2014 - Bumper Crop in a Drought Year

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

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."

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

2014 Pinot Noir Starkey Hill - Russian River Valley

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

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."

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."



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