95 points James Suckling: "Extremely aromatic, with intense flint, dried lemon and white peach. Crushed stone, too. Full-bodied with layered and creamy tannins that show super length and depth. Exciting to drink now but will age beautifully. (8/9/22)"94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2019 Chardonnay VGW is fresh with white flowers, orange peel, and light flint. It has more tension on the palate, with fresh lime, delicate vanillin spice, and lasting floral notes on the back end. True to the vintage, it is a bit more subtle in its personality. although I think this will be an incredible wine as it matures over the next 10 or more years. Drink: 2024-2034. (Aug 2022)"
Winemaker Notes Black cherry, berries, hints of cola, and minerals joined by a touch of cardamom and vanilla are in the aromatics of this wine. Focused cherry liquor and refined tannins are at the core of its flavor and structure, a central core of intensity that lingers on and on. Balanced and intense, the wine will complement heartier dishes but has the refinement to be an increasingly graceful table companion for many years to come. Critical Acclaim CG90 Connoisseurs' Guide Storybook Mountain Zinfandels are rarely, if ever, dramatic wines of exuberantly juicy fruit, but they are typically deep, and well-structured offerings that rely less on bombast and more on balance and varietal precision, and this one does just that. If slightly pulled back in ripeness and a tad tight just now, it has the right pieces in place to age handsomely, and, given its maker's track record for making long-lived Zins that reveal a certain claret-like elegance with time, we have no reservations about setting a few bottles aside for drinking when five or six years have passed.
Winemaker Notes The 2021 Accendo Cellars Sauvignon Blanc opens with subtle tones of Asian pear, lemon confit and lychee. Floral notes follow to reveal honeyed acacia and chamomile, with spicy notes of turmeric, white pepper and fennel seed. Hints of oyster shell, a firm phenolic backbone, and a seductive hint of oiliness give this wine excellent persistence and a mouthwatering finish. Critical Acclaim Vinous The 2021 Sauvignon Blanc is bright, focused and beautifully delineated. Lime, white flowers, green apple and white pepper all come alive in steely, finely cut Sauvignon Blanc that is loaded with character. Above all else, I loved the precision here .
First time around for me with this winery’s can and it won’t be my last! Red berries and stewed plums and a delightfully dry lengthy finish. Fantastic value at $52 from Phoenix Wine
This delicious white medium plus bodied wine has notes of mild lemons and tangerine, tropical fruits like kiwi and honeydew and fragrant white florals. Really nice white to drink on its own or to pair with cheese and crackers or chicken or pork roast.
The old vines of HMR form a unique vineyard mix lacking a source attribution, they are a ‘massal selection’ aka the ‘HMR clone’ having evolved from a multiplicity of original vines. The HMR designation indicates that the wine is based on our best vineyard sites and the oldest vines. Power with grace, structure with finesse. These dynamics are on full display with the contrasting yet complementing aromas of fruit (black cherry, black raspberry) and earth (wet stone and black truffle). A first sip delivers the perfect purity of fruit in the form of deliciously ripe, round, and supple textures. Tastes of mulberry fruit, Asian spice, and exotic tea are bound together with silken textures. This wine has it all, including structure and grip reclining on a cushioned pillow of charm and delight. The overall harmony in this fine wine embodies the axiom that flavor and character are site-specific and therefore ultimately expressed by, and derived from, the vineyard locale. This wine exhibits the best of both worlds, with savory and earthy old-world qualities and delightful yet often elusive varietal purity, found in world-class Pinot Noir. Drink now through 2028.
97 points This suave, polished wine starts off with aromas of black and red fruits, seasoned with black pepper, graphite, black olive, oregano and bay leaf. The acid-driven palate combines savory tones of soy, mushroom, coffee bean and dark chocolate with lush black-currant and blueberry fruit. 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Aged 20 months in 70% new French oak, the deep ruby-purple colored 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Viking Vineyard has very pretty, delicate scents of blackcurrant fruit, graphite, cedar and dried violets with loads of underlying nuances. The palate is full-bodied with dense, spicy fruits, a very ripe frame and seamless freshness, finishing long and layered. Give it a bit more time in bottle.
Winemaker Notes The 2015 Aftermath Cabernet Sauvignon is dark garnet in the glass. The nose opens with complex aromatics of blackberry, coffee, cedar and cloves, with a hint of graphite and crème caramel. The palate is soft and pleasing with ripe dark berries and stone fruits. Consistent with previous vintages, the finish is very long and lingering, with flavors of plum and mocha. The wine is medium to full bodied.
Winemaker Notes This deep, garnet-hued wine reveals profoundly concentrated aromas and flavors of black cherry and blackcurrant, layered over classic Rutherford notes of cedar box, graphite, dust, earth, and a subtle suggestion of Portobello. A medium-bodied wine with gracefully refined tannins, this exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon culminates in an exceptionally long finish. Critical Acclaim COMMENTARY: The 2017 Alea Fina Cabernet Sauvignon is beautifully packed and generous on the palate. TASTING NOTES: This wine exhibits aromas and flavors of bold black fruit and attractive oaky notes. Enjoy it with a grilled, well-marbled ribeye. (Tasted: October 16, 2021, San Francisco, CA)
Jeb Dunnuck thinks this could be “the wine of the vintage,” calling it “another incredible wine from this estate that has everything.” Surprisingly approachable for a wine this massive, with its full-bodied richness, stunning complexity and flawless balance, this will continue to evolve over the next 30-40 years. Pick up a bottle to drink and one to tuck away – this is an investment-wine collectors are sure to fight over in the future.
Winemaker Notes In creating Alejandro Bulgheroni Cabernet Sauvignon, Melka and Rolland use their unsurpassed skill in understanding how different contributing wines interact to produce something exceptional from an aroma and flavor perspective. Each year, they select from the finest barrels to create a limited offering of Alejandro Bulgheroni Cabernet Sauvignon wine. Using this philosophy, the composition of each vintage will be unique and reflect the finest of the Estate.
Alejandro Bulgheroni Lithology Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Napa 2017 "Dark currants, chocolate, gravelly earth, and tobacco notes emerge from the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Lithology Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. It's deep, full-bodied, balanced, and just a stunning wine in every sense. I suspect it will show even more complexity in 3-4 years and cruise for two decades. This cuvée is a selection (from two blocks in the To Kalon Vineyard) that spent 21 months in just under 90% new French oak. 81 cases made." - Jeb Dunnuck