Our policy regarding wine ratings has always been to invite reviewers to visit us and taste our wines, rather than mail them off to tasting panels, because we can't account for handling in transit and we can't identify or replace a corked bottle. Most of our press therefore comes from a small group of inveterate hands-on "scouts". Occasionally our wines will be reviewed by a publication that actually purchased a bottle.

Reviews of our Wines :

Chardonnay, Keefer Ranch, Russian River Valley
Chardonnay, Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Chardonnay, Monument Tree, Anderson Valley
Pinot Noir, Keefer Ranch, Russian River Valley
Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Pinot Noir, Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Pinot Noir, Hirsch Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Pinot Noir, Occidental Ridge, Sonoma Coast
Pinot Noir, Peay Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Pinot Noir, Pearlessence Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa, Santa Rita Hills
Viognier, Alban Vineyard, Edna Valley
Syrah, Que Syrah Vineyard,Sonoma Coast
Syrah, Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Syrah, Phoenix Ranch, Napa Valley

Chardonnay, Keefer Ranch, Russian River Valley

2009
Delivers a clean, fresh, vibrant beam of citrus-laced tropical fruit that's tight and focused, with very subtle touches of light oak and an engagingly long, detailed finish. This has a nice depth of flavor to balance the acidity. Drink now through 2017 - 91 Points ~ James Laube Wine Spectator 6.11

2008
More tropical fruit, marmalade, nectarine, and orange blossom characteristics are found in the concentrated 2008 Chardonnay Keefer Ranch. Even better than its 2007 counterpart, it is a very long wine with zesty acidity as well as freshness that should provide pleasure over the next 4-6 years. - 93 Points ~ - Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2010

2007 
"... Nectarine and lemon zest notes as well as that unmistakable minerality is the 2007 Keefer Ranch Chardonnay.  This lovely wine has more flesh and depth on its bones, but it remains zesty.."  92 points
~ Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2009

"Bright yellow.  Captivating aromas of nectarine, peach, creamed corn, smoke and stone.  Supple, sweet and rich, with a leesy complexity and firm underlying acidity.  Offers an enticing combination of fruit and stone." 91 Points - Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, 2009

2006
 
"Exhibits good, crisp white pear, white peach, and some wet stones in a medium-bodied, Burgundian style of wine with crisp acidity, nice freshness, and a subltle use of oak.  Drink it over the next 3-4 years."  90 points - Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2008

"...pure aromas of mirabelle, flowers, clove and honey.  Fat, rich and on the soft side, but with sound acidity and some minerality framing the mirabelle and spice flavors..." 90 + points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2008

2005
  
Reveals a crisp, elegant style offering notes of green apple skins, lemon honey, white peaches, and zesty acidity. This fragrant Chardonnay could easily be mistaken for a premier cru from the Cộte de Beaune. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. - 92 points - Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 12.06

Musky, expressive aromas of apricot, peach, marzipan, truffle and spices.  Shows its sweet fruit on entry, but this is screwed tight in the middle, with strong acids and a firm mineral spine keeping the wine quite restrained today.  Hardly your typical California Chardonnay-but then winemaker Ehren Jordan's archetype is French wine. - 90+ points - Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, May/June 2007

2004 
 
...enjoys full malolactic and possesses a quasi-Chablis-like style with hints of lemon grass, citrus oil, crushed rocks, and a touch of hazelnuts. Possessing lively acidity, abundant flavor, and a stony, citrusy personality with enormous character, it can be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years. - 91 points - Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 12.05

2003

" Chablis-like reveals a striking minerality with a steely backbone of acidity, oily citrus notes, and a fresh, medium-bodied, lively, distinctive, atypical style." 89 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 2.05

"Very ripe aromas of candied fruits, spices and marzipan. Ripe and strong on the palate, with a brisk edge of acidity keeping it fresh. A very warm version of a cool-climate chardonnay." 88 points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2005

2001, 2002

"Both exhibit that striking citrus-like minerality along with lemon oil characteristics, medium body, and wonderfully intense flavors. While the lusher 2002 is more typically California in style, it possesses good nervosity as well as crispness. Both should drink well for several years." 90, 89-91 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 12.03

2001

" Firm and well-balanced, with a rich, lively core of lemon, citrus, green apple and clove flavors that offer complexity and depth, finishing with a cleansing aftertaste. Drink now through 2008 "  89 points ~
James Laube, Wine Spectator, 5.04

2000

"A wine with the most wonderful opening scents of ripe pears and the smoky perfume of oak. Perfectly delicious in the mouth, with pronounced pear flavors and a sleek note of minerality. A touch of lees adds a creamy texture but doesn't overwhelm. As opulent and lush as this wine is, it's delicate and elegant."
93 points ~ Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 7.03

"Lots of up-front richness and complexity, built around a center of ripe pear, fig, apricot and citrus flavors. Gains depth and nuance on a long intricate finish, where the light oak takes on a cedary edge. 90 points ~ James Laube, Wine Spectator 5.03

"Reveals Chablis-like notes of apple skins, liquid mineral, and subtle wood. This citrusy, medium-bodied, refreshing, French-styled Chardonnay will drink well for 2-3 years. 89 points ~ Robert M. Parker's The Wine Advocate, 8.02

Chardonnay, Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

2009

The outstanding, medium to full-bodied 2009 Chardonnay Estate reveals hints of orange marmalade, white currants, brioche, crushed rocks and caramelized citrus. This beautiful, elegant, powerful white wine should drink nicely for 5-6 years. - 91 Points ~
Robert M. Parker's The Wine Advocate 2.11

2008
From the wildest, most remote and exotic stretch of the Sonoma Coast: you can taste the salt of the sea in this wine, as you can in a Manzanilla Sherry. It gives a tang to the lemondrop, pear and honeysuckle flavors, with their lick of cold granite. So pure and vibrant, so savory, so compelling. Grows more fascinating with every minute in the glass. -   97 Points ~ Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast 6.10

2007
"A spectacular Chardonnay grown in Failla's estate vineyard, high in the mountains above the Sonoma Coast, and open to the Pacific's cool winds.  The pineapple custard, tangerine, lemon tart and mineral flavors are compellingly delicious, while the crisp coastal acidity adds a refreshingly clean tang.  This is a grand cru wine." 95 Points -
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 8.09

"Shows wonderful richness, depth and complexity.  Full-bodied, with layers of creamy fig, apricot and green apple, shaded by spicy, toasty oak.  Ends on a delicate note.  Drink now through 2012."  94 points – James Laube Wine Spectator 6.09

2006 
 
"There's a lot going on in this complex Chardonnay.  The balance strikes you first, with crisp, zesty acidity cleansing the palate and preparing it for the onslaught of flavor.  Then a tsunami of grilled pineapples, Meyer lemon pie filling, creme brulee, butterscotch and vanilla hits.  So devastatingly good, you can't keep your hands off it." 95 Points -
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 12.08

"... rich and exotic, with hints of honeysuckle, pineapple, and other tropical fruit, has terrific underlying acidity, some noteworthy minerality, and notable freshness for a wine that is medium-bodied and nicely concentrated.  Look for it to drink well for 3-5 years."  92 points - Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2008

"Inviting aromas of peach, apricot, citrus peel, exotic spices and butterscotch.  Fleshy, broad and ripe, with a deeply spicy character.  Finishes dry and persistent.  This offers considerable sex appeal." 90 points -
Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, May/June 2008

2004

offers a terrific nose of cold steel, buttered citrus, white peaches, and spice. It is a heady, rich white with good acidity, a savory, expansive mouthfeel, and a long finish. It will offer impressive drinking for the next 3 to 4 years. 92 points - Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 12.05

2003

"Brioche, orange blossom, lemon zest, and honeyed fruit a medium-bodied, elegant effort, it cuts a broad, intense feel across the palate. It should drink well for 2-3 years. All of the chardonnays are put through full malolactic fermentation, not racked as they age on their lees until bottling, and are fermented with indigenous yeast from the vineyard the classic terroiriste winemaking signature." 92 points -
Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 2.05

"Unfiltered appearance. Aromas of stone and citrus fruits, hazelnut and nutmeg. Dense, thick and sweet, with lively acids giving shape to the candied fruit, stone and mineral flavors. Finishes quite dry and persistent. 89 points - Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, May/June 2005

Chardonnay, Monument Tree, Anderson Valley

2007

"Tastes like a California version of a Chablis premier or grand cru.  Only one-third new oak is used, and the result is a fresh, medium to full-bodied, lively white displaying notes of white citrus, apple skins, loamy soil, and poached pears."  91 Points -
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2009

"Good medium pale yellow.  Musky, wild aromas of tangerine, apricot and lemon drop.  Very ripe and dry... Solid density is nicely buffered by a firm acid spine.  Finishes juicy and persistent." 91 points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009


 

Pinot Noir, Keefer Ranch, Russian River Valley

2009

Beautifully pure, ripe aromas of wild rose, black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, mineral and spice lead to a medium- to full-bodied palate, turning silky and elegant on the finish. Drink now through 2019 - 95 Points ~
James Laube Wine Spectator 2011

2008
reveals attractive aromas of rose petals, black cherries, raspberries, and earthy, foresty notes. It offers a lot more flavor and intensity than its medium ruby color might suggest, a common occurrence with Pinot Noir. Drink the Keefer Ranch over the next 5-6 years. - 90 Points - - Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, February 2010.

2007

"Always a dense wine in youth.  Keefer is an ager, and winemaker Ehren Jordan has captured its essence with this impressive young wine.  Shows classic Russian River structure, with firm acids and a dusting of tannins that frame vibrant flavors of cherry, rhubarb, red currant, cola, pomegranate and cedar.  Delicious and compelling, this wine will evolve for up to six years." 94 Points -
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 8.09

"Exhibits a deep ruby color along with a beautiful bouquet of black cherries, raspberries, strawberry jam, flowers, and forest floor.  This is a lovely medium to full-bodied, concentrated effort to drink over the next 5-7 years." 91 Points - Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2008

2006  

"Failla has a great track record with this vineyard, which is source to many wineries.  The '06 is fresh and vibrant...  It shows classic balance, with rich tannins, crisp acidity and brilliantly ripe, oak-inspired flavors of cherry, black raspberries, cola and currants..." 94 Points -
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 12.08

2008

"Another oustanding effort.  A nose of sweet currants, cherries, and fresh tobacco is followed by a medium-bodied wine with a light ruby color, an elegant personality, and a fresh finish.  Drink it over the next 3-4 years."  89 points - Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2008

"Medium red... Aromas of cherry, raspberry, brown spices and earth.  Broad and dry but sappy, with very good volume and backbone... this soil-driven pinot is subtle, long and promising." 91 points -
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2008

2005

Musky aromas of wild strawberry, cranberry, blood orange and mace; reminded me of Chambolle-Musigny.  Juicy, spicy and minerally, with a firm edge of cool-climate acidity framing the redcurrant, pomegranate and blood orange flavors.  Still a bit youthfully tight but this boasts terrific energy." 92 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2007

The outstanding 2005 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch reveals more earthy, stemmy spiciness as if it's mimicking a Burgundy premier cru from the northern Cộte de Nuits. It has an earthy richness with more spice and less fruit, medium to full body, moderate tannin, and fine balance. Drink this impressively endowed Pinot over the next 7-8 years. - 90 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 12.06

2004
This Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir is medium ruby in color and accompanied by sweet cherry and pomegranate aromas, terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, and a long, spicy finish. Clearly premier cru Cote de Beaune-like in its orientation, it should drink well for 5-7 years. - 90 points - Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 12.05

2003

" well-made, elegant, Burgundian-styled Notions of rose petals, strawberries, cherries, and a hint of raspberries emerge from the restrained, tight bouquet. Medium-bodied with lovely ripeness, purity, and texture as well as firm tannins, it needs another 1-2 years of bottle age and should drink well for 6-7." 88+ points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 2.05

"Medium red. Pungent, perfumed aromas of raspberry, red cherry, smoke, leather and minerals. Ripe and sweet but firm on the palate, with red fruit, baking spice and earth flavors framed by edgy acidity. Finishes firmly tannic and slightly tart-edged. 88 points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2005

2002

"Remarkably complex, rich and delicate, with a vibrant core of zesty black cherry, blackberry, anise and fresh earth, and an exotic wild berry scent that reminds you of syrup. Long and lingering on the finish, this is a delicious Pinot to enjoy over the next five years." 93 points ~James Laube, Wine Spectator 5.04

" Possessing aromas of pomegranate, spice, loamy earth, and ripe black cherries as well as raspberries, it is a long, balanced 2002 to enjoy over the next 5-6 years." 91 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 12.03

2001

"Medium ruby-red. Aromas of wild black cherry, raw berries, flowers, minerals and smoke. Sappy, bright flavors of strawberry, bitter cherry, black raspberry and minerals. This has the dark fruit character, muscular texture and firm tannic spine of a Sonoma Coast pinot..." 90 points ~ Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, May/June 2003

" marked by berry-earthy flavors, firm tannins and supportive acids, and is very dry. The particular flavors are of cherries with a rich streak of sweet tobacco and herbs. Marked by a buoyancy of texture and a silkiness that glides over the palate, although it finishes quick and may not be an ager...." 90 points ~ Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 7.03

" Excellent structure to support the rich, vibrant core of sour cherry, earth, wild berry and cola flavors. Hints of mineral, sage, citrus and blackberry peek through in this complex, refined wine..." 89 points ~ James Laube, Wine Spectator, 6.03

2000
"Jordan has added a serious Pinot Noir to his portfolio exhibits a dense ruby color along with a sweet nose of apple skins intermixed with dried herbs, sweet black cherries, and a touch of aged beef. Dense, ripe and luscious, it is a delicious, complex, aromatic Pinot Noir to enjoy over the next 5-7 years."
91 points ~ Robert M. Parker Jr's's The Wine Advocate, 8.02


"Dark, rich and concentrated, with layers of mocha-scented spice, currant and black cherry fruit that's intense and complex. Definitely a wine to cellar short-term." 90 points ~ James Laube Wine Spectator, 8.02

Pinot Noir, Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

2007
Good medium-deep red.  Dark cherry, mocha, chocolate and a whiff of earth on the nose, complicated by a suggestion of roasted herbs; reminded me of Morey-Saint-Denis.  Fat, rich and sweet, with a chocolately impression of weight.  Quite broad and full for pinot from six-year-old vines. Finishes with a saline element and very good length." 90 points ~
Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, 2009

2006 
 
"The first release for this bottling... Good deep red-ruby color.  Wild, rather exotic aroma of liqueur-like black cherry.  Big, rich and dry, with very good inner-mouth aromatic character to the black cherry and licorice flavors." 90+ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2008

"The Failla Estate Vineyard is located about 4 miles from the Hirsch Vineyard along the 'True' Sonoma Coast.  Its first vintage was in 2006 and this wine was well worth waiting for. Dark ruby in color, it boasts attractive aromas of black and red fruit with notes of pepper.  It is soft on the palate with a somewhat earthy character, with attractive long lasting spiciness on the finish." 92 Points - Mike Potashnik, I-Winereview.com 2.09

"Exhibits a dark ruby color, a delicate style... more structure than some, medium body, and sweet notes of raspberry, cherry, and cola, with some forest floor in the background...  The wine should drink nicely for
5-6." 89 + Points - Robert M. Parker Jr's's The Wine Advocate, 8.02

Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

2009

The outstanding 2009 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast exhibits abundant notes of wild berry mountain fruit, loamy earth, herbs and sweet black cherries. Deep and elegant with a broad, savory mouthfeel as well
as impressive purity, it should drink well for 6-8 years. - 90 Points ~
- Robert M. Parker Jr's's The Wine Advocate, 2.11

2008
A good, complex Pinot Noir that shows the dramatic structure of the far Sonoma Coast. Itís rich in acidity and tannins, yet still is silky and gentle in the mouth. The cherry, raspberry, cola and sandalwood flavors are delicious. Very fine now and for a few more years. - 90 Points ~ Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast 7.10

2007
"Intense, firm and concentrated.  Though still very tight... this shows excellent balance, with spice, wild raspberry, loamy earth and hints of tea and herb.  Needs time, but packs a wallop without being heavy."
91 points ~
James Laube Wine Spectator 2009

"This delicious Pinot Noir is a blend of young vines from the Hirsch, Keefer and smaller vineyards from which Failla sources fruit.  Medium ruby in color, it exhibits aromas of ripe red berry fruit and baking spice and a soft attack with flavors of dark cherries, a touch of new wood and loam." 90 Points - Mike Potashnik, I-Winereview.com 2.09

2006

"Soft and sensual, this Pinot is a real charmer.  With a texture as plush as velvet, it offers a tapestry of cherry, black raspberry, currant, chocolate, orange zest and anise flavors that go on and on.  Best now for its sheer lusciousness." 91 Points - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 12.08

"Offers sweet pomegranate, cherry, and currants notes intermixed with spice and earth in a delicate, almost Cotes de Beaune-like style.  The color is medium ruby, the wine moderate in body, but with bearutiful sweetness and harmony.  It should drink nicely for 5-6 years..." 90 points -
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2008

"Good medium red.  Raspberry, pepper, licorice and fresh herbs on the nose.  Plummy and sweet in the mouth..." 88 points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2008

2005

Jordan's real love/goal is his search for the holy grail ... a perfect Pinot Noir ... and he continues to demonstrate a growing mastery of this difficult varietal. The dark ruby-colored 2005 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast reveals a decidedly herbaceous pomegranate character along with plenty of spice, fresh acidity, and a medium-bodied, Cộte de Beaune-like style. It should drink well for 3-5 years. 88 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 12.06

2003

"Sweet currants, cherries, cola, and a hint of kirsch jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, attractive effort. It possesses a plum/ruby color along with loads of flavor and complexity. Drink it over the next 3-4 years." 91 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 2.05

2002

" Exhibits sweet cherry, cola, and currant characteristics intertwined with smoke and earth. Made in a lovely, medium-bodied style, it will drink well young, but age nicely for 3-5 years." 89 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 12.03

Pinot Noir, Hirsch Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

2009

Very complex, tight and spicy, with a peppery edge to the savory wild berry, mineral and underbrush notes. This full-bodied red is impressive for its range of flavors, structure and balance. Cellar short term. Best from 2012 through 2020. - 92 Points Wine Spectator, James Laube, 6.11

2007

"The dark ruby-colored, earthy, spicy 2007 Pinot Noir Hirsch displays a broodingly backward personality as well as very good depth... This beauty can be consumed over the following 7-8 years." 90 points -
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2009

"Good full red. Reticent aromas of wild strawberry and underbrush.  Quite dry and tightly wound, with a chewy, saline quality and pronounced minerality..." 90 points - Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, 2009


 

2006
"Classic sweet cherry and ripe apple skin notes intermix with a hint of underbush and earth, making for a soft, generous, but stylish entry on the palate of this medium to full-bodied wine.  As it sits in the glass, even some raspberries emerge." 92 points -
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2008

"...sourced from one of California's top cool climate vineyards - is an outstanding accomplishment.  It is a wine that comes closest to some of the best Burgundies, offering ripe high toned cherry and raspberry aromas with hints of mushroom and a silky textured palate of pure red fruit flavors that are simply delicious" 93 Points - Mike Potashnik, I-Winereview.com 2.09

"Very ripe aromas of black cherry and brown spices.  Broad, spicy, thick and powerful, with a suggestion of cherry syrup and a complicating earthy element..." 89 points - Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, May/June 2008

2005

Reminiscent of a full-throttle French Pommard, its meaty, herbal, black cherry, and pomegranate aromas are followed by a chewy, rich, full-bodied palate. With plenty of muscle, depth, richness, and tannin, the wine is expansive in the mouth with excellent purity as well as good acidity. It should drink well for a decade. - 93 points ~
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 12.06

...Complex nose melds black cherry and black raspberry liqueur, licorice, black tea and medicinal herbs.  Dense, rich and chewy but smooth; conveys a strong impression of extract.  Very opulent in the context of this collection, but with a sappiness that titillates the salivary glands.  Finishes with sweet, juicy raspberry fruit and soft tannins.  This was positively explosive with time in the glass, opening to show stronger red fruit aromas, flowers and spices. - 92+ points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2007

2004
Denser, darker, and more broodingly backward, with bluer/blacker fruits wonderful sweetness along with beautiful floral, dark fruit, earth and mineral scents. Well-made, impressively built, and rich with a big mid-section, it should age nicely for a decade. - 92 points - Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 12.05

2003

" light medium ruby color is deceptive as there is no lack of flavor or intensity in this wine. Aromas of pomegranates, ripe red delicious apples, and sweet cherries along with loads of fruit, medium to full body, and a long heady finish suggest consumption over the next 5-6 years is warranted." 91 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 2.05

2001

" Smooth, elegant and understated, with a core of spicy plum, raspberry, smoke and wild berry, gaining complexity and nuance on the finish, where a pleasing earthiness adds dimension. Drink now through 2008 " 91 points ~ Wine Spectator James Laube, 5.04

"elegant, floral, medium-bodied This offering could easily pass for a Nuits St.-Georges premier cru from Burgundy's Cote d'Or. It displays peppery, earthy, compost-like elements, but the sweet, black cherries, plums, and autumnal scents make for an intriguing Pinot to drink over the next 4-5 years." 90 points - Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 12.03


" A big juicy wine. Opens with young, almost jammy aromas of black cherry and black raspberry highlighted with earthier notes of tobacco. Turns long and persistent on the palate, as the fruity flavors are joined by those of grilled meat and tomato. Firm tannins hold it all together. This young, dense wine seems likely to improve for at least five years...." 91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast, Steve Heimoff 7.03

" Medium red-ruby, not as dark as the Keefer. Brooding, slightly rustic aromas of maraschino cherry and licorice. Big and ripe, with liqueur-like sweet cherry flavor and a distinctly firm edge. Finishes with fine tannins and very good length." 89 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2003

Pinot Noir, Occidental Ridge, Sonoma Coast

2009

Shows aromas of lavender, violet, plum and dried berry before retreating into a trim, compact and elegant wine, with subtle min≠eral, chalk and damp wood flavors. Full-bodied, this is the kind of wine that needs time and should reward cellaring. Best from 2012 through 2020. - 92 Points ~ James Laube Wine Spectator 2011

2008
"Is one of the finest Pinots Jordan has yet produced. Abundant aromas of black raspberries, cherries, plums, wild strawberries, and forest floor are followed by a dense ruby-hued medium to full bodied, long rich red wine that should age effortlessly for a decade or more. 92 Points Robert Parker, Jrís, The Wine Advocate, 2010

2007
"Good bright red with ruby highlights.  Deep, brooding aromas of black cherry, spices and black tea, lifted by a violet nuance.  Dense and sweet-even a bit muscular-yet somehow light on its feet thanks to firm acidity.  This is impressively sappy and chewy for a pinot with just 13.8% alcohol.  Finishes with good grip and lift." 92 Points ~
Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, 2009

2006

"Medium to dark ruby color and a sweet nose of currants and black cherries intermixed with a cold-steel earthiness.  The wine has beautiful texture, but an overall sense of elegance and finesse." 90 points - Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2008

"This Pinot displays some of the same red and black fruit traits of the Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir, although this one includes some black pepper and spicy notes and has an attractive silky palate.  It is a bigger wine than the Hirsch Vineyard but also displays beautiful balance and soft round tannins on the finish." 92 Points - Mike Potashnik, I-Winereview.com 2.09

"Good ruby-red.  Expressive nose offers black cherry, mocha, brown spices and some chocolately oak.  Ripe, spicy and broad, if in a somewhat muscular and uncompromisingly dry style.  Finishes with an intriguing truffle-and-earth character and very good breadth.  This, too, is serious juice, in a rather Burgundian style." 91 points -
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2008

2005

Revealing the densest color Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by a big, sweet bouquet of black raspberries, cherries, cola, and blackberries. Opulent, full-bodied, rich, and impressively endowed, it will benefit from a year or two of bottle age, and should keep for a decade. - 92 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr's
The Wine Advocate
, 12.06

Good bright ruby-red; the deepest color of the '05 pinots.  Very primary aromas of wild black fruits, licorice and underbrush; smells like a thoroughly ripe wine from a cool site.  Rich, broad, tactile and dry, with a dusty minerality to the flavors of sappy red cherry and flowers... Finishes with a hint of black peper.  Shows very good depth for young vines." 90+ points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2007

Pinot Noir, Peay Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

2009
Give this vigorously young Pinot Noir several hours of decanting, or age it for five–seven years if you can. Itís brightly acidic and ripe in cherry, currant and sandalwood flavor, with a gorgeous mouthfeel of velvet and silk. Itís a bit ponderous, but thereís no denying the power. - 91 Points Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast 12.10

2007
Also revealing a tart sour cherry character intermixed with red currants and damp earth is the medium ruby-hued 2007 Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard. There is a certain austerity and sharpness at present, but this 2007 Pinot should age nicely for 5-6 years. - 86 Points - Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 12.08

2006
"A Pinot Noir with light and delicate raspberry aromas and a silky textured palate of richly flavored red berry fruit.  The fruit is sourced from the Peay Vineyard, an extremely cold and remote site on the north Sonoma Coast.  Produced with some ripe whole cluster fruit, the wine is elegant on the palate with soft tannins and a lasting aftertaste." 92 Points - Mike Potashnik, I-Winereview.com February 2009

"From a cool climate site, displays notes of cherries, cola, and herbs.  The wine has a certain leaness and austerity..." 85+ Points -
Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2008

Pinot Noir, Pearlessence Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

2009

Made in an exotic style that will divide purists into opposing camps. Itís dark, rich and almost heavy, with the weight of a Grenache. Yet itís utterly delicious, dazzling in wild raspberry and cherry essence, thyme, cola, pie spice and sandalwood flavors. A fascinating wine that should do interesting things in the cellar. - 93 Points ~
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast 6.11

2008
A terrific Pinot Noir thatís so delicious, you canít stop drinking it, and also shows a wonderful, classic coastal complexity. With tangy acidity and ultra refined tannins, it gives the essence of wild raspberries and cherries. Thereís a feral quality to the fruit; you can detect notes of mountain eucalyptus, fennel and lavenderJust lovely, now and through 2014. - 95 Points Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 6.11

2006

"Rigidity and acidity mark this young Pinot Noir.  It's tart and a little tannic, but it has enormously rich flavors of cherries, currants, cola and pomegranates, enriched with smoky, spicy oak.  Fine now with decanting and pairing with very rich fare, but should reward a few years in the cellar." 93 Points -
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 12.08

Medium red.  Deep, sappy aromas of black cherry and licorice, with a hint of fresh herbs.  In a rather muscular style... this evolved nicely in the glass... putting on weight and taking on a floral character." 89+ points ~ Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, May/June 2008.

Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa, Santa Rita Hills

2005

Medium red.  Smoky aromas of strawberry, raspberry, stone and underbrush...  Juicy and lively in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness and enticing sugar/acid snap.  Finishes with very good length." 90 points ~
Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, May/June 2007

Exhibiting riper fruit and a more earthy note, the 2005 Pinot Noir Rancho Santa Rosa possesses a deep ruby color as well as a sweet black cherry, apple skin, and loamy soil-scented perfume. Medium-bodied with excellent concentration and a heady finish, it should drink well for 4-5 years. - 89 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 12.06

Viognier, Alban Vineyard, Edna Valley

2007

"Bright, pale yellow.  Exotic aromas and flavors of mirabelle and lemon complicated by flowers and honey.  Plump but quite dry, with ripe acids giving grip to the broad back end.  Finishes with dusty impression of lemon zest." 90 Points ~
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009

"...barrel fermented in natural wood, exhibits surprisingly good acidity along with loads of complexity for a young Viognier.  The standard apricot and lychee nut characteristics are accompanied by a note ot wet stones, good acidity, and substantial flavors." 91 Points - Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2009

2006 

"Shows a control and nobility that's rare in California Viogniers, and you have to attribute that to the vineyard, as well as Ehren Jordan's winemaking skill.  Dry and deftly oaked, the wine has a brilliant balance of acidity and fruit, with creamy flavors of peaches, grilled pineapples, honeysuckle flowers and vanilla-cinnamon.  Just stunning in its intensity, one of the finest Viogniers in the state." 94 Points - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 12.08

"Shows lychee, orange marmalade, and quince notes, good acidity, some spice..." 89 points - Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2008

"Aroma of apricot nectar.  Juicy, fruity and very dry, with flavors of honey and apricot..." 89 points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2008

2005

It is not easy to fashion Viognier into a complex wine, but Ehren Jordan has handled this fickle varietal beautifully. His 2005 Viognier Alban Vineyard boasts notes of quince, crushed rocks, white flowers, and exotic tropical fruits in its well-defined aromatics. Dry, medium-bodied, and intensely fruity, this fresh, character-filled white can be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years as it is atypically complex for a California Viognier. - 91 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 12.06

...Exotic aromas of apricot, honey, spices and marzipan.  Rich, broad and concentrated, with the exotic spice and marzipan notes adding interest to the wine's fruit salad flavors.  This classically dry viognier finishes with a flavor of grilled peach. - 90 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2007

2004

Exotic, light gold-colored it is one of those rare California Viogniers that possesses definition, minerality, and a strikingly pungent, intense, tropical fruit and floral-scented bouquet. Fashioned from fruit grown in Edna Valley's Alban Vineyard, it was one of the finest Viogniers I tasted on my recent trip. - 90 points - Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 12-26-05

2003

"Stylish, elegant, and fresh, offering aromas and flavors of flowers, peaches and apricots in a medium-bodied, crisp, zesty format, it should be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years." 88 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 2.05

"Very pale color. Captivating aromas of lemon ice, lime skin and mint, with some stone fruits emerging with aeration. Gives a juicy, high-acid impression, and yet this very dry, firmly built viognier offers good mid-palate fat. Finishes very dry and persistent, with good grip. 89 points - Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, May/June 2005

2002

"Reveals surprisingly fine acidity for such a rich, honeyed style. Notions of orange marmalade, honeysuckle, and tropical fruits jump from the glass of this well-delineated, medium to full-bodied Viognier." 90 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 12.03

2001

"Very pale yellow color. Floral aromas of peach and mint, with hints of tropical fruits and honey. Quite dry and intense, with citrus, spice and rose petal flavors nicely shaped and extended by brisk acidity. Not at all an overly ripe, over-the-top Viognier, but more Northern Rhone in character." 90 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2003

"Starts with high-toned aromas of tropical fruits, especially breadfruit, oriental spices and smoky oak, and then turns lush and vibrant in the mouth. The flavors are big and opulent, but held in check by crisp acids and the creamy texture of barrel fermentation." 90 points ~ Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, June, 2003

"Very pale yellow color. Floral aromas of peach and mint, with hints of tropical fruits and honey. Quite dry and intense, with citrus, spice and rose petal flavors nicely shaped and extended by brisk acidity. Not at all an overly ripe, over-the-top viognier, but more Northern Rhone in character " 90 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2003

2000

"atypical for a California Viognier. Serious, concentrated, and exotic, it exhibits an evolved light gold color as well as huge, honeyed citrus, apricot, and peach-like flavors, and a dry, long finish " 90 points ~ Robert M. Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate, 8.02

"Expressive aromas of lemon, roasted grain, flowers and butterscotch. Leesy, smoky and rich, with noteworthy depth of flavor for California viognier. The wine's spicy character and firm spine of centricity perk up flavors that might otherwise come off as heavy. 89 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2002


1999
"I can not think of another California Viognier that comes close to matching this wine's distinctive personality. The explosive bouquet offers scents of ginger, jasmine, honeysuckle, over-ripe oranges, and candied citrus. It is so exotic that I suspect some tasters will wonder what in the world is in front of them... An exotic, intensely concentrated, individualistic expression of this varietal " 90 points ~ Robert M. Parker's The Wine Advocate, 12.00

"Pale gold color. Peach marmalade, honey, pineapple and some resiny oak on the nose. Slightly sweet and high-toned on the attack, then honeyed and spicy in the middle. A dry wine but shows hints of botrytis. Holds its shape nicely on the finish. 89 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2001

1998

"apparently quite rare, and it was some bottle of wine Exotic, with tastes of vanilla, pineapple, mango and passion fruit. Some hints of chalk that give it grounding. Nice earth. Elegant and big. Like white velvet." ~ Dorothy J. Gaiter & John Brecher, The Wall Street Journal, 1.26.01

" Exotic, superripe aromas of smoky dried fruits, peach, apricot and honey. Lush, robust and stuffed with fat, honeyed fruit, yet almost shockingly dry Dense, complex and very long on the palate fascinating " 91 points ~ Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, May/June 2000

Syrah, Que Syrah Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

2001

"Full, deep ruby. Wild, highly nuanced nose combines raspberry, black olive, bacon fat and pepper; Cote Rotie meets Cornas. Then dense and chewy with extract, with pepper, smoke and licorice flavors that suggest Crozes-Hermitage. Distinctly peppery and French in style, finishing with firm tannins and good grip." 89 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2003

2000

"Bright spice and raspberry aromas lead off. Rich and viscous on the palate with complex layers of herb, earth and blackberry. Long and bright on the finish." 90 points ~ Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 12.02

"Reminiscent of an Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage, this dense ruby-colored Syrah offers aromas of dried Provencial herbs combined with crËme de cassis, and tapenade. Spicy, peppery, tangy, and tasty, it needs to be consumed over the next 3-4 years " 89 points ~ Robert M. Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate, 8.02

1999

"Saturated medium ruby. Perfumed, flinty aromas of pepper, maple syrup, woodsmoke and meat Penetrating, spicy flavors of black olive, black pepper and fresh herbs, all lifted by brisk acidity. This would smoke most examples of Saint-Joseph in a blind tasting. With its nerve and spine, this would make a terrific food wine. 90+ points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2001

"No one has come closer to imitating the character of a top-notch Crozes-Hermitage than Ehren Jordan has even more weight and concentration than the excellent 1998. Tangy underlying acidity is accompanied by wild, dried herb, and gamy characteristics intertwined with abundant quantities of raspberry and cherry fruit, smoke, herbs, and spice " 89 points ~ Robert M. Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate, 12.00

1998

"Vibrant, complex aromas of black raspberry, bacon fat and graphite. Lush and fat on entry, then uncompromisingly dry and peppery on the back half. More perfumed than fleshy in the mouth; very French style " 90 points ~ Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, May/June 2000

Syrah, Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

2009
More intense, richer and broader with notions of lard, smoke, roasted herbs, black currants and cassis, the bigger 2009 Syrah Estate is more similar to a full-blooded Hermitage than a Crozes-Hermitage. Give it 1-2 years of cellaring and drink it over the following decade. - 92 points ~ Robert M. Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2.10

2008

One-hundred percent whole clusters were used in the outstanding 2008 Syrah Estate. Very concentrated with abundant tanninIt exhibits sweet blackberry, cassis, and cherry notes intermixed with hints of camphor, tar, tapenade, and damp earth. Give it another year of bottle age, and consume it over the following decade. It is another northern Rhone-like wine that represents a California blend of Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage. - 91 points ~ Robert M. Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2.10

2007

"More Crozes-Hermitage in style... Abundant amounts of whole clusters are used, and the result is a wine offering notes of black olives, truffles, earth, black cherries, and black currants.  With sweet fruit, very good acidity, beautiful density and length, and a long finish this 2007 is a dead-ringer for a top notch vintage of Jaboulet's Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Thalabert." 92 points - Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2009

"Good deep ruby. Wild, exhilaratingly high-toned aromas of dark berries, flowers, menthol and white pepper.  Suave and perfumed in the mouth, with terrific sap and lift to the highly concentrated purple fruit and black peppercorn flavors.  This silky, chewy wine boasts terrific clarity and definition, not to mention utterly captivating lingering peppery perfume." 93 + points- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009

2006

"...very Hermitage-like, with notes of black truffles, blackberry, cassis, and wild mountain berries intermixed with some spring flowers and spice.  This wine is dense, deep ruby/purple, full-bodied, and moderately tannic.  This is a beauty and very French in style." 93 points - Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2008

"Bright, deep ruby.  Sexy, Cote-Rotie-like aromas of black raspberry, bacon fat, brown spices and black pepper.  Lush, sweet and broad, with lively ripe acidity framing the deep flavors of blueberry, pepper and spices.  Finishes chewy, tactile and long, with substantial dusty tannins.  A fascinating syrah, from a vineyard planted in 1998 at a very dense meter-by-meter spacing." 94 points- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2008

2005

A dead-ringer for a top-notch Crozes-Hermitage. Unfortunately, there are only 125 cases of this deep ruby/purple-tinged effort. Aromas of tapenade, creme de cassis, cherries, smoke, and charcoal along with good underlying acidity are found in this beautifully pure Syrah. Drink it over the next 5-6 years. - 92 points
~ Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 12.06

Explosive, wild, Cornas-like aromas of raspberry, game, truffle, smoke and leather, with notes of pepper and beefsteak tomato; this reminded me of a Verset wine.  Then dense, sweet and fine-grained, with essence-of-syrah notes of black pepper, smoke and truffle to go with its intense dark raspberry fruit.  The rising finish features sneaky persistence.  The most impressive vintage to date for this bottling. - 93 points ~ Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, May/June 2007

2004

Outstanding boasts gorgeous elegance, striking minerality, and a provocative perfume of blackberries, currants, and acacia flowers. Plenty of stems were utilized during vinification, resulting in a decidedly French tasting, pure, rich, broad Syrah (a Crozes-Hermitage). Drink it over the next 7-8 years. - ~
93 points - Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 12.05

"Enticing aromas of exotic smoke, ripe plum and blackberry spread out and gain richness and depth on the finish, where spice, mineral, herb and pebble notes add texture and flavor complexity.  Deeply concentrated, impeccably balanced. Drink now through 2013. - ~ 94 points – James Laube, Wine Spectator, 3.07

2003

" Boasts a dense purple color in addition to a sweet nose of blackberries, white chocolate, and hints of pepper and dried herbs. Textured, rich, and full-bodied, it comes across as a full-throttle Crozes-Hermitage with some serious guts and power. Drink it over the next 5-7 years." 92 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 2.05

"Round and lush, this Sonoma Coast Syrah has peppery, meaty nuances to its ballsy, lush blackberry flavors. Finishes long, with soft tannins." 92 points Editors' Choice – Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 9.05
2002

"This estate's finest Syrah to date Sadly, only 75 cases were produced. Revealing smoky, blackberry and floral characteristics, it is a full-bodied, fleshy effort possessing outstanding purity as well as presence. It will drink well young, yet age for 7-8 years." 90-91 Points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 12.03

2000

"Ultra rich on the palate, muscular and beautifully structured, with gobs of meaty black cherry, black currant, coffee, tea, leather, earth and herb tones. Ripe tannins frame it, with a long, lush finish." 92 points ~ Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 12.02

"Sadly there are only 75 cases Its black/ruby/purple color is accompanied by a gorgeous perfume of cr
Ëme de cassis, bacon fat, melted asphalt, and abundant cassis flavors intermixed with ripe cherry notes, this Hermitage look-alike should drink well for 10-15 years. Impressive!" 90 points ~ Robert M. Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate, 8.02

Syrah, Phoenix Ranch, Napa Valley

2009
The meaty, robust 2009 Syrah Phoenix Ranch offers up notes of jus de viande, tapenade, creosote, black cherries and black currants. Medium to full-bodied with fresh acids, this dense ruby/purple-tinged, French-like Syrah will drink well for 5-6 years. - 91 points ~ Robert M. Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate 2.10

2008
The ruby/purple-colored 2008 Syrah Phoenix Ranch possesses a Crozes-Hermitage / northern Rhone style displaying notes of olives, charcoal, smoke, roasted meats, black currants, and cherries. Fresh acidity gives the wine a tart character as well as a distinctively French style despite the fact that it comes from the Sonoma Coast. About 80% whole clusters (stems) were used in the production of this wine. - 89 points ~ Robert M. Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate 2.10

2007
"Offers Northern Rhone-like characteristics of bacon fat, roasted meat, bouquet garni, and sweet blackberry and currant fruit.  It is full-bodied with sweet tannin, good acidity, and a notion of tapenade.  This super-complex, French-styled Syrah can be drunk now and over the next 7-8 years." 91 points - Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2009

"Bright ruby. Knockout nose combines blueberry, black olive, white pepper, mocha and menthol.  Suave on entry, then dense and primary, with youthfully clenched flavors of black fruits and licorice... Vinified with 80% whole clusters.  Intriguing, rather Rhone-like syrah." 92 Points- Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, 2009

2006  

"An awesome Syrah that proves that, while size isn't everything, it does matter.  A major league wine, brilliantly packed with currant, black cherry, licorice and pepper flavors whose power is hard to exaggerate.  For all that, the wine never loses its balance and sense of proportion.  So good now, you won't be able to keep your hands off it, but it should hold for six years." 95 Points -  Editor's Choice and #1 Wine for Wine Enthusiast Magazine "Top 100 wines for 2008" - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 12.08

"Ehren Jordan's French training in the Rhone Valley shows with the strength of his syrahs.  Ripe blackberry and notes of bacon fat intermixed with some pepper, tar, and earth.  The wine has terrific intensity, medium to full body, beautiful density, and a fleshy, full bodied mouthfeel.  It should drink well for at least 7-8 years."  91 points ~Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 2008

"Saturated ruby.  Expressive nose offers blueberry, raspberry and black pepper.  Dense and chewy on the palate, with dark fruit flavors complicated by a peppery nuance.  Lovely subtle syrah in a northern Rhone style, finishing with substantial edgy tannins." 92 points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2008

2005

Bright, deep ruby-red.  Sappy black raspberry, smoked meat, black peper and hints of chocolate and graphite on the complex nose.  Dense and ripe ... with intriguing pepper and meaty nuances and a distinctly dry character.  Already hints at the complexity to come but this rather Rhone-like wine will need at least a couple years of bottle aging- 91+points ~ Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar, May/June 2007

... possesses a tighter structure as well as higher acids, a dark ruby color, and sweet cherry and blackberry fruit, earth, and spice it should be at its finest between 2007-2012. - 89 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate, 12.06

2004

Dense ruby/purple colored exhibits aromas of charcoal, white chocolate, pepper and sweet blackberry and currant fruit. With full body, superb fruit, and an up-front, luscious, complex personality, it will drink well for 5-6 years. - 91 points ~ Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 12.05

2003

"Possesses an expressive nose of smoke, red and black currants, a hint of chocolate, and loamy soil notes. The wine is dense, medium-bodied, elegant, concentrated, and long, with crisp acidity and some influence of stems that I am sure Jordan utilized partially in the fermentation. Drink it over the next 5-7 years." 90 points ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, 2.05

"Good deep red-ruby color. Deeply pitched aromas of black fruits, gunflint and smoked meat. Fat and full, with somewhat peppery flavors. Finished slightly dry-edged. - 87 points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2009, May/June 2005