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90 points Wine Enthusiast"The cooperative of Reguengos is now a major force in the region. This wine, named after the hilltop town of Reguengos, is a powerful, condensed wine. It has dark black fruits, solid tannins and a smooth texture. Full-bodied and worth aging. Drink from 2015."
94 points Decanter"A brooding and reserved bouquet opens up with air, revealing aromas of crushed currants, sweet tobacco and pencil shavings. On the palate, the wine is powerful and full-bodied, with a chassis of firm but fine savoury tannins, underpinned by a good line of acid. This is more taut, structural and incipiently complex than its Napa counterpart, and will reward some time in the cellar. Drinking Window: 2018-2033
94 points Wine & Spirits"The Paillards blend this wine from Chardonnay (70 percent) and Pinot Noir (30 percent); the color comes from Bouzy rouge (six percent of the overall blend) from 45-year-old vines. That also lends the wine an essence of red fruit, gentle scents of raspberries and strawberries that last. As succulent, creamy and cushioned as this wine may be, it has clarity and drive."
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95 points The Wine Advocate
98 points James Suckling"Fabulous aromas of currants, licorice and eucalyptus. Full body with an intense backbone of acidity and tannins. Chewy but wonderfully polished. Turns to terracotta. Firm and silky. Great wine. Try it in 2018. 3,000 cases."
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
91 points The Wine Advocate"The 2011 Columbia Valley Red Wine offers the classic creme de cassis, graphite, toasted spice and hints of licorice that seems to be present in all of the estate’s Cabernets. Medium to full-bodied, supple and already approachable, it nevertheless has the back-end stuffing to evolve gracefully for upwards of a decade."
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98 points The Wine Advocate"...Offering up plenty of creme de cassis, coffee bean, toasted spice, pencil shavings and violet-like qualities on the nose, it has palate staining levels of extract and tannin that come through on the mid-palate and finish. Gorgeously full-bodied, layered and textured, with perfect balance, this awesome Cabernet needs to be forgotten for 5-6 years and will have two to three decades of longevity. Drink 2018-2030."
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
90 points The Wine Advocate
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar"Light gold, with a faint onion skin cast. Spicy orange zest and honeydew on the fragrant, mineral-accented nose. Dry and tightly focused, offering lively Meyer lemon and melon flavors and a deeper suggestion of nectarine. Finishes with building floral character and excellent tangy persistence, leaving bitter citrus zest and dusty mineral notes behind."
93 points Wine Enthusiast"This winery is at the extreme edge of the pick-early, low-alcohol movement, which can make the wines challenging for the usual California Pinot fan. But this Pinot begins on familiar territory, with heady aromas of dried violet and scarlet rose, damp forest floor, and cinnamon-laced cranberry sauce, managing to be both brisk and funky. The flavors are light and tart, but will pick up more savory characteristics from 2018–2024."
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