Press Reviews

Vintage 2014
 
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2017
Silver Medal

California State Fair Wine Competition, 2017
Bronze Medal, 87 points

Vintage 2013

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2016
Double Gold Medal

Jancis Robinson
"Ripe plum sprinkled with baking spice carry nose through palate with dried cocoa through the finish. Powdery tannins with a very light, almost watery finish." (ECB)
Score 15/20

Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 2017
"Closed aromas make it a challenge at first to get a read on this wine that takes time to unfurl touches of herb and dried fruit. Soft in tannin and low in oak, it offers a depth of black cherry and vanilla on the palate, with a touch of cedar and currant." - VB
86 points


California State Fair Wine Competition, 2016

Silver Medal, 91 points
 
Vintage 2012


California State Fair Wine Competition, 2015
Silver Medal, 91 points

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2015
Silver Medal

Vintage 2011

California State Fair Wine Competition, 2014
Silver Medal

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2014
Bronze Medal

Vintage 2010


Orange County Fair Wine Competition, 2013

Silver Medal

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2013
Silver Medal

California State Fair Wine Competition, 2013
Silver Medal

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Dec 2013
87 points

Vintage 2009

Orange County Fair Wine Competition, 2012

Gold Medal

California State Fair, 2012
Silver Medal

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2012
Silver Medal

Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition, 2012
Bronze Medal

Wine Enthusiast, December 2012 Buying Guide
The cool vintage in this southerly part of Napa Valley has produced a wine that's dry, acidic and lacking in richness, especially for Merlot, a variety that's supposed to be voluptuous. There's a green-olive vegetativeness alongside the cherry note that even 100% new oak barrel aging can't mask. –S.H.
86 points

Grand Harvest Awards, 2012
Bronze Medal

Vintage 2007

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2011

Silver Medal

Vintage 2006

Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2010

88 points

San Diego Wine Competition, 2010
Silver Medal

California State Fair, 2010
Silver Medal

Vintage 2005

New World International Wine Competition, 2008
Best New World Merlot, Best of Varietal, Best of Class, Double Gold Medal

Wine Enthusiast, Summer 2009
"Soft, juicy and sweet in fruity essence, this polished Merlot brims with flavors of cherries, red currants, licorice, toffee and Asian spices. It's a full-bodied red wine to drink now with a nice steak."
90 points

LA International Wine & Spirits Awards

Silver Medal

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2008
Silver Medal

Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, 2008
Silver Medal

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
"Rich and well-ripened yet always in balance and steering clear of excess, this open, eminently fruity Merlot hits the varietal mark smartly with its supple feel and easy-to-access, cherry-like fruit. Its fine grained tannins firm without toughening, and its impressions of polish set it apart from the crowd."
89 points

The Tasting Panel - Anthony Dias Blue, Aug 2008
"Smooth and lush with ripe plum, soft herbs and juicy acidity; rich, racy and long with complexity and balance."
90 points

Vintage 2004

San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2007

Gold Medal

San Diego Wine Competition, 2007
Silver Medal

Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2007
Silver Medal

Vintage 2003

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2006

Silver Medal

Wine Enthusiast, December 2006
83 points

Vintage 2001

Decanter Magazine, June 2004

Recommended, 3 Stars

Quarterly Review of Wines, "Best of the Best" Issue, 2004
Medium-deep ruby color; ripe, zesty, black fruit, spice and mocha nose; soft, succulent, easy-going, blackberry, coffee and nutty oak flavors.
3 Stars

Merlot, Yountville, Napa Valley

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