92 pts Wine Enthusiast – Great concentration, full body and an almost thick texture make a big statement in this no-holds-barred wine that was barrel-fermented in old barrels that don’t add oaky flavors. It smells like honey, cream and vanilla, tastes nutty and buttery and coats the palate with a richness that continues to linger even after the last sip. – J.G.
2016 Russian River Valley Pinot noir
91 pts The Pinotfile – Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of earth-dusted Bing cherry and cola. Discreetly concentrated spiced black cherry goodness with a hint of tobacco oak in the background. Silky and refined on the palate, with gentle tannins and a lengthy, cherry-laden finish. This wine is not a blockbuster, but is more in line with what most prefer in a Pinot Noir. Even better when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. –RG
90 pts Wine Spectator – Striking, offering a tight, focused core of snappy wild berry, loamy earth, cedar and graphite flavors, ending with a berry jam finale. Best from 2019 through 2026. –JL
2015 Marsanne/Roussanne white wine blend
92 pts Wine Enthusiast (Editors’ Choice) – This big but harmonious wine made from white Rhône grape varieties pulls off the fully oaked style very well, starting with its buttered baguette aroma and continuing on the palate with baked apple and ripe pear flavors and smooth, creamy texture. It has a wonderful, lingering finish too. – J.G.
2015 Russian River Valley Pinot noir
92 pts The Pinotfile – Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Nicely appointed aromas of Montmorency cherry, spice and complimentary oak. Prudently concentrated, with bright flavors of dark cherry, plum, cola, tobacco and spice. Silky in the mouth with good harmony, tactful oak in the background, and a deep cherry finish. -R.G.
90 pts Wine Enthusiast – Plush, lush and warmly seasoned in Asian spice, this wine offers length and balance, with a delicate layering of black cherry and cola flavors. -V.B.
2013 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
93 pts Wine Enthusiast – This is a voluptuously honeyed wine, a celebration of baked pear and apricot that’s also floral and svelte. It takes a measured approach to layering in texture and body, interweaving the slight sweetness as it develops in the glass. -V.B.
2013 Russian River Valley Pinot noir
92 pts Wine Spectator – Offers creamy, toasty oak and a vivid, focused core of zesty wild berry, raspberry, anise, dried herb and gravel flavors, ending long and persistent, with mouthwatering tannins. Drink now through 2021. -J.L.
90 pts Wine Enthusiast – A small-production Pinot that’s earthy in just-picked strawberry, this offers light color and smooth, soft, silky tannins that have integrated well, though the wine remains young and fresh in the glass. It becomes weightier on the finish, expressing just the right amount of oak. -V.B.
Very, very good. – my buddy Marcel’s dad.
2012 Russian River Valley Pinot noir
90 pts Wine Enthusiast – Floral in aroma, this was aged in one-third new French oak and left unfined and unfiltered. It offers tart cherry and wild strawberry notes in a light-toned, ripe package, the secondary characteristics herbal and earthy. -V.B.