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Wine Enthusiast 91"This Chardonnay is rich in all the bells and whistles, such as aging on the lees in French oak barrels. The underlying fruit shows ripe, racy tropical flavors, as well as peach and pear notes that are deep and delicious. With production of 8,400 cases, the wine should be easy to
Robert Parker 95"A profound effort, the 2010 Syrah Walker Vine Hill (just under 14% natural alcohol) displays blueberry and blackberry liqueur notes intermixed with licorice, camphor and bouquet garni. Full-bodied with stunning richness, a head-turning, flamboyant perfume, and a long finish, it
Wine Enthusiast 92"It’s hard to imagine a better Pinot for drinking right now. It’s so rich and spicy, offering tiers of raspberry and cherry preserves, ripe Christmas persimmons and pomegranates, and a delicious coating of smoky new oak. The tannin-acid balance is perfect."~SHAnthony Dias
"Brilliant silver straw in color, the Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay exudes rich aromatics reminiscent of ripe apples and pears with hints of stone fruit and citrus. The intense fruit-forward flavors are bright and juicy with ripe apples, pears and fig, highlighted by nuances of toffee and
Wine Advocate 90-93"The 2012 Chardonnay Russian River (3,900 cases produced) will be a big-time winner. It exhibits copious aromas of tropical fruit and buttery citrus, medium to full body and a flamboyant personality. It should drink nicely for 3-4 years." ~ RPStephen Tanzer 90"Bright gold.
Antonio Galloni 90"The 2012 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch is a pretty, mid-weight wine best suited for drinking over the next few years. Crushed flowers, savory herbs, menthol and sweet red cherries add nuance on the mid-weight finish. I am starting to believe the Keefer may turn out to be a better site
Wine Enthusiast 88"This is J’s best Pinot Gris in years. It’s rich and focused, with bright acidity, a clean mouthfeel and complex orange, mango, honey and vanilla flavors."~SH"The hallmark of our Estate Cooper Vineyard Pinot Gris is restrained minerality. The wine has a fresh bouquet of
" Soft and silky, with intriguing floral and crushed pomegranate aromas, this medium bodied wine was aged for nine months in small, French oak barrels which added a hint of toasty vanilla and spice complexity. " ~ Winery Notes
"Our Chardonnay grapes were whole cluster pressed to ensure a rich yield of apple flavors and to create a textured mouthfeel. The juice was kept cold and racked, leaving only the heaviest lees. We used Montrachet, CY3079, D254 and some natural yeast to initiate fermentation. A portion of this wine
Wine Enthusiast 94"The pedigree of this vineyard shows in every aspect. It’s not just the ripe black cherry and pomegranate fruit, or the brisk acidity, or the lush, gorgeous tannin structure. It’s the incredible complexity, showing all kinds of mushroom, cola, smoked meat and spice notes.
"Ripe cherry, milk chocolate, blackberry leaf flavors with silky smooth mouth with a long and very full finish. The thick body and acidic feel in the mouth is the perfect piece to add tannic backbone to this blend." ~Winery Notes
"The grapes for Laguna Chardonnay were harvested and immediately whole-cluster pressed. Small lots were taken by taste to maximize the flavor of each particular block or clone and to ensure balance in the finished wine. The juice was cold settled, then racked off heavy lees and sent directly to
"The Tillerman steers the back of the Hook & Ladder truck, a position our founder, Cecil, held for many years in San Francisco. Tillerman, the wine, is deep red-violet in color, possessing complex aromas of black stone fruit with hints of cinnamon and dry herbs. On the palate flavors of cherries and
Wine Enthusiast 94" Only great wineries can succeed in brutally, challenging vintages like 2011, and Merry Edwards did. Notes of wild mushrooms, brown rice, red licorice, cola, white pepper, and clove frame the essential core of sour cherry candy. Decant or Drink 2019 and beyond." ~S.H.
Vinous 90"The Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) is quite a bit bigger and richer on the palate than the Sonoma Coast. Marzipan, apricot, bright flowers and butter jump from the glass. There is a wonderful sense of immediacy here."Stephen Tanzer 90"Vivid gold. More exotic than the Sonoma
Wine Enthusiast 93 "Although this is tight, acidic and tannic, the core is so rich, it should easily negotiate the next 5–6 years in a good cellar. The texture is of pure silk, and the flavors are rich in cherry, pomegranate and spice."~S.H.
Antonio Galloni 95"The 2011 Pinot Noir Estate is a wonderfully complete wine. Dark red cherry, plum, menthol and tobacco flesh out in a bright, big, broad-shouldered Pinot endowed with superb depth and the structure to age gracefully for a number of years. The 2011 needs at least a year or two in
"This is a richly textured wine, but it still has the backbone and balance one associates with Russian River Chardonnays. Flavors of Meyer lemon and Bosc pear mingle with the toasted oak components of carmalized brown spices, resulting in a rich, sensuous wine that coats the mouth with a long, silky
Wine & Spirits 87"A grapey chardonnay with the coffee-and-cream scents of oak, this is a smooth and simple white for roast veal.""Beautiful lemon yellow in color, the nose of this Chardonnay immediately entices you with its citrus notes of lime and mandarin, along with green cardamom, nutmeg
Antonio Galloni 93"The 2012 Papera Ranch Heritage, a Zinfandel-based field blend red, is another drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice and new leather all burst from the glass. The style is rich, intense and voluptuous, but all the elements are in the right place.
"Longboard vineyards started as the journey of a surfer who stumbled into a winemaking career and wished to close a circle and pay homage to what he finds important in life. This little wine producer, established in 1998, has evolved, growing organically, and is now distributed in 20 US States and
Vinous 93"Dark cherry, plum, cola, spices and new leather flesh out in the 2012 Pinot Noir Widdoes Vineyard. A classic Russian River Pinot in its overt fruit and rich, resonant texture, the 2012 Widdoes is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Today, the oak is a little bit present, but otherwise this is a
Wine & Spirits 88"Showing a lot of baby fat right now, this channels posh ripeness toward powerful flavors of mint and smoky oak. The tannins feel firm, and there’s ample acidity to give the wine length—its primary, pungent flavors just need time in bottle to built a more integrated intensity."