Pins and Needles


March 7, 2016

As a winemaker, sending wines out for critical review is a bit like finishing a big test or waiting for final grades in college. It’s a bit exciting, a bit nerve-wracking. You have a “feeling” about how you did; but are not at-ease until the scores are finally posted.

January 2016 was the first time major wine critic, Robert Parker, founder of Wine Advocate, tasted our wines. We submitted both our 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and our 2013 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir for review without even knowing if Mr. Parker would taste them, let alone how he would rate them. Well, he did taste and rate them in “Focusing Primarily on Sonoma” in the March 2016 issue #223 of Wine Advocate.

The scores and reviews are posted in a related NEWS article and in our Reviews section. I’ll let them speak for themselves, but as winemaker, I feel both pride and relief. I had a “feeling” Mr. Parker would enjoy the wines, just like I had a “feeling” I aced Western Civilizations back in college, but you never know until you know!

– Alex

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