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Library Wine Department - Featuring Sonoma - 01/11/2018 - Pinot Noir (domestic)

Our Library Wine Department is a treasure trove of some of the most highly collectible and sought after wines in the market. From classic Bordeaux estates to the hottest new cult wineries, our selection is guaranteed to impress.

Highlighted this week are the wines of Sonoma In this list you’ll find the top selections from Napa's most sought-after estates including: Carlisle, Donelan , Kistler , Rivers-Marie, Williams Selyem, and more. Whether you are looking for a bottle for a special occasion or to add to your collection, we have the depth of stock to meet whatever your needs may be.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2013 Ancillary "Sangiacomo Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 4 $44.99 View
2013 Ancillary "Sun Chase Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 1 $49.99 View
2013 Anthill Farms "Harmony Lane" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 1 $49.99 View
2011 Anthill Farms "Peters Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 92 3 $49.99 View
2014 Anthill Farms "Peters Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 3 $54.99 View
2014 Anthill Farms Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2 $39.99 View
2009 AP Vin "Clos Pepe Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2 Price: Hidden View
2009 AP Vin "Ridgetop Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 3 $44.99 View
2013 Armida "Il Campo Estate Field Blend" Dry Creek Valley Red 9 $44.99 View
2014 Armida "Maple Vineyard Tina's Block" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 3 $34.99 View
1997 Arrowood "Réserve Spéciale" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 97 1 $299.99 View
2013 Aston Estate Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Previously $100) 93 6 Price: Hidden View
2007 Auteur "Sonoma Stage Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 91 2 $39.99 View
2011 Benovia "Cohn Vineyard" Sonoma County Pinot Noir 1 $54.99 View
2006 Benziger " Obsidian Point" Sonoma Mountain Bordeaux Blend 1 $34.99 View
2006 Benziger "Oonapais" Sonoma Mountain Bordeaux Blend 1 $29.99 View
2009 Carlisle "Bedrock Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Mourvedre 93 2 $44.99 View
2010 Carlisle "Bedrock Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 92 2 $49.99 View
2011 Carlisle "Bedrock Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 93 2 $39.99 View
2012 Carlisle "Monte Rosso" Sonoma County Zinfandel 94 1 $49.99 View
2008 Carlisle "Rossi Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 90 6 $39.99 View
2011 Carlisle "Rossi Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 92 2 $44.99 View
2014 Carlisle "Rossi Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 3 $44.99 View
2011 Carlisle "Steiner Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Syrah 92 12 $39.99 View
2009 Carlisle "Three Birds" Sonoma County Rhone Blend 5 $34.99 View
2010 Carlisle "Three Birds" Sonoma County Rhone Blend 4 $34.99 View
2011 Carlisle "Three Birds" Sonoma County Rhone Blend 90 3 $29.99 View
2010 Carlisle Bennett Valley Syrah 92 4 $34.99 View
2010 Carlisle Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah 1 $54.99 View
2009 Carlisle Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah 93 2 $54.99 View
2011 Carlisle Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 92 2 $39.99 View
2008 Carlisle Sonoma County Syrah 93 2 $39.99 View
2013 Carlisle Sonoma County Syrah 92 10 $34.99 View
2011 Carlisle Sonoma County Zinfandel 91 11 $34.99 View
2009 Carlisle Sonoma Valley Petite Sirah 2 $44.99 View
2007 Chateau St. Jean "Cinq Cepages" Sonoma County Red 17 $59.99 View
2011 Donelan ''Nancie'' Sonoma County Chardonnay 92 8 $39.99 View
2012 Donelan "Cuvee Christine" Sonoma County Syrah 93 2 $44.99 View
2008 Donelan "Cuvee Christine" Sonoma County Syrah 2 $39.99 View
2010 Donelan "Cuvée Keltie" Sonoma County Syrah 95 5 $69.99 View
2008 Donelan "Cuvée Keltie" Sonoma County Syrah 96 2 $69.99 View
2012 Donelan "Cuvée Moriah" Sonoma County Rhone Blend 90 2 $34.99 View
2010 Donelan "Cuvée Moriah" Sonoma County Rhone Blend 1 $34.99 View
2009 Donelan "Cuvée Moriah" Sonoma County Rhone Blend 1 $39.99 View
2012 Donelan "Nancie" Sonoma County Chardonnay 1 $39.99 View
2011 Donelan "Obsidian Vineyard" Knight's Valley Syrah 94 1 $69.99 View
2011 Donelan "Richards Family Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Syrah 95 2 $89.99 View
2012 Donelan "Two Brothers" North Coast Pinot Noir 92 3 $44.99 View
2009 Donelan "Venus" Sonoma County White Rhone Blend 1 $29.99 View
2010 Donelan "Venus" Sonoma County White Rhone Blend 1 $29.99 View
2011 Donelan "Venus" Sonoma County White Rhone Blend 5 $29.99 View
2012 Donelan "Walker Vine Hill" Russian River Valley Syrah 94 3 $49.99 View
2007 DuMol Russian River Valley Syrah 90 1 $39.99 View
2005 Failla "Estate" Sonoma Coast Syrah 2 $49.99 View
2009 Flanagan Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Price: Hidden View
2010 Flanagan Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Price: Hidden View
2012 Flowers "Camp Meeting Ridge" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 93 1 $69.99 View
2005 Freeman "Akiko's Cuvee" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 1 $39.99 View
2010 Freestone (Joseph Phelps) "Quarter Moon" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 1 $69.99 View
2007 Freestone Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 91 1 $39.99 View
2006 Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2 Price: Hidden View
2008 Grey Stack "The Narcissist" Sonoma County Syrah 3 $44.99 View
2006 Hospices Of Sonoma (Freeman) Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 7 $34.99 View
2009 Joseph Phelps "Freestone Vineyards" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 1 Price: Hidden View
2010 Kamen "Kashmir" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1 $179.99 View
1990 Kenwood "Artist Series" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1 $49.99 View
1994 Kistler "Camp Meeting Ridge" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 94 1 $139.99 View
2009 Kistler "Cuvée Catherine - Occidental Station" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 97 1 $169.99 View
1998 Kistler "Cuvee Catherine Occidental Station" Pinot Noir 98 1 $179.99 View
2001 Kistler "Cuvée Elizabeth - Occidental Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 6 $219.99 View
2004 Kistler "Cuvée Elizabeth-Bodega Headlands" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 98 1 $229.99 View
2010 Kistler "Trenton Roadhouse" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 94 1 $99.99 View
2014 Kosta Browne "Kanzler Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 92 1 $119.99 View
2008 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 91 2 $84.99 View
2015 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (wine stained label) 1 $89.99 View
2009 Landmark "Grand Detour" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 4 $29.99 View
2011 Lava Vine Knights Valley Syrah 2 $29.99 View
2010 Lava Vine Winery Reserve Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1 $89.99 View
2015 Littorai "Charles Heintz Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 94 1 $89.99 View
2004 Loring "Keefer Ranch" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Previously $47) 1 Price: Hidden View
2015 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon >60 $13.99 View
2006 M-Squared "Monte Rosso" Sonoma Valley Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 1 $69.99 View
2012 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 100 6 $399.99 View
2004 Martinelli "Blue Slide Ridge" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 2 $89.99 View
2014 Maybach "Eterium" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 1 Price: Hidden View
2013 Maybach "Irmgard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2 $79.99 View
2012 Melka "La Mekerra Vineyard" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 1 $164.99 View
2008 Morlet "Bouquet Garni" Bennett Valley Syrah 95 1 $89.99 View
2010 Morlet "Coteaux Nobles" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 4 $74.99 View
2011 Morlet "Coteaux Nobles" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 3 $69.99 View
2012 Pahlmeyer "Jayson" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 1 $59.99 View
2008 Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 6 $69.99 View
2006 Pax "Cuvée Moriah" Sonoma County Rhône Blend 92 13 $39.99 View
2004 Pax "Griffin's Lair" Sonoma Coast Syrah 97 1 $54.99 View
2006 Pax "Obsidian" Knights Valley Syrah 96 3 $69.99 View
2012 Peay Vineyards "Pomarium" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 94 2 $54.99 View
2012 Peay Vineyards "Scallop Shelf" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 94 6 $59.99 View
2004 Pelton House Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Price: Hidden View
2011 Peter Michael "Clos du Ciel" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 94 4 $129.99 View
2003 Prevail "West Face" Alexander Valley Red Blend 1 Price: Hidden View
2005 Pride Mountain "Vintner's Select Mountain Top" Sonoma County Chardonnay 95 2 $34.99 View
2005 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Sangiovese (500ml) 89 6 $29.99 View
2004 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Sangiovese (500ml) 91 2 $29.99 View
2004 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Syrah 93 1 $49.99 View
2006 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Syrah 93 3 $44.99 View
2002 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Syrah 91 1 $49.99 View
2005 Ramey Sonoma Coast Syrah 93 1 $44.99 View
2011 Reuling Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 92 4 $59.99 View
2008 Rhys "Alesia" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 91 7 $49.99 View
2013 Ridge Vineyards "East Bench" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 91 1 $34.99 View
2015 Ridge Vineyards "East Bench" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 92 46 $31.99 View
2012 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Estate" Dry Creek Valley Grenache 93 1 $34.99 View
2013 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Estate" Dry Creek Valley Primitivo 1 $34.99 View
2014 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 94 2 $37.99 View
2014 Ridge Vineyards "Pagani Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 93 2 $37.99 View
2013 Ridge Vineyards "Ponzo Vineyard" Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2 $29.99 View
2011 Rivers-Marie "Gioia" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 91 2 $59.99 View
2014 Rivers-Marie "Kanzler Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 91 5 $74.99 View
2012 Rivers-Marie "Silver Eagle Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 95 2 $69.99 View
2014 Rivers-Marie "Silver Eagle Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 2 $59.99 View
2011 Rivers-Marie "Silver Eagle" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 2 $69.99 View
2007 Rivers-Marie "Summa Old Vines" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 92 2 $99.99 View
2011 Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 91 1 $49.99 View
1994 Rodney Strong "Reserve" Northern Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 6 $29.99 View
2011 Schrader "Boars' View" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2 Price: Hidden View
2012 Schrader "Boars' View" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 94 3 $149.99 View
2013 Schrader "Boars' View" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 95 3 $169.99 View
2014 Schrader "Boars' View" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 94 11 $164.99 View
1997 Turley "Grist" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 95 1 $59.99 View
2006 Turley "Grist" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 92 1 $59.99 View
2008 Vérité "La Joie" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend 99 3 $329.99 View
2008 Vérité "La Muse" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend 100 5 $349.99 View
2009 Vérité "La Muse" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend 96 2 $269.99 View
2012 Walker Station "The Original" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2 $59.99 View
2012 Williams Selyem "Coastlands Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 2 $89.99 View
2006 Williams Selyem "Hirsch Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 5 $99.99 View
2013 Williams Selyem "Hirsch Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 95 2 $109.99 View
2014 Williams Selyem "Olivet Lane" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 1 $89.99 View
2010 Williams Selyem "Precious Mountain" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 98 1 $129.99 View
2004 Williams Selyem "Precious Mountain" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 1 Price: Hidden View
2012 Williams Selyem "Terra De Promissio" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 92 2 $79.99 View
2014 Williams Selyem "Terra De Promissio" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 1 $79.99 View
2001 Williams Selyem "Weir" Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir 2 $59.99 View
2008 Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 91 4 $59.99 View
2015 Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 95 12 Price: Hidden View
2014 Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir 90 3 $69.99 View
1999 Williams-Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2 $59.99 View
2008 Wind Gap "Armagh Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Syrah 93 2 $44.99 View
2010 Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 92 6 $34.99 View
2008 Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Syrah 92 1 $29.99 View


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2013 Ancillary "Sangiacomo Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 4 available ($44.99)

2013 Ancillary "Sun Chase Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($49.99)

2013 Anthill Farms "Harmony Lane" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($49.99)

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2011 Anthill Farms "Peters Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 3 available ($49.99)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby-red. High-pitched red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of Asian spices, smoky minerals and fresh flowers. Intense redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors pick up zesty mineral and blood orange qualities with air, along with a touch of cola. Blends sweetness and piquancy deftly and finishes with strong cut and persistence. Very nicely balanced and energetic Pinot, with zero fat on its bones. (ST)" (06/2013)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "Grown at Randy Peters vineyard in the hills west of Sebastopol, this is a light and airy 2011. Shot though with bright scents of rose and the rosemary of stems, this wines sour cherry and earth-bound flavors have a lot of length for such an ethereal presence. Decant it for whole roasted fish stuffed with herbs." (10/2013)

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2014 Anthill Farms "Peters Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 3 available ($54.99)

Vinous: "The 2014 Pinot Noir Peters Vineyard is an attractive Pinot that veers towards the lighter end of the spectrum. Crushed flowers, dried cherries, mint and anise are all nicely lifted in the glass. This is a very pretty Pinot but readers should expect a lighter style. Because of its chemical composition, Peters often yields a naturally cloudy Pinot, but winemaker Anthony Filiberti prefers to leave the wine untouched, which results in a quirky Pinot.Anthony Filiberti crafts Pinots and Syrahs endowed with real personality at Anthill Farms. That said, my sense is that Filiberti would rather be in the vineyard than in the cellar, something that was reinforced by the numerous unsolicited comments I heard from other producers raving about the quality of his farming. As always, the Anthill Pinots see a good bit of whole clusters (50% for the Peters and Tina Marie and 30-40% for everything else) and are aged in mostly neutral oak, with no racking until bottling. Filiberti describes 2014 as a vintage that was nearly three weeks ahead of schedule. Of course, 2015 followed, and it was even earlier! (AG)" (01/2016)

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2014 Anthill Farms Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($39.99)

VINEYARD NOTES: "This appellation is widely described as “sprawling” as it encompasses half or more of the county. Our fruit comes from two of the coolest, most coastal parts of this appellation: the low coast, west of Sebastopol on the edge of the Petaluma Gap; and the high coast, the first or second ridge inland from the ocean farther to the north. These sites are united by the direct influence of the Pacific‘s cool, marine air, delaying ripening well into October."

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True blue, coastal Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (nod nod, wink wink), Anthill Farm's SC bottling is really good: wild plums, bright mixed berry, really fresh fruit and wonderful balance. One for the cellar or to enjoy now following a quick decant.

2009 AP Vin "Clos Pepe Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 2 available Price: Hidden

2009 AP Vin "Ridgetop Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 3 available ($44.99)

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2013 Armida "Il Campo Estate Field Blend" Dry Creek Valley Red - 9 available ($44.99)

2014 Armida "Maple Vineyard Tina's Block" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel - 3 available ($34.99)

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1997 Arrowood "Réserve Spéciale" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($299.99)

The Arrowood Reserve Cabernet comes from hillside vineyards that have good drainage and yield complex, ageworthy wines.The flavors are of blackberry and plum fruit, spice and notes of cedar, which spill over with rich blackberry, cherries and cassis. 97 points Robert Parker: "It sounds preposterous, but when I put my nose in the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Speciale, it reminded me of the 1996 Latour. California Cabernets are bigger, weightier efforts than most Bordeaux, so the comparison ends with the aromatics. There are 1,611 cases of this profound Cabernet Sauvignon, which spent 28 months in primarily French oak (a tiny bit of American oak was utilized), and was bottled with neither fining nor filtration. Its dense black/purple color is accompanied by layers of cassis, cedar-tinged fruit, and abundant spice. Muscular, with remarkable intensity, purity, and overall symmetry, this larger than life, full-bodied, profound, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon will be at its best between 2003-2030." (12/00) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Drinking well. Smooth-textured. Excellent balance, with complex currant, black cherry, spice and subtle herb shadings. Integrated tannins and a long focused finish." (Web 08)

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2013 Aston Estate Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Previously $100) Price: Hidden

93 points Wine Spectator: "Well-proportioned, with a mix of herb- and cedar-laced dark berry, anise, and fresh, loamy earth, this could use a year or so to soften. The tannins are fine-grained, and the flavors push through with ease. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (04/2016)

2007 Auteur "Sonoma Stage Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($39.99)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Impressive for its finesse and subtle nuances. Floral, lavender and savory dried berry flavors give this a complex aroma, turning more austere and tight on the palate, yet fanning out on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 247 cases made." (02/2010)

2011 Benovia "Cohn Vineyard" Sonoma County Pinot Noir - 1 available ($54.99)

2006 Benziger " Obsidian Point" Sonoma Mountain Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($34.99)

2006 Benziger "Oonapais" Sonoma Mountain Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($29.99)

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2009 Carlisle "Bedrock Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Mourvedre - 2 available ($44.99)

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Mourvedre Bedrock Vineyard (100% Mourvedre with 15.4% alcohol) exhibits that varietal's floral, blueberry and porcini mushroom-like characteristics as well as full-bodied power, impressive ripeness and sweet tannin. Mourvedre is a difficult varietal, but this effort is ripe with silky tannins rather than vegetal with tea-tasting fruit and excessively astringent tannin. Given the anti-oxidative characteristics of Mourvedre, this 2009 should drink well for 10-15+ years." (02/2011)

2010 Carlisle "Bedrock Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel - 2 available ($49.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Freshly cut flowers, spices and mint all jump from the glass in the 2010 Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard. Nuanced and detailed, the 2010 Bedrock comes across as fresh, vibrant and beautifully delineated from start to finish. This is very bright and floral, especially for the year. Mike Officer told me the fruit at Bedrock had matured to the point it could withstand the sweltering heat from the spikes that arrived in late August. The 2010 is a field blend of approximately 86% Zinfandel, 11% Mourvedre and 3% Petite Sirah/Alicante Bouschet. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. (AG)" (04/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Blueberry, blackberry, violet, cracked pepper and bitter chocolate on the vibrant nose. Bright and spicy on entry, then supple and suave in the middle palate, offering flavors of candied dark berries, violet and bitter chocolate. Finishes very long and smooth, with gentle tannins and intense florality. (ST)" (05/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Bold, ripe, nicely structured and full of personality, this displays exotic aromas of black raspberry, smoked pepper and Asian spice that lead to rich, layered cherry, licorice and mocha flavors. Drink now through 2020. (TF)" (04/2013)

2011 Carlisle "Bedrock Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel - 2 available ($39.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. A wild, exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of candied dark berries, apricot, violet and patchouli. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, offering deeply pitched dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors and suggestions of pit fruits and cracked pepper. Impressively complex wine, with excellent finishing clarity and subtle, harmonious tannins. (ST)" (06/2013)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard comes across as quite soft, polished and accessible. In 2011, the Bedrock stands out for its accessible personality. It isnt as big as in some years, but its balance is impeccable. Hints of tobacco, smoke and licorice wrap around the juicy, expressive finish. Today, my impression is that the 2011 is best enjoyed over the next handful of years, as it comes across as just a bit on the frail side. The Bedrock is roughly 92% Zinfandel and 8% mixed blacks, from a site planted in 1888. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. (AG)" (04/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Tightly wound and slightly rustic, with exotic aromas of licorice, orange zest and spice cake, showing concentrated wild berry, cracked pepper and toasted sage flavors. Needs time. Best from 2015 through 2022. (TF)" (11/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Carlisle generally pick earlier than some others in Bedrock Vineyard. 92% Zinfandel and 8% Mixed Black (field blend including Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet), these blocks planted in 1888. TA 6.5 g/l, pH 3.6.Minerally dark fruit. Fine dusty overlay. On the palate, rich and very unusual flavour -- blueberry and fresh nuts too. (I wondered if there was some unusual oak here but, according to Mike Carlisle, it is Nadalie French oak and only 18% new.) Soft, a little tangy/peppery. Gentle and complex and then a fine acidity on the finish. Tangy citrus aftertaste. 17/20 points. (JH)" (11/2013)

K&L Notes: This is only the third vintage of Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel from Zin master Mike Officer, who's attracted a dedicated following for this wines the slow and steady way. Fun facts about the Bedrock Vineyard: It was founded in 1854 as an investment (boondoggle?) by some restless entrepreneurs by the names of William Sherman and Joseph Hooker, a.k.a. "Tecumseh" and "Fightin' Joe," nearly a decade before they were called back east to take care of some other business. But the oldest vines in the vineyard are not as old as all that; they were replanted in 1888 by Senator George Hearst.

2012 Carlisle "Monte Rosso" Sonoma County Zinfandel - 1 available ($49.99)

92-94 points Vinous: "Pomegranate, iron, smoke, tobacco and orange peel all meld together in the 2012 Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard. All the elements fall into place in firm, intense mountain Zinfandel loaded with class and pedigree. Today, the Monte Rosso comes across as one of the more raw, unformed wines in this lineup. The blend is 96% Zinfandel and 4% Grand Noir. (AG)" (02/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Dense, ripe and structured, with black raspberry, orange zest and red clay aromas, offering zesty flavors of plum, cracked pepper and bitter chocolate. The tannins muscle up on the finish. (TF)" (10/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Smoky dark berries and floral oils on the deeply perfumed nose. Energetic black and blue fruit aromas are complemented by smoky minerality and a hint of candied licorice. Supple tannins add shape and gentle grip to the plush dark fruit liqueur flavors, which gain spiciness and depth on the finish. (ST)" (06/2014)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a famous site planted in 1886, the 2012 Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard is composed of 94% Zinfandel and 6% Grand Noir, and achieved 15.3% natural alcohol. Made with a Pinot Noir-like sensitivity, fully destemmed and to be bottled unfined and unfiltered (as all these wines will be), this lovely, berry-scented 2012 offers notes of loamy soil, pepper, spice, black cherries and black raspberries. It is not the biggest or most concentrated of these 2012s, but it has undeniable elegance. (RP)" (12/2013)

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2008 Carlisle "Rossi Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel - 6 available ($39.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Zinfandel Rossi Ranch (100% Zinfandel aged in 25% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered) possesses a dark ruby/purple color as well as copious aromas of wild berry fruit, pepper, earth, herbs, black cherries and raspberries. (RP)" (02/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A briary personality is half the fun of this rich, zesty red, which has loamy raspberry and forest floor aromas and smoky, spicy flavors that finish with appealingly rustic tannins. (TF)" (03/2011)

K&L Notes: Praise from Robert Parker: "It is amazing to think that fifteen years ago no one had ever heard of Carlisle Winery and Vineyards or Mike Officer. Moreover, what Officer has done to preserve old vine Zinfandel vineyards in Sonoma is nothing short of astonishing. Add to that success story his sensational line-up of Syrahs, Petite Sirahs and Rhone Ranger blends and it is undeniable that this man and his winery are at the top of their game. These are artisanal, world-class reds that remain among California's most fairly priced high quality wines...Readers who love these wines are advised to stock up on what is left of the 2008s as well as the upcoming 2009s." (02/2011)

2011 Carlisle "Rossi Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel - 2 available ($44.99)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby. Ripe raspberry and floral aromas are lifted by peppery spice and mineral nuances. Smooth and fleshy on the palate, offering sweet red fruit flavors that show very good energy. Lingers with impressive tenacity and soft, harmonious tannins that add focus and grip. This zin checks in at 13.8% alcohol." (06/2013)

K&L Notes: For those of you who have been following Sonoma County old vine Zinfandel for a while, the name Rossi Ranch should ring like a dinner bell. Unfortunately, according to Carlisle, the vineyard suffered after farmer Val Rossi passed on in 2000. But new owners have been actively improving the old vineyard. It's located in the northern end of Sonoma Valley in Kenwood, just below the picturesque, forested slopes of Annadel State Park. The winemaker's tasting note: "Bright medium ruby-garnet. An intoxicating nose of cherries, earth, and what we like to call the Rossi garrigue (the aroma of the native vegetation in and around this organically farmed 101 year-old vineyard). Medium weight in body with flavors of red currants, orange rind, briar, and pepper. Damn this is a pretty wine! Sound acidity and gentle tannins emerge on the persistent finish. While drinkable now, this wine should continue to improve and develop with age."

2014 Carlisle "Rossi Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel - 3 available ($44.99)

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2011 Carlisle "Steiner Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Syrah - 12 available ($39.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Yet another new wine, the 2011 Syrah Steiner Vineyard presents an intriguing melange of dark fruit, savory herbs, licorice and menthol. This medium-bodied, highly expressive Syrah should be approachable upon release. The 2011 has a gorgeous core of dark red and blue fruit and terrific overall balance without too many of cooler climate, gamier Syrah notes. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2023. (AG)" (04/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark purple. Powerful, expansive aromas of dark fruit liqueur, sandalwood, mocha, star anise and potpourri. Stains the palate with intense dark berry and bitter cherry flavors, with a sappy lavender pastille nuance adding an exotic flourish. Chewy tannins slowly come up with air and add shape to an impressively long, spice-accented finish. (ST)" (05/2013)

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2009 Carlisle "Three Birds" Sonoma County Rhone Blend - 5 available ($34.99)

Robert Parker writes: "One of California's most compelling success stories is Mike Officer's conversion from full-time software developer to full-time guardian of old vine Zinfandel vineyards and world-class producer of artisinal wines. Carlisle is a hugely successful winery, not only because of outstanding customer service, but because of the simple fact that it delivers great wines at extremely fair prices."

2010 Carlisle "Three Birds" Sonoma County Rhone Blend - 4 available ($34.99)

Robert Parker writes: "One of California's most compelling success stories is Mike Officer's conversion from full-time software developer to full-time guardian of old vine Zinfandel vineyards and world-class producer of artisinal wines. Carlisle is a hugely successful winery, not only because of outstanding customer service, but because of the simple fact that it delivers great wines at extremely fair prices."

2011 Carlisle "Three Birds" Sonoma County Rhone Blend - 3 available ($29.99)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(made from 78% grenache, 16% mourvedre and 6% syrah, from 5 different sites): Vivid ruby. Smoky raspberry and candied cherry on the nose, with subtle white pepper and mineral notes adding interest. Sappy red berry flavors gain power and sweetness with air and show a floral nuance on the back end. An immediately appealing, seamless wine that finishes with very good breadth and power." (06/2013)

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2010 Carlisle Bennett Valley Syrah - 4 available ($34.99)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes dark berry preserves, black tea, licorice and smoky Indian spices. Lush, palate-staining black and blue fruit flavors show noteworthy intensity and focus and pick up a floral pastille nuance with air. Finishes broad and sweet, leaving smoke and licorice notes behind." (05/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Syrah, from two sites in Bennett Valley, is a stunning value in handcrafted, artisan Syrah. Layers of cool, mineral-infused dark fruit caress the palate in this delineated, nuanced wine. Vibrant and intensely perfumed, the 2010 impresses for its overall balance and harmony. This is a relatively forward, juicy style of Syrah, but all the elements are in the right place. (AG)" (04/2013)

K&L Notes: In 2010, Carlisle found that their Jemrose Vineyard fruit which is usually bottled as "Cardiac Hill" made a better wine when it was blended with fruit from the Steiner Vineyard. They combined the lots in nearly equal quantities and bottled the wine under the Bennett Valley appellation. About 20% of the wine was whole-cluster fermented and it was aged in 35% new French oak. From the winery: "Nearly opaque. Explosive aromas of blackberry, graphite, and spring flowers. Really blossoms with air. The wine enters smoothly, displaying plenty of black and blue fruit with a note of violet. Quite suave and sophisticated on the palate with caressing tannins on the finish. A beautifully balanced cool-climate Syrah that has a long, long life ahead of it."

2010 Carlisle Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah - 1 available ($54.99)

2009 Carlisle Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah - 2 available ($54.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Deep, seductive aromas of dark berry preserves, mocha, cherry-cola, licorice and violet. Lush and creamy on the palate, offering intense blackberry and blueberry flavors, big but harmonious tannins and slow-building spiciness. The blueberry note lingers on the long, gently spicy finish. This is extremely alluring and seamless for the variety, showing zero rough edges. (ST)" (05/2011)

2011 Carlisle Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel - 2 available ($39.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A more compact personality emerges from the 2011 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley. Iron, red berries, smoke and tobacco all make an appearance, but it is the wines energy and thrust that speak loudest. It will be interesting to see if the 2011 fattens up in bottle. Today, it is a bit on the lean side, despite its considerable appeal. (AG)" (04/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby. Heady, explosively perfumed aromas of candied black and blue fruits, incense and licorice, with a powerful spicy topnote. Sappy and palate-coating, offering ripe dark fruit and floral flavors and showing a smooth, velvety texture. Closes broad and very long, with lingering spiciness and soft tannins. Excellent value here. (ST)" (05/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and subtly powerful, with raspberry and black pepper aromas that lead to sleek but complex plum, licorice and loamy sage flavors. Drink now through 2019. (TF)" (10/2013)

2008 Carlisle Sonoma County Syrah - 2 available ($39.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Syrah Dry Creek is composed of 86% Syrah, 12% Grenache, and 2% Viognier, with the Viognier co-fermented and the Grenache blended in after malolactic. The wine exhibits sweet black cherry, raspberry, and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of camphor, incense, licorice, and subtle background oak. Full-bodied, juicy, seductive, and nearly addictive, this intriguing Syrah should be drunk over the next 7-8 years." (08/2010)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Vibrant aromas of blackcurrant, menthol, mocha, chocolate and a whiff of violet. Juicy, spicy and high-pitched, with excellent energy and lift to the flavors of dark berries, mint and smoky Indian spices. I like this wine's restrained sweetness. Finishes with very good clarity and gentle tannic grip." (06/2010)

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2013 Carlisle Sonoma County Syrah - 10 available ($34.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Syrah is a blend of the Papas Block and the Steiner Vineyard Syrahs that had been bottled singularly in the past. Deep and rich, with an opaque purple color, it offers up notes of pen ink, blackberries, roasted meats and lard. This big, rich, chunky, succulent Syrah (870 cases produced) should drink nicely for a decade or more.One of the great success stories in Northern California is the genesis of Carlisle Winery, whose owner, Mike Officer, began as a wine hobbiest / software developer and grew into a full-time wine producer who has done more to save head-pruned, old-vine Zinfandel vineyards than anyone else in the United States. He built his reputation on full-flavored red wines and continues to fine-tune these beauties, often field blends of what are generically referred to as mixed blacks planted primarily by Italian immigrants prior to Prohibition." (12/2014)

90-92 points Vinous: "The 2013 Syrah is one of the real overachievers in this range. Mike Officer did not think his flagship Papa's Block Syrah was good enough to be bottled on its own, so it was blended with a parcel of Sonoma Mountain fruit for this year's Syrah. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke and licorice all jump from the glass in a plump, extroverted Syrah to drink while the fruit retains its juiciness. Hints of lavender, violets, mint and dark spices wrap around the finish.I am not sure I have met a winery owner quite like Mike Officer before. Of course, Officer is well-known for his advocacy of California's heritage vineyards, but his dedication to delivering value to the end consumer is just as noteworthy. All of that is served up with a giddy, boyish enthusiasm that is reflected in rich, powerful wines that highlight the essence of a number of Sonoma's best vineyards. I tasted all of these wines with Officer and longtime winemaker Jay Maddox from barrel prior to bottling. Maddox describes 2013 as a year with no shock weather events such as frost or heat wave. Weather at set was good, and the main challenge was managing the crop load. Harvest was earlier than normal. In response to the fruit that came in, Maddox opted for lower temperatures in fermentation and fewer punch downs. Unfortunately I was not able to taste the Petite Sirah and James Berry Syrah, both of which were being fined in preparation for bottling." (01/2015)

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2011 Carlisle Sonoma County Zinfandel - 11 available ($34.99)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Zinfandel is a screaming value. Sweet, layered and impeccably balanced, the 2011 is gorgeous from the very first taste. Hints of sweet tobacco, cedar, licorice and dark red cherries all take shape in the glass. This mid-weight, gracious Zinfandel is impeccable. Even better, it is a steal. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018." (04/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(made from fruit grown in 5 vineyards: 3 in the Russian River Valley, 2 in Sonoma Valley and 1 in Sonoma County): Bright ruby. Vibrant raspberry and candied cherry on the nose, with appealing spiciness and a hint of fresh rose. Energetic and focused, offering brisk red berry flavors and a touch of anise that builds with air. Finishes with very good precision and length, leaving a spicy note behind. This is a great introduction to the Carlisle wines at a gentle price." (06/2013)

K&L Notes: Get in on a great Zin producer at a nice price, to start. Antonio Galloni, writing in the Wine Advocate, concurs with our point of view on the matter: "Readers who don't think terroir exists in California should check out the Carlisle Zinfandels and Syrahs, many of which emerge from old-vine, heritage sites that nearly disappeared until Officer and some of his peers rescued them from the brink of oblivion. In particular, the 2011 Zinfandels are fabulous."

2009 Carlisle Sonoma Valley Petite Sirah - 2 available ($44.99)

A blend from Bedrock Vineyard and Rossi Ranch, two historic properties that produce deep, soulful, age-worthy wines. Tasting notes according to winemaker Mike Officer: "Black-purple with a magenta rim. Intense, high-toned aromas of blackberry, crushed rock, and anise. Medium-full to full bodied with flavors of blackberry, black olive, spice and violets. Mmmmm… So good! At present, more tightly coiled than our Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah but a wine that will reward greatly with patience. If you do decide to open one early, decant and/or pour through a Vinturi wine aerator and enjoy with a nice piece of grilled meat or some aged cheddar (I recommend Lincolnshire Poacher from Neal’s Yard). Otherwise, drink any time from 2016 through 2035." (MRO, 09/25/11)

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2007 Chateau St. Jean "Cinq Cepages" Sonoma County Red ($59.99)

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2011 Donelan ''Nancie'' Sonoma County Chardonnay - 8 available ($39.99)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A classic Chardonnay that was aged all in neutral French oak barrels and puncheons, the 2011 Donelan Chardonnay Nancie has an apple, citrus, and lime scented array of fruit to go with background minerality, vanilla crème, and hints of nuttiness that emerge over the evening. Racy, focused, and clean on the palate, with knockout purity of fruit and building richness and length, it has a cool-climate feel with its precision and focus, yet holds onto beautiful California fruit and texture." (12/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Donelan's 2011 Chardonnay Nancie is pretty and expressive. Another wine with lovely textural depth and nuance, the 2011 is laced with dried apricots, nectarines, flowers and mint, all of which come together in the glass. Though medium in body, the 2011 impresses for its soft, caressing personality and terrific overall balance. The partial-malo style is highly appealing here. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. (AG)" (04/2013)

Wine Spectator: "Tangy, with a touch of butterscotch woven into the green apple and citrus character. Ends with a crisp, mouthwatering, flinty edge. (JL, Web Only 2013)"

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2012 Donelan "Cuvee Christine" Sonoma County Syrah ($44.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Syrahs have always been the benchmark wines from Donelan, since the early days when he was using winemaker Pax Mahle. The 2012 Syrah Cuvee Christine, which is fermented with a 30% whole clusters and aged in 80% neutral oak, comes from four separate vineyards in the Russian River Valley at Sonoma Mountain. This is 100% Syrah, aged 20 months in 33% new French oak and represents nearly 900 cases of wine. Deep purple in color with lots of roast beef, blackberry, bouquet garni, licorice and charcuterie spices, the wine is rich, beautifully pure, full-bodied and showing well already, which is of course a hallmark of 2012. It should drink well for at least a decade or more. (RP)" (12/2014)

91 points Vinous: "The 2012 Syrah Cuvée Christine is supple, open and tasty. Dark blue and purplish-toned fruits, cloves, lavender, licorice and violets flesh out in a forward, juicy Syrah with plenty of near-term appeal. Sweet floral and spice notes add perfume on the silky, expressive finish. (AG)" (01/2015)

Wine Spectator: "Firm and dense, with a tight core of dark berry, licorice, dried herb and sage. Black tealaced tannins grip and cling. (Web Only - 2015)"

2008 Donelan "Cuvee Christine" Sonoma County Syrah - 2 available ($39.99)

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2010 Donelan "Cuvée Keltie" Sonoma County Syrah ($69.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " The 2010 Cuvee Keltie, made from 100% stems, neutral oak and indigenous yeast fermentation, smells of aged steaks, beef tartare, bacon fat, crushed rocks and blackberries. Full-bodied with even more intensity, concentration and body than the 2011, this is a massive yet incredibly well-balanced, pure example of Syrah ... (RP)" (12/2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rich, dry and complex, this Syrah has flavors of blackberry, currant, licorice, grilled prosciutto, black pepper and sandalwood that are wrapped in fine tannins. The wine is a barrel selection of the various vineyards from which Donelan sources its fruit. Production was exceedingly small, but its worth a special search." (04/2013)

93 points Vinous: "Bacon fat, smoke, tobacco, grilled herbs and black fruit are some of the many notes that emerge from the 2010 Syrah Cuvée Keltie. Just beginning to show some elements of complexity, the 2010 looks to have a bright future. This is one of the more savory 2010 Syrahs here. A host of dark, ferrous notes inform the chewy finish. The 2010 is a selection of barrels from Obsidian, Richards, Kobler, Windsor Oaks and Walker Vine Hill, fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged for 24 months entirely in neutral oak. (AG)" (02/2014)

Wine Spectator: "Dense and closed, offering a pleasant mix of blueberry, blackberry, loamy earth, tobacco leaf, graphite and limestone flavors. This is slow to unfold. A good choice for the cellar. (Web-2013) (JL)"

K&L Notes: The 2009 represents a barrel selection of specific subsections of Obsidian, Richards, Kobler, Windsor Oaks, and Walker Vine Hill Vineyards.

2008 Donelan "Cuvée Keltie" Sonoma County Syrah ($69.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " The 2008 Syrah Cuvee Keltie (100% Syrah with 75% whole clusters, and aged 26 months in French oak barrels, 20% of which are new) reveals Hermitage-like characteristics of ground pepper, roasted meats, damp earth, Christmas fruitcake, blackberries and incense. Rich and full-bodied with loads of tannin and a backward, brooding personality, this sensational wine is meant for true connoisseurs who are willing to give it some time in the cellar. (RP)" (02/2011)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "A beautiful young wine, notable for two things, its balance and generosity. Feels wonderfully structured, with superb tannins and a fine dose of acidity framing massive blackberry, currant, bacon, black pepper, mineral and sandalwood flavors." (06/2011)

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2012 Donelan "Cuvée Moriah" Sonoma County Rhone Blend - 2 available ($34.99)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A step back from the 2013, yet still outstanding, the 2012 Cuvee Moriah (64% Grenache, 24% Mourvèdre and 12% Syrah) offers a Pinot Noir like perfume of ripe cherries, blackberries, ground herbs and hints of cured meats. This medium-bodied, supple, elegant effort has a good core of fruit, a savory, meaty style (probably from the higher Mourvèdre content), notable tannin and a good finish. (JD)" (07/2017)

2010 Donelan "Cuvée Moriah" Sonoma County Rhone Blend - 1 available ($34.99)

2009 Donelan "Cuvée Moriah" Sonoma County Rhone Blend - 1 available ($39.99)

2012 Donelan "Nancie" Sonoma County Chardonnay - 1 available ($39.99)

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2011 Donelan "Obsidian Vineyard" Knight's Valley Syrah - 1 available ($69.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From black marble-like soils, the 2011 Syrah Obsidian Vineyard is the strongest of the 2011s from the Donelan Family. Aged 22 months in 33% new French oak, this 300-case cuvee of 100% Syrah used 30% whole clusters, and was fermented with indigenous yeasts. A deep blue/black color is followed by notes of blackberries, blueberries, kirsch, licorice, camphor and a hint of barbecued meat. This full-bodied, mineral-laced, multi-dimensional, long Syrah tastes like it came from a much greater vintage than 2011. This forward and evolved wine can be drunk now and over the next 2-3 years. This is one of the most impressive Rhone Ranger winemaking estates in California. They have also expanded their portfolio to make small quantities of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. For me, the real glories of Donelan Family Wines are their Syrahs. As the tasting notes suggest, 2011 turned out well here despite the challenges. However, if you can still track down a bottle or two of the 2009s and 2010s, you are in for something very special. Joe Donelan believes their finest wine, representing the best vineyard parcels and top barrel selections is the Cuvee Keltie, which normally comes from specific sub-sections of such vineyard sources as Obsidian, Richards Family, Steiner Ranch and Walker Vine Hill. Kudos to Donelan Family Wines! (RP)" (12/2013)

94 points Vinous: "The 2011 Syrah Obsidian Vineyard is an intense, exotic wine. Tobacco, game, wild flowers and smoke are all alive in the glass. The 2011 is wild, intense and totally beguiling. Wild, savory notes dominate a huge, powerful Syrah that needs time to fully come together. Tasted next to the 2010, the 2011 has a bit less overt fruit and more savory overtones, much of that from the inclusion of 33% whole clusters. (AG)" (01/2014)

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2011 Donelan "Richards Family Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Syrah ($89.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Syrah Richards Family is a powerful, rich wine that spent 36 months in wood. It boasts lots of blackberry, black currant, licorice, forest floor and truffle-like notes. Opulent and full-bodied, it is an incredible success for this challenging vintage. Consume it over the next decade. (RP)" (12/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Three years in barrel. Meaty, smoky and smooth. Excellent aromatic lift. Long, dense and profound. (RH)" (05/2015)

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2012 Donelan "Two Brothers" North Coast Pinot Noir - 3 available ($44.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Two Brothers was made from six separate clonal selections, including Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777, and the Pommard, Calera and Swan clones. Some stems were utilized and notes of underbrush/forest floor are undoubtedly attributable to the whole clusters. Abundant aromas of cherry fruit, clove and spice are followed by a medium-bodied Pinot that should drink well for 5-7 years. (RP)" (12/2013)

Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Two Brothers comes from multiple sites in the Sonoma Coast AVA, saw a splash of stems in the fermentation, and spent 18 months in roughly 30% new French oak. It offers enjoyable notes of baked cherries, spiced meats, forest floor, and dried herbs, medium-bodied richness, an evolved style and a clean finish. (JD)" (07/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Juicy redcurrant fruit, smooth tannin, spiced finish. Pure and very rounded...(RH)" (05/2015)

Vinous: "Crushed rose petals, raspberries, mint and cinnamon are some of the notes that lift from the glass in Donelan's 2012 Pinot Noir Two Brothers...(AG)" (01/2015)

Wine Enthusiast: "Light in color with an herbal profile, this lightly textured wine offers tart cherry and dry tannins with a bite of oak on the finish. Having undergone partial whole-cluster fermentation (30%), it also has a forested, savory character, streaked in cedar and baking spice. Most of the grapes hail from Sonoma Mountain, rounded out by Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley and Mendocino fruit. (VB)" (12/2014)

2009 Donelan "Venus" Sonoma County White Rhone Blend - 1 available ($29.99)

2010 Donelan "Venus" Sonoma County White Rhone Blend - 1 available ($29.99)

2011 Donelan "Venus" Sonoma County White Rhone Blend - 5 available ($29.99)

2012 Donelan "Walker Vine Hill" Russian River Valley Syrah - 3 available ($49.99)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2012 Syrah Walker Vine Hill is another ripe, concentrated 2012 from this estate. Sporting a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of blackberries, blueberries, crushed rock, peppery herbs, and charcoal, it has an elegant, moderately tannic and concentrated style thats going to benefit from another year or three of bottle age. It doesnt appear to hit the heights of the 2013 now, yet its also more closed and reticent. It should be at its best from 2019-2030. (JD)" (07/2017)

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2007 DuMol Russian River Valley Syrah - 1 available ($39.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, intense and balanced, with dried currant, berry, spice, tobacco, cedar and sage, gaining a dusty mineral and cedary edge. Closed on the finish, with tight tannins. Drink now through 2016." (12/2009)

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2005 Failla "Estate" Sonoma Coast Syrah - 2 available ($49.99)

2009 Flanagan Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available Price: Hidden

2010 Flanagan Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available Price: Hidden

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2012 Flowers "Camp Meeting Ridge" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 1 available ($69.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: " * Editors Choice * Froman extreme, cool-climate estate vineyard, this Chardonnayis remarkably complex, golden in color andsemi-rich in lemon chiffon and intense caramel. Yetit holds back ever so slightly on the lusciousness byoffering crisp, tingling acidity. Orange blossom delightsin terms of aroma and flavor, with an accentof fennel, too." (05/2015)

Vinous: "Flowers is another estate that excels with Chardonnay in 2013. All three wines in this lineup are fabulous. In particular the two selections from Camp Meeting Ridge - a site originally developed by Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer and planted with old selections of Wente from Larry Hyde's vineyard - show just how magical this site is for top-notch Chardonnay. The 2012 Pinots are pretty, but also forward and at times even a bit fragile, both of which suggest they are best enjoyed sooner rather than later." (01/2015)

2005 Freeman "Akiko's Cuvee" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($39.99)

2010 Freestone (Joseph Phelps) "Quarter Moon" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($69.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright deep red with ruby highlights. Musky aromas of dark fruits, spices and peppery herbs, with a violet nuance emerging with aeration. Drier and more penetrating than the basic Sonoma Coast bottling, showing terrific energy and grip to the dark fruit and pepper flavors. Finishes with dusty, firm tannins and excellent rising length. With 48 hours in the recorked bottle, this displayed an almost Syrah-like perfume without any loss of freshness. (ST)" (05/2012)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* A huge wine, bright and bold in raspberry and cherry flavors, this has a jammy directness that makes it drinkable now, but such is the acid and tannin structure that it should develop bottle complexity over the next 68 years. The alcohol is a refreshingly low 13.5% by volume, a testament to the coolness of the 2010 vintage." (12/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Pinot Noir Estate Quarter Moon Vineyard comes across as having a bit of the qualities of both the Pastorale and the Freestone. The savory aromatics resemble those of the Pastorale, while the richness of the fruit has more similarities with the Freestone. It all adds up to another beautifully expressive, layered Pinot. My impression is that the Quarter Moon will be the fastest to mature among these three 2010 Pinots. (AG)" (04/2013)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here the ripe nose features lovely spice nuances to the moderately-pitched aromas of plum and dark cherry that display top notes of cranberry and raspberry. There is good punch and solid mid-palate density to the dusty, intense and mouth coating finish. Again, this is not super complex but this is clearly built to reward extended cellaring if desired." (01/2013)

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2007 Freestone Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($39.99)

91 points and "Oustanding" from Allen Meadows: "A fresh, elegant and pure nose of extract of red pinot fruit that does carry a whiff of crushed leaf as well as a discreet spice component that is followed by suave, detailed and lightly mineral-suffused middle weight flavors that display a lovely sense of underlying restraint and excellent length on the dusty and sappy finish. This is more Burgundian in style as there is a touch of backend austerity that allows this to be quite food friendly. Worth a look." (Tasted: Apr 18, 2010) According to the Wine Spectator: "Firm, intense and structured, tight and fit, offering a minerally edge to the dried currant and raspberry flavors. Ends with crisp tannins and a hint of plum. Drink now through 2016." (09/10)

2006 Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available Price: Hidden

2008 Grey Stack "The Narcissist" Sonoma County Syrah - 3 available ($44.99)

Grey Stack Cellars sources grapes from unique sites in Bennett Valley on the North Coast. From the winery: "The Narcissist is our barrel select Syrah. The barrels may come from any block or vineyard we source Syrah from. Unapologetically big and oak driven, stylistically, this is our biggest Syrah, typically made form 100% new French Oak. This is our only wine that is not made with food in mind - thus the name. We call this our cocktail wine. First made in 2006, we have continued the tradition of the Narcissist in 25-75 case lots."

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2006 Hospices Of Sonoma (Freeman) Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 7 available ($34.99)

2009 Joseph Phelps "Freestone Vineyards" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available Price: Hidden

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2010 Kamen "Kashmir" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($179.99)

1990 Kenwood "Artist Series" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($49.99)

Wine Spectator: "Minty, herbal aromas and flavors course through this focused, tough-textured wine... Has a core of berry flavor trying to break through the cedar and bark character." (12/1993)

K&L Notes: From the winery: "Kenwood Vineyards’ sixteenth Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon release features an untitled work by artist Sam Francis, depicting lively expressions of joy and excitement. The grapes selected for the 1990 Artist Series came from a number of select Sonoma Valley vineyards, including the mountainous Lindholm Vineyard. After harvest at optimum maturity, each vineyard lot was kept separate throughout fermentation and aging. The fermentation took place in stainless steel, and the vineyard lots were aged in French oak barrels for a minimum of two years. The blend consists primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon; however, small amount of Cabernet Franc and Merlot further soften this elegant, full-bodied wine. The excellent 1990 vintage produced plenty of rich, ripe fruit with sufficient tannins to ensure a wine that will age well after the year 2000."

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1994 Kistler "Camp Meeting Ridge" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($139.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Impressive with its dense, concentrated core of black cherry, plum and berry flavors, picking up a pretty oak shading and a slight meaty accent, both of which add dimension. Firmly tannic on the finish, so if you're lucky enough to have a bottle or two, cellar into 1999 for best results. (JL)" (06/1997)

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2009 Kistler "Cuvée Catherine - Occidental Station" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($169.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pinot Noir Occidental Station Cuvee Catherine is flat-out beautiful. All of the elements are in the right place in this majestic, towering Pinot. Layers of fruit emerge gracefully in a wine that seems to never end. The finest, silkiest of tannins frame the fruit through to the exceptional, sensual finish. This kaleidoscopic, marvelously complete wine is a stunning effort from Steve Kistler and his team. The wine continues to open up in the glass in a fabulous display of class and elegance. I can hardly wait to own this extraordinary Pinot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021. (AG)" (02/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby. Heady aromas of black raspberry, cola, star anise and candied rose, along with a vibrant mineral quality and a touch of smoke. Sharply delineated raspberry and cherry flavors show superb depth, with bright acidity giving lift and cut. This strikingly elegant, fresh pinot finishes with serious cling and persistent floral character." (05/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A subtle, detailed style, trim and spicy offering fresh-cut lavender and floral scents. Crushed rock, wild berry and blueberry flavors push through on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2023." (09/2012)

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1998 Kistler "Cuvee Catherine Occidental Station" Pinot Noir - 1 available ($179.99)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are only a measly 50 cases of the 1998 Pinot Noir Occidental Vineyard Cuvee Elizabeth, so the tasting notes are brief ... it is an exceptional wine that represents the essence of Pinot Noir. If any readers latch onto a bottle or two, let me know. (RP)" (12/1999)

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2001 Kistler "Cuvée Elizabeth - Occidental Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 6 available ($219.99)

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This displayed a combination of elements on the nose, with very ripe and attractively fresh Pinot aromas mixing with obvious alcohol and plenty of toast yet it is spicy and complex. The supple, forward and sweet flavors are very ripe as well but they remain Pinot in character, framed in noticeable oak spice..." (01/2004)

K&L Notes: Stephen Tanzer on Kistler's 2001 vintage: "Steve Kistler describes 2001 as 'a wonderful vintage where the natural yeasts and malolactic bacteria behaved themselves nicely. We were able to sulfur the wines by the first of the new year,' he went on. The pHs are in the 3.3 to 3.4 range, as low as in 2000. The wines are delicious now but should last well. There are no blowsy wines, and they show clear differences of vineyard character." (05/2004)

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2004 Kistler "Cuvée Elizabeth-Bodega Headlands" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($229.99)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bordering on perfection, the 2004 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands (from Kistlers new vineyard planted on the Sonoma Coast) offers up sweet plum, forest floor, and violet scents along with a La Tache-like, ethereal, floral, and black raspberry-like character. This prodigious, deep ruby/purple-colored Pinot possesses fabulous concentration as well as a layered, multidimensional palate, wonderful fruit, sweet tannin, and good acidity. It should age beautifully for 10-12 years. Interestingly, Steve Kistler planted this vineyard with the old Calera clone, which is rumored to be a suitcase clone pulled out of the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti grand cru vineyards. (RP)" (12/2005)

K&L Notes: Founded in 1978, Kistler can easily be considered one of the first modern cult California wineries.

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2010 Kistler "Trenton Roadhouse" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 1 available ($99.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Kistlers 2010 Chardonnay Trenton Roadhouse is one of the bigger, richer wines in this lineup, but at the same time, there is a huge center of minerality running in the fruit. Orange blossoms, nectarines and tropical all make an appearance in this striking, totally exciting Chardonnay. At times, the Trenton Roadhouse appears to have the structure and frame of a red wine, yet all the elements are in the right place. The 2010 is a wonderfully complete, exciting wine from Steve Kistler. (AG)" (04/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Greenish gold. Fresh orange and pear on the highly fragrant nose, with a bright lemon zest quality adding lift. Pliant, gently sweet citrus and orchard fruit flavors show excellent concentration and provide superb palate coverage. Finishes with great clarity and energy, leaving vibrant mineral and floral notes behind. I suspect that this energetic Chardonnay will age very gracefully. (ST)" (06/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of green apple, lime and floral lift off and expand gracefully, delivering elegant balance and a long, clean and persistent finish. (JL)" (07/2013)

K&L Notes: The iconic Kistler Vineyards produces some of the most sought-after and spectacular Chardonnays in California. This small family winery generally only sells their wines directly to a select membership on their mailing list. At times we are able to obtain well-stored wines from select private cellars, giving you the chance to try some of these wonderful wines.

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2014 Kosta Browne "Kanzler Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($119.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Notes of raspberries, strawberries, rose petals and ample floral, sappy nuances emerge from the 2014 Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard, which has rocking purity, notable freshness and a lively, clean, medium to full-bodied feel on the palate. Coming from a site on the Sonoma Coast, fermented with 14% whole clusters and aged in 41% new French oak, this is one of the more classic, cool-climate releases from this team. Drink it anytime over the coming decade. (JD)" (09/2016)

92 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pinot Noir Kanzler speaks to balance above all else. Nothing in particular stands out. Instead, the 2014 offers up a compelling mélange of enticing aromatics and sweet red-fleshed fruit. Silky, polished tannins add to the wine's ample, creamy feel. Super-expressive and inviting, the 2014 is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. (AG)" (08/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "The purity and brilliance of the plum and raspberry fruit rises to the occasion, giving this depth, complexity and persistence. Presents a supple texture amid the pleasant weave of savory touches. Drink now. 648 cases made." (09/2016)

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2008 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($84.99)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Gregariously fruity with highlights of raspberries and cranberries intermixed with its main themes of fresh, juicy cherries, this one may arguably be criticized for being just a touch on the simple, side but no one will find it lacking in depth. It is so young that it cannot only get better with time in bottle, but we admit that its no-holds-barred richness and accessible style makes near-term resistance next to impossible. *Two Stars*" (06/2010)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Vibrant aromas of raspberry, spicecake and white pepper, with building florality. Sappy and sweet, with palate-caressing red and dark berry preserve flavors and good spicy snap. The floral quality repeats on the long, juicy finish, adding an exotic touch. This is already drinking well. (ST)" (06/2010)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Shows a smoky, baconlike charry richness, with loamy earth and dried berry. (JL, Web-2012)"

2015 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (wine stained label) - 1 available ($89.99)

2009 Landmark "Grand Detour" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 4 available ($29.99)

2011 Lava Vine Knights Valley Syrah - 2 available ($29.99)

2010 Lava Vine Winery Reserve Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($89.99)

2015 Littorai "Charles Heintz Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 1 available ($89.99)

94 points Vinous: "The 2015 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard is as always the most exotic of the Chardonnays in this range. Soft, creamy and oily on the palate, the 2015 exudes class. Apricot, chamomile, mint, peach and baked apple are some of the signatures. The flavors are remarkably vivid in the 2015. (AG)" (01/2018)

2004 Loring "Keefer Ranch" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Previously $47) Price: Hidden

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2015 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon ($13.99)

Robert Parker writes: "This winery was created in 1933 (following Prohibition) by the Martini family. They are still heavily involved, but the property was eventually sold to friends of the Martinis, the Gallos, although Mike Martini still runs the operation. These wines are iconic, given that fact that the Martinis have long been custodians of an extraordinary vineyard site in Sonoma, the Monte Rosso Vineyard, which was first planted in 1890."

2006 M-Squared "Monte Rosso" Sonoma Valley Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($69.99)

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2012 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 6 available ($399.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard, which will probably be released in a few months, displays great minerality, notes of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, poached pear, and white flowers as well as a touch of quince. A wine of great intensity, yet incredibly ethereal elegance, this light greenish gold-colored wine is full-bodied, stunningly rich, and altogether remarkable. When you consider that they use 100% new French oak and 100% heavy toast for both their Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, it is remarkable how little oak appears in these wines. This wine should age well for 10-15 years, as most of the Marcassin Estate Chardonnays have done to date. (RP)" (03/2016)

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2004 Martinelli "Blue Slide Ridge" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($89.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red. Complex nose melds cherry, plum, spices, nuts and smoky oak. Concentrated, suave and sophisticated, with a slightly wild blue and black fruit character complicated by spices. Dense and fine-grained pinot, finishing with silky tannins and noteworthy complexity. Similar in style to the superb 2003 example. (ST)" (05/2006)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Pinot Noir Blue Slide possesses a classic floral, herbal, and blueberry-scented nose with hints of soy, underbrush, and flint. The wine is deep, rich, medium to full-bodied, long, and velvety-textured. Its a beauty from that cool-climate site on the Sonoma Coast. This wine had just been bottled when I tasted it, so I suspect my ratings might be somewhat conservative. Before readers inundate the office with questions, the Martinellis were not happy with the Syrah vineyards in 2004 and did not make any wines. (RP)" (12/2005)

2014 Maybach "Eterium" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Price: Hidden

Winemaker Notes: "On the nose and palate, mineral and floral qualities redolent of White Burgundy are met with an undeniably Californian personality rich with notes of stone fruit, pine needle, hay, nuts and lime blossom. Fermented and aged in French barrels, racked once, bottled without fining or filtration. Limited quantity."

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2013 Maybach "Irmgard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($79.99)

Wine Spectator: "Tight and snappy, young and vibrant, with a trim offering of raspberry, plum, watermelon, fresh earth, cedar and tobacco flavors, ending with crushed rock minerality. Drink now. (JL, Web-2015)"

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2012 Melka "La Mekerra Vineyard" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($164.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The other two wines from Knights Valley that I tasted include a virtually perfect 2012 Proprietary Red La Mekera made from 52% Cabernet Franc and 49% Merlot. This is Philippe Melkas Northern California version of Cheval Blanc and he has pulled it off brilliantly. A real look-alike for that great estate in St.-Emilion, this wine has beautiful mulberry, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit mixed with licorice, forest floor and incense. Terrific in texture, opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity, yet a freshness and liveliness that is just remarkable. Sadly, there are only 349 cases of this wine that spent 20 months in French oak, of which 60% was new. (RP)" (10/2014)

94 points Vinous: "Iron, smoke, graphite, red plums and savory herbs emerge from the 2012 Mekerra. A classic Knights Valley wine, the Mekerra boasts a stunning interplay of vibrant fruit and the more complex savory/mineral notes that are typical of the appellation. Mocha, gravel, espresso, game and tobacco are some of the notes that punctuate the tightly-wound finish. Far from an easygoing 2012, the Mekerra is going to need a few years in bottle to unwind. This is a fabulous showing. The blend is 52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot. (AG)" (01/2015)

2008 Morlet "Bouquet Garni" Bennett Valley Syrah ($89.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Morlet has done a great job with Syrah from the Bennett Valley. His sensational, dense purple-colored 2008 Syrah Bouquet Garni (100% Syrah) displays notes of licorice, pepper, lard/bacon fat, camphor, blackberries and plums. Full-bodied, opulent and fleshy, this stunning Syrah can be enjoyed over the next decade. (RP)" (02/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Beautifully crafted, this threads a complex tapestry of hot brick, roasted herb, ripe plum and blackberry flavors, with touches of cedar, graphite and mineral. Ends with a long, persistent finish that keeps the flavors vibrant and lively. Best from 2011 through 2020. (JL)" (12/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby to the rim. Very ripe aromas of black fruits, smoked meat, licorice and violet, lifted by a spicy element. Densely packed, round and broad, but with no easy sweetness to the flavors of blackberry, smoked meat and violet. Finishes classically dry and very long, with palate-dusting tannins and sound acidity. A very serious syrah, in a more powerful style than the 2007 but a bit less juicy. This relatively cool site above the fog line was picked in November in 2008, according to Morlet. I'd like to see this again in four or five years. 93+ (ST)" (05/2010)

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2010 Morlet "Coteaux Nobles" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 4 available ($74.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red. Spicy raspberry, strawberry and cherry on the rather Burgundian nose and palate, along with a whiff of graphite. Silky, spicy and seamless, with an almost liqueur-like quality and lovely inner-mouth perfume. This round, pliant pinot finishes long, with an exotic spice and earth character." (05/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Elegant and stylish, with a graceful mix of black cherry, wild berry and raspberry fruit delivered on a laser beam. Gains depth and retains its focus. Drink now through 2023" (08/2012)

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2011 Morlet "Coteaux Nobles" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($69.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Pungent aromas of raspberry coulis, griotte cherry and white pepper. Spicy, sappy and intense, with terrific lift and early personality to the flavors of raspberry, spices, earth, tea leaf and iron. This highly complex young Pinot finishes with a firm edge of acidity that calls for a couple years of patience." (05/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Pinot Noir Coteaux Nobles was aged 14 months in 100% new French oak, and fermented with indigenous yeasts. The result is a medium ruby-colored wine displaying lots of strawberry, black cherry and kirsch-like fruit. This pretty, medium-bodied, sexy Pinot should be consumed over the next 3-4 years.This is one of the up-and-coming superstar producers in Northern California. Owned by Luc Morlet, who comes from a French family that has long been making wines in Champagne, and who cut his Napa Valley teeth first for Newton and later Peter Michael. (RP)" (12/2013)

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2012 Pahlmeyer "Jayson" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($59.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "From two very good vineyards-Pahlmeyers Wayfarer on the extreme Sonoma Coast and Hallberg in Russian River-this stellar wine is juicy, herbal and swimming in delightful acidity. With just enough concentration to give it some strength and structure, its a nice balance between power and finesse." (03/2015)

K&L Notes: With their focus firmly on both quality and approachablility for their Jayson line of wines, the winery describes this cool-climate "...dark ruby red (Pinot Noir as) matched by intense aromas of juicy black fruit, fresh wild flowers, and hints of spicy cola, tangerine peel and dark chocolate. On the palate, concentrated notes of ripe black cherry and fig are met with a reassuring grip of slate. Opulent and sophisticated, fresh and vivacious, the mouth-feel showcases bright acidity and generous, velvety tannins. The wine’s long-lasting finish and big personality promise excellent aging potential."

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2008 Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 6 available ($69.99)

Harvested August 30-September 9, 2008. After harvest, the grape clusters were hand-sorted and destemmed. After 4-5 days of cold maceration in small open-top fermentors, the fruit began 100% native wild yeast fermentation. The wine aged in 67% new French oak for fifteen months and it was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Winemaker Erin Green says of the vintage: “Medium ruby in color, the profuse nose of the 2008 Pahlmeyer Pinot Noir shows raspberry, red plum, light cedar and damp earth. Vibrant red fruit lends to a lively, layered palate that lingers on and on.”

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2006 Pax "Cuvée Moriah" Sonoma County Rhône Blend ($39.99)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Strikingly fresh and pure bouquet of strawberry, raspberry and dried flowers; smells like Pinot Noir. Clean and brisk, with a silky texture, sweet red berry flavors and soft tannins. Becomes chewier on the finish but maintains admirable finesse and clarity, closing with tangy mineral lift. Pretty suave stuff. (ST)" (05/2008)

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2004 Pax "Griffin's Lair" Sonoma Coast Syrah - 1 available ($54.99)

94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of my favorite Pax offerings, the deep purple-colored 2004 Syrah Griffins Lair is much lower in alcohol in 2004 (14.8%) than in previous vintages. Lovely aromas of blackberries, cassis, new saddle leather, roasted meats, and smoky barbecue are followed by a full-bodied wine with fabulous intensity, definition, and length. It requires 2-3 years of bottle age, and should last for two decades, making it one of the longest lived Pax Syrahs to date." (12/2005)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby. Spicy aromas of raw plum, smoked meat, pepper and exotic fruits. Lush, pliant and sweet, with a distinctly saline quality to the creamy flavors of game, beef blood, black licorice, mint and woodsmoke. Chewy but not heavy. The vines in the Petaluma wind gap typically produce tiny berries, notes Mahle. Boasts a large tannic structure yet shows lovely sweetness." (06/2006)

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2006 Pax "Obsidian" Knights Valley Syrah - 3 available ($69.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The phenomenal 2006 Syrah Obsidian, from a Knights Valley vineyard planted in black marble-like soils, reveals copious aromas of bacon fat, meat juices, blackberry liqueur, smoked herbs, and burning embers. Full-bodied with superb texture and length as well as an amazing 50-second finish, this beauty just goes from strength to strength, admirably displaying the incredible potential of this unusual obsidian soil terroir. Consume it over the next decade. (RP)" (12/2008)

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2012 Peay Vineyards "Pomarium" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($54.99)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Seductive aromas of raspberry liqueur, Asian spices, potpourri and blood orange, with a note of bright minerality adding lift and vivacity. Dry, nervy and very precise, offering intense red fruit and rose pastille flavors with no excess fat. Finishes silky, pure and very long, with outstanding tenacity, gentle tannins and resonating mineral and floral notes." (05/2014)

93 points Vinous: "he 2012 Pinot Noir Pomarium Estate is quite a bit more polished than the 2011 tasted alongside it. Dark red cherries, flowers, new leather flesh out in a big, broad-shouldered wine endowed with tons of depth and pure resonance. The style is masculine and imposing. I would give the 2012 another year or two in bottle, but is unquestionably impressive, even at this early stage. (AG)" (02/2014)

Wine & Spirits: "All ripe, pliable blue fruit that ends in a chewy mouthful of tannin, this feels a bit simple for nowa delicious, forthright Pinot Noir for a country pâté. It should grow more interesting as the tannins resolve with bottle age." (08/2014)

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2012 Peay Vineyards "Scallop Shelf" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 6 available ($59.99)

94 points Vinous: "Peay's 2012 Pinot Noir Scallop Shelf Estate, a wine of considerable potential, brings together the finesse found in the Ama along with the darker notes typical of the Pomarium. Big, ample and powerful, the 2012 shows gorgeous depth in its dark red fruit. Floral overtones add lift to the firm close. The tannins could use another year or two to soften. Drink: 2015-2022." (02/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Tangy cherry and raspberry aromas are accented by fresh flowers and Asian spices. Bright and minerally in the mouth, offering intense red fruit flavors that pick up a refreshingly bitter character with air. The floral quality comes back strong on the incisive, very persistent finish, which is firmed by silky, harmonious tannins and zesty acidity." (05/2014)

2004 Pelton House Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available Price: Hidden

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2011 Peter Michael "Clos du Ciel" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 4 available ($129.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another gorgeous, perfectly balanced wine, although not quite as rich as the 2010, is the 2011 Pinot Noir Clos de Ciel. Lots of forest floor, underbrush, cola and red and black currant characteristics are present in this more evolved yet surprisingly powerful and dense 2011. Production was 530 cases, which is significantly more than in either 2009 or 2010. (RP)" (12/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. A heady, exotic perfume presents of candied red berries, cola, lavender and woodsmoke, with a spicy topnote. Fresh and focused but densely packed, offering sweet raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that pick up a deeper cherry pit quality with air. A powerful finish emphatically repeats the red berry note. (ST)" (06/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator: "An elegant, graceful style, this is youthful, with vibrant, snappy blueberry, wild berry and anise flavors, enlivened by zesty acidity and ending with a long, persistent finish. (JL)" (09/2013)

2003 Prevail "West Face" Alexander Valley Red Blend - 1 available Price: Hidden

2005 Pride Mountain "Vintner's Select Mountain Top" Sonoma County Chardonnay - 2 available ($34.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: " ** Editors' Choice ** Big, big, big. Make that huge, huge, huge. This Chard rocks. Its done up in the grand Burgundian way, but all the bells and whistles cant put a dent in the fruit, which is just, well, big and huge. Mangoes, papayas, pineapple custard, peach pie, macaroon, gingersnap cookie, vanilla fudge, buttered toast, all brightened with coastal acidity. Chardonnay just doesnt get any richer than this." (03/2007)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A rarely seen wine, but one which can be outstanding, is Pride Mountains Chardonnay Vintners Select Mountaintop Vineyard. Made from a one-acre parcel and put through full malolactic, the 2005 exhibits plenty of minerality in its lemon oil, orange blossom, apple skin, and brioche-filled perfume and flavors. Medium to full-bodied with excellent acidity as well as impressive depth..." (12/2006)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow-gold. Aromas of peach, apricot and nuts. Sweet and lush, with Meursault-like flavors of apricot and roasted grain. A full-blown, rather velvety style with a chewy finish featuring a firm edge of minerals and acidity and some alcoholic warmth. This is actually 15.5% alcohol, according to winemaker Bob Foley, but was not acidified. In fact, this is from a Meursault clone planted on a mountaintop vineyard at 2,000 feet." (05/2007)

Wine Spectator: "Intense yet elegant, with ripe, rich pear, fig and hazelnut notes that are sleek and well-defined. Finishes with a smooth texture." (07/2007)

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2005 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Sangiovese (500ml) - 6 available ($29.99)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium-deep red. High-toned aromas of raspberry, mocha and nutty oak, with a suggestion of berry liqueur. Sweet, lush and broad, with enticing flavors of dried cherry, raspberry and milk chocolate. Finishes with ripe tannins. Interestingly, this struck me as a bit fatter and lower in acidity than the 2004 release."" (05/2009)

K&L Notes: The cult following for Pride Mountain has been in full force for years now. Situated high up at the top of Spring Mountain, the winery straddles the Sonoma/Napa county line and commands a spectacular view of Mount St Helena. The property was a winery well over 100 years ago, and now produces some of the more sought after wines in California. The reviewers tend to agree with the collectors, as the wines regularly achieve fantastic scores in numerous respected publications

2004 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Sangiovese (500ml) ($29.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The beautiful 2004 Sangiovese offers classic strawberry, earth, and leathery aromas, medium body, fine texture, a layered mouthfeel, and surprising depth. (RP)" (12/2006)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Moderately saturated bright red. High-toned raspberry and nutty aromas lifted by a floral topnote. Juicy and brisk, with bright acidity and lively red fruit and floral flavors that reminded me of a Pinot Noir. This was aged in neutral oak. (ST)" (05/2007)

Wine Spectator: "This is supple, offering ripe plum and blueberry fruit flavors. Firms up a bit on the finish, where the fruit returns to center stage. (JL, Web-2007)"

2004 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Syrah - 1 available ($49.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "An amazing wine that keeps sprinkling out new flavors. Firm, dense and marked by grapey Syrah flavors built around wild berry, pepper, spice, anise, sage and espresso bean. Tannins tighten up on the finish, providing excellent structure. (JL)" (10/2006)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby. Wild aromas of roasted black raspberry, pepper, bacon fat and nutty oak. Silky and fine-grained, with a gamey syrah character that's currently overshadowed by an impression of strong acidity. Very intensely flavored and firm but a bit youthfully disjointed at the moment. This plot is on the crest of the hill, at the top of Spring Mountain, on quartz rock, with water stress putting a cap on vine vigor. (ST)" (05/2007)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *One Star* This big, bold, highly ripened wine leads with intense, decidedly layered aromas of blackberries, creamy oak, peppery spice and a distinctly gamy note. Its extracted flavors emphasize oak and very ripe fruit and are a bit less expressive in varietal spice than the nose, and its youth works against at the moment. Its coarse edges and heat are set against its considerable depth and richness that will carry it easily for the six to eight years of cellar aging that it needs." (11/2006)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Syrahs dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of blackberries and cassis, lively, fresh acidity, medium body, and a stylish personality. (RP)" (12/2006)

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2006 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Syrah - 3 available ($44.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Dense, detailed and concentrated, this is tight, focused and full-bodied, with an enticing mix of mineral, wild cherry and black cherry fruit, picking up lots of spice, pepper and nutmeg scents that provide depth and length. (JL)" (02/2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Two limited production offerings include the 2006 Syrah, a 600-case red offering floral and blackberry scents, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and a long, lush mouthfeel. (RP)" (12/2008)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby. Superripe aromas of roasted raspberry, blueberry and smoked meat. Juicy but youthfully subdued in the mouth, with flavors of dark raspberry, smoked meat, chocolate and celery seed..." (06/2009)

K&L Notes: Pride Mountain has garned itself a cult following over recent years. Situated high up at the top of Spring Mountain, the winery straddles the Sonoma/Napa county line and commands a spectacular view of Mount St Helena. The property was a winery well over 100 years ago, and now produces some of the more sought after wines in California.

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2002 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Syrah - 1 available ($49.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby. Superripe aromas of mocha, gunflint, minerals and roasted game. Sweet on entry, then aromatic and minerally, with vinous, lively flavors of dark fruits, dark chocolate and spices. Not thick but intensely flavored and juicy. Finishes long and slightly saline. A step up from the 2001 bottling, which showed more of a late-harvest character. (ST)" (05/2004)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2002 Syrah displays Bob Foleys ability to adapt to different varietals and winemaking styles. This wine has an opaque purple color and a big nose of charcoal, blackberry liqueur, and toasty oak with a hint of espresso. The wine is opulent, voluptuously textured, and creamy styled, with that plush texture of 2002 well-displayed. Acidity, tannin, wood, and alcohol are all nicely disguised by the wines wealth of fruit and glycerin. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. (RP)" (02/2005)

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2005 Ramey Sonoma Coast Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Rameys top-notch Syrahs include the deep purple-hued 2005 Syrah Sonoma Coast, which offers notes of camphor, tapenade, blackberries, and currants. Medium to full-bodied with an incredibly long finish, it should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 7-10 years. (RP)" (12/2007)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Pungently aromatic, with textbook syrah aromas of cassis, smoky bacon, graphite, violet and olive. Full and deep in dark berry flavors but there's impressive energy, too. Spice notes build on the finish, adding even greater complexity. This is livelier than the 2004 version. (ST)" (05/2007)

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2011 Reuling Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 4 available ($59.99)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Joseph Swan and Araujo alum Matt Taylor made this wine with grapes from outside of Forestville, in the cooler southwestern part of the valley. Its a sumptuous Pinot Noir with a depth of raspberry, cherry, cola and mocha flavors, and earthier notes of mushrooms and oak for added complexity. Fine acidity and smooth tannins make it great to drink now and over the next 23 years." (05/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby. Musky cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by notes of anise and dark chocolate. Nicely concentrated but slow to open up, offering deeply pitched bitter cherry and blackberry flavors and a touch of licorice. Youthful tannins add grip to the penetrating finish, which leaves a bitter cherry pit note behind. Seems very young right now but holds promise. 90(+?) points" (06/2013)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Pinot Noir is an attractive mid-weight offering laced with dark red cherries, flowers, sweet spices and licorice. Underlying veins of minerality frame the vibrant, nicely delineated finish. The 2011 is already a touch forward, so I wouldn't hang on to it too long, but it should drink nicely for at least a handful of years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016. The Reuling family has sold fruit to other wineries for years, most notably Mark Aubert, but this is the first wine I have tasted from their own operation." (04/2013)

K&L Notes: "The 2011 vintage was relatively light in style for much of Sonoma County, however the favorable location and microclimate of the Reuling Vineyard enabled our Pinot Noir to develop impressive density and beautiful aromatics. Harvest took place on September 30th, prior to Fall rains, and a 12-day native yeast fermentation followed. The resulting wine has aromatics of exotic spice, blue and black fruits as well as a gentle minerality. On the palate this wine has incredible balance. It possesses a soft entry coupled with balanced acidity and has a lush, broad mid-palate with a lingering smooth finish." - Reuling Vineyards

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2008 Rhys "Alesia" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 7 available ($49.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Strawberry, raspberry and spicecake on the nose, with a sexy sandalwood quality. In a distinctly vibrant style, with the sexy spice and red berry qualities following through in the mouth. Sappy and fine-grained wine, finishing on a suave note of candied flowers. This will be the last vintage for this wine. (ST)" (06/2010)

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2013 Ridge Vineyards "East Bench" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel - 1 available ($34.99)

91 points Vinous: "Black cherry, plum, smoke, dark spices and licorice are some of the notes that inform the Ridge's 2013 Zinfandel East Bench. The 2013 possesses striking focus and salinity that play off the wine's powerful yet mysterious personality. The darker side of Zinfandel comes through on the incisive finish. This is another wonderfully complex wine from Ridge. (AG)" (07/2015)

Connoisseurs Guide: "Solidly fruity but never all that effusive and edging ever so slightly to dryness in character, the East Bench bottling shows the Ridge touch with regard to careful balance and structure yet holds little back as far as full ripeness is concerned. Its mix of dark berries and faintly peppery spice holds nicely through to an extended, mildly tannic finish, and it is sure to successfully age for three to five years even while doing useful service with flavorful, well-seasoned pork recipes early on." (05/2015)

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2015 Ridge Vineyards "East Bench" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel ($31.99)

92 points Vinous: "The 2015 Zinfandel East Bench, 100% Zinfandel from Ridge's Dry Creek estate, is deep, pliant and generous, all qualities that make it easy to drink and enjoy, even today. Succulent dark cherry and plum fruit flavors add to the wine's up-front personality. Bright acids perk up the finish, but this is a decidedly fruity style. (AG)" (08/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Refined and well-built, with raspberry and smoky dill aromas and sleek, zesty cherry and licorice flavors that linger nicely. Drink now through 2024. (TF)" (06/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Aged for 12 months in American oak (10% new). Bright mid crimson. Heady sweet and savoury nose with real vitality. On the palate it's clear this is claret-like Zin, not berry jam. This is a serious take on Zinfandel, as one would expect of this producer. You could drink it now if you insist but it's really more suitable for cellaring. Drink 2019-2025. (JR)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: From one of California's most respected names in Zinfandel, this is made from 100% Zinfandel grown on the far eastern edge of the valley, and is a big, smooth wine with a lot of underlying weight and lush cherry notes. It is fresh and agile with a nice, long finish.

2012 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Estate" Dry Creek Valley Grenache - 1 available ($34.99)

93 points Vinous: "The 2012 Lytton Springs is quite reserved, compact and inward at this stage. There is good density and depth in the glass, but the elements aren't fully formed just yet. While most of Ridge's 2012s are quite open today, that is not at all the case with the Lytton Springs. The 2012 is going to need time. In 2012, Lytton Springs is 70% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane and 4% Mataro (Mourvèdre). (AG)" (07/2014)

2013 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Estate" Dry Creek Valley Primitivo ($34.99)

From the winery: "In 1972, Ridge made its first Lytton Springs from vines planted here at the turn of the century. We purchased both the eastern and western portions of the vineyard in the early 1990s. (In the 1870s, under "Captain" William Litton's ownership, the two were part of one property; spelling evolved into "Lytton" by 1903). This is the third time we have bottled primitivo as a separate wine. It is from a single block planted to one of the clones of zinfandel from the Puglia region of southern Italy."

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2014 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel - 2 available ($37.99)

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Lytton Springs is another absolutely gorgeous wine...there appears to be plenty of complexity and depth hiding behind the acidity and tannin. Far from an easygoing Zinfandel, the 2014 Lytton is a wine to buy and cellar for at least a handful of years. The wine's richness, persistence and vertical intensity all lead me to believe it will be special in time. Black cherry, pomegranate, mint and sweet spices meld into the resonant finish. A kick of tannin from the Petite adds personality, something the 2014 has in spades. This is an absolutely stellar set of wines from Ridge... Zinfandel fans will find much to like in the 2014s, a vintage that produced super-elegant wines. Of course, the biggest news at Ridge is Paul Draper's retirement, but then again, that has been in the works for so long that it was hardly a surprise when it was formally announced earlier this summer. As one of the foremost ambassadors of American wine, Draper leaves behind a rich legacy at Ridge going back to 1969 and a team that is more than capable of leading the winery into the next generation. 94+ (AG)" (06/2016)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *Two Stars* Not overripe so much as concentrated and reflecting its broadly based composition, this wine impresses with depth and potency, and while not boldly fruity in the classic Zinfandel model, it does come with notions of raspberry and dried strawberry in the midst of its blackberry-scented fruit. It is somewhat juicy to start, then turns tight and a tad astringent across the palate and into a finish that stays the course in the face of youthful tannin. Time will be a big-time ally here, and we would put this wine away for four years at a minimum and expect it to hold in good stead long into the next decade." (09/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More fresh and elegant than the Geyserville, with a touch more focus, the 2014 Lytton Springs is another beautiful wine from this estate. Made from 69% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah and the rest Carignan and Mourvèdre, aged in 20% new American oak, it boasts fabulous notes of plums, blackberry jam, toasted spice and licorice as well as medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate depth and notable tannin. The Geyserville is a touch sexier, but this will be longer lived. Give bottles 2-3 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following decade or more. 91+ (JD)" (10/2016)

Wine Spectator: "Complex and well-modulated, with raspberry and dill aromas and flavors that combine delicate red fruit with a touch of earth and herb. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mataro. Drink now through 2024. (TF)" (02/2017)

K&L Notes: 69% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 11% Carignane, 2% Mataro (Mourvedre).

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This Zinfandel-dominant blend from top producer Ridge is perfectly balanced with deep red fruit, maritime acidity, and a slight touch of American oak. Ridge develops intense flavors and complexity in their wine with old-vine plantings, no irrigation, and sustainable farming. One of my favorite aspects about Ridge is the ingredient list on their labels, showing consumers everything that goes into their wines. This particular vintage is medium- to full-bodied with silky tannins. Always a favorite producer of mine, the Lytton Springs is a fantastic, classic example of how Zinfandel should be made.

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A wonderfully age-worthy Zin! The Lytton Springs has ripe, juicy, purple fruits on the mid-palate and great acid, but it is still tight and quite young. In a few years, when then tannins have relaxed, I can see this wine being full-bodied, dynamic and layered with earth, spice and deep fruit. I am eager to enjoy it again!

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2014 Ridge Vineyards "Pagani Ranch" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel - 2 available ($37.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The deep purple colored Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is made in a medium to full-bodied, incredibly elegant and seamless style. The blend is 80% Zinfandel, 17% Alicante Bouschet and the balance Petite Sirah, aged all in American oak, and it boasts fabulous notes of plums, black raspberries, chocolate, spice and potpourri. Its not a massive wine, but it glides across the palate, has ripe, sweet tannin and integrated acidity. Most importantly, its a joy to drink. (JD)" (10/2016)

92 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pagani Ranch is the most immediate and obvious of the 2014 Zinfandels I tasted at Ridge. Ripe, forward and opulent, the Pagani will please readers who like a more flashy, up-front style. I expect the Pagani will offer most of its charms sooner rather than later, which makes it a terrific choice for drinking on the young side. I don't see the pedigree or complexity of the best Zinfandels in the lineup, but the Pagani is delicious. This site seems to naturally produce a riper style as full flavor development and tannin maturity only take place late in the season.This is an absolutely stellar set of wines from Ridge...Zinfandel fans will find much to like in the 2014s, a vintage that produced super-elegant wines. Of course, the biggest news at Ridge is Paul Draper's retirement, but then again, that has been in the works for so long that it was hardly a surprise when it was formally announced earlier this summer. As one of the foremost ambassadors of American wine, Draper leaves behind a rich legacy at Ridge going back to 1969 and a team that is more than capable of leading the winery into the next generation. (AG)" (06/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Combines power with elegantly focused fruit, offering aromas of black raspberry and fruitcake spice, layered with flavors of dried cherry, fresh herb and licorice. Drink now through 2027. 3,200 cases made. (TF)" (02/2017)

Connoisseurs Guide: "Yet another decently composed set of aromas, with jammy notes added to its fruity first impressions of blackberries and red fruits, the wine is quite full on the palate with juicy early flavors that tilt in the direction of high ripeness. There is fruit aplenty here to keep the wine in reasonable balance and a spicy undertone for range and an added bit of interest. Pair it with a savory lamb roast over the next three to five years, and all will be well." (09/2016)

K&L Notes: Indicative blend: 80% Zinfandel, 17% Alicante Bouschet, 3% Petite Sirah.

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2013 Ridge Vineyards "Ponzo Vineyard" Russian River Valley Zinfandel - 2 available ($29.99)

93% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah. According to the winery: "After a dry winter, bud-break came early at this Russian River Valley vineyard. The resulting long season extended hang time, and provided superb flavor. We picked Old Vine block on October 8, and returned October 11 for Front and Back blocks. Following fermentation, we chose the eighty-five-year-old Old Vine block — a mix of Zinfandel and a small amount of Petite Sirah — and the Front block, for their aromatics and dark fruit. Enjoyable now, this cool-climate Zinfandel will be at its best over the next four to five years. Bob Ponzo has farmed these grapes for us in the Russian River Valley since 1999. Bob’s vineyard, on deep gravely loam soils four and a half miles south of Lytton Springs provides all the fruit for this Zinfandel. The Russian River Valley’s cooler microclimate ripens the grapes shortly after Lytton Springs and Geyserville. Small amounts of Petite Sirah are interplanted with Zinfandel in the oldest block." (JO, 09/2014)

2011 Rivers-Marie "Gioia" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($59.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(from a very steep south-facing vineyard in a very cool site between Summa and Occidental): Pale medium red. Sexy high-toned aromas of raspberry, strawberry, roasted meat, flowers and minerals. Broad, ripe and quite dry, with very good intensity and a fine-grained texture to its red fruit flavors. Finishes with a light touch. (ST)" (06/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Pinot Noir Gioia Vineyard is one of the more immediate wines in the range. It has some of the brambly qualities found in the Summa, but with more fruit, the result of the warmer micro-climate in this parcel. Today my impression is that the 2011 is best enjoyed sooner rather than later, as the fruit will likely start dropping out after a few years, but it is quite pretty today. Licorice, savory herbs, mint and anise are some of the aromas and flavor that add complexity on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. (AG)" (04/2013)

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2014 Rivers-Marie "Kanzler Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 5 available ($74.99)

91 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard is one of the more immediate and fruity of the wines here. Sweet red cherry, plum, cola, spice and new leather are all pushed forward. As is often the case, the Kanzler will drink nicely with minimal cellaring. Once again, because of its overtness and super-riper character (typical of the Russian River and Sebastopol Hills), the Kanzler seems a bit out of place in this range. (AG)" (02/2016)

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2012 Rivers-Marie "Silver Eagle Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($69.99)

95 points Vinous: "Deep and powerful, the 2012 Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard is especially brooding in this vintage. Black cherries, tar, smoke and licorice all burst from the glass in an explosive, full-bodied Pinot. This is one of the more reticent wines in the range, with a burly personality that is going to take some time to fully come together. Initially quite dark, the 2012 brightens up considerably with time in the glass, suggesting a future with plenty of potential. Hints of cranberry, pomegranate and orange peel leave a lasting impression on the finish. The 2012 was fermented with 10% whole clusters. (AG)" (02/2014)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This too is agreeably fresh and cool with a similar fruit profile though in this case the spice elements are a bit more pronounced. I like the sleek palate impression of the delicious, round and once again seductively textured flavors that possess fine density and punch that continues onto the dusty, mouth coating and beautifully long finish. This is clearly built to age and should amply reward 6 to perhaps as much as 10 years of cellar time." (04/2015)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium red. Red berries, plum and loam on the nose, plus a candied nuance; darker in its aromas than the Occidental Ridge bottling. Also drier and less filled in but shows good juicy cut to its flavors of berries, spices, flowers and pepper. Finishes with a firm dusting of tannins. Still a bit brooding. (ST)" (05/2014)

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2014 Rivers-Marie "Silver Eagle Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($59.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Pinot Noir Silver Eagle comes from a vineyard owned and managed by the famous Ulises Valdez. It is planted with a Vosne-Romanée clone as well as the Calera clone and Dijon 828. This is by far the most complex and intriguing of these Pinots with a deep ruby/plum, color, a super nose of black raspberries, black cherries, damp earth and forest floor. This is full-bodied, spicy, rich, long and Burgundian with a Grand Cru Côte de Nuit-like personality. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)" (10/2016)

K&L Notes: Praise from Robert Parker has delivered this "This is the home project of Thomas Rivers Brown and Genevieve Marie Welsh, who started this boutique operation in 2002. In the last few years, they’ve expanded to include Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. I tasted four Pinot Noirs from Rivers-Marie, all of them different and singular... The 2013s are in bottle and are absolutely spectacular wines. The 2014s look strong, with up-front fruit, but exceptional density, purity, and richness." (10/2015) And from Antonio Galloni: "The Pinot Noirs are the clear highlights in this superb range from proprietors Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife, Genevieve Marie Welsh... The Pinots are made in a middle of the road style that deftly balances fruit intensity, aromatics, and tannin." (01/2016)

2011 Rivers-Marie "Silver Eagle" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($69.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red, the clearest of these 2011s. Complex, perfumed nose offers red cherry, mint, blood orange, minerals, crushed rock and licorice; conveys a strong impression of site specificity. Very densely packed and velvety on the palate, offering excellent energy to the flavors of red fruits, minerals and spices. The serious, sappy finish features firm fruit tannins that I did not find in the other 2011 pinots here. Winemaker Brown told me that this was the only "fully realized" pinot in the portfolio this year: "There were no weather issues here, and we picked by October 1 without being rushed to bring in the fruit." The crop level was just one ton an acre. (ST)" (06/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard is the most complete of these Pinots. Dark cherries, plums, spices, menthol and licorice are woven together in this totally seamless, impeccable Pinot. Bright saline notes underpin the fruit beautifully. The 2011 captures the vibrancy and coolness style of the year, but with more fruit and better overall harmony than the other wines in the range. Layers of sweet, perfumed fruit wrap around the highly nuanced finish. Silver Eagle is farmed by Sonoma vineyard guru Ulises Valdez. (AG)" (04/2013)

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2007 Rivers-Marie "Summa Old Vines" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($99.99)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Reticent but sexy aromas of red fruits and spices. Broad, rich and sweet; the silkiest and most mouthfilling of these 2007 pinots, offering deep flavors of red fruits, spices and earth. Finishes dry, rich and long, with a chewy impression of extract. (ST)" (06/2009)

2011 Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($49.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(13.8% alcohol; from the northeast corner of Occidental, which Thomas Brown described as his warmest site in vintage 2011): Good medium red. Aromas of plum, mocha, sassafras and earth, with aeration bringing higher-pitched notes of cherry and raspberry. Classic Sonoma Coast flavors of cranberry, pomegranate, sassafras and forest floor are given added punch by a hint of blood orange. The mouthwatering finish shows noteworthy thrust and persistence. A terrific value in Sonoma Coast pinot noir." (06/2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) doesnt suffer at all from being placed right in the middle of the vineyard designates. If anything, that just highlights what a fabulous wine it is! Juicy dark cherries, flowers, mint tobacco and sweet spies all come to life in a Pinot that is racy, sexy and just plain gorgeous. There is a lot to like - no, love - in this deeply expressive, Pinot Noir. For the money, Rivers Maries Sonoma Coast Pinot is one of the best values in domestic wine. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019. Rivers-Marie stands out for many reasons, not the least of which is the exceedingly fair prices set by owners Thomas Rivers Brown and Genevieve Marie Welsh. (AG)" (04/2013)

1994 Rodney Strong "Reserve" Northern Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($29.99)

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2011 Schrader "Boars' View" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available Price: Hidden

Boars' View is a new project with vineyard manager Ulises Valdez and winemaker Thomas Brown working together to produce a top estate-grown Pinot Noir. This vineyard was planted on a ridge, some miles south of the Aston estate vineyard, also above the usual level of summer fog from the ocean. Pinot clones include "heritage clones" from California sources: Calera, Mt. Eden, and Swan. A very short crop in 2011, and aging in 50% new Remond and François Frères barrels, resulted in an elegant, sweetly spiced wine with red and black fruit.

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2012 Schrader "Boars' View" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 3 available ($149.99)

94 points Vinous: "The 2012 Pinot Noir The Coast is terrific. Ripe, juicy and explosive to the core, the 2012 blossoms with notable depth and texture, all beautifully balanced by the salinity and structure of the coast. The style is bold, ripe and exuberant, with all the elements very nicely balanced. This sumptuous Pinot is going to offer a wide window of fabulous drinking pretty much upon release. (AG)" (01/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and vibrant, with deep, vivid, youthful blackberry and wild berry fruit that's tightly wound and supported by firm, spicy tannins. The impressive finish reverberates. Best from 2015 through 2027. (JL)" (11/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir from Boars View, a blend of Calera, Mt. Eden and Swan clones, was aged 11 months in three separate French cooperages. This wine shows loads of sweet plum, Asian spice, black cherry and blacker currant notes, good acidity, medium to full body, and a nice, long layered mouthfeel. Its still young, but promises to drink well for another 7-8 years. (RP)" (10/2015)

K&L Notes: Boars' View is a new project with vineyard manager Ulises Valdez and winemaker Thomas Brown working together to produce a top estate-grown Pinot Noir. This vineyard was planted on a ridge, some miles south of the Aston estate vineyard, also above the usual level of summer fog from the ocean. Pinot clones include "heritage clones" from California sources: Calera, Mt. Eden and Swan. According to the winery, yields in this young vineyard were kept to under two tons per acre in 2012.

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2013 Schrader "Boars' View" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($169.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even more stunning is the 2013 Pinot Noir, which received similar treatment to the 2012. This wine shows complex forest floor notes, damp earth and Asian plum sauce interwoven with blackcurrant and black cherry as well as hints of underbrush and spring flowers. Deep, rich, complex and showing loads of fruit, it should be drunk over the next 5-7 years. (RP)" (10/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Bold, rich and assertive, with lively acidity and a tight, dense core of raspberry and blackberry, revealing rose, anise and spice scents. Supple, graceful and deep, this ends with a long, rich aftertaste and a supple, caressing texture. Drink now through 2024. *Top 100 Wines of 2016* (JL)" (09/2016)

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2014 Schrader "Boars' View" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($164.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The production of the Pinot Noir is much higher. The 2014 Pinot Noir was aged 11 months in 60% new French oak after 100% destemming and a cold soak prior to fermentation. It offers up deep, dark raspberry fruit along with black cherry, forest floor, clove and cinnamon. There is plenty of spice, a medium to full body, outstanding ripeness, purity and overall balance. Drink t over the next 10-12 years. (RP)" (10/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Bold, rich and extracted, delivering tiers of dark berry, cedary oak, wild berry, underbrush and wild savory, all leading to a rich, chewy finish and a reverberating aftertaste. Drink now through 2025. (JL)" (07/2017)

1997 Turley "Grist" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel - 1 available ($59.99)

92-95 points Robert Parker: "The 1997 Zinfandel Grist Vineyard (16.3% alcohol) is a perfumed, aromatic wine with a glorious display of cherry fruit. Think of a terrific red Burgundy with an element of sur-maturite and an unprecedented alcohol level, and readers may get a sense of what this blockbuster tastes like. The wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, fabulous purity, copious amounts of glycerin, and layers of kirsch/cherry fruit. This head-turning, knock-out Zinfandel will be especially admired by both lovers of Burgundy and those who admire the famed Chateauneuf du Pape, Rayas. It should drink well for 7-8 years." (06/99) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Urgent aromas of crushed red and black berries, and black pepper. Supersweet but not cooked; thick and spicy. Impressively long and ripe on the back end, but retains good freshness. The best Grist vintage to date, and approachable already." (May/June '99) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth, ripe and jammy, with layers of plum, cherry, wild berry and blackberry. Finishes with firm, drying tannins." (06/99)

2006 Turley "Grist" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel - 1 available ($59.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Gorgeous berry fruit intermixed with some spring flowers, loamy soil notes, and earth jump from the glass of the full-bodied 2006 Zinfandel Grist Vineyard. This is a strong effort in the vintage, the wine powerful, rich, and long. (RP)" (12/2007)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(16.8% alcohol) Medium red-ruby. Cherry liqueur, mocha and coffee aromas, enlivened by floral and camphor notes. Supersweet and creamy, with rather high-toned cherry and spice flavors reminiscent of grenache. A rather powerful and unrefined style, finishing with substantial tannins and a note of cherry cough medicine. This one needs a year or so in bottle. (ST)" (05/2008)

Wine Spectator: "Rich and supple, yet has a dense, briary core of fruit. Aromas of smoky raspberry and roasted sage lead to zesty, well-proportioned wild berry, plum and white pepper flavors. (TF)" (07/2008)

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2008 Vérité "La Joie" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend - 3 available ($329.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "How much fun collectors will have comparing the 2007 and 2008 La Joies over the next three decades. A blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (48% from Alexander Valley Mountain Estate, 34% from Chalk Hill and 18% from Knights Valley), the 2008 has similar technical numbers to the 2007 (a pH of 3.68 and 14.4% alcohol). Wonderful notes of roasted herbs, asphalt, black truffles, blackberries, cassis, camphor and subtle oak are present in the majestic aromatics. In the mouth, the wine is extraordinarily concentrated, pure and dense with amazing length. It is another 30-40 year wine that confirms the confidence the late Jess Jackson had in both his vineyard sources and his winemaker, Pierre Seillan. (RP)" (06/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby. Highly aromatic nose and palate combine black fruits, licorice, minerals and bitter chocolate. Round and lush, with terrific intensity but also a distinctly youthful quality that suggests this wine will need patience. Finishes firmly tannic but not dry, with impressive persistence. Beginning with this vintage, Seillan has used a new robotic sorting machine that eliminates berries that are too big or too small. (ST) 94+" (05/2012)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Right now this is not typically soft and lush like a cult Cab, but hard in tannins, with minerality like little particles of granite. Buried deep down is a pirates treasure of ripe, intense blackberry fruit. New oak, to the tune of 94%, doesnt cloud the wine, suggesting this blends its intensity and concentration. The wine is comprised of all five classic Bordeaux varieties, sourced throughout Sonoma County. Clearly this is one for the cellar; drink after 2018." (07/2012)

Wine Spectator: "Very dry and earthy, with a strong leathery edge to the crushed rock and dried berry flavors, maintaining a rugged personality on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. (JL)" (11/2012)

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2008 Vérité "La Muse" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend - 5 available ($349.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec (52% Chalk Hill, 45% Alexander Mountain Estate and 3% Bennett Valley fruit), the 2008 may have even greater intensity and richness than the 2007. Still young and unformed, it exhibits phenomenal richness and equilibrium as well as a finish that lasts nearly a minute. Its dense plum/purple color is accompanied by notions of black fruits, forest floor, truffles and spring flowers. It should age for 25-30+ years. (RP)" (06/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Inviting nose offers cherry, raspberry and chocolate truffle. Explosive on the front half, with sexy spices lifting and intensifying the redcurrant fruit. Today the wine's tannins give the finish a slightly dry quality but the intensity and subtle persistence of this wine suggest that it simply needs time. Pierre Seillan typically does a pre-fermentation cold soak lasting four or five days, then about eight days of fermentation and no post-fermentation maceration. The malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels of various toast levels and from numerous French forests. (ST) 93+" (05/2012)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "A pinch of hard tannins gives this bone-dry young wine an astringent toughness. It shows very fine, concentrated black-cherry, cocoa and crème de cassis flavors. Aging in almost 100% new French oak adds notes of toast that the fruit easily tolerates. Nearly all Merlot, its a wine of considerable volume, but nowhere near ready to drink. Give it at least six years in a proper cellar, and it could be one of the rare Merlot-based California wines capable of extended aging. *Cellar Selection*" (07/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Shows great structure and intensity, with appealing notes of leather and cedar akin to a Bordeaux. Aromas of black cherry and bay leaf lead to firm flavors of plum, dried herb and mineral that finish with firm tannins. Needs time. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Best from 2015 through 2020. (TF)" (11/2012)

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2009 Vérité "La Muse" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($269.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 La Muse (86% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec; 14.5% alcohol) is a blockbuster offering complex, intense notes of Asian plum sauce, figs, black currants, white chocolate and cedar. The wine reveals an extra level of texture and richness along with full body, an unctuous texture, and a super ripeness and richness that does not go over the top. The tannins are noticeable, but well-integrated as are the new oak and acidity. This big, backstrapping, Merlot-based wine is meant for long-term cellaring. 96+ Points (RP)" (12/2013)

96 points Vinous: "The 2009 La Muse is a rich, sumptuous wine bursting with dark plums, black, cherries, graphite, espresso, spices and licorice. It shows gorgeous balance from start to finish. Persistent veins of minerality frame the long, beautifully articulate, creamy finish. This is a deceptively accessible wine today, but there is so much underlying power and sheer structure that I will not be surprised if it shuts down in the bottle. The 2009 is 86% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. (AG)" (02/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(the Pomerol of the trio, based on 86% merlot): Bright red-ruby. Sweet aromas of black raspberry, bitter chocolate, violet and smoke. Large-scaled, velvety and deep, with outstanding intensity and sweetness to its dark berry, violet and mineral flavors. Boasts a compelling combination of suavity of texture and sheer energy. Extremely long on the aftertaste, with noble tannins barely noticeable today. (ST)" (05/2013)

2012 Walker Station "The Original" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 2 available ($59.99)

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2012 Williams Selyem "Coastlands Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($89.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Smoky cherry and dark berries on the deeply pitched, highly aromatic nose. Powerful black raspberry and Indian spice flavors stain the palate, picking up a suave floral pastille nuance with air. The smoky note comes back on the youthfully tannic, incisive finish, which lingers with serious tenacity and appealing sweetness. (ST)" (05/2014)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* From a tremendous coastal vineyard site, this Pinot is surprisingly full bodied and soft, yet possessed of bolder, bigger blue and black fruit and oak than many of the winerys other designated offerings. Black tea and savory sandalwood pique the palate, the wines texture standing out for its silkiness. Enjoy through 2025." (03/2015)

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2006 Williams Selyem "Hirsch Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 5 available ($99.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rich in fine, pure tannins, this Pinot is delicious now, but has the structure to age. It shows ripe wild black cherry, currant, mocha, anise and spice flavors that finish with a smoky, oaky sweetness." (03/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Powerful kirsch and blackcurrant aromas are deepened by dark chocolate and mocha. Deep and chewy, with concentrated cherry and dark berry flavors, picking up baking spices on the back end. A rich, fleshy style of Pinot, with serious finishing power and length. (ST) 92+" (06/2008)

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2013 Williams Selyem "Hirsch Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($109.99)

95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is another striking wine from Williams Selyem. Beams of tannin and acidity provide the backdrop for a powerful, structured Pinot endowed with real personality. Readers will have to be patient with the Hirsch, but it is terrific. (AG)" (08/2016)

K&L Notes: Winemaker's notes: "Anise, wild herbs and Bing cherry come together on the nose, and elegantly transition into a smoky tea-like profile. The best coastal Pinot Noirs boast omnipresent tannins buffered by precise acidity; the Hirsch site defines this. The cherry and wild herb notes in the mouth give way to a long finish of mineral and black tea. Superb."

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2014 Williams Selyem "Olivet Lane" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 1 available ($89.99)

Praise from Antonio Galloni: "I was quite taken with these wines from Williams Selyem. The appellation-level wines in particular are terrific early indicators of what is looking like a very strong vintage here. As always, Williams Selyem releases their wines twice a year, so I was only able to taste through a portion of the 2014s. The wines I did taste suggest the vintage is very strong here." (02/2016)

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2010 Williams Selyem "Precious Mountain" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($129.99)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "In recent years, Precious Mountain Vineyard has provided Bob Cabral with some of his most glorious fruit. Tremendous in flash and depth, it offers compelling flavors of raspberry and cherry, accented by sweet, smoky oak. Theres such complexity in the acid and tannin structure, and in the earthy, stony, spicy nuances, that you find something new to love with every sip. This masterpiece is fabulous now, and will develop bottle complexity over the next 15 years, at least." (03/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Dark berries, cherry-cola and incense on the intensely perfumed nose. Sweet, palate-staining black raspberry and cherry compote flavors are lifted by zesty white pepper and pomegranate notes; plenty of power and energy here. Sweet floral pastille and spicecake notes linger on the very long, seamless finish." (05/2012)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *Two stars* Intense, keenly defined, very pure, ripe-cherry fruit is overlain by wisps of smoke and a deft bit of crème brûlée sweetness in the wonderfully expressive aromas of this complex, decidedly refined Pinot, and the wine's composed flavors follow suit with deep and persistent fruit leading the way. A touch of fine-grained tannin comes on and merges with the wine's sleek acidity to provide good structure and length, and, if it shows no hint of raggedness, this one is so very well-balanced that it can only get better with age." (02/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Pinot Noir Precious Mountain Vineyard is another of the more interesting wines in the range. Weightless and effortless on the palate, the 2010 stands out for its crystalline nuance and purity. Sweet dark cherries, flowers, mint and crushed rocks all grace the exquisite, nuanced finish. (AG)" (04/2013)

Wine Spectator: "Crisp and snappy, with vibrant black cherry and blackberry framed by grainy, minerally tannins, but the flavors push through. Needs time." (01/2013)

2004 Williams Selyem "Precious Mountain" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available Price: Hidden

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As for the dark plum/ruby-colored 2004 Pinot Noir Precious Mountain, this has a nice, sweet berry nose intermixed with raspberry, plum, and autumn foliage. Complex aromatics are followed by a medium-bodied wine but, again, rather noticeable acidity seems to tighten the wine down and make it very difficult to penetrate its flesh. This wine should age nicely and should turn out well." (12/2006)

Wine Spectator: "Shows pleasant fresh earth, berry and spice, with crisp acidity keeping the flavors lively and refreshing. Ends with a complex spicy berry aftertaste." (05/2007)

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2012 Williams Selyem "Terra De Promissio" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($79.99)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Pungent aromas of candied dark berries and lavender, with a peppery topnote. Juicy, expansive black raspberry and floral pastille flavors show excellent depth and put on weight with air. Changes a lot in the glass, taking a turn to blueberry and finishing sweet and lively, with firm grip and floral persistence. (ST)" (05/2014)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This classy young Pinot is the second release from the winerys only Petaluma Gap vineyard. Its bone dry, mouthwateringly tart in acidity and delicate in structure, with complex cherry, cranberry, persimmon and cola flavors, nicely augmented by smoky oak. You can drink it now, after decanting for an hour or two, and it will soften a bit, or hold until 2020." (07/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, fresh and rich, with vivid raspberry, wild berry, boysenberry and floral notes imparting a good mix of flavor and structure. Ends with a dash of black licorice, gaining on the finish. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (08/2014)

Vinous: "Dark red cherries, sweet tobacco, dried herbs, leather and orange peel meld together in the 2012 Pinot Noir Terra di Promissio. This earthy, supple Pinot is an excellent choice for drinking over the next handful of years, while the fruit retains its pliant, juicy personality. (AG)" (02/2014)

Connoisseurs Guide: "Bright, red-cherry fruit sits comfortably at the heart of this trim and very well-mannered young Pinot, and, if not one for high extract and concentration, the wine gets good marks for clarity and varietal precision. It is medium-full-bodied with a slightly velvety feel and is buoyed by neatly placed acidity all the way through, and, as most fine Pinot Noirs are wont to do, it should gain with a few years of aging even though it is thoroughly charming right now." (06/2014)

K&L Notes: From the winemaker: "This wine has an expressive bouquet of cherry pie, raspberries, fennel, Asian spices and truffles. The heavier clay/loam soils add a textural component to the velvety tannins and rich flavors of wild raspberries, Bing cherries, cola, mushrooms and mocha coffee. This is a very sexy Pinot with lush textures and vibrant acidity -- our second offering from this cool site in the Petaluma Wind Gap region of the Sonoma Coast appellation. The acid frames this wine brilliantly and gives it a tremendous amount of focus. This is a wine that will improve nicely in the cellar for 5+ years."

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2014 Williams Selyem "Terra De Promissio" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($79.99)

93 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pinot Noir Terra de Promissio is dark, fleshy and powerful. Juicy black cherries, tobacco, smoke, black olives and herbs take center stage. Pungent and also tannic, the 2014 is going to need a bit of time. Like all of these 2014s, though, the Terra de Promissio is super expressive. A host of mineral and saline notes round out the deep, resonant finish. (AG)" (02/2016)

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2001 Williams Selyem "Weir" Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir - 2 available ($59.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a new Mendocino appellation called Yorkville Highlands, the 2001 Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard (493 cases) possesses an austere structure along with notes of sweet and sour cherries, sassafras, chocolate, and balsam wood. Medium-bodied, with a distinctive cool climate personality as well as a tannic finish.All things considered, 2001 and 2002 are the finest back-to-back vintages I have tasted from Williams-Selyem. (RP)" (12/2003)

Vinous: "Good medium-deep red-ruby. Crystallized red and black berries, cola and bitter chocolate on the nose, with hints of sandalwood and earth. Rather tough and closed today in the middle palate, with a strong oakiness. Finishes with brooding tannins and lingering notes of chocolate and game. (ST)" (05/2003)

Wine Enthusiast: "Some will like the distinctive coffee, cola, menthol, cherry candy and mineral flavors, and the rather heavy, thick mouthfeel of this tannic wine. It should soften up with a few years in the bottle." (05/2004)

Wine Spectator: "Dense and earthy, with a fresh forest floor flavor underscoring the rich tannins and blackberry flavors. Flexes its tannic strength on the finish. Best from 2005 through 2009. 490 cases made. (JL, Web Only-2004)"

K&L Notes: Weir Vineyard is an experiment in Mother Nature’s winemaking. This vineyard is distinctive in that its terroir is unmistakably pronounced in the high quality grapes, overflowing with the minerals and forests of the Yorkville Highlands in Mendocino County. The result is a rich earthy Pinot Noir. Since 1999 Williams Selyem Winery has produced some of its best vineyard designate Pinot Noir from Weir Vineyard grapes, giving it essences that only Mother Nature could lend.

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2008 Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 4 available ($59.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Vibrant aromas of raspberry, licorice, rose and sandalwood. Juicy and intense, with very good sweetness and fleshiness to the red berry and spicecake flavors. The silky tannins arrive late. I like the high-pitched, spicy fruit character of the sappy finish. (ST)" (06/2010)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Shows tart cranberry crispness in addition to richer cherry and raspberry fruit, but its a fairly aloof wine now, with competing parts. Even though this isnt a single-vineyard Pinot, it needs time in the cellar, to let everything mellow. Give it 4-5 years." (08/2010)

Wine Spectator: "This complex red is focused on a mix of black cherry, red licorice and spicy fruit flavors. Full-bodied, delicate and framed by firm, supple tannins. (JL)" (11/2010)

Connoisseurs Guide: "A full measure of juicy, fresh cherry fruit leaps out in the ripe and outgoing nose of this inviting youngster, yet for all of its initial sweetness and come-hither promise, the wine is unexpectedly backward and tightens up in the mouth. That is not to say that it is in any way short on the fruity essentials, and it exhibits fine depth and focus. It just wants for a little expansion and should find just that if given a few years of age." (06/2010)

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2015 Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 12 available Price: Hidden

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a triumph of blending, a cuvée that over-delivers on the sum of its parts, imparting a profile of raspberry strudel and juicy Bing cherry. With underpinnings of spicy cardamom, savory tones of forest and tea invite you further into the glass, finishing with a tease of dark chocolate. (VB)" (10/2017)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A slightly more deeply pitched nose offers up notes of briar, dark pinot fruit, black cherry and similar spice and tea whiffs. Here too there is good richness, volume and vibrancy to the round, supple and relatively forward medium weight flavors that possess a caressing mouth feel, all wrapped in a slightly firmer if less refined finish. This is more obviously structured and I would advise holding it for at least a few years first." (10/2017)

90 points Vinous: "Williams Selyem's 2015 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a gorgeous wine. Ample and creamy, the 2015 fleshes out nicely with time in the glass. Dark red and purplish-hued fruits, smoke, tobacco and lavender infuse this super-inviting, racy appellation-level Pinot Noir. The Sonoma Coast Pinot straddles an attractive stylistic middle ground that offers more depth and lushness than the Central Coast and Sonoma County bottlings, but less than the Russian River. (AG)" (03/2017)

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2014 Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir - 3 available ($69.99)

90 points Vinous: "The 2014 Sonoma County Pinot Noir is another juicy, open-knit wine with forward fruit and tons of near term appeal. Crushed flowers, tobacco, spices, mint and leather wrap around a core of succulent fruit in this savory, expressive Sonoma County Pinot. (AG)" (02/2016)

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1999 Williams-Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir - 2 available ($59.99)

Connoisseurs Guide: "Power gives way to polish in this eminently enjoyable youngster, and the bright, almost piquant cherry-strawberry fruit that takes the lead in the nose is also the central theme of the very clean, delicately oaked flavors that follow. The wine is medium-bodied and nicely rounded in feel with nary a hint of tannic toughness, and it should match up famously with milder veal dishes or the likes of quick-seared steaks of ahi tuna." (11/2001)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dense ruby-colored 1999 Pinot Noir Russian River (700 cases) is a blend from such vineyards as Rochioli, Allen, and a handful of others. It spends 11 months in oak, whereas the single vineyard cuvees see 14 months. It exhibits sweet cranberry and cherry fruit, a hint of new oak, crisp acidity, and an elegant, medium-bodied finish. (RP)" (08/2002)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Aromatic nose combines cherry, raspberry, mocha and spicy oak. Sweet and supple, with modest depth of flavor but good freshness. Finishes with a slight edge of acidity. (ST)" (06/2001)

Wine Spectator: "An elegant, medium-weight Pinot with pretty, supple cherry, strawberry and wild-berry jam flavors." (07/2001)

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2008 Wind Gap "Armagh Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Syrah ($44.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining ruby. Heady aromas of cassis, blackberry liqueur, violet oil and olive are enhanced by exotic notes of Indian spices and woodsmoke that gain strength with air. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit flavors show impressive concentration but there's an unlikely elegance here too. Packs a serious punch and finishes silky and long, with lingering spiciness. (ST)" (05/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a cold site in the Petaluma wind gap, the 2008 Syrah Armagh Vineyard (less than 100 cases produced) reveals Northern Rhone-like aromas of bacon fat, tapenade and smoke. If tasted blind, this dark ruby/hued, medium-bodied, intriguing, provocative Syrah could easily be mistaken for a French wine. (RP)" (02/2011)

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2010 Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($34.99)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Lively, intensely perfumed aromas of raspberry, candied cherry and potpourri. Silky and sweet on the palate, which offers vibrant red fruit flavors and a hint of blood orange. Finishes juicy and seamless, with lingering spice and rose pastille notes behind. (ST)" (05/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Pinot Noir was made from equal parts Gaps Crown and Griffins Lair fruit. It is an attractive, fleshy wine...Licorice, dried flowers and spices are woven into the fragrant, soft finish. (AG)" (02/2012)

2008 Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Syrah ($29.99)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "Brighter than the Griffins Lair Syrah (recommended below), this fills out and gains shape with air. It develops into a powerful red with the scent of roasting meata gamey Syrah with the kind of cracked black peppercorn lift that drives many of its cousins from the Northern Rhône. There's blue fruit at the center of the wine, needing a year or two in bottle to fully express itself. Then decant it for bavette." (08/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Seductive perfume of cherry pit, blueberry, olive and Asian spices, along with a strong mineral quality. Velvety and bright on entry, then energetic and sweet in the mid-palate, with impressive energy to its black and blue fruit compote flavors. Very pure on the bright, extremely long finish, which features lingering floral and mineral nuances. These grapes were harvested on November 5th, 6th and 7th. (ST)" (05/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Syrah reveals lovely inner perfume in its dark fruit, sweet herbs, licorice and tar. This soft, understated Syrah impresses for its length, inner sweetness and gorgeous, well-articulated finish. The 2008 is a blend of fruit from Clary Ranch, Nellessen Vineyard and Armagh Vineyard, fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in neutral oak. It is a terrific wine, especially for the money. (AG)" (02/2012)