Reviews

2016 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

James Suckling Winter 2018 Sonoma Reviews

94 points | $78 | 290 cases made
This has very attractive aromas of fresh raspberries and red cherries that lead to a long, supple and even paced palate that carries smooth, sweetly ripe red cherry flavor long and fresh. Drink or hold.

2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

James Suckling Winter 2018 Sonoma Reviews

94 points | $56 | 750 cases made
Very impressive pinot here with a striking array of ripe red cherry and plum aromas, as well as a neat thread of spicy and modern, meaty notes. The palate is beautifully rendered with finely detailed tannins and a long, supple and juicy build into a rich and fresh red cherry finish. Drink or hold.

2016 walker station estate chardonnay

James Suckling Winter 2018 Sonoma Reviews

92 points | $56 | 125 cases made
Attractive spicy peach aromas with some lemon curd, leading to a palate that has a supple, smooth and concentrated core of fresh citrus fruit, in the lemon and yellow grapefruit zone. Drink now.

2016 estate reserve pinot noir

wine spectator insider newsletter October 10, 2018

92 points | $78 | 290 cases made
Explosively fruity and rich-tasting, with well-structured flavors of raspberry tart, dried cherry and plum featuring a luscious creaminess. Flinty and forest floor notes show on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2022—KM

2016 russian river valley pinot noir

wine spectator issue aug 31, 2018

93 points | $56 | 750 cases made
Brimming with rich, juicy wild berry and blackberry fruit, shaded by spice and light oak notes. Sings and dances, maintaining balance and focus. Drink now through 2025.–JL

2016 Walker Station Estate Chardonnay

wine spectator issue June 15, 2018

91 points | $56 | 125 cases made
Nervy acidity gives this a lively personality, marked by lemon, green apple and grapefruit flavors, sailing along on the finish. Drink now through 2022JL

2015 estate reserve pinot noir

Pinot Report review August 6, 2018

93 points | $78 | 193 cases made
Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The nose is really engaging, with bright aromas of blackberry, blueberry-pomegranate, spice and underbrush. Excellent grip and intensity in a mid weight plus, ripely fruited style. More sap, more flavor delivery, but also more apparent alcohol compared to the RRV bottling. Satiny in the mouth with ingrained tannins, satisfying acidity and a notable finish. Undoubtedly, this wine will benefit from more time in the cellar.

2015 estate reserve pinot noir

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Issue #236 - April 27, 2018

91 points | $78 | 193 cases made
Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Estate Reserve from Russian River Valley opens with chocolate-covered cherries, black raspberries and plum preserves with touches of rose hip tea, bay leaves and black pepper. The palate is medium to full-bodied with plenty of black berry preserves flavors and soft tannins, finishing with a refreshing herbal lift. 225 cases produced. – LPB

2015 estate reserve pinot noir

wine spectator issue December 15, 2017

91 points | $78 | 193 cases made
Broad and expressive, this makes a statement about power and depth, with a deep core of mocha, dark berry, savory underbrush and sage flavors. Maintains focus, working through firm, ripe tannins. Should gain. Drink now through 2023. –JL

2015 estate reserve pinot noir

Jeb Dunnuck "Brilliance From Sonoma" Article Tasting 6/5/2018

92 points | $78 | 193 cases made
The 2015 Pinot Noir Estate Reserve is deeper ruby colored and offers a more masculine, smokey, early profile. Currants, smoked herbs, damp earth and meaty notes all flow to a concentrated, medium bodied Pinot Noir that has good acidity, integrate tannin and a clean, lengthy finish. Where the straight Russian River Valley cuvee is ready to go, this will benefit from a year or three of bottle age.

2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

WINE SPECTATOR ISSUE SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

93 points | $56 | 480 cases made
Plump, rich and generous, offering tiers of plum, blackberry, raspberry and blueberry flavors, all tightly knit and supported by fine-grained tannins, with an echo of smoky oak in the background. Drink now through 2024. JL

2015 russian river valley pinot noir

prince of pinot review august 6, 2017

91 points | $56 | 480 cases made
Dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of blackest cherry, black raspberry and clay loam lead off. An attacking charge of purple and black fruits aim to please and the flavors last and last. The mouthfeel is velveteen, the tannins blend in inconspicuously, and only the slightest hint of vanilla suggests an oak presence. Can be drunk now or aged for several years.

2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Issue #236 - April 27, 2018

90 points | $56 | 480 cases made
The medium ruby-purple colored 2015 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley gives expressive blueberry pie, Black Forest cake and potpourri scents with suggestions of tilled soil and black truffles. Full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and just enough freshness to frame the rich fruit, it finishes with a peppery lift. 481 cases produced. – LPB

2015 russian river valley pinot noir

Jeb Dunnuck "Brilliance From Sonoma" Article Tasting 6/5/2018

91 points | $56 | 480 cases made
The 2015 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley saw a tiny amount of whole cluster and 14 months in 50% new French oak. It’s slightly deeper ruby color is followed by a brooding, smoky bouquet of red currants, mulberries, spice and sous bois. It’s medium bodied, beautifully textured, and has a rounded, charming character on the palate as well as sweet tannins. Drink it over the coming 5-7 years.

2015 Walker Station Estate Pinot Noir

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Issue #236 - April 27, 2018

92 points | $72 | 92 cases made
Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Walker Station offers up notions of crushed blackberries, mulberries and plums with touches of garrigue and Chinese five spice. Full-bodied, concentrated, spicy and opulently fruited, it has firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness to support, finishing on a lingering anise note. 92 cases were made. _ LPB

2015 Walker Station Estate Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator Online Issue - 2017

90 points | $72 | 92 cases made
Exhibits a rich core of plum and blackberry that’s well-focused, intense and layered, ending with firm, ripe tannins and ample oak. Drink now through 2023. – JL

2015 walker station estate pinot noir

Jeb Dunnuck "Brilliance From Sonoma" Article Tasting 6/5/2018

91 points | $72 | 92 cases made
The 2015 Pinot Noir Walker Station was completely destemmed and spent 14 months in barrel, 60% new. Cassis, pine forest, sappy herbs, and a touch of minerality define the bouquet, and it’s sappy, tight and juicy on the palate, with a big core of sweet fruit. I love its balance and it’s one of the more fruit centric wines in the lineup. Drink it over the coming 5-7 years.

2015 walker station estate chardonnay

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Issue #236 - April 27, 2018

92 points | $56 | 98 cases made
The 2015 Chardonnay Walker Station has a gorgeous nose of orange blossoms, honeysuckle and beeswax over a core of lemon pie, pink grapefruit and guava plus a waft of candied ginger. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a satiny texture and racy acid line lifting the exotic fruits to a very long, perfumed finish. 98 cases were made.- LPB

2015 walker station estate chardonnay

pinot report review august 6, 2017

90 points | $56 | 98 cases made
Light golden yellow color in the glass. Reserved aromas of lemon, lime and ocean breeze. Very pleasant in a mineral-inflected style with austere flavors of lemon, peach and yellow apple. Nicely balanced and easygoing, with complimentary oak, and a quenching finish.

2015 Walker Station Estate Chardonnay

Wine Spectator Issue September 30, 2017

91 points | $56 | 98 cases made
Starts out rich and assertive, and maintains that profile, with ripe apple, pear, melon, spice and light oak notes. Loses a little velocity on the finish. Drink now through 2022 – JL

2015 walker station estate chardonnay

Jeb Dunnuck "Brilliance From Sonoma" Article Tasting 6/5/2018

90 points| $56 | 92 cases made
White flowers, honeyed citrus, and lemon curd notes all emerge from the 2015 Chardonnay Walker Station, which is medium bodied, fresh and lively .It comes up short on depth and overall richness yet is beautifully balanced, clean and classic. Drink it over the coming 2 -4 years.

2014 estate reserve pinot noir

wine spectator issue august 31,2016

93 points | $78 | 220 cases made
Pure, rich and vivid, with a zesty core of blackberry and wild berry notes, featuring attractive lavender aromas and a persistent finish where the flavors commingle with spicy tannins. Drink now. –JL

2014 Estate reserve pinot noir

pinot report review june 4, 2017

93-94 | $78 | 220 cases made
Moderate garnet color in the glass. Similar in aromatic profile to the 2013 vintage with scents of cherry, spice and floral bouquet. Impressive attack of black cherry fruit that expands in the mouth. Juicy, with some textural interest, subtle oak in the background, and a very long finish featuring gorgeous black cherry fruit. The balance is impeccable. Will only improve with further time in the cellar.

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

Pinot Report Review June 4, 2017

91-92 points | $72
Moderate garnet color in the glass. Interesting aromas that include smoky cherry, incense, white pepper and a slight vegetal note. A slightly smoky char note pairs with mid weight blueberry and black cherry fruit flavors with added accents of dried herbs and warm spices. Nicely balanced, with silky tannins and a modest, but pleasing finish.

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 | $52 | 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

Pinot Report Review June 4, 2017

93-94 points | $72
This wine is gorgeous with plenty of Pinot singing. Uplifting aromas of cherry, blueberry and spice. A warm spice thread pervades the flavor profile. The silky, fine-grain tannins caress the palate and the finish is fresh and generous. A remarkable wine from a challenging vintage.

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 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

Pinot Report Review June 4, 2017

91-92 | $72
Moderate garnet color in the glass. Very nicely perfumed with whole cluster nuances of exotic spices, burnt tobacco and rose petal. Modest in weight with soft tannins, featuring flavors of dark red fruits, spice, savory herbs and oak char in the background. This wine has aged beautifully.

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 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.