90 points Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine"…nicely ripened white melon fruit spreads out beneath this ample effort's mildly weedy, vaguely straw-like varietal veneer, and a bit of enriching oak appearance. On the palate, it is a somewhat fuller and richer rendition and stays in very comfortable balance all the way to a lengthy, well-focused finish....best suited to a service with flavorful fare such as poached salmon or chicken sauté in plenty of butter."
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91 points Wine EnthusiastLong cool fermentation in a mixture of old and new barrels gives this Chardonnay layers of fruitness and complexity. It is very enjoyable when young or with a few years of aging.
92 points Tasting PanelCaramel vanilla pudding nose is lightened and lifted by lemon flowers. The flavor is dressed in creamy crème brulee that distinguishes itself with a frisky acidity and toasted rye bread finish. Winemaker Notes: Long, cool fermentation in a mixture of old and new barrels gives our Chardonnay layers of fruitiness and complexity that result in a wine that is very enjoyable when young or after several years of bottle age. This method of fermentation, in conjunction with whole cluster pressing and "sur lie" aging add layers of toastiness and creaminess to the wine. Together these components meld together harmoniously to create a balanced wine that is both lively and rich in aroma and flavor.
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90 points Wine Enthusiast
“Tight-grained tannins wrap around full-bodied earthiness and fruit, while a mixture of strawberry and cherry is met by bay and a hint of mint. Bright, lively acidity adds to the experience, which succeeds in length and depth."
The nose is greeted with intense deep black fruit, spice box and bramble. The mouth is full, silky and loaded with concentrated blackberry and black cherry with spice and some forest floor. There is just enough sweet oak to support the fruit and the acidity is bright enough to hold it all together. The finish is full and long, bringing you back for another taste. Perfect with pan seared duck breast, roasted quail or grilled lamb.
90 points James Suckling"A juicy and fruity red with plum and dried berry character. Some terracotta too. Full and velvety tannins. Very drinkable now but will improve with age." Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
93 points Vinous / Antonio Galloni"The 2012 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills wraps around the palate with serious depth and intensity. Crushed flowers, mint, pine and anise meld into a resonant mid-palate. The 2012 is wonderfully complete, with expressive aromatics and plenty of density to balance some of the more savory, floral notes. The vineyard sites are Mesa, La Cote, Bloom's Field and Sirens Call, vinified with 50% whole clusters and aged in neutral oak
90 points Wine & SpiritsLight straw hue. Lively aromas of Meyer lemon zest and lime blossom are underscored with hints of crisp Comice pear and crushed, coastal stones. The palate confirms the nose and is heightened by a driving minerality and vibrant acidity that carries through the lingering finish.