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93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Reticent aromas of lemon peel, honeysuckle, meringue, tangerine, sea salt and chalk show on the nose of this top-end white from one of the region's pioneering properties. Rounded pear and apple show on the palate, but it's chalky and restrained, with a vein of grapefruit peel and lime pith. (MK)" (12/2017) K&L Notes: Founded in 1981 by wine legend Ken Volk, Wild Horse has long produced a stellar range of red and white wines from California. Located in historic Templeton, Wild Horse Winery was name for the wild mustangs that ...
Price: $14.99

2018 Diatom "Bar-M" Los Alamos Chardonnay
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93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Chardonnay Bar-M has an open nose of quince, warm hay, green apple and pear, baker’s yeast, acacia and dried chamomile with white peach and nectarine plus hints of lime peel and crushed stone. Light to medium-bodied, it has a wonderful core of spicy fruit and wicked minerality in the mouth, amplified by juicy freshness and a long, energetic, layered finish. Yum! (EB)" (09/2019) 93 points Vinous: "From a site in Los Alamos, the 2017 Chardonnay Bar M is perfumed, lifted and wonderfully gracious in feel. ...
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90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the reds, the 2017 The Offering checks in as a blend of 45% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 21% Mourvèdre, and 1% Viognier aged 17 months in 27% new oak. Its ruby/plum color gives way to a great nose of blackberries, ground pepper, herbes de Provence, and licorice. Medium-bodied, with plenty of fruit and good balance, it’s California's answer to an outstanding Côtes du Rhône." (10/2019) K&L Notes: Curt Schalchlin is owner/winemaker/sole employee of Sans Liege, a Cal-Rhône dynamo from the Central Coast. Schalchlin made his first b...
Price: $27.99

92 points Vinous: "Lurid red. Spice-accented raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by hints of cola, candied rose and smoky mineral notes. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering lively red berry flavors and suggestions of floral pastilles and blood orange that emerge with aeration. Nicely concentrated but vibrant and precise in style, delivering solid closing thrust, while smooth tannins lend shape to the long, spice-accented finish. This wine is composed of 65% Rincon and 35% Rosemary's fruit and, like the Chardonnay, it's extremely impressive...
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "There are three Pinot Noirs from Peake Ranch, all brilliant wines. Black cherries, black raspberries, smoked herbs, and hints of licorice define the bouquet of the 2016 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills, which is the entry level Pinot Noir of this estate. It's a rich, concentrated, powerful Pinot Noir that has moderate tannins, good acidity, and beautiful upfront charm. " (10/2018) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine offers smooth aromas of red cherry, licorice and dried chaparral. It lands effortlessly on the palate, with an elegan...
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2010 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
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92 points Wine Spectator: "Firmly tannic, with a rich, ripe core of earth-laced wild berry and raspberry flavors, this gains depth and complexity on the long, detailed finish, reverberating with flavors. (JL)" (04/2013) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aggressive now, this wine is big, distinguished by deep, pure flavors of red currants, sweet sandalwood, persimmons, cola and baking spices. But it needs time for all of the parts to knit together. Best after 2016 and for some years afterward. *Cellar Selection* " (03/2013) K&L Notes: The PrinceofPinot.com:...
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming from the Santa Maria Valley (this label is by and large focused on the Sta. Rita Hills), the 2017 Chardonnay Katherine’s just jumps from the glass with a perfumed, tropical bouquet of ripe citrus, spice, dried pineapple, and mango notes. Showing more and more classic salinity and oyster shell characteristics with time in the glass, it’s medium-bodied, has bright acidity, a layered, viscous texture, and a beautiful finish. It’s going to evolve for 8-10 years at a minimum. " (10/2018) 94 points Vinous: "The 2017 Chardonnay ...
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2017 Stolpman "Estate" Ballard Canyon Syrah
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94 points Decanter: "In 2017, the Estate Syrah from Stolpman Vineyards is lively on the nose, deep and concentrated on the palate, and immediately accessible. 50% whole cluster fermentation, aged in 500L neutral barrels, and contains 2% Viognier. Aromas of wet violets, roasted blackberries and lavender. The palate is juicy and fresh with notes of boysenberry and blackberries. The finish brings one back for more, and the wine is remarkably tucked into place even at this early stage. Drinking Window 2019-2035. (ML)" (08/2019) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "...
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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep ruby-purple, the 2017 Para Maria de las Tecolotes has an inviting nose of crushed blueberries, red cherries, wild blackberries and red berry preserves with violet, charcuterie, spice and potpourri nuances. The medium-bodied palate is energetic and offers perfumed, tricolored fruits, with a frame of gently chewy tannins and juicy freshness, finishing long with lots of perfume. This will be a crowd-pleaser with its easy, Côtes-du-Rhone style. 4,400 cases produced. (EB)" (09/2019) 91 points Vinous: ...
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Red Wine is the Bordeaux blend of the estate and is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Merlot and Petit Verdot, all from declassified Jonata lots. Its deep, inky purple color is followed by a rich, powerful wine that's loaded with notions of blackcurrants, unsmoked tobacco, graphite, and crushed rocks. With background oak, full body, ripe yet present tannins, and a great finish, it's going to keep for at least 7-8 years." (10/2018) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Candied blackberry aromas meet with ...
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90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The entry-level Syrah, the 2017 Syrah Tous Les Jours was brought up all in neutral barrels. Coming entirely from sites in the Santa Ynez Valley, it offers a deep ruby/plum color as well as a juicy bouquet of smoked black fruits, olives, sappy herbs, pepper, and scorched earth. Medium-bodied, juicy, balanced, and about as quaffable as they come, it's a no-brainer effort to enjoy over the coming 4-5 years." (10/2019) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep ruby-purple, the 2017 Syrah Tous les Jours opens with note...
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91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Deeply colored, the 2017 Pinot Noir tastes like a mini version of The Hilt Estate Pinot Noir. Ripe black raspberries, cherries, toasted spice, and scorched earth nuances all flow to a medium-bodied, concentrated Pinot Noir that drinks well today, yet has the depth and tannins to evolve for at least 5-6 years. " (10/2019) Vinous: "The 2017 Pinot Noir is another very pretty wine in the lineup. Sweet red/purplish berry fruit, lavender, rose petal, mint and sweet spice all run through this super-expressive Pinot. Think of the Paring...
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Viognier brought up in neutral barrels and tank, the 2018 White Wine is a brilliant white that tastes like it costy three times the price. Honeyed citrus, tangerine, flowers, and brioche notes all emerge fro the glass, and it's beautifully textured, layered, full bodied, and balanced. It way over-delivers." (10/2019) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Fundamental White is a blend of Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne with aromas of warm peaches, musk melon, honeysuckle, lychee ...
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2016 Ann Albert "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Elsewhere $40) (Elsewhere $40)
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming from a great site in the Santa Maria Valley, the 2016 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard spent 16 months all in neutral oak. It has a brilliant bouquet of crisp white peach, tart pineapple, salty minerality, and white flowers. This carries to a medium-bodied Chardonnay that has a silky, elegant texture, integrated acidity, and fabulous balance. This terrific effort will keep for upwards of a decade." (10/2019) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Hazelnut, preserved lemon, warm toast and a touch of daffodil show on the nose of this s...
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2015 Dierberg Estate "Dierberg Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $45) (Elsewhere $45)
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94 points Vinous: "The 2015 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard is a real standout. Plush, dark and expressive, the Dierberg is an explosive wine that shows this Santa Maria site off at its best. Floral and spiced notes wrap around a core of intense inky blue/purplish fruit. Time in the glass brings out a more delicate side. There is just so much to admire in the 2015. (AG)" (09/2018) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Baked black-cherry and plum aromas meet with star anise, hot gingerbread and wet slate on the fairly opulent, very delicious nose of this bottling. I...
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2016 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
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95 points Vinous: "The 2016 Pinot Noir Estate is a blend of the seventeen clones on the property. Freshly cut flowers, spice, mint, blood orange and dried flowers give the Estate beguiling aromatic complexity and nuance. There is a sense of translucent beauty in the 2016 that is fabulous, while the 40% whole clusters are very nicely integrated. This is such a tremendous wine. (AG" (10/2019) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: ""I'm the most proud of this wine," Chad Melville says. "This includes all 16 clones, around 130 different lots. It's like ...
Price: $34.95

92 points Vinous: "Lurid red. Candied red fruits, musky flowers and a hint of vanilla on the spice-accented nose. Juicy, energetic raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors slowly turn sweeter with air. Very nicely concentrated, but this Pinot is distinctly lithe in character, with no rough edges and silky tannins framing a long, red-fruit-dominated finish. (JR)" (01/2019) 90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Pinot Noir Seafarer is outstanding. Brought up in 30% new French oak, it offers a medium ruby color as well as complex notes of cedary spice, un...
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93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Plump red cherry, rust, dried sage, wild thyme and baking spices show on the nose of this top-end regional wine from Bill Foley. The palate shows cohesive well-woven flavors of strong red fruits, turned earth, brown spice, cracked pepper and a menthol-like finish. The acidity is perfect, the tannins soft but structural. (MK)" (02/2018)
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2017 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the great values out there, the 2017 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills offers thrilling notes of white flowers, white peach, currants, and toasted bread. This ripe, sexy wine is unquestionably at the same level as the more expensive single vineyard releases, and it will evolve for just as long. This was another thrilling lineup from Greg Brewer, and I consistently rate these wines as some of the greatest in the Sta. Rita Hills, as well as all of Santa Barbara County. In addition to the latest releases, I was also able to taste re...
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96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Delicate and yet laser-focused on the nose, this tremendous bottling from a historic property offers wet chalk and exotic lime aromas. There is a great grip to the tense palate, where a chalky texture delivers flavors of toast, white peach and a light brush of butter. It's clean and crisp yet consequential. (MK)" (03/2020) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard comes from own rooted, 45-year-old vines planted in shale. It's youthfully coiled and very minerally on the nose, with jus...
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92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Syrah Pilgrim, which was tasted from barrel and is 100% Syrah, looks fantastic. A big, pedal-to- the metal style that stays beautifully fresh and focused, it offers up thrilling aromatics, a mouth-filling, voluptuous texture in the mouth and an overall generous, supple feel that will be ideal for drinking over the coming 5-7 years. (JD)" (08/2013)
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2016 Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Lighter in the glass, this appellation blend shows pomegranate sorbet, cranberry skins, rose petals and wild herbs on the nose. The palate is crisp and tart with raspberry fruit that's lifted by chaparral spice and wild thyme. (MK)" (12/2018) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale ruby, the 2016 Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley offers concentrated red and black cherries, cola, woodsmoke and earth on the nose with cranberry, rhubarb and dried leaves hints. Light-bodied, it turns a bit herbal in the mouth, with dusty-textured tanni...
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92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Candied red cherries, concentrated rosewater and riper cola aromas show on the nose of this bottling, which is quite young and needs time to evolve. The palate's tannic edge is really firm right now, but will keep the flavors of plump red fruit and star anise fresh for a long time. (MK)" (08/2019) K&L Notes: Over 20 years ago, founding partner Thomas Stolpman discovered what they believe to be one of the greatest viticultural sites on earth. Hidden in the hills of California’s Central Coast, on a rare limestone outcropping &...
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96 points Vinous: "The 2016 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard is outrageously beautiful. Sweet dark cherry, plum, rose petal, mint and blood orange all run through this racy, captivating Pinot. Vibrant and nuanced, with striking exoticism, the 2016 comes alive in the glass with tons of vibrancy and a level of purity that is hard to fully do justice to with words. In short, this is an utterly magnificent wine from Jim Clendenen. The 2016 was done with 50% whole clusters and saw 40% new oak. Don't miss it! (AG)" (09/2019) 93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to ...
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2010 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (1.5L)
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92 points Wine Spectator: "Firmly tannic, with a rich, ripe core of earth-laced wild berry and raspberry flavors, this gains depth and complexity on the long, detailed finish, reverberating with flavors. (JL) " (04/2013) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aggressive now, this wine is big, distinguished by deep, pure flavors of red currants, sweet sandalwood, persimmons, cola and baking spices. But it needs time for all of the parts to knit together. *Cellar Selection*" (03/2013) K&L Notes: One of the Central Coast's cult Pinots. The fruit comes entirely f...
Price: $249.99

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Block UU comes from a great vineyard located just east of the town of Santa Maria and was brought up in 20% new French oak. A classic Bien Nacido bouquet of honeyed orchard fruits, crushed rocks, oyster shells, and white flowers flow to a rich, beautifully textured, concentrated Chardonnay that has everything you could want from this variety. With terrific balance, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish, it's brilliant stuff that should evolve gracefully for 5-7 years." (10/2018) 92 points ...
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94 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chardonnay Solomon Hills is fabulous. Creamy and resonant on the palate, with terrific freshness, the 2016 is a wonderfully complete wine that will drink well right out of the gate. Lemon oil, mint and white pepper all develop in the glass. Above all else, the Solomon Hills Chardonnay manages to be both texturally expansive and also incredibly elegant. It has been terrific in two recent tastings. (AG)" (09/2018) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "Exotic aromas of lemon verbena, oysters, iodine, and wet rock on the nose. The flav...
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Aged 18 months in 78% new French oak, the entry level 2016 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County is a winner. Sourced from throughout the Santa Barbara County and aged 18 months in 78% new barrels, it offers a big bouquet of tropical fruits, pineapple, apple blossom, white flowers, and hints of spice. It's pure, silky and elegant on the palate, with nicely integrated acidity as well as big finish. It's well worth seeking out, and while it’s the entry level cuvée of the estate, it’s a match for just about every other Chardonnay out there...
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93 points Vinous: "Sea Smoke's 2016 Pinot Noir Ten is rich, boisterous and inviting from the very first taste. A wine of real immediacy and impact, the Ten has so much to offer. Black cherry, plum, hard candy, lavender, sweet spice and new oak are front and center in this lush, beautifully persistent Pinot Noir from Sea Smoke. The Ten will appeal most to readers who appreciate lush Pinots. There is certainly plenty to like here, that much is obvious. (AG)" (09/2019) K&L Notes: A darling of the critics, Sea Smoke remains of the Central Coast's cult Pin...
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Light ruby-colored, the 2017 Pinot Noir Seafarer was mostly destemmed and spent 11 months in 30% new French oak. It offers a beautiful bouquet of black raspberries, spring flowers, and spice. This carries to a medium-bodied, ethereal, elegant Pinot Noir that has no hard edges, nicely integrated acidity, and beautiful overall balance." (10/2019)
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93 points Vinous: "The 2018 Cabernet Franc is dark, rich and super-expressive. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, leather, licorice and a whole range of floral/savory notes show tremendous depth. Despite having been bottled just prior to this tasting, the 2018 is incredibly appealing. The combination of intense fruit and the classically-leaning style favored by Lieu Dit yields a Franc of real distinction. In the early going, the sulfured version is a bit more expressive than the Sans Soufre, which is unusual, as the opposite is usually true. (AG)" (09/2019) 92 ...
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91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Bright orchard fruits, brioche, toasted bread, and honeysuckle notes all emerge from the 2017 Chardonnay Estate. It's medium-bodied and has a tight, vibrant texture as well as some Burgundian style in its texture and acidity. It's a beautiful effort." (10/2019) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Chardonnay Estate, aged 14 months in 20% new French oak, has open-knit aromas of apple pie, crushed stone, sweet spices, quince paste and hay with notions of honeysuckle and honeyed almonds. The palate is medium-bodied, s...
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93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a stellar wine, especially considering it is simply the family's appellation blend. Aromas of crisp black raspberry, thyme, sagebrush and mint provide tremendous depth on the nose. The palate is lively, elegant and very smooth, showing white pepper, cedar and more black-raspberry flavors. *Editor's Choice* (MK)" (10/2018) 92 points Vinous: "The 2016 Pinot Noir is fabulous. Bright, floral and lifted, with striking fruit presence, the 2016 Pinot delivers serious quality for the money. Bright red and purplish stone frui...
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93 points Vinous: "The 2017 Chenin Blanc is one of the most expressive wines in the Lieu Dit range. Perfumed, generous and inviting, the 2017 has so much to offer. The Chenin emerges from Happy Canyon Vineyard, where the first Chenin was planted in an appellation that is better known for its Bordeaux varieties. Justin Willett fermented the 2017 in stainless steel and aged the wine in neutral oak. (AG)" (09/2018) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Chenin Blanc features scents of baker's yeast, cheese rind, toast, candle wax and smoke/gun...
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96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This monopole bottling from the coveted biodynamic vineyard begins with lush, intense and inviting aromas of dark boysenberry paste, wild mint, star anise and shaved nutmeg. The palate is bright with acidity yet redolent with dark-berry and black-currant flavors that give way to cola, mace and more exotic spices toward the finish. (MK)" (05/2020)
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91 points Vinous: "Lemon peel, tangerine, flowers and chamomile all grace the exquisite, creamy, vivid 2017 Chardonnay from J. Wilkes. Beautifully layered yet also light on its feet, with tons of Santa Maria character, the 2017 is a winner. Best of all, this absolutely delicious Chardonnay is a remarkable value. (AG)" (10/2019) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Lime peel, green pear, lemongrass and wet river stone combine for an inviting and complex nose. There is strong chalky tension to the palate, where a flavor of Key lime pie is wrapped in bright acid. ...
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From a site in the Santa Maria Valley brought up in 22% new French oak, the 2016 Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard offers more minerality as well as an obvious salinity in its orchard fruits, crushed rocks, poached pear, and spice-driven aromas and flavors. Deep, rich, and medium to full-bodied, it’s certainly another brilliant Chardonnay from this estate." (10/2018) 93 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard is gracious, airy and very delicate. Orchard fruit, mint and floral notes are all layered in a Chardonna...
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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "The fascinating nose of this bottling is driven by wet stone, yet it also touches on orange rinds, fresh chives, lemongrass balm and a nearly basil-like aromatic without the green spice. It's lively on the palate with flint and crushed stone, showing very fresh and acid-driven flavors of lemon and ash, riding a firm tension through the sip. (MK)" (07/2019) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard, aged 15 months in 20% new oak, has a nose of honey toast, baked golden apple, wet hay, ear...

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 White Wine from Tenshen is made from a blend of Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay sourced from sites throughout the Central Coast. Brought up mostly in neutral barrels, with a small part in stainless, it offers rich, full-bodied aromas and flavors of buttered peach, tangerine, honeysuckle and flowers. Richly textured, balanced and with a clean, dry finish, it’s a terrific white Rhône blend readers should check out." (08/2017) Wine Spectator: "Rich and spicy, delivering peach, pineapple and melon flavors...
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96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Very delicate on the nose, this bottling offers aromas of nectarine, white-melon flesh, a hint of melon rind and light lemon spray. The palate is extremely textural, offering subtle flavors of lemon cream, chalk, lemongrass, ash and Brie rind that will live forever. Drink now through 2042. *Cellar Selection* (MK)" (12/2019) 95 points Decanter: "From the site that started it all in the Sta. Rita Hills, Chanin’s 2017 Sanford & Benedict was sourced from the original vines planted in 1971. It spent 16 months in 15% new French oa...

95 points Vinous: "A huge, explosive wine, the 2014 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyards is another Pinot that is going to need time to come into its own. Soaring aromatics and intense, red-toned fruit make a strong opening impression. Readers should expect a boisterous, structured Pinot Noir endowed with serious heft. (AG)" (09/2017) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Earthy aromas of turned soil meet with dark red currant and a layer of smoke on the nose of this estate bottling by the historic vineyard. Strawberry, smoked pork and a touch of lavender show on th...
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100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Grenache E slides beguilingly out of the glass with a powerfully evocative, earthy/meaty nose of wood smoke, grilled meats, fragrant soil, truffles and iron ore with a core of kirsch, blackberry pie, Black Forest cake and aniseed plus touches of wild sage, rose hip tea and Indian spices. The palate is full-bodied, surprisingly muscular and built like a brick house with an unbelievable structure of very fine, densely pixilated tannins supporting the generous, multi-faceted lay...
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91 points Vinous: "The 2017 Viognier Bien Nacido Vineyard offers lovely complexity and nuance, with a touch of neutral oak character that adds frames apricot and peach Viognier fruit. Layered, vivid and beautiful, the 2017 is gorgeous. (AG)" (09/2018) 90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Viognier Bien Nacido Vineyard was brought up a mix of stainless steel and neutral oak. It offers a ripe, sexy, Condrieu-like bouquet of orange marmalade, flower oil, and honeyed peach to go with a juicy, vibrant style on the palate. Viognier is always a rich, opulent varie...
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92 points Vinous: "The 2017 Chardonnay White Hill is airy, gracious and lifted in feel, with slightly softer contours than is often the case. Orchard fruit, lemon peel, mint, almonds and wild flowers all open up effortlessly. Best of all, the 2017 will drink well upon release. Understated saline notes add complexity as this classy, polished Chardonnay shows off its charming personality. (AG)" (09/2019) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Chardonnay White Hill has a very pretty nose of honey toast, toasted hazelnut, white peach, lemon pee...
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lightly colored, with beautiful white citrus, white flowers, spice, and obvious minerality and salinity, the 2016 Chardonnay is medium-bodied, rounded, and beautifully textured on the palate. It has both freshness and richness and is perfect introduction into the wines of this estate, which is the idea with this cuvée." (10/2018) 91 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chardonnay is a tasty entry-level offering from The Hilt. Translucent and lifted, with lovely orchard fruit and floral character, the 2016 has a lot to offer. Lightly tropica...
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98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From a site in the Santa Maria Valley and aged 15 months in 60% new French oak, the 2017 Chardonnay Le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard from Lato offers a vivid gold color as well as a rocking bouquet of lemon curd, crushed rocks, white currants, spice box, and white flowers. Rich, powerful, and layered, yet also vibrant and racy, with beautiful purity and precision on the palate, it's one of the most seamless, flawlessly balanced wines in the lineup. It's brilliant today yet should evolve effortlessly." (10/2019) 97 points Robert...
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2018 Tensley "Colson Canyon Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah
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96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The deepest colored Syrah in the lineup, the 2018 Syrah Colson Canyon comes from a great vineyard located in the hills above the town of Los Olivos. Awesome notes of blackberries, toasted spice (there's some new oak in this wine), ground herbs, peppered meat, and earth all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, deep, layered wine that has plenty of tannins, good acidity, and a huge finish. It's a magical Syrah from Tensely, and my money is on it being the finest to date." (10/2019) K&L Notes: Winery notes: Established in 1998, ...
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98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A thrilling Grenache that has an almost Janasse Vieille Vignes like aromatic profile, the 2008 Sine Qua Non Grenache The Duel is a blend of 82% Grenache, 14% Syrah, 2% Viognier, and 2% Roussanne, all from the estate’s Eleven Confessions vineyard, that was fermented with 32% whole cluster and aged in a scant 15% new French oak. Incredibly pure and energetic, it displays knockout aromas of crisp red and black berry fruit, licorice, roasted meats, crushed flowers, and sappy underbrush to go with saturating, liquid mineral like qualit...
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94 points Vinous: "Light bright violet. Intensely perfumed, mineral- and spice-accented black raspberry, boysenberry and candied flowers reveal subtle cola and mocha nuances. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering concentrated red and blue fruit flavors and suggestions of vanilla and five-spice powder. Shows outstanding clarity and spicy thrust on the berry-dominated finish, which is given shape by smooth tannins. (JR)" (01/2019) 92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Similar in style to the Spanish Spring Vineyard release, the 2016 Pinot Noir Riven Rock Viney...
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94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Syrah BMT (there’s 25% Colson Canyon Grenache in the blend) has a more cool-climate vibe and offers classy notes of black currants, violets, ground pepper, and hints of cured meats. This medium to full-bodied Syrah has fine tannins, a balanced, elegant texture, ample mid-palate depth, and as with the OGT, a great finish." (10/2018) 94 points Vinous: "The 2017 Syrah BMT, bottled only in magnum, is another superb wine in this range. Black pepper, smoke, licorice, game and dark spice add striking savory top notes. The 2...