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WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING ABOUT US - 2004 Vintage

"Four things define this wine. Extraordinarily ripe fruit, high acidity, a terroir-driven minerality, and lots of new French oak. The flavors are of tropical fruits, the ripest white peaches and vanilla cream, baked into spicy pastry crust. The impression is of impossible richness, California Chardonnay at its most opulent, flamboyant limit. Editors' Choice. 95 points." [2004 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay] ~ Wine Enthusiast

"What a wonderful Pinot Noir, a joy to sip as it warms and changes in the glass. It's a very young wine, dry sappy and acidic, with a tremendous depth of cherry preserves, licorice, cocoa, oaky spice and something wild and mushroomy that comes from the earth. As good as it is now, it should improve for a decade. Editors' Choice. 95 points." [2004 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir] ~ Wine Enthusiast

"...marked flavors of blueberries. Round, well constituted and well balanced. Very smooth textured. Surprisingly forward. Lots of acidity underneath...17.5 and favorite Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from over 80 tasted." [2004 Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir] ~ Jancis Robinson

"Very opulent, a sort of Montrachet style. Undertow of minerality. Nice dry, tight, focused finish. Quite distinctive...Promising!...18 and favorite Russian River Valley wine overall from over 80 tasted." [2004 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay] ~ Jancis Robinson

"Pure Russian River Valley scents fill this wine, taking pinot noir toward dark rose, the damp understory of a redwood forest and a fruit character like boysenberry. It feels cool and dense, the texture voluptuous, the interplay of flavors completely satisfying. Oak frames it, making the presentation only more sophisticated; the primary structure seems to come from the balanced acidity of the grapes...94 points and a Year's Best Pinot Noir." [2004 Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir] ~ Wine & Spirits

"Though the texture is lovely right from the start, and the fragrant scent lasts with the red fruit of a strawberry patch, air takes this to a higher level. It clarifies the finish, like a break in the coastal fog, as if this marginal climate ripened its fruit beyond expectations, and it was picked at the perfect moment. The shape of the wine is intriguing: round in the middle, then firm, the flavors shooting through the finish. A beauty, especially with steak
and Yorkshire pudding...92 points." [2004 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir] ~ Wine & Spirits

"...the wine's ripe strawberry and raspberry flavor give the impression of a monster pinot. Or of a sleek and refined zin, its aromatics a quiet dynamite blast of rock, its tannins gentle enough for slow-smoked beef ribs...92 points and a Year's Best Zinfandel." [2004 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel] ~ Wine & Spirits

"...massive in tropical fruit, pear, fig and melon flavors. The result is complex and lush... 94 points and Editors' Choice." [2004 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay] ~ Wine Enthusiast

"Delicious Pinot Noir: supple in texture, finely flavored, full bodied, and moderately rich, with a smooth, long finish...5 stars." [2004 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir] ~ Restaurant Wine

"Supple, intensely fruity, full bodied, and crisp and long on the finish, with complex aromas/flavors reminiscent of black cherry, tobacco, clove, toast and blueberry. Exceptional...5 stars." [2004 Russian River Valley Zinfandel] ~ Restaurant Wine

Silver Medal [2004 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir & 2004 Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir] ~ Decanter World Wine Awards

"...quite a mouthfilling Zin. From old vines, it's rich in flavor, with notes of blackberry jam, cassis, espresso, dark bitter chocolate and anise...full bodied, zesty wine...90 points." [2004 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel] ~ Wine Enthusiast

"...smells rich and detailed in Pinot aromas, and drinks dry and elegant, with ripe Pinot fruit...Cherries, cola, rosehip tea and cinnamon spice flavors mingle into a wonderfully long finish, in a texture marked by silk and satin...92 points." [2004 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir] ~ Wine Enthusiast

"A classic Russian River Valley pinot noir...the tannins feel like the cool earth, melding with the dark cherry and boysenberry flavors; a coastal scent emphasizes its freshness...91 points." [2004 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir] ~ Wine & Spirits

"This lively zin has clean flavors of woodland blueberries on a smooth, firm texture. The structure keeps it lifted and fresh, easy to enjoy...90 points." [2004 Russian River Valley Zinfandel] ~ Wine & Spirits

 

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