Reviews

2015 Sonoma Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter August 31, 2016

90 points | $22 | 132 cases made | Rosé
Floral strawberry and tangerine aromas lead to crisp, plush flavors of raspberry and spice. Drink now. – TF

2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter August 31, 2016

91 points | $56 | 1,126 cases made | Red
Supple and generous, with savory wild strawberry, plum and blackberry flavors and shades of nutmeg. Offers a strong, persistent finish, lending this depth and persistence. Drink now. – JL

2013 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Wine Spectator Online, 9 Charming Chardonnays September 14, 2015

91 points | $42 | 148 cases made | White
Clean, pure peach and orange blossom scents draw out pithy citrus skin and apple peel notes before veering into a mix of honey and apricot flavors. Drink now. — JL

2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Issue #223 - March 2016

91 points | $52 | Drink 2016-2023

The 2013 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast shows attractive earthy notes, sweet berry fruit, spice box, cherries and forest floor. Complex, aromatic, rich and medium to full-bodied, this is a beauty to drink over the next 5-7 years.

2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter August 31, 2015

91 points | $52 | 860 cases made | Red
Clean and centered on ripe cherry, plum and blueberry notes, with a dusty earth edge and tannins that grow and cling in a pleasing manner. Drink now through 2020. – JL

2013 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Issue #223 - March 2016

93 points | $72 | Drink 2016-2026

The 2013 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir has a slightly deeper hue to its dark ruby color, attractive notes of black currants, cherries, sassafras and earth. It is medium to full-bodied, rich, intense and lush. Grand cru Côtes du Nuits-like in style, this beauty is a quintessential example of coastal Pinot Noir at the top level. Drink it over the next decade.

2013 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter August 31, 2015

92 points | $72 | 173 cases made | Red
A charming, graceful style that exhibits juicy flavors of blueberry, wild berry, plum, anise, violet, wilted rose, subtle cedar and fresh earth, lingering elegantly on the finish. Drink now through 2020. – JL

2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter September 30, 2014

90 points | $52 | 775 cases made | Red
Aromas of roasted herb join dried berry and mineral notes in this moderately rich yet appealing effort. Gains depth and nuance on the finish, ending with tar and nutmeg elements. Drink now through 2022. – JL

2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter September 30, 2014

90 points | $72 | 145 cases made | Red
Mixes up dried berry, gravelly earth, cedar and subtle anise notes that are medium-weight and restrained, gliding along on the finish. Drink now through 2022. –JL

2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 

Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter June 30, 2013

93 points | $72 | 432 cases made | Red
Fresh and vivid raspberry, rose petal, fresh-cut anise and zesty wild berry give this a sharp, riveting focus, retained through the long, graceful finish. Drink now through 2022.  – JL

2011 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter June 30, 2013

92 points | $72 | 60 cases made | Red
Very tight, this commands a focused beam of spice, peppery, stemmy scents, snappy red berry and floral touches that clamp down on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2024. – JL

2010 Sonoma Coast Reserve Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter September 30, 2012

92 points | $72 | 64 cases made | Red
Rich and unctuous, with a spicy cherry and strawberry rhubarb core of flavor that’s dense and concentrated; touching on syrupy, yet impressive for its persistence and length. Drink now through 2022. – JL

2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter July 11, 2012  

94 points | $52 | 272 cases made | Red
Brimming with rich, ripe layers of blueberry and wild berry at the core. Spicy, complex and focused, this gains velocity and ends with a long, persistent finish that echoes fresh earth and black licorice. Drink now  through 2022. – JL

2009 Noir Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter June 22, 2011

94 points | $48 | 450 cases made | Red
A firm, assertive style, showing well-structured wild berry and blackberry fruit, with touches of mineral and spice. Very tight and closed, yet dense and concentrated, ending with a mix of mineral and ripe berry. Drink now through 2019. – JL

2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter September 30, 2010

93 points | $48 | 439 cases made | Red
A savory style, with a mix of cola, rhubarb, sassafras, spicy plum and blueberry flavors that are rich, intense and full-bodied, yet graceful and refined, ending with a pleasant minerality. Drink now through 2015. – JL

2008 Sonoma Coast Reserve Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter  Summer 2010

92 points | $65 | 64 cases made | Red
Cola, olallieberry, dusty cedar and mineral notes give this a tight, narrow range of flavors, but they slowly unravel, offering dried currant, blueberry, plum and sage. Full-bodied, ending with chewy, minerally tannins and a splash of cola. Drink now through 2016. – JL

2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir


Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter June 24, 2009

96 points | $48 | 348 cases made | Red
Bold, ripe and assertive, with rich, distinctive blueberry, huckleberry and boysenberry fruit that’s pure and delicious, tightly focused on the fruit and showing hints of mineral, sage, cola and earth on the finish. Finally the vintage where the estate wine struts its stuff. Drink now through 2015. From California – JL

2007 Sonoma Coast Reserve Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator Insider Newsletter June 24, 2009

96 points | $65 | 50 cases made | Red
Seductive and smooth, with a broad, full-bodied range of ripe, rich yet elegant plum, black cherry and raspberry, picking up a touch of anise, fresh earth and mineral. Ends with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2014. From California. – JL

2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar May-June 2008

($48) Deep red. Smoky black raspberry and cherry aromas display good ripeness and depth, with baking spices and fresh flowers adding energy. Fleshy red and dark berry preserve flavors are chewy and palate-staining, gaining energy and spicy lift on the close. Light, youthful tannins add grip to the persistent, sappy finish. Offers a deft balance of richness and lift, in a decidedly New World mold. (JR) 90 points.

2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

California Grapevine - August-September 2008

Medium-light to medium-ruby color; attractive, floral, cherry and strawberry fruit aroma with overtones of vanilla; medium-full to full body; rich, plush, ripe cherry fruit flavors; well-balanced and structured; medium-full tannins, lingering aftertaste. Very enjoyable to drink now, though will benefit from a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 90 Points.

2005 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator September 30, 2007

92 points | $42 | Red
Smooth, rich and complex up front, this gains weight and depth, with a medley of ripe cherry, wild berry, anise and sage that provide a saturated mouth feel, ending with firm tannins. Best from 2008 through 2012. – JL

2004 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Pinot Report August 15, 2006, Issue #40

95 points | $42 | 258 cases | Red
Medium-deep ruby color; deep dusty, forest floor and black cherry aromas; ripe, silky, intense black cherry flavors with some forest floor complexity, lots of sweet oak; good structure and balance; long finish. This Pinot’s intense fruit nearly explodes on the palate. Deliciously silky and a great new Pinot from the owners of Kanzler Vineyards.

2004 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator November 30, 2006

93 points | $42 | 258 Cases | Red
Wonderful intensity, richness, depth and concentration, without being heavy. Fascinating range of flavors, with spice, earth, plum, hazelnut, nutmeg and raspberry. Long, elegant, complex aftertaste picks up floral notes and a hint of anise. Drink now through 2009.  – JL

2004 Sonoma Coast Reserve Pinot Noir 2004

Pinot Report August 15, 2006, Issue #40

94 Points | 24 cases | Red
Medium-deep ruby color, deep, spicy black cherry fruit almost bordering on jammy, silky texture, forest floor notes; lots of sweet oak; good structure and balance; long finish. With silky texture and very intense fruit, this Pinot bottling is a single barrel selection from the Kanzler Vineyard fruit.