We are excited to share scores and reviews of our most current vintage of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Premium Iconic Wines, Cheers!
95 Points – 2016 Lindsay’s Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) – $65 Bottle
94 Points – 2016 La Encantada Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) – $65 Bottle
The nose on this bottling from a vineyard planted in 2000 is loaded with raspberry gelato, hibiscus and spicy cinnamon-stick aromas on the nose. There’s a twiggy herbal edge to the palate, where dried sagebrush, wild thyme and peppercorn play with tangy cranberry and nearly tapenade flavors. Intriguing throughout.
93 Points – 2016 Dierberg Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley) – $65 Bottle
Light raspberry and strawberry aromas mesh with star anise and close on the pleasing if somewhat mellow nose of this single-vineyard expression. Riper, richer flavors of vanilla, oak, baking spice and cooked berries show on the palate, which is powered by strong acid.
93 Points – 2016 Zotovich Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) – $65 Bottle
Framboise, sweet dill, moss and dewy herbs show on the nose of this bottling from the Sta. Rita Hills. A grippy texture grabs hold of the palate right away and won’t let go, allowing pungent and underripe strawberry, cinnamon and all spice flavors to grab the attention.
94 Points – 2016 Zotovich Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) – $52 Bottle
Broad aromas of white peach, gardenia, jasmine and butter are leveled by a sharp lemone note on the nose. The palate is tense at first, eventually releasing waves of butter, lemon balm and melon, proving creamy and bright at once.
93 Points – 2016 Dierberg Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley) – $52 Bottle
Smoked almonds, wood spice, peach and Meyer lemon preserves show on the nose of this bottling, which comes from vines planted in 1997. It’s very tightly wound on the palate, with plenty of peach, mango and salted lemon flavors riding balanced acidity.
92 Points – 2016 Tondre Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands) – $52 Bottle
Lemon syrup, toasty sandalwood, dried mango and nectarine show on the nose of this bottling from vines planted in 2007. The palate pairs squeezed lemon, guava and mango-cream flavors with a hint of oak and decent acid, finishing with a waxy texture.
89 Points – 2015 Ingeborg Syrah (Los Olivos District) – $42 Bottle
89 Points – 2015 Mateo Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Los Olivos District) – $60 Bottle
Very plump berries are cut by underlying aromas of stinging nettle and uncracked peppercorns on the nose of this single-vineyard expression. Classic flavors of boysenberry with white pepper dust and dried herbs show on the palate, where acid cuts into a thicker mouthfeel.