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  • PINOT NOIR

    2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast, July 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    “This desirable appellation wine hails from several well-farmed vineyards, including the producer’s hillside Wildcat Mountain site in the Petaluma Gap. Apple blossom aromas lead to a taut body of ripe, balanced fruit—an exploration of pineapple and mango that’s food-friendly, with high-toned acidity.” —Virginie Boone, December 2017

    90 Points, Wine Advocate
    My personal go-to white at my local supermarket, the 2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is real Chardonnay class at a bargain price. It opens with notes of grapefruit, peaches and cream and honeyed toast with a touch of pineapple. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is purely fruited with a lovely suggestion of creaminess plus great intensity and length. With nearly 22,000 cases produced, I’m happy to report there should be loads of this to go around! —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, March 1, 2017

  • PINOT NOIR

    2015 Goldrock Ridge Pinot Noir

    91 points “Year’s Best Pinot Noirs”, Wine & Spirits
    “An ambitiously oaked wine with staying power, this has plenty of richness and weight for that oak to polish, but there’s also some fragrance underneath, hinting at citrus and persimmon, promising to add detail to the flavors with time. This grows at a vineyards in Annapolis, in the northwestern corner of the Sonoma Coast.” —Josh Green, April 2018

    94 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “This impressive wine is luxurious in candied strawberry, dark cherry and meaty game—a full-bodied expression of earthy goodness that stays within a varietal framework of lasting acidity. Lushly textured, its freshness is buoyant in orange citrus and cardamom seasoning.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018

    93+ Points, Wine Advocate
    “The pale ruby-purple colored 2015 Goldrock Ridge Pinot Noir offers up ripe red currants and red cherries on the nose with hints of violets, dark chocolate, menthol and black tea. Full-bodied and laden with bright, vibrant red berry layers, it has a plush, fine-grained texture and wonderful freshness, finishing on a lingering mineral note. 553 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Golden-honey and pear flavors combine effortlessly in this lovely wine from the famous vineyard, which neighbors this producer along the appellation’s Westside Road. Moderate acidity freshens a bold full-bodied approach defined by its backbone of smooth integrated oak.” —Virginie Boone, November 2017

    90 Points, Wine Spectator
    Pleasantly subtle without sacrificing density and complexity, this offers zesty citrus, green apple, melon and light oak notes. Drink now through 2020. — James Laube, June 15, 2017

    91 Points, Wine Advocate
    The 2015 Chardonnay Bacigalupi Vineyard is intensely scented of pineapple and guava with underlying butterscotch, brioche and toasted almond notes. It fills the medium-bodied palate with tropical fruit flavors, supported by racy acidity and finishing creamy, with great persistence. — Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 28, 2017

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay

    93 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Shy in its voluptuousness at first, this wine is taut in lemon and hazelnut goodness, with soft subtle oak in support of the fruit. A persistent streak of grapefruit intensity adds further freshness and vibrancy to the core of overall complexity and smooth, rounded richness.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

    93 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Salty oak and brine mark the opening of this full-bodied white, which offers a sinewy texture of lingering Asian spice. Lemon meringue and apple contribute fruit-forward flavor around an herbal note and plenty of toasted oak.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018

  • PINOT NOIR

    2015 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast, July 2018

    92+ Points, Wine Advocate
    “Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Klopp Ranch is just a tad reduced on the nose, giving way to a core of black berries and mulberries with touches of baking spices and violets. The palate is medium to full-bodied with mouth-filling black fruit flavors and savory layers, finishing long and chewy. 110 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Kent Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

    95 Points, Pinot File
    “Kent Ritchie has farmed his iconic vineyard for nearly 40 years. Wente selection from original 40-year-old plantings and 15- to 20-year old vines. Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented and aged on the lees with occasional stirring for 15 months. 15% new French oak. Light golden yellow color in the glass. Soaring aromas of lemon, pineapple, pear, creme brûlée and a hint of slate. Lovely flavors of pear, lemon, pineapple and melon that are both intense and lifted by vibrant acidity. Impeccably composed and balanced, with a slightly viscous mouth feel and a grand finish that really holds on. Goes down like mother’s milk. A special wine from a venerable vineyard and exceptional by any measure. Terrific price to boot.” — Robert Whitley, Jan. 20, 2018

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “This is creamy and lush in vanilla, marshmallow and a healthy helping of toasted oak, yet it evolves in the glass to show undeniable acidity and mineral-laden aspects of dried herb and crushed rock. The finish emphasizes its light-bodied approach.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018

    95 Points, Wine Review Online
    “I really love great Chardonnay, and I’m always surprised at the small percentage of it that rises to this level considering how much of it is out there. Thankfully, I run across wines like this one periodically, wines that demand attention and fly way above the mediocre ocean of its siblings. Gorgeous citrus, tart apple, pear and gentle oak spice ride bold acidity through a blossoming finish that says pay no mind to them – come with me. Brava!” —Rich Cook, April 10, 2018

  • PINOT NOIR

    2015 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir

    93 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The pale to medium ruby colored 2015 Pinot Noir Manzana Vineyard has an earthy nose of forest floor, fungi and truffles over a black cherries and black raspberries core plus a waft of mocha. Medium to full-bodied with plenty of black berry and earthy characters and a plush texture, it finishes long and fruity. 181 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Goldrock Ridge Chardonnay

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    “This is from an extreme coastal site high above the town of Annapolis, a study in ocean-driven minerality and lift. A small production, it offers lengthy acidity and moderately toasty oak beneath a well of white peach, lemon and briny sea stone.” —Virginie Boone, June 2018

  • PINOT NOIR

    2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast, July 2018

    91 Points, Wine Advocate
    “Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley features crushed red cherries and cranberries with earthy nuances and a waft of baking spices. Medium-bodied and possessing great finesse and freshness, it has a long, earthy finish. 482 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Mirabelle Vineyard Chardonnay

    91 Points, Wine Advocate
    The 2015 Chardonnay Mirabelle Vineyard opens with lemon drop, white peach and grapefruit notes with suggestions of crushed stones and toast. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers expressive citrus and stone fruit flavors with a pleasant oiliness to the texture and lively backbone, finishing long with some spices coming through. — Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 28, 2017

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

    93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    This wine is the sum of many spectacular sites—including Ritchie and Heintz Vineyards—some of the cooler climate spots for grapes in the Occidental. Together they sing a tasteful tune that’s salty and demure, with an elegant imprint of green apple, ocean breeze and stone. —Virginie Boone, November, 2017

    90 Points, Wine Spectator
    Offers clean aromas of fresh-cut flowers, with honeydew, light citrus, peach and tangerine notes holding their own, diminishing ever so slightly on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 954 cases made. –JL, June 15, 2017

    94 Points, Wine Review Online
    “Steve MacRostie has long been among the most respected Chardonnay producers in California and I lay it at the feet of balance. The MacRostie Chardonnays typically exhibit outstanding balance between fruit and acid, with moderate levels of alcohol. This vintage offers notes of brioche, lemon oil and baking spices, with a luxurious body and a clean finish.” —Robert Whitley, Aug. 22, 2017

    4 Stars, The Press Democrat
    “A rich and creamy chardonnay with aromas of jasmine and flavors of lime, mineral and green apple. Bright acidity balances the lush texture. Lovely.” —Peg Melnik, Sept. 6, 2017

  • PINOT NOIR

    2015 Thale’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

    94 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “This wine is fruity, fresh and lengthy, with expansive layers of blueberry, strawberry and flowers. From the producer’s first estate vineyard, it offers lasting impressions of earth and spice.”
    — Virginie Boone, June, 2018

    93 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2015 Pinot Noir Thale’s Vineyard is pale ruby-purple colored and scented of kirsch, cranberry sauce and rose hip tea with hints of underbrush and lavender. Medium to full-bodied with great poise and expression in the mouth, it features very fine, silt-like tannins and a lively lift to the finish. 740 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

    96 Points, Wine Review Online
    “A beautifully elegant vineyard designate from a spot that’s new to me, and no doubt will soon be sought after if it’s not already. High toned cherry, cola and cinnamon aromas entice, and lead to a palate that shows optimal balance between silky texture and acidic pop, showcasing the flavors promised by the nose and finishing mouth-watering and lively all at once. Expertly executed!” —Rich Cook, April 10, 2018

    90 Points, Pinot File
    “Steve and spouse Thale founded MacRostie together in 1987. Thale’s Vineyard surrounds the winery’s new home in Westside Road in the Russian River Valley. The winery’s first estate vineyard. Clones 2A and 23. 100% de-stemmed, inoculated with yeast after a 3-day cold soak. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 37% new. Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The nose offers a combination of fruity black cherry aromas and savory notes of earthy flora, herbs and toasty oak. Light to mid weight in style, offering flavors of Bing cherry and purple grape with an accent of baking spice and herbs. Somewhat reserved in character, but displaying satisfactory mid palate intensity and a juicy finish.” – Robert Whitley, Jan. 20, 2018

    Four Stars, The Press Democrat
    “This is a full-bodied pinot with notes of black cherry, blueberry and toast. It’s buoyed by crisp acid with plenty of upfront, generous fruit. Impressive.” —Peg Melnik, March 13, 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Subdued in oak, this bright intriguing wine does a nice job showcasing tart tangy flavors of green olive and green apple, while still maintaining a freshness at its core. It is moderately structured and teased in a twist of lime.” —Virginie Boone, November 2017

    90 Points, Wine Advocate
    The 2015 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay has a chalky/minerally nose over a core of lemon curd, grapefruit peel and apricots plus a hint of spiced apples. It gives a plenty of savory/yeasty flavors in the medium-bodied mouth with refreshing acidity and a fair bit of layers on the finish. —Lisa Perrotti Brown, March 1, 2017

  • PINOT NOIR

    2015 The Loch Pinot Noir

    94 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The medium ruby-purple colored 2015 Pinot Noir The Loch has a lovely fragrance of kirsch, red roses and baking spices with hints of raspberry tart, potpourri, fallen leaves and truffles. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm frame of fine-grained tannins and great freshness lifting the intense red fruit flavors, finishing long and perfumed. 92 cases were made.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 The Key Chardonnay

    94+ Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2015 Chardonnay The Key is slightly closed at this youthful stage, giving glimpses at struck match, white grapefruit, lemon curd and honeyed white peach notes plus hints of orange blossoms and marzipan. Medium to full-bodied and offering a soft spoken, quiet intensity of stone fruit and citrus layers, it has a silken texture and long, mineral-laced finish. 75 cases were made.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Creamy thick, sultry and savory, this is a small-production wine made to impress and provide impact, which it does well. Baked apple pie dusted in cardamom is the lingering reward, buoyed in medium acidity and an armful of toasted oak.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay

    92 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Earthy and slightly sulfurous in big oak, this full-bodied wine manages to grasp handfuls of bright acidity that persists through a wall of powerfully ripe tropical flavor. Aromas and aspects of citrus and white flowers contribute additional freshness.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018

    93 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2015 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay has a very spicy nose of ginger, nutmeg and allspice over a core of ripe pineapple and honeydew melon plus a touch of brioche. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in the spicy, tropical fruit flavors with a creamy texture and fantastic length. 945 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

  • PINOT NOIR

    2015 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir

    94 Points, Wine Advocate
    “Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir has a beautiful nose of red roses and violets with a chocolate-covered cherries core and wafts of garrigue and dried Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied with tons of perfumed red berries flavors and a silken frame, it finishes on a compelling minerally note. 640 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018