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95 points Wine & Spirits: "The vines that grew this supremely elegant wine were planted in 1999 on the red volcanic loam of a hillside and benchland vineyard in the southeast corner of Alexander Valley. Douglas and Nancy Ousterhout purchased the vineyard in 2009 and hired a pinot noir winemaker, Micah Wirth of Joseph Jewel, to create this silky, delicate zin. It’s as bright as a red cherry fresh off the tree, feeling almost weightless on the palate. As the wine takes on air, the tannins provide an edgy minerality that focuses and amplifies the fruit into a sunny, ruby-red laser be ...Read More »
Arguably the most popular of the co-branded wines with our staff last year was the 2010 version of this wine so it had a lot to live up to this year. The good news is the staff is every bit as excited about it this year and we hope that enthusiasm will rub off on you. Bob Lindquist was more than happy to work with us again this year and put together this 100% Syrah bottling from certified Demeter Bio-Dynamically grown vines in the cool Edna Valley Appellation. Unmistakably Syrah from the first sniff of the nose the bold cracked black pepper, fried bacon,... Read More »
Praise from the Wine Advocate: "Without a doubt, Steve Clifton is producing some of the finest examples of Italian variety wines in California. While I think you get the most bang for the buck from Steve’s more inexpensive whites and reds, his upper-tier Nebbiolos and blends certainly have unique characters and offer high quality." (JD, 08/2013) And from Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "Is there anything Palmina doesn't do well these days? In the past, this lineup of Italian-inspired wines has always had one or two slight underachievers, but not this year. Eve... Read More »
92 points Wine & Spirits: "**Featured in the Year's Best U.S Cabernet and Blends 2014 Issue** From a vineyard planted at 2,600 feet on the volcanic slopes above Clear Lake, this is a sophisticated cabernet, the fruit as deep and dark as blackberry juice, rich yet clean and spicy, laced with mountain aromas of pine straw and dry brush. Firm and almost formidable in structure, it opens into savory layers, lengthened by refreshing acidity." (12/2014)90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big and rich, this needs time or a great steak to bring out its best. The color is very dark to the rim. Aromas are closed but the flavor ...Read More »
A perennial value-based favorite, Ravenswood's Vintners Blend Shiraz packs big punches full of mulberry, dark chocolate and roasted meats. Made by one of California's iconic producers.
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a hearty Meritage employing all five red Bordeaux varieties. The color is black and the fruit equally dark and rich, offering muscular tannins around rich notes of blackberry, cedar and herb." (3/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Proprietary Red Meritage, a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec, reveals surprisingly soft, round, easygoing flavors of black cherries, black currants, spice and earth. Medium-bodied, charming and more sensual and seductive than the more expensive 2010 Signature, the Meritage can be ...Read More »
The wine is made up of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. It drinks well right now but should hold for several years. Members of the K&L staff had a chance to go down and spend a couple hours with Doug and his crew at the winery. The thought was to make a red blend from Happy Canyon, which K&L had never done before. Happy Canyon is the smallest AVA in Santa Barbara County. It lies north and west of Lake Cachuma and is home to six major vineyards: Cimarone, Grassini, Happy Canyon Vineyard, McGinley, Star Lane, and... Read More »
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque ruby. Ripe cherry and black raspberry aromas are complicated by notes of licorice, cola and smoky herbs. A sexy floral nuance comes up with air, adding lift to weighty berry and espresso flavors. Takes a brighter turn on the long, sappy finish, featuring raspberry compote and floral pastille qualities." (5/2014) Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* This may be the ripest of the new Ravenswood lot, but it does not go the way of chocolaty heaviness, and it delivers a fair bit of bright, slightly raspberry-like fruit. It is fleshy, big-bodied and a bit hot in the bargain, and i ...Read More »
From Wine Enthusiast on the last vintage: "(#10 on their top 100 of 2014) Pinkish-gold in color, this lovely cuvée is a blend of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay, the winery’s take on a Blanc de Noirs. Fruity in peach, raspberry and blood orange, it is multi-faceted and complex, dry and elegant with a long finish that leans herbal, the acidity dialed perfectly right, gentle on the palate and memorable." (12/2014)
92 points Wine Spectator: "Densely structured and full of character, offering bold cherry and licorice aromas that lead to layered flavors of savory plum, grilled herb and Asian spice. The finish is framed by ripe but big tannins. Best from 2016 through 2022." (6/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Zinfandel Old Vine, made from a collection of their numerous resources for old vine Zinfandel, reveals an evolved dark ruby color along with an attractive bouquet of plum sauce, raspberry jam and a hint of strawberry. Its front end-loaded style turns slightly compact and abrupt, but it is an attractive, easy- ...Read More »
Just 87 cases of the Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon were produced in this 2011 vintage by Relyea-Wood. Their boutique winery sits on Montebello Road in Cupertino, where the gravity flow cellar sits adjacent to the estate vines overlooking Silicon Valley and not far from Ridge Vineyards. The 2011 growing season was fairly cool and the fruit was harvested in late October.
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A minty aroma wafts from this wine, fresh and herbal, intermingled with the smell of sun-warmed tomato leaves. In taste, cranberry and savory black tea surround soft layers of well-built acidity and subtle red cherry fruitiness. It’s an intriguing wine that gets better in the glass." (10/2014)90 points Wine Spectator: "The plum, black cherry and raspberry flavors are pure and intense, showing some finesse, with star anise, clove and black pepper details that crescendo on the finish. Drink now through 2018." (9/2013)
96 points Wine & Spirits: "The scent of this wine is worth the price of admission, a combination of sage, sun and wet rock, of forest pines and dark red fruit. It reminded Wolfgang Weber, one of our panelists, of hiking in the North Coast, "in the morning, when the sun burns off the dew and picks up the scents of plant resins." The fragrance may round the wine in the Napa Valley hills, but the texture is pure benchland, about as silky as a wine can be...a deliciously plump Zinfandel, the kind of dynamic red wine that proves Napa Valley's greatness." (2/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "High alcohol gives this ...Read More »
91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*Two Stars* There is plenty of youthful, lightly cherry-like fruit in play here, and it is joined by a deft bit of carefully fit yeast, but what is most striking about this finely bubbled working is its marvelous sense of energy and freshness. It is tight and balanced to crispness with an uncommon sense of sophistication and finesse for a wine of such extraordinary drive and fruity vigor, and, while there is no doubt about its ability to last for a very long time, it is so bright and buoyant that it begs drinking now." (2/2015)
92 points Antonio Galloni: "Orange blossoms, nectarines, white flowers and honey all flesh out in the 2011 Chardonnay Bear Point. Another wine that manages to be both rich but not ponderous, the 2011 Bear Point blossoms in all directions as the fruit opens up in the glass. A creamy, highly expressive finish rounds things out in style. The Bear Point is made from the 'Peter Michael' Chardonnay clone, which is believed to have originated on this property! --" (7/2013)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Orange blossoms, nectarines, white flowers and honey all flesh out in the 2011 Chardonnay Bear Point. Another wine that ...Read More »
92 points Antonio Galloni: "Dark red cherries, game, menthol, smoke, tobacco and licorice take shape in the 2011 Pinot Noir Upper Picnic. Here the style is decidedly gamy. Licorice, earthiness and smoke add complexity as the wine fleshes out on broad-shouldered, intense, savory finish. This is a rare 2011 Pinot that needs more time in bottle to fully unwind. With time in the glass, some of the wilder notes blow off, so readers should plan on giving the Upper Picnic a good bit of air." (7/2014)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are a scant 146 cases of Varner's 2011 Pinot Noir Picnic Block Spring Ridge Vineyard, ...Read More »
We've been big fans of Gus Gamba's old vine estate Zinfandel, and the now near-cult status Moratto (Starr Road) Vineyard old vine Zin, for years. "Family Ranches" is sourced with the help of a few neighboring vineyards in this slightly elevated, well-drained area that's been a "sweet spot" for Russian River Valley Zinfandel for over a century. Aged in American oak, it's 15.9 abv but hardly showing it through supple, rich layers of toasty cocoa and brambleberry fruit.
Inventory: Redwood City
Grown on Paradigm's Oakville estate, Paradigm has been made by Heidi Peterson Barrett since its first vintage in 1991. The simple approach of winemaking for Paradigm allows the Oakville terroir to express itself without heavy-handed intervention. From the winery: "Our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot from our Oakville estate. Deep ruby red color with aromas of plum and black cherry, some spice, hints of cedar, and a light touch of French Oak. Across the palate this wine is smooth as silk a... Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "A wine of finesse and polish, this displays striking grace and elegance, with firm, refined red berry, currant, black cherry and subtle vanilla oak notes. The finish sails along smoothly. Drink now through 2022. 4,300 cases made." (11/2014)90 points Antonio Galloni: "Mondavi's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville is very pretty, especially within the context of the year. Plums, leather, tobacco, cedar, mint and pine are all bright and nicely focused in the glass. A wine of balance and energy, the 2011 impresses for its energy and sense of harmony. The tannins are a bit firm, but that ju ...Read More »
James Suckling: "A red with delicate tobacco and berry character, a medium body and a fresh finish." (5/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "Soft layers of blackberry, cedar and tannin are offered in this lean, lush red. The winery owner says it pairs well with steak, or as he puts it, 'A slab and a Cab.'" (11/2014) K&L Notes: From Groth's Oakville estate, this 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested late in the season after the cool summer. After a slow fermentation, the wine was aged in 60% new French oak for 22 months and blended with a splash of Merlot before bottling.
While the Central Coast is certainly known for its Pinot Noir, there are plenty of other great wines there as well. Take, for example, the wealth of Rhône-styled wines in the greater area. The 2011 De Su Propia Cosecha “La Cosecha” Central Coast Rhône Blend is one of the new steals we found on our recent Central Coast trip. With pretty tones of violet, rich pork fat, fine spices and a touch of blackberry, this juicy, plump wine was a treat and a shocking value. Cocoa powder, beef au jus and black pepper dovetail seamlessly to create a fun yet serious win... Read More »
91 points James Suckling: "A juicy red for the vintage with plum, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla on the nose and palate. Full body, chewy tannins and a medium finish. Well done for 2011. Needs to soften with bottle age: Try in 2015." (5/2014) Connoisseurs Guide: "A full dose of sweet and mildly spicy oak takes a prominent role here and provides this ripe, nominally tannic effort the richness that its somewhat hesitant fruit seems unable to do on its own. The wine is both weighty and yet a little light on central stuffing to win higher marks, but, if not promising great things with age, it does have ...Read More »
93 points Antonio Galloni: "93+ points. Dark red cherries, plums, menthol, tobacco, new leather and spices are some of the notes that inform the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. Hints of lavender and licorice develop in the glass as the wine gradually opens up. In 2011, the Howell Mountain Cabernet offers plenty of depth and resonance, but the tannins are quite tamed by Dunn standards, making it a delicious wine to drink earlier than other recent vintages. Randy Dunn's 2011s are surprisingly open, supple and expressive at this stage. Dunn describes 2011 as a year in which t ...Read More »
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium red-ruby. Tight aromas and flavors of dark berries and licorice complicated by tobacco, spicecake and flowers. Bright and juicy in the mouth, with a touch of sweetness counterpointed by sound acidity. Nicely avoids the greenness of the vintage and finishes with a fine dusting of tannins, good energy and moderate length." (6/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "This is a classic Napa Valley floor Cabernet, enhanced with handfuls of Petit Verdot and Merlot. Dusty in red currant and herb, it offers mellowed tannins and a peppery underbelly." (11/2014) Wine Spectator: "Well-balanced, if shade ...Read More »
92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is one of the most open, young Dunn Cabernets I have ever tasted. Sweet red berries, cinnamon, wild flowers, cedar and tobacco are all laced together in a supple, racy Cabernet that is already drinking well. The 2011 is quite delicate today, almost uncharacteristically so. Once again, the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was made entirely from Howell Mountain fruit. Randy Dunn's 2011s are surprisingly open, supple and expressive at this stage. Dunn describes 2011 as a year in which the spring frost took with it a co ...Read More »
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid purple. Intense, spice-accented black and blue fruits on the nose, with a suave floral quality gaining power with air. Juicy, expansive and lovely, offering sweet blueberry and mulberry flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Really aromatic today, and approachable as well. Distinctly extroverted in style, with excellent finishing clarity and tangy persistence. (JR)" (11/2013)
96 points Wine Enthusiast: "* Cellar Selection * Impeccable elegance characterizes this vintage of the producer’s marquee Bordeaux-style blend, an expert finessing of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Juicy in exotic black fruit, it stands tall, with silky, towering shoulders of herb, cardamom and clove that will coalesce beautifully over time. Hold through 2026." (5/2015)93 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2011 Insignia is impressive, no doubt about it. In this vintage, it is the wine's length and persistence that stand out most. This is a decidedly Old World st ...Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A smooth mouthfeel and fresh, fruity flavors make this appealing and easy to enjoy, while a firm texture brings it into the tradtional dry-wine category. It combines blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors, with hints of vanilla and nutmeg. It’s full bodied, lush and round in texture." (4/2015) K&L Notes: Among the best of the bold, but easy-drinking "red blends" that swept through the California wine scene in the past decade or so, Bogle's "Phantom" is styled on the old vine Zinfandel-based blends. The 2011, however, has more Petite Sirah than Zin: 46% Petit... Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Exhibits complex aromas of ripe berry, roasted coffee, dried herb and cedary cigar box, holding focus and gaining length and persistence. Drink now through 2022. 15,586 cases made. –JL" (9/2014) Connoisseurs Guide: "A fair bit of creamy oak sits atop a modest measure of nominally ripened cherries in the nose here and vies for attention in this full, somewhat rounded wine's ripe-leaning flavors as well. Full and a bit soft in structure with heat peeking through at the end, this is a moderately rich Pinot best tagged for drinking with light stews and steaks early on." (2/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The ...Read More »
94 points Antonio Galloni: "Savory herbs, menthol, smoke and licorice are some of the aromas that open up in the glass in the 2011 Dominus. This is a relatively immediate, expressive Dominus with plenty of near-term appeal. The style is open and succulent for the year, with lovely balance and poise. Crushed rose petals and dried herbs linger in the close. With time in the glass, the 2011 fleshes out nicely. In 2011 Dominus is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc... As always, I tasted two bottles of each wine; the first was double decanted about 18 hours in ...Read More »
94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2011 Pinot Noir Upper Picnic emerges from an own-rooted parcel planted in 1981. Rich and textured in the glass, the 2011 boasts superb depth for the year. Cinnamon, cloves, dried rose petal, mint and leather wrap around a core of expressive fruit in a hauntingly beautiful, vivid Pinot that delivers the very best of the vintage. There is so much to like here, including the wine's effortless, deceptive structure and depth." (7/2014)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The most pretty, elegant and perfumed of the three, the 2011 Pinot Noir Upper Picnic Block Spring Ridge Vineyard offers fab ...Read More »
Willowbrook is a largely under-the-radar label from Joe Otos, winemaker at Owl Ridge Wines in Sebastopol. We've got some great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from choice vineyards from Willowbrook in the past, and now this Syrah. It comes from the Altes Vineyard, located in the Rincon Valley area in the middle of Sonoma County--not far from the hot Kick Ranch vineyard.
92 points Antonio Galloni: "Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, mint, autumn leaves and cinnamon are some of the many notes that lift from the glass in the 2011 Pinot Noir Hidden Block. Savory and incredibly perfumed in the glass, the 2011 captures the essence of this cool, late-ripening vintage in its mid-weight personality. The 2011 is delicate and even a touch fragile, but it is also exceptionally beautiful." (7/2014)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "My favorite of the 2011s, the Pinot Noir Hidden Block Spring Ridge Vineyard has a light ruby color as well as Burgundian notes of forest floor, wild strawberries, po ...Read More »
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Heady scents of raspberry, cherry-cola, floral oil, Asian spices and vanilla. Juicy and penetrating, with superb inner-mouth perfume to its sweet red fruit and candied rose flavors. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with excellent clarity, breadth and persistence. (ST)" (6/2013)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Offering up a supple, perfumed and delicate array of kirsch, crushed berries, spice and forest floor, the 2011 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands) flows onto the palate with a light, deft texture, bright acidity and a clean, nicely focused finish. This isn’t a heavy ...Read More »
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93 points Antonio Galloni: "Nectarine, honey, almonds and white flowers meld together in the 2011 Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce. An unusually viscous, oily Chardonnay for the vintage, the 2011 should drink well early, yet it also has more than enough body, volume and texture to age well for at least a few years. (AG)" (2/2014)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow-gold. Ripe pear and peach aromas are complicated by anise, buttered toast and iodine. Concentrated and lively, offering intense orchard fruit flavors and a refreshingly bitter citrus pith nuance that gains strength with air. Shows real energy on the impr ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "A zesty red, modest in scale, with enough black cherry, spice and toasted herb flavors to stay interesting. Drink now through 2018." (6/2014) K&L Notes: With the aim of creating a "rowdy and rustic" Zin to drink by the campfire, Four Vines blends 78% Paso Robles old vine Zinfandel with Petite Sirah, Grenache, Primitivo and other red varietals, aging it in American and Hungarian oak for 14 months.
Wine Spectator: "A zesty little Zin, with just enough dried cherry, plum, toasty herb and spice flavors to keep this fun and interesting. Drink now through 2018." (6/2014)
93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. A complex bouquet presents dark fruit liqueur, licorice, violet and fruitcake, with a smoky overtone and a hint of black pepper. Stains the palate with sappy boysenberry and cherry-cola flavors that spread out on the back half and pick up a suave floral pastille nuance. Dusty tannins build through a sweet, strikingly persistent finish brightened by a vibrant, spicy jolt of peppery spices. I suspect that this will be the longest-lived of this year's set of Zins here, but I don't think that it will take forever to unfold, either." (5/2014)91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*Two St ...Read More »
92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2011 Opus One may turn out to be one of the surprises of the year. A brilliant, precise wine, the 2011 impresses for its energy. Sweet floral and spiced notes lead to expressive dark red berries, mocha, anise and new leather in a brilliant Opus One. Readers will note the lower than normal presence of Cabernet Sauvignon in the 2011, which is typical for a year in which blenders play an important role. The blend is 71% Cabernet, 11% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot/8% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Opus One seems to really be hitting all the right notes these da ...Read More »
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Eleve Skyscraper is a 75 case production of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a small parcel of Eaglepoint Ranch Vineyard in Mendocino.
Inventory: San Francisco
90 points Antonio Galloni: "Pale red. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of wild red berries, Asian spices and white pepper, with a minerally nuance coming up with aeration. Clean and focused on the palate, offering tangy strawberry and bitter redcurrant flavors with hints of allspice and mace. Clean, spicy and precise on a finish that features silky tannins and subtle sweetness. Reminded me a lot of an energetic, fruit-driven Beaujolais from a top-notch producer. (Josh Raynolds)" (12/2014)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Sexy red fruit aromas show good clarity and lift, with Asian spice and floral nuances addi ...Read More »
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91 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2011 Napanook is deep, rich and intense for the year. Plums, mocha, spices, licorice all flesh out in an inviting wine to drink now and over the next few years. The 2011 has no hard edges or greenness, but the medium-bodied structure suggests it is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. The blend is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc. (AG)" (11/2013)91 points James Suckling: "A tangy, fresh red with green tobacco, light chocolate and cherries. Full to medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. 83% cabernet sauvignon, 9% petit verdot and 8% cabernet ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A rich, meaty and slightly gamey effort that oozes Syrah character, the 2011 Syrah Holus Bolus delivers beautiful blackberry, raspberry, smoked bacon, saddle leather and hints of pepper that flow to a medium to full-bodied, balanced and beautifully constructed palate. Juicy and rich, yet with bright acidity, it has an upfront, delicious feel and should be consumed over the coming 3-4 years. It’s very well done and well worth seeking out! Drink now-2018. (JD)" (8/2013)
Bucklin's Ancient Field Blend Zinfandel comes from the certified organic, dry-farmed Old Hill Ranch Vineyard and contains more than two dozen varietals, including Zin, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Alicante and Grenache. One of the oldest vineyards in California, it was established in the 1850s and produced one of California's first Zinfandels in the 1860s. From the winery: "Old Hill Zin is known for its herbal complexity and the 2011 is no exception. The spice character tends towards black-pepper and cardamom while the fruit component is very intense and has... Read More »
"Best Value," New York Times: ** ½ "Fresh and structured, with ripe flavors of red fruits." ("Napa Cabernets From a Cold, Wet Year" 4/14/2014) The winery's note: "This 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of ZD’s commitment to producing powerful yet balanced Cabernet Sauvignon, even in a challenging growing season. Briary black cherry, cassis and lavender aromas are complemented with subtle hints of anise, tobacco and a hint of juniper. Sweet, toasty vanilla and spice add depth and complexity. On the palate, lush, silky tannins envelop... Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "A robust style, brimming with dark berry, black cherry and plum flavors. Firmly tannic, yet with a measure of finesse and grace, ending with complex tiers of cedar, dark berry, spice and nutmeg. Drink now through 2024." (12/2014) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Lively, spice-accented aromas of black and blue fruits, with a smoky topnote that builds with air. Shows good depth as well as vivacity to its blackberry and bitter cherry flavors. Finishes peppery and precise, with supple tannins adding shape and back-end grip. Quite northern Rhone in style and approachable now ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another winner, the 2011 Pinot Noir Great Oak Vineyard reveals more candied cherry notes (suggesting the Cote de Beaune), along with a medium ruby color that belies the wine’s richness and expansiveness on the palate – the beauty of Pinot Noir. Forest floor and earthy undertones are also present as well as a savory, round, generous mouthfeel." (12/2013)
92-94 points Antonio Galloni: "Morlet's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Coeur de Vallée also has good depth. Grilled herbs, mint, tobacco and dark red fruit flow effortlessly from the glass. Today, the Coeur de Vallée shows some slightly angular contours that are a bit out of character. It will be interesting to see how the Coeur de Vallée develops over the next year. The 2011 is a departure from previous vintages, as the Cabernet Sauvignon is only 55% of the blend, while Cabernet Franc is 45%, because of the poor Cabernet yields in this part of To Kalon. Luc and Jodie Morlet's 2010s are off ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City