2014 Pinot Noir Reserve - Russian River Valley
94 points (SteveHeimoff.com)
"It is a composite of the single vineyard wines: Olivet Court, Starkey Hill and Gold Ridge. It’s a close approximation of them all, made in the winery’s style: rich, dense, layered, complex. It’s also the oakiest of the bunch. The result is delicious: red currants, licorice, cranberries, tea, beet root, wild mushroom, cloves, anise, wrapped into firm tannins. Is it “better” than the rest? Not really. But it sure is good."
94 points (JamesSuckling.com)
"Dried berry, meat and smoke follow through to a full body, round and velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Serious energy and verve. Drink in 2019."
93+ points (The Wine Advocate)
"Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Reserve hits pay dirt with expressive red cherries, crushed cranberries and lavender notes, plus subtle hints of tree sap and dried Provence herbs. Medium-bodied, the palate picks up where the nose left off, with great red fruit intensity, firm, fine tannins and plenty of tension. The finish is long and minerally." -- Lisa Perotti-Brown
93 points (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)
"Deliciously well-integrated, this is a rich, vibrant and intense wine that is lengthy and broadly expansive in baked strawberry, rhubarb and dark cherry. Cardamom and black tea make appearances within the fruit and brawny oak." -- Virginie Boon
92 points (Pinot File)
"Favorite barrels. Clones “828,” 115, Martini, Pommard and 23. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The nose is richly fruited with spiced black cherry and sumptuous oak. Tenacious flavors of black cherry and blackberry in a juicy, mid weight style with firm tannins for the long haul. The toasty oak is a bit too extroverted now but should integrate further over time. This wine is like an awkward teenager that will need a few years to mature and may be more deserving of a higher score at that time. The winemaker had a vision for this wine as it is composed of favorite barrels in cellar." -- William "Rusty" Gaffney, M.D.
2014 Pinot Noir Devoto Vineyard - Green Valley of Russian River Valley
97 points (SteveHeimoff.com)
"The wine, whose alcohol is 13.5%, is exceedingly fine. It first strikes you for deliciousness: savory essence of raspberries, a vein of red licorice, a taste of wild mushroom, the sweetness of roasted oak, a pleasantly titillating clove-and-white pepper spiciness. Then you notice how light and silky it is, how “transparent” to use that overworked word. Another sip; a third; the wine is addictive. A Pinot Noir triumph, superb to drink now. If I had a case, I’d drink a bottle a year."
91 points (JamesSuckling.com)
"Vivid fruit aromas of strawberry and lemon rind follow through to a medium body, tangy fruit and a fresh finish. Drink now."
91 points (Pinot File)
"Clones 667, “828,” 115. Harvest Brix 24.0º. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Light ruby red color in the glass. The nose engages with fragrant notes of dark red Bing cherry and fertile earth. Light in weight, but flavorful, offering the essence of red cherry fruit framed by nutty oak. Crisp and elegant, with good transparency, a suede texture and an appealing cherry-blessed finish that has good length." -- William "Rusty" Gaffney, M.D.
90 points (The Wine Advocate)
"Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Gold Ridge is youthfully subdued with faint scents of cherries and dusty earth, plus hints of iron ore and crushed stones. Light to medium-bodied, it possesses plenty of elegance and sophistication with a satiny texture and understated quality that nonetheless lingers with very good persistence." -- Lisa Perotti-Brown
90 points (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)
"This is a bright, fully realized wine from the distinctive appellation: soft with an integrated approach to its use of oak. Wild strawberry, cranberry and a threading of dried herb combine effortlessly into a pleasurable whole." --Virginie Boon
2014 Pinot Noir Starkey Hill - Russian River Valley
94 points (Pinot File)
"Vineyard is located in Sebastopol just outside the Green Valley AVA. Owned by Diane Starkey and cared for by Arturo Robledo. 30+-year-old vines including clones 23, “828,” and Pommard. Harvest Brix 23.6º. 15% whole cluster. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. A wine with special drive and purpose, offering engaging aromas of blueberrypomegranate, blackberry preserves and subtle oak. Enters with a charge of blue and black berry fruits framed by fine-grain tannins and maintains in the mouth. Impeccable harmony, with a long, powerfully aromatic finish." -- William "Rusty" Gaffney, M.D.
93 points (SteveHeimoff.com)
"I tasted this alongside the Olivet Court, and the difference was stark. The Starkey, which comes from the Sebastopol area, is much lighter in body and more delicate in structure. It’s also more transparent of the terroir, and less fruit-forward, not so much about raspberries and cranberries, although they’re there, but more subtle sensations. The tea, mushroom, beet, cocoa dust and anise flavors of Olivet Court are there, but the main difference is how light and ethereal this wine feels. The alcohol is only 13.2%. The wine has a grip that’s partly from zippy acidity, and partly from unresolved tannins, and the finish is absolutely dry. Production was 138 cases. I suspect most people will drink this wine soon, and that’s fine; give it some decanting, and enjoy with ahi tuna, lamb, a great grilled steak or wild mushroom risotto. But if you like your Russian River Valley Pinots with some bottle age, it will develop nicely over the next ten years, at least."
92 points (JamesSuckling.com)
"A rich and flavorful pinot with dried strawberry and cherry character. Full body, fresh and clean fruit with hints of smoke. Juicy fruit character. Drink now."
89 points (The Wine Advocate)
"Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Starkey Hill has a delicate, floral, earth-laced nose with suggestions of red currants and raspberry leaves. Light-bodied, very delicate and with appealing poise, it finishes just a little straightforward and succinctly." -- Lisa Perotti-Brown
2014 Pinot Noir Olivet Court - Russian River Valley
93 points (Pinot File)
"Vineyard is located on Olivet Road in Santa Rosa. Owned and tended by Bob and Ida Montgomery. 35+-year-old vines that are two different Martini selections. Harvest Brix 25.0º. 10% whole cluster. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 33% new. · Light garnet color in the glass. The scent of plum, blueberry-pomegranate and spicy oak lead to a middleweight styled wine with real interest. Extroverted flavors of purple grape and purple and black berries have a gentle accent of oak spice. Well-rounded, with a beguiling attack and mouth presence set off by well-integrated tannins and an exit that is long and chewy." -- William "Rusty" Gaffney, M.D.
92 points (SteveHeimoff.com)
"What I like about this Pinot is that it has big, flashy, exuberant flavors, but also a complexity that gives it intellectual interest. The fruits suggest raspberries, cranberries, red currants and orange zest. The complexity derives from the earth, with tea, mushroom, beet root, anise and clove notes, finished with the sweet, smoky vanilla of new French oak. It’s a good wine, solid and well-made, with fine acidity and silky tannins. Should be more interesting in a few years, and could go to ten years while dropping sediment and purifying. The vineyard is west of Santa Rosa, and is said to be planted to vines more than 35 years of age. The alcohol is 14.1%."
92 points (JamesSuckling.com)
"Serious intensity to this with dried strawberry and orange peel undertones. Medium to full body, silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold."
91 points (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)
"This wine is impressively full-bodied, layered and concentrated in rich fruit—a mix of dark cherry, raspberry and toasty oak that finds life in buoyant, freshly supportive acidity and a light reckoning of spice." --Virginie Boon
87 points (The Wine Advocate)
"Pale ruby colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Olivet Court opens with notes of baked red cherries, cranberry preserves and rhubarb with delicate hints of forest floor and roses. The palate is somewhat lacking in definition with chewy tannins and a slightly warm finish." -- Lisa Perotti-Brown
2014 Pinot Noir - Russian River Valley
92 points (SteveHeimoff.com)
"It’s quite classic, with lively acidity highlighting flavors of raspberries, cranberries, balsam, crispy bacon, orange zest, tea, pepper and cloves. Bone dry, with moderate alcohol (14.3%) and a silky mouthfeel, it’s not an ager, but it’s a real beauty for drinking now, and every bit as good as the Olivet Court, which costs ten bucks more. Production was 130 cases."
91 points (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)
"Juicy, thick and satisfying, this appellation wine is rich in red licorice and dark cherry with an expansiveness on the palate that impresses and lingers around a deft cradling of integrated oak." --Virginie Boon
89 points (Pinot File)
"Martini, Pommard, 667 and 23 clones. 10% whole cluster. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. · Light garnet color in the glass. The nose offers aromas of oak-kissed black cherry, underbrush and peppery spices. The fruit core features black cherry with added accents of baking spice and smoky tobacco. Welcome balance with a sweet, black cherry finish that hangs on." -- William "Rusty" Gaffney, M.D.
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