tribute Estate Proprietary Red (from a biodynamically-farmed vineyard) is a blend of Bordeaux varietals. Its deep plum/ruby color is followed by sweet notes of cassis, black cherries and subtle oak, medium body, and good opulence as well as roundness. This consumer-friendly, lush red possesses good purity and character. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
The fruit has an energy and personality that is impossible to suppress. Beautiful dusty cherry fruit and crushed rose petal scents soar from the glass. A vibrant palate, laced with plum and spice are lifted by silky tannins and classic Oregon minerality. This wine will effortlessly age for seven years or more, though the primary character of the wine is at its peak now.
On the rim: deep ruby with garnet and royal red on the rim.

On the nose: beautiful subtle notes of dark fruit like cassis, dark cherries, with touches of tarragon, thyme, cured Bresaola and saw dust.

On the palate: velvety soft entrance with touches of cedar, vanilla, blackberry jam, touches of plums, tomato, dark cherry, lingering on granular dense tannins that show amazing balance, lingering on violet and dark chocolate
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Exuberant and youthful, the 2010 Cameron has generous aromas of milk chocolate, bing cherry, raspberry and hazelnut oak spice. The palate is supple and smooth with finely integrated tannin, opulent flavors of plum and cherry. Classic Cameron Vineyard at its finest, just beautiful and eminently drinkable.
WA 93

The proprietary red, a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 17% Cabernet Franc, is the 2012 Perry’s Blend. This was aged almost 30 months in 50% new French oak and 50% second-year barrels. Gorgeous aromatics of unsmoked cigar tobacco, spring flowers, black and red currants, a touch of raspberry and blueberry are followed by a sexy, delicious, lush, medium to full-bodied wine with beautiful balance, purity, and overall texture. This is hard to ignore, but then again, it is another very showy 2012. This wine should continue to drink well for 12-15 years at the minimum, but who has such patience?

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
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Wow, the inky opaque colored 2014 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard is a sensational Pinot Noir. Giving up tons of black raspberry, cassis, toasty oak, crushed violets and campfire aromas and flavors, this youthful, even backwards effort has fabulous richness and depth, a layered texture and ripe tannin that emerges on the finish. This is a big, rich Pinot Noir that should benefit from short term cellaring and have a decade or more of longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)
This vineyard border the southernmost part of the Rutherford appellation, yielding a wine that exhibits characteristics from both Rutherford and Oakville. The 2012 Quicksilver Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon offers alluring aromas of cherry and cedar. On the palate, flavors of cherry and raspberry fruits combine with a dusty, earthy quality that comes from the Rutherford AVA. Additional notes of Chocolate and spice harmonize with these flavors, carried on board, coating tannis reminiscent of Oakville.
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The 2014 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate has a medium ruby-purple color and gorgeous fragrance of red roses, lavender and fallen leaves over a core of crushed cranberries, mulberries and raspberry tart plus a touch of allspice. The medium-bodied palate is taut, youthful and finely structured, with the ripe, very fine grained tannins beautifully framing the multilayered berry and earth flavors, finishing long with loads of freshness and expressiveness.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)

WE 94

Baked bread and lavender jump out on the nose of this perennially delicious wine, which in this vintage shines in red fruit with a crisp citrus undertone. Elegant and graceful, it offers moderate tannins that will withstand aging, finishing in spicy nutmeg and wild vanilla. Drink now through 2023.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2016)
WA 95+

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Sycamore Vineyard comes from a vineyard located at the end of Bella Oaks Lane in Rutherford. This has slightly less Cabernet Sauvignon than the Bosche Vineyard, at 84%, and the rest is Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged three months less in oak. Loads of clove, sweet blackberry and cassis, black olive tapenade and earthy forest floor notes are all present in this wine that shows dazzling richness, a heady full-bodied mouthfeel and stunning finish. The wine is slightly more evolved with the tannins and structure less present than in the Bosché.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WA 95+

Stags’ Leap has always had a great reputation for its Petite Sirahs. A prodigious Petite Sirah, their 2012 Petite Sirah Estate Ne Cede Malis is a blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Mixed Blacks aged 12 months in 25% new American oak. There are 900 cases of this massive, blockbuster, full-throttle wine from some of the oldest vines on the estate. (One parcel of Petite Sirah was planted in 1929.) Opaque purple, with notes of pen ink, graphite, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, an amazingly concentrated, full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning purity and depth, this is a wine for 30-40 years of cellaring. It is a killer effort.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
WA 96

The 2014 Chardonnay Hope’s Cuvée, a selection of the best lots and barrels, is a stunning Chardonnay. There are 379 cases of this wine, which went through 44% malolactic and was aged in 56% new French oak. The wine shows plenty of orange blossom, honeysuckle, lemon custard and crushed rock notes. It is certainly very Burgundian and almost like a grand cru from the village of Puligny-Montrachet. Terrific stuff, with stunning texture and richness, this wine should drink well for another 5-7 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WE 91

Brawny in tannin weight and grip, this tight-knit wine is impressively built and in tune with the vintage and its embrace of strength and complexity. Chalky texture is highlighted in tart mountain cherry, graphite and vanilla laced in clove. Enjoy best 2023–2033.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2017)
WA 93

The 2013 Upper Barn, a vineyard that Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer made famous, spends 11 months in 49% new French oak and is fermented with indigenous yeasts. This is all Old Wente clone material, planted in 1982, so it’s among the older Chardonnay vineyards in Northern California. This wine always seems to have great acidity and loads of orange blossom, marmalade, honeysuckle and lemon blossom characteristics. The 2013 Upper Barn Vineyard (963 cases) is a beauty and certainly one of my favorites of this group.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, (April 2013)
The Quicksilver Vineyard lies on the western Rutherford bench, in the acclaimed winegrowing area on Bella Oaks Lane. The soils are predominantly well-drained loams that produce vines of moderate size. These older vines were planted to the California sprawl system, with wider spacing and a divided canopy, giving great exposure to the fruit. Minimal irrigation is needed to obtain maximum fruit potential from this vineyard.
The 2013 Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has gorgeous floral aromas mixed with blueberry fruits. Rich, pie-like flavors of plum and blueberry fruits, nutmeg, vanilla, cedar and stone make this wine alluring. Velvety tannins cleanse the palate and broaden the wine’s depth of character, leading into a long, succulent finish.
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The 2013 Chardonnay Ma Douce displays floral notes intermixed with notions of tangerines, nectarines, bees wax and honeysuckle. Full-bodied and rich, but more subtle than its 2012 counterpart, this beauty was made from the Old Wente clone of Chardonnay. Drink now-2023.

Run, don’t walk – take your checkbook or credit card out and splurge for the Luc Morlet Wine Express. Morlet, who comes from a family of winemakers in Champagne and consults at the Peter Michael Winery where his brother Nicolas is in charge of the winemaking, has his own operation on Route 29 north of St. Helena. His Napa cuvées were reviewed in Issue #215. His Sonoma offerings are remarkable wines that are about as good as wines made from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah can be. Morlet is not only a fabulous winemaking talent, he knows how to bring the French savoir faire of complexity, elegance and precision to the ripe, concentrated, intense fruit of California.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
WA 91

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Bartolucci Vineyard from St. Helena is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% new French oak. The wine has a dense ruby/purple color, sweet, pure black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, medium to full body, supple tannins and complexity as well as elegance. This is a beauty and probably one of the strongest of Cabernet Sauvignons I have tasted from Honig. Drink now-2032.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)

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First made in 2006, this succulent luscious Chardonnay is all about minerality. It's got a rich core of butterscotch and the seemingly endless layers of subtle flavors that biodynamic farming can bring. It spends 18 months on the lees prior to bottling. Drink now through 2028.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2017)
JS 93

This is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has a deep, intense color and a distinct fruit center that begins with black cherry, violet and currant aromas. It is well balanced, elegant and sleek on the palate, delivering very long berry and cherry flavors through to the finish. The underlying tannin structure, complexity and ample fruit guarantees rewards to the patient collector over the next 12 or so years.

- James Suckling
Essence of cassis, herb and green and black olive blend together so exquisitely that this might be our best vintage for this vineyard to date. The wine offers deep flavor and a round and generous texture, making it seamless from start to finish.
The Nth Degree label by Wente Vineyards are small-production, handcrafted and terroir-driven wines. Small amounts of Syrah and Cab Franc were added to this wine, adding dark fruit aromas and flavors and acidity. Hints of earthy loam and oak spice frame the wine, which needs a bit of air right now, but is drinking nicely.
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The 2013 Gandona Vineyards Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, is a lighter style of wine and their biggest cuvée (just under 750 cases). This wine is on a fast evolutionary track, with complex notes of cedar wood, licorice, blackcurrants and tobacco leaf, all from a medium-bodied wine with light tannin, luscious fruit and a delicious, supple mouthfeel. Drink it over the next decade.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WA 92

Carter makes his 2014 Proprietary Red Hossfeld Coliseum, which is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, from a relatively obscure vineyard back on Soda Canyon Road in Southern Napa Valley. This wine is big, chewy, chocolaty and mocha-infused wine with black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, loads of texture, lushness and a heady, chewy finish. It is sexy wine and there are 193 cases of it. Drink it over the next decade.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 89

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Crossfire from Rutherford is one of the stronger wines. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon shows crème de cassis, licorice, blacker fruits, good integration of wood, acidity and tannin, medium to full body and a relatively long finish. It is drinkable now and should continue to evolve nicely for another 10-12 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WS 92

Hides tannic muscle amid a dense, supple core of anise, black licorice, dusty herb and cedar flavors. A style well-suited for hearty fare and a long decant. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Drink now through 2026.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2016)
WA 92

Another sexy, open-knit and luscious style of wine is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa. It is a direct wine, with an extroverted personality offering plenty of red and black fruits, licorice, some toast, and a medium to full-bodied, layered finish. It should drink well for at least 15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
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This beautiful wine includes 9% Cabernet Franc that gives a lift of floral violet and grainy cedar. Classic all around in its etchings of coconut shavings, graphite, spice and dust, the fruit is additionally savory in bright red currant and a crunch of cassis, with an underpinning of soft, succulent blackberry.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
Beautiful, gem-toned clarity. Explosively aromatic, this wine begins with fresh, bright fruit-juiciness leading to a more savory palate. The balance is pitch perfect; enough zest to match the velvety tannins. In this stellar vintage, an ample dose of Estate fruit made its way into our Willamette Valley cuvée. Though this wine always shows early finesse, a bit of tension suggests it will age nicely for several years. The blend is 28% Zena Crown, 18% Gran Moraine, 15% Beaux Frères, 15% Hyland, 11% Sequitur, 8% Guadalupe, and 5% Upper Terrace.
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The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Coach Insignia is pretty, open and expressive. Dark red cherry, plum, spice and leather are all laced together nicely in the glass. The 2012 has developed very well since I last tasted it, but it remains decidedly medium in body and feminine in style. This is the most accessible of the Fisher 2012s.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2014)
JS 92

Very pretty balance and refinement with black currant, leather and hints of toasted oak. Full body, delicate tannins and a savory finish. This makes you want to drink it.

- James Suckling (Jan, 2016)
WA 95

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder comes from a vineyard once owned by the late Robin Williams called Pym Rae (now owned by the Tesseron family from Bordeaux) that sits at an elevation of 1,800 feet. Blueberry, blackberry and cassis are all present in this full-bodied wine that displays the high-elevation bluer fruits that Mt. Veeder can provide. There is a floweriness and full-bodied richness, big extract, but great balance and no rusticity. This beauty should drink well for at least 25-30 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 96

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from the estate in Spring Mountain Vineyards is the thirty-sixth vintage for the Robert Keenan Winery. This wine has 7% Cabernet Franc added into the blend and 700 cases were produced. A blockbuster wine for sure, with an inky/purple color, sweet crème de cassis, graphite, chocolate a hint of charcoal and burning embers – almost as if it wanted to behave like a Graves from Bordeaux. This is full-bodied, very rich, powerful and still moderately tannic. It’s a baby for sure, but what an impressive one. This wine needs a good 3-4 years of bottle age and should keep well for 25-30 years at the minimum.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
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Another winner, and a big, juicy style of wine (which seems to be Craig Becker’s Midas touch) is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine, which sees some new oak, is a powerhouse with rich, concentrated blackberry and cassis fruit, some dusty, loamy soil notes, real succulence and a fleshy, opulent mouthfeel. Drink it over the next 15 or more years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WE 91

This wine is all bramble and brawn. High-octane in power and ripeness, it has a juicy core of mocha-laced blackberry fruit. Pencil shavings and gravel notes add a tease of minerality amongst all that richness.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2017)
WE 93

This celebration of legendary Jerry Lohr's 80th birthday is a winner on all fronts. A zesty, uplifting nose of blackberry, cola, licorice, leather and clay leads into a cohesively woven palate of soy, shiitake dust, roast beef and dark chocolate. The acidity is well-measured, the tannins are chalky and grippy and it's powerful without being flashy.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2017)
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This is the winery’s reserve-level 100% Cab, given the utmost care and attention. It opens shyly in cedar and blackberry before offering a luscious palate of tangy leather, dry, firm tannins and a peppery finish. From grapes designated as their own Heritage Clone, UCD 30, it beautifully expresses the appellation and should cellar well through 2020.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2015)
The finished wine—57% Cabernet Sauvignon; 31% Merlot; and 12% Petit Verdot-- is quite complex. Yet it still offers the same lush richness so apparent in the ripe grapes as well as previous vintages of Covenant Cabernet. Kosher for Passover.
This wine opens with plum, black cherry, herb, and earth aromas. While this Cabernet Sauvignon offers incredible juicy fruits, it is the well-integrated tobacco leaf, bay leaf, anise, and oak spice that make it compelling. Enhanced by a vibrant acidity, the texture of this wine is smooth and velvety, providing a long and juicy finish.
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The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot and 3% Syrah, shows a dense ruby/purple color, super concentration, chocolate, a touch of oak and a medium to full-bodied impressively concentrated style.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WA 93+

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Branding Iron Oakville is from an Oakville vineyard. Notes of Christmas fruitcake, sweet black cherry and cassis fruit, some licorice and spice box are all present in this dense purple-colored wine. It is full-bodied, impressively endowed, with moderately high tannin. This wine will benefit from another 2-4 years of cellaring and should drink well for another 20-25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
Offers gorgeous raspberry and black cherry aromas, leading to a bright palate of cherry flavors melded with chocolate, floral notes and a hint of Rutherford dust. The velvety, coating tannins are in perfect harmony with the fruit. Richness persists from the entry to the seductive, lingering finish.
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The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Hayne Vineyard, which like its siblings is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, comes from the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in St. Helena. Easily the blackest and most saturated in color of the Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignons, the wine is rich and concentrated, with loads of blueberry and blackberry fruit, some licorice, graphite, and a full-bodied, opulent mouthfeel. This is sensational stuff that should drink beautifully for the next 20-25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
If you like big, rich wines then this is the Cabernet Sauvignon for you. Ample, dark fruit with hints of minerality blend harmoniously on a solid core of tannin that will continue to evolve in the barrel.
The home vineyard of Nickel & Nickel, Sullenger Vineyard is situated behind the winery in the heart of Oakville. Its 30 acres of clay loam soil are planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon and the wine is known for its rich flavor and supple tannins. The property is named after Napa Valley pioneer John C. Sullenger, who, in 1865, purchased this property and developed a farmstead in the 1880s. SullengerÕs restored Napa Valley farmstead is the home of Nickel & Nickel winery.
The 2014 Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon exudes dark berry flavors with a hint of fresh blueberry, which defines this special site. A mouthwatering entry coats the palate, while the flavor and texture are complemented by restrained oak. Ultimately, the tannins dissolve, leaving an impression of resolution and completeness.
WA 97

The 2013 Proprietary Red Vintage Reserve is the winery's rendition of the very best lots of their Bordeaux varietals blended together and presented in an artistic package. Inky purple to the rim, the wine has flawless integration of acidity, alcohol and tannin, beautiful espresso-infused blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, chocolate, full-bodied opulence, and stunning purity and length. It is special a wine with probably 25-35 years of aging potential, even though it is more accessible than the two Cabernets from Moon Mountain. This is a beauty, so kudos to Gundlach Bundschu. Drink it over the next three decades.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, (March, 2016)
WA 89

The 2014 Chardonnay Brown Ranch spends 18 months in French oak and goes through full malolactic. For that reason, the wine offers up plenty of loamy soil notes, honeysuckle, poached pear and a touch of poached citrus in a medium-bodied, attractive style. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 93

The most impressive of all is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon La Presa. (Not coincidentally, this is the most expensive as well.) With a dense purple color and notes of blackberry, blackcurrant, licorice, and loamy soil undertones, it is deep, full-bodied, moderately tannic, and impressively pure and well-balanced. Drink it over the next 15+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WE 91

This is made in the smooth, oaky and rich style of the modern cult Cabernet. It offers lots of ripe, jammy blackberries, plus notes of sweet, intense black and red currants, dark chocolate tart, black licorice and smoky oak. The tannins are tough but structured, so give it six years in the cellar and see what happens.

- Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2013)

WS 91

Elegant, almost aristocratic, offering subtle layers of blackberry, cherry, tar and licorice aromas and flavors, finishing harmoniously. Tannins are firm but not intrusive. This one should develop beautifully in the cellar. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (June, 2006)
WA 92-94

The superb 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc) offers up aromas of forest floor, spring flowers, red and black currants and subtle oak, and a long, rich, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. This exuberant as well as precise 2012 should drink well for 10-12 years.

Despite the high quality wines emerging from Juslyn, this estate remains under most consumers’ radar. Proprietors Carolyn and Perry Butler produce mostly estate-bottled wines from their vineyard holdings. The recently released 2009s are both sensational wines. Both 2011s, which are still in barrel, are lighter-styled wines. The 2012s ratchet up things considerably as they do at most wineries when comparing them to the 2011s.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)
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The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) has an opaque purple color and beautiful aromatics of macerated black cherries, black currants, licorice and incense. Medium to full-bodied, with zesty acids, sweet tannin and a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel, this is remarkably elegant but offers up terrific purity and personality. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
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The 2013 Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard is from another Oakville site. This wine offers up much more unsmoked cigar tobacco, wet gravel/minerality, crème de cassis, licorice and graphite. It is full-bodied, intense, multilayered, gorgeously pure and long. It can be drunk early on, or cellared for 30+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
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The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is shaping up to be a real beauty. Pliant and nuanced, the 2012 caresses the palate with a total sense of silkiness. Bright red cherries, mint, spices and flowers are all laced together in a supple, radiant Cabernet Sauvignon that captures the essence of the vintage. The purity of the fruit here is simply striking, but the 2012 is not a powerhouse, rather it is a wine built on finesse. Rose petals, mint, sage and a hint of white pepper add an element of exoticism on the high-toned, expressive finish.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2014)

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The 2013 Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon Cloudy’s Vineyard hails from the Dutch Henry Canyon between the Switchback and Hourglass vineyards, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and a more backward mountain style with noticeable tannin and structure. With a dense purple color and plenty of blueberry, black raspberry, violets and oak spice, it is powerful, full-bodied and moderately tannic. Forget this for 4-5 years and drink it over the following three decades.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WE 91

Made from a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon with a sizable addition of Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, The Discussion is lovely in spicy black pepper and clove, full bodied and softly integrated in terms of tannin and oak. A brightness of red fruit shines through, along with a distinct taste of fig.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2016)
WA 96

One of the gems in this stacked lineup is the 2013 Soul Of A Lion, which is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend that includes 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. Aged 22 months in new French oak, this full-bodied, rich, mineral-laced and incredibly textured beauty offers up classic California notes of graphite, coffee bean, ripe black currants and chalky minerality. Drink this full-bore, pedal to the metal effort anytime over the coming 10-15 years (and I wouldn't be surprised to see it keep for longer either).

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2016)
WA 95

I only tasted one wine, the 2012 Proprietary Red, a brilliant blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot aged 18 months in 80% new Taransaud barrels. This 640-case cuvée exhibits an opaque purple color, full body, supple tannins, and sweet blueberry and blackberry liqueur notes intermixed with hints of chocolate as well as dusty, earthy, forest floor notes. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. It is one of the finest efforts produced by the Roy Estate to date.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
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The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard possesses gorgeous textural elegance and depth. Black cherries, plush, licorice, spices and flowers blossom with time in the glass as the wine opens up gradually. The 2009 boasts considerable richness and weight, not to mention terrific overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2012)
WS 90

Solidly built, with a lively, focused core and aromas of dark berry and spice mixed with sleek flavors of cherry and licorice. Drink now through 2027.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)
WA 92-95

As for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Estate-Grown, this has a similar saturated purple color, terrific presence on the palate, great ripeness, loads of minerality, floral notes and beautifully pure blackcurrant liqueur intermixed with licorice and spice. It is full-bodied and rich with well-integrated tannin and wood. This is another 20- to 25-year wine, but should drink well after its release.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 88

The 2014 Pinot Noir Brown Ranch is made from Dijon clone 667 and 115. It is an elegant wine offering up notes of sassafras, cola, black cherry and strawberry, allspice and a touch of background oak. This medium-bodied wine is seductive and best drunk over the next 4-5 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 91

One of the iconic wineries of Napa Valley, this blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec has produced a relatively restrained and elegant 2014, with pure crème de cassis fruit, some incense, licorice and subtle background barrique. It is medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin, plenty of charm, and a relatively velvety smooth finish with well-integrated tannins and wood. This is approachable now and should continue to evolve nicely for 15-20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

WE 94

This hearty blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 9% Merlot is what put Justin on the map, and it still impresses with its elegantly woven tobacco, leather, cocoa, blueberry, and caramel aromas. It hits the palate softly, showing black cherry, baking spice, milk chocolate and faint mint notes, ending in a finish that reveals a firm tannic structure.

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2017)
WA 94+

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has an inky blue/black color, tremendous body and richness, and really seems even stronger than the two Beckstoffer cuvées, which is hard to believe. This is intense, full-bodied, with layers of flavor and a great finish. Drink it over the next 20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WE 91

This substantially structured red blend consists of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Blackberry and black currant sway between savory and juicy personalities, with a persistent echo of milk chocolate that rises on the finish. Along the way, expect black licorice and pepper. This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared through 2020.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2016)
WA 95, V 94

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon, which used to be a proprietary blend and had a somewhat rustic, Italian personality, has now been put under the Inglenook Vineyard designation. Where the Cabernet Sauvignon was a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Merlot, the Rubicon has abandoned any Italian varietals in favor of a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot. I think it’s safe to say this is potentially the best Rubicon made to date. It’s not to denigrate other vintages, but there is a finesse and elegance combined with great richness and an avoidance of any rusticity that plagued some of the other vintages – which is to be admired. At three times the price, it’s not three times the wine of the Cask Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses a dense purple color, beautiful, sweet crème de cassis notes with a floral underpinning. I don’t see any of the Rutherford dust, per se, but there is an undertone of earthiness. The wine is full-bodied, rich, potentially complex and certainly capable of lasting 20 to 30 or more years. This is a great young Rubicon that will have its peak in 5-7 years and last 25-30.

Looks like there’s completely new packaging for these wines from famous movie producer/director Francis Ford Coppola. They’ve owned Inglenook since 1975, which included the regional estate of 1,600 acres of land with several spectacular vineyards. What they call the “front vineyards” were acquired by Coppola in 1995.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WA 96, WE 94

The 2013 Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon easily lives up to the first-growth reputation of this great terroir in Oakville. Produced from clone 337, this is truly profound stuff. It has an inky purple color with notes of charcoal embers interwoven with blueberry and blackberry liqueur, forest floor and white flowers. This wine was aged 27 months in 100% new Taransaud cooperage and has fabulous texture, richness and well-integrated oak tannin, alcohol and acidity. Drink it now as well as over the next 30+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 88+

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a somewhat smaller-framed style of wine, with a dark ruby/purple color, vanilla, hints of coffee bean and spice. It’s playing it close to the vest at present. The wine is medium-bodied with excellent concentration, but not nearly as expressive as the 2012 88 Keys. Give this another year or so of bottle age and drink over the following 15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WA 96

Another big-time winner from Shirley Roy is her 450 cases of 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. This is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot with an opaque purple color and a fabulous notes of lead pencil shavings, licorice, roasted herbs, damp soil and oodles of blackberry and cassis fruit. It is long, rich, multilayered and impressively endowed. This wine was aged 27 months in new Taransaud oak, which is soaked up beautifully. Its should drink well for 30 or more years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WS 93, V 92

A classy effort that is rich and layered, restrained and structured, showing fine tension between the dried currant, cedar, cigar box and anise flavors and the firm, fine-grained tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2023.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (April, 2013)
JS 93

Wonderful aromas of tobacco, currant, berry and mineral. Ink and lead pencil. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely texture and freshness.

- James Suckling
WA 92

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mon Chevalier is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot, all from Knight’s Valley and aged in large oak puncheons. The least expensive of the Morlet Cabernets, the open, round, light 2012 offers sweet white chocolate, blackcurrant and mineral notes in a full-bodied, opulent style. It can be consumed now and over the next 10+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WA 92+

The prodigious 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Audentia Estate (only 300 cases produced) takes its name from the Latin “sed contra audentior ito,” which means “always push harder.” A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petite Sirah (I don’t think I’ve ever before seen this blend in Napa Valley), this blockbuster boasts an opaque purple color, layers and layers of blackberries, cassis, incense and camphor-infused fruit, a full-bodied, powerful, muscular mouthfeel and a long finish with its aging in 75% new French oak well-disguised by the wine’s extravagant richness and power. The one downside to the 2010 Audentia is that it needs 5-10 years of bottle age, after which it should age for 35-50+ years. It is a connoisseur’s choice for sure.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)
WS 90

A complex, austere style, highlighting flavors of loamy earth, cedary oak, dusty berry and dried herb. Combines the strength of earthiness with a measure of structure and refinement, ending with a black licorice note. Best from 2018 through 2030.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2015)
JS 90

Lots of blackberry and cherry aromas and flavors with hints of toasted oak. Full body, round and velvety texture. Fresh finish.

- James Suckling (Jan, 2016)

WA 96

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras comes in a super-heavy engraved bottle that will challenge your shoulder joints. The wine is a stunner as well, with lots of blueberry and blackberry fruit, spring flowers, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a super intense texture and richness. This is profound Cabernet Sauvignon that can be approached now because of the vintage and personality, but promises to evolve and drink well for another 20-25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WA 95

The flagship wines include the 2014 J. Daniel Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from three sources – the family vineyard called Molehill at a 1700-feet elevation on Howell Mountain, the Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard and Heimark Vineyard in Calistoga. A gorgeous 2014, with notes of graphite, mulberry and blackcurrant, this full-bodied, opaque purple wine offers terrific fruit purity, sweet tannin, and a long finish of a good 45+ seconds. It was aged 19 months in 75% new French oak and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are 1,064 cases, and it can be drunk now or cellared for another 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 94-96

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 Estate-Grown is a big-time winner with great fruit, terrific texture, full body, sensational purity and plenty of blue and black fruits interwoven. The amazing thing about all of these wines is that no oak shows through whatsoever, although I suspect the percentage of new oak is relatively high. That’s an example of the extravagance and richness of the fruit that the winery is achieving. Again, purity, harmony, complexity and individuality are hallmarks of these wines. Drink this 2014 Cask 23 over the next 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WS 90

Notes of dill, herb and vanilla bean-scented oak lead to an elegant array of dark berry, herb, cedar, gravelly earth and underbrush flavors. The tannins cling a bit, but this is an enjoyable and approachable youngster, with a track record for aging. Drink now through 2028.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (June, 2017)
WS 91

Elegant, almost aristocratic, offering subtle layers of blackberry, cherry, tar and licorice aromas and flavors, finishing harmoniously. Tannins are firm but not intrusive. This one should develop beautifully in the cellar. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (June, 2006)
WA 98

Of the three Beckstoffer Vineyards, it’s pretty much a joyride as to which one readers may prefer. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane moves more toward the wet rock, blueberry, raspberry fruit spectrum, but still stays dark and foreboding, very concentrated and full-bodied. The great terroir comes through and the wine is distinctive, singular, opulent and rich. Another fabulous success from Paul Hobbs and one more showcase wine for this great vineyard. Anticipated maturity: now-2032.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
IWC 94

Dark purple. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit compote, singed plum, cola and mocha scents are complemented by notes of violet pastille and licorice. Broad, palate-coating blackberry liqueur and fruitcake flavors show striking depth and a plush, velvety texture. Decadently rich but surprisingly lively, finishing with superb power and thrust and smooth, late-arriving tannins.

- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (July, 2014)
WA 95, WE 92

Celebrating its 40th anniversary vintage, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Stag’s Leap Vineyard (S.L.V.) Estate-Grown may be one of the all-time great offerings from Stag’s Leap Vineyard. It’s not easy to say after 40 years of achievement, but it is certainly a candidate for one of the finest Stags Leap Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons ever made, particularly under this moniker (We have to exclude the Cask 23 and the Fay Vineyard.) Opulent, with fabulous texture, a dense purple color, great blueberry and blackcurrant fruit with spice and flowers, this is sexy Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink beautifully for another 20 years or more. The balance is sensational.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WS 92

An aromatically compelling red, this unfolds to reveal layers of dark berry, chalky earth, sage, tobacco and cedar flavors before clamping down tightly on the finish, yet the fruit pushes through. Best from 2021 through 2033.

- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2017)
JS 97, V 95

The 2014 Opus One has turned out to be a gorgeous wine. Savory, tightly wound and intensely aromatic, the 2014 is going to need time to unwind, but it looks like it will develop along the more classic vintages here. The tannins are firm but also impeccably balanced. A sleeper wine for the year, the 2014 is shaping up to be a gorgeous wine that will handsomely repay several decades of cellaring. The 2014 is not an obvious Opus One, like the 2010, 2012 or 2013, but over time, I will not be surprised if it challenges or even surpasses some of those vintages. In short, the 2014 is a wine of tension, power and grace.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2016)
WA 92-95

As for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Estate-Grown, this has a similar saturated purple color, terrific presence on the palate, great ripeness, loads of minerality, floral notes and beautifully pure blackcurrant liqueur intermixed with licorice and spice. It is full-bodied and rich with well-integrated tannin and wood. This is another 20- to 25-year wine, but should drink well after its release.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
Our 2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is garnet in color with a ruby red rim. It has an alluring nose of blackberry bramble, baking spices and black olive. Aromas of vanilla, cassis and sage fill the glass, revealing the influence of American oak barrel aging. On the palate, notes of raspberry are complemented with lingering acidity and a finish of dusty, silky tannins. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2036.
WE 94

The mighty Martha's spends three-and-a-half years aging in French Limousin oak barrels. It has years to go, its structure so expertly captured in the bottle, yet still willing to impart a lightness of sage and sarsaparilla, the tannins firm and integrated, with slight hints of cigar, coconut and that ever-famous mint. Drink now through 2025.

- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2016)
WE 96, V 93-95

The 2014 Insignia is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and the rest Malbec and Cabernet Franc (no Merlot whatsoever). Production was slightly higher at 14,500 cases. This wine has an inky bluish purple color, a big, sweet kiss of crème de cassis, blackberry, blueberry, and hints of graphite and charcoal. It is floral, full-bodied, with tremendous opulence and richness. It is more approachable than the more structured and muscular 2013, but its is certainly no wimpy wine, given its level of extract and richness. It is another beauty, with the oak well-disguised by the extravagant fruit extract. Drink it over the next 30+ years.


- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
Our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant representation of Napa Valley Cabernet from a cool vintage. It presents an opaque garnet hue in the glass and reveals aromas of sandalwood and roasted meats. Flavors of vanilla, coffee beans and raspberries are buttressed by dusty tannins, firm acidity and a mouth-coating texture. Given proper cellaring, this wine should provide drinking pleasure through 2029.
Floral and spiced focused with a darker fruit profile than our other sedimentary sites. Lush in the mouth. Displays flavors of cassis, clove, anise and plum.
WA 94-96

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 Estate-Grown is a big-time winner with great fruit, terrific texture, full body, sensational purity and plenty of blue and black fruits interwoven. The amazing thing about all of these wines is that no oak shows through whatsoever, although I suspect the percentage of new oak is relatively high. That’s an example of the extravagance and richness of the fruit that the winery is achieving. Again, purity, harmony, complexity and individuality are hallmarks of these wines. Drink this 2014 Cask 23 over the next 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 91

One of the iconic wineries of Napa Valley, this blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec has produced a relatively restrained and elegant 2014, with pure crème de cassis fruit, some incense, licorice and subtle background barrique. It is medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin, plenty of charm, and a relatively velvety smooth finish with well-integrated tannins and wood. This is approachable now and should continue to evolve nicely for 15-20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)