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WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING ABOUT US - 2005 Vintage

"This is ageable and enormously complex, and should do very interesting things over the next six years. Right now it is tight and fresh in primary fruits and acidity. It's an enormously rich wine, vast in black cherries, pomegranates, cola, red plums, balsam and sauteed mushroom flavors, with a gamy, forest-floor earthiness. Time in the bottle can only improve it through 2011...96 points." [2005 Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir] ~ Wine Enthusiast

"A very fine Chardonnay, complex and layered, and quite dry. Acidity makes the tangerine, kumquat, ripe yellow pear, roasted pineapple and oaky, creme brulee flavors really come alive. After you swallow, the wine leaves behind a delicious impression. Editors' Choice...95 points." [2005 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay] ~ Wine Enthusiast

"It is not that this wine is short of volume so much as it is lower on the bombast scale and is a member of the new Chardonnay paradigm. Its unmistakable charms are those of focus, complexity, impeccable balance and clear minerality all tied to a solid core of appley fruit and toasty oak. There is a temptation to call it "French-like", but that would miss the essential truth that this wine in its clarity and focus is to Chardonnay what the best Russian River Pinot Noirs are to that demanding variety...91, 2 stars."

"...extraordinarily ripe and deep in black currants, with all kinds of earthy cocoa, balsamic, basil, Portobello, coffee and spice flavors...91 points." [2005 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel] ~ Wine Enthusiast

If you open this now, you might be put off by the aromatic intensity...a day of air brings subtler, intriguing spice, and another day bring freshness, like the salt air off the Pacific. The structure is firm, the fruit dark red, like pomegranate...92 points." [2005 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir] ~ Wine & Spirits

"Big, rich, plush, pure, elegant, well-concentrated, blackberry, white pepper and vanillin flavors...5 stars & Best of Show." {2005 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah] ~ Quarterly Review of Wines

"Spring for a truly classy Zin, with blueberries, mocha, black pepper, and licorice in a lean, lively, slightly floral package" [2005 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel] ~ Sunset Magazine

"Dusty aromas of raspberry liqueur, campfire and cedar. Vibrant flavors of cherry and mocha are very fruit driven. Ripe finish gushes red fruit... 91 points." [2005 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir] ~ Wine News

"The dense black cherry and blueberry flavors carry a lot of extract in this pinot noir, a wine with spicy sweetness—without the heat of alcohol...89 points." [2005 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir] ~ Wine & Spirits

"Shy plum, blueberry and mint aromas. Tart strawberry flavors laced with crisp acids.
Peppery, racy close with a lingering mineral note...90 points." [2005 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel] ~ Wine News

"Very fine Pinot Noirs. The McDougall is elegant in style; full bodied, finely flavored (plum, violet, cherry, red currant, vanilla, toast), crisp, and very long on the palate, with a persistent finish. Fine quality. The Sanchietti is somewhat fuller. It is complex in flavor, supple, and full bodied, with firm acidity, evident richness, and a very long, rich finish, tasting of black cherry, violet, toast, vanilla, and kola nut. Exceptional." [2005 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir and 2005 Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir] ~ Restaurant Wine

"Dark flavors of fig and date surround this wine's substantial alcohol. It's floral and black, with a juicy succulence that makes it immediately appealing with braised short ribs..90 points." [2005 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel] ~ Wine & Spirits

 

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