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WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING ABOUT US - 2002 Vintage

"Pure raspberry and violet aromas; supple and powerful, and packed with flavour, delicious fruit and persistent acidity on the finish. Drink now-2012...5 stars." [2002 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir]
~ Decanter Magazine

"A seductive wine, rich in flavor, smooth in texture, with a mix of bold, plush pear, fig and apple flavors with subtle spicy nuances touching on hazelnut and mineral. Drink now through 2008...90 points. " [2002 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay]
~ Wine Spectator

"Lots of fruit, tightly wound and so nicely balanced with acids that it's light on its feet.
Good with food, with vibrant tastes of grapefruit and pineapple" [2002 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay]
~ Selected as a favorite Chardonnay from $20-$50, Wall Street Journal

"Redwood foressts in the Russian River Valley often have the same velvet texture to their air as you'll find in this richly textured pinot noir...a balance of softness and structure that continues to build with air...93 points." [2002 Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir]
~ Wine & Spirits

"Few wineries have explored the cool-climate possibilities of Syrah more than this one. This peppery red wine is rich in black currant, coffee and tobacco flavors,
and is quite complex...91 points." [2002 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah]
~ Wine Enthusiast

"Black and intense when first poured, this continues to gain power as it takes on air.
It's unabashed in the directness of fruit, and has the structure to carry it off. Underneath the fruitiness, there's a meaty syrah character...92 points." [2002 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah]
~ Wine & Spirits

"A well structured, elegant Zinfandel that's framed in silky tannins and marked by focused acidity. Flavors are layered to reveal black cherry, licorice, tar, herbs, spice, chocolate and a hint of coffee as well. Long and fairly lush at the end...91 points." [2002 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel]
~ Wine Enthusiast

"This has the kind of full-bore black cherry richness that pinot noir can achieve in Gevrey Chambertin. But it's not Burgundian in character--being ripe, with a different sort of structural integrity. The combination of fruit and tannin creates a textural pleasure as dark and moist as a flourless chocolate cake. Voluptuous, but not pushed, this should age well. It's already delicious to drink with braised rabbit or partridge...92 points." [2002 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir]
~ Wine & Spirits

"A real beauty. Shows complex notes of black cherry, tree bark, cocoa, chocolate and smoky oak throughout, with a supple, delicate mouthfeel. Crisp acidity and a long, spicy finish make it extra attractive...90 points." [2002 Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir]
~ Wine Enthusiast

"Quite oaky, with smoky, vanilla and buttered toast aromas, but the fruit is big and able to handle it. Cherries, clove, mocha flavors and a full, complete mouthfeel that's polished and refined. Really a lovely wine...90 points. " [2002 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir]
~ Wine Enthusiast

"This wine's cool-climate origins show in the intense, lemony acidity that undergirds the cherry, blueberry and spicy-clove flavors. Drinks smooth and elegant, a dry, powerful wine...90 points." [2002 Devil's Gulch Pinot Noir]
~ Wine Enthusiast


"Full-bodied, rich and dry, this polished wine has plenty of extracted cherry-berry fruit with hints of mocha. Big overlay of oak, and rich, thick tannins and firm acids. Very polished and well-made, and should develop nicely for a few years...89 points. " [2002 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir]
~ Wine Enthusiast

"...sleek and flavorful, when all too often expensive pinots fail to deliver. It's a beautiful wine...91 points." [2002 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir]
~ Robert Whitley, Whitley on Wine

"Fresh citrusy nose with butterscotch and clove accents...grapefruit, mineral and lemon drop flavors coupled with youthful acidity...92 points." [2002 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay]
~ The Wine News

"With sweet, cherry-pie and pastry-shop smells leading the way, this fleshy, full-bodied pinot comes through terrifically in the mouth with a wealth of ripe black cherries and plenty of buttressing oak...so much juicy fruit at its heart...90 points." [2002 Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir]
~ Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine

"This winery produces pinot that is powerful and layered, yet with an elegance and lightness that belies its exceptional depth. This vintage of Devil's Gulch Ranch is an awesome example of what California pinot noir can achieve in the right location...95 points." [2002 Devil's Gulch Pinot Noir]
~ Whitley on Wine

"Bold black cherry flavors, lots of forest floor and mushroom notes, complex on the palate...good structure and balance, long finish. Complex and very interesting...92 points." [2002 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir]

"...rich and ripe with lots of black cherry and blackberry fruit; spicy and peppery with moderate tannins...very well balanced. Great flavors, big style...92 points." [2002 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir]

"...earthy, savory spice and black cherry aromas...Deep and interesting pinot with a lot of pairing potential...91 points." [2002 Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir]

"...rich and full with tart red cherry fruit, nice spice and forest floor complexing notes... Complex and interesting, shows the continued development of Pinot in Marin County...90 points." [2002 Devil's Gulch Ranch Pinot Noir]

~ PinotReport

Silver Medal [2002 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah]
~ Houston International Wine Competition

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