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Top-Rated Wines

"Kathryn’s Cabernets are routinely among the best in the Valley, and her Pinot Noirs, under the WALT label, are fast becoming the new darlings of that variety.” – James Laube Wine Spectator

WALT wines are earning tremendous praise from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Advocate and Stephen Tanzer, and other top wine critics. Many of our highly rated Pinot Noir and Chardonnays are crafted in extremely limited quantities. We invite you to join our wine club to ensure your access to all of our top-rated wines. Join today by calling (707) 933.4440.


2018

2018 WALT Rose Pinot Noir

91 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"2018 WALT Rose- Very pretty aromatics mark this wine with shades of nectarine and red rose petals. The freshness and tension is wonderful as delicate red fruits mingle with shades of mandarin orange zest. Drink 2019-2023."

2017

2017 WALT Bob's Ranch Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir Bob's Ranch has a concentrated black fruit core with blue fruit preserves, nutmeg, perfumed earth and a meaty hint. Medium-bodied, silky and super-concentrated, it has soft, grainy tannins and good freshness to lift the dense finish. 2,450 cases produced."
93 POINTS - Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator
"This taut style shows a tensile, savory essence. Cast iron notes emerge midpalate, with hints of brushed metal. Dark currant and spice flavors extend on the powerful finish. Drink now through 2023."
95 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"The Bob’s Ranch Pinot Noir is a stunning new wine by WALT, and shining brightly amongst the best wines that I have tasted from this great producer. The cherry cola and black tea elements are powerful with shades of life err on the nose. The wine is incredibly dense with a massive core. Dark fruits mingle with cherry cola and cinnamon flavors with peat moss undertones. The seriously good mouthfeel entices, as does the vibrant minerality. While exciting and highly satisfying in its youth, this outstanding wine will evolve well for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2033."

2017 WALT Gap's Crown Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate
"Medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard has a wonderful, layered nose with cinnamon stick and nutmeg, vibrant warm cranberries, blueberries and black fruits with hints of cola, charcuterie and perfumed earth. Medium-bodied and silky in the mouth with intense, concentrated fruits, it offers spice and earth nuances with soft tannins, juicy acidity and a long finish. 572 cases produced."
90 POINTS - Virginia Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"Fresh in cherry and pomegranate, this is a full-bodied, robustly ripe and tannic wine, that is also oaky and powerful. Bold fistfuls of Asian spice give it complexity and balance."

2017 WALT La Brisa Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator
"Rich and full of dense, concentrated dark plum, black currant, olive and dried savory herb flavors, featuring pencil shaving and cast iron notes. The pure-tasting finished is filled with baker’s chocolate accents. Drink now through 2025."
92+ POINTS - Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate
"The 2017 Pinot Noir La Brisa is medium to deep ruby-purple with a lovely nose of rose petal, tangerine peel and potpourri with spicy black and blue fruits at the core. Medium-bodied with a lovely silky texture, it offers intense, concentrated spicy fruit with soft framing tannins and juicy acidity on the finish. 5,430 cases produced."

2017 WALT Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast
"This California-based brand sources Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from a number of prestigious West Coast growers. The Shea Vineyard designate is their sole Oregon project. It's a powerful wine, bursting with black cherry fruit, accented with cola, graphite and sweet spices. There's a whiff of sea salt as well, and such details keep flowing even as the wine winds down."

2017 WALT Blue Jay Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"2017 WALT Blue Jay Pinot Noir- his is sourced from the WALT estate vineyards, the Anderson Creek Vineyard and the Donnely Creek Vineyards right outside of the town of Booneville. The vineyards are known for huge diurnal shifts with morning fog. This Anderson Valley Pinot Noir opens with ripe strawberry, guava and shades of blood orange set on the nose. The palate is plush and decadent with ripe red fruits with shades of peat moss and guava purée dominating. Drink 2019-2029."

2017 WALT The Corners Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast
"This sleek wine shows a seamless melding of ripe, luscious fruit and just-right oak spice. It's instantly enjoyable for the casual consumer and has good balance, depth and length to please a wine geek. Full body, integrated tannins and subtle acidity provide very good structure."
92 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"2017 WALT The Corners Pinot Noir- Sourced entirely from the 35 acre, The Corners Vineyard this wine is from the rocky hillsides at the vineyard. This is showing nicely now and has a long way to go. The 2017 The Corners Pinot Noir shows a wonderful saline streak which connects with the bright red fruits and citrus rind accents on the nose. The palate is plush delivering ripe red fruits that connect with minerals and cola flavors. Drink 2019-2029."

2017 WALT Bob's Ranch Chardonnay

93 POINTS - Kim Markus, Wine Spectator
"Concentrated dried pear, roasted pineapple, and pear tart flavors rest on a big frame, supported by vibrant acidity. Smoky accents show mid-palate, with a richly spiced finish offering buttery nuances. Drink now through 2025."
94 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"The Bob’s Ranch Vineyard was purchased by the Halls in 2014 and located in the heart of the Petaluma Wind Gap on Highway 116 just south of Sebastapol. The Chardonnay is primarily Wente clone which produces mostly small berries. There are thirty different blocks there, with roughly a third planted to Chardonnay. This limited-production wine opens with bright aromas of ripe pear and shades of peat moss and nutmeg infused Challah Brad that all mingle on the nose. The palate is plush, showing a gorgeous texture. Deep lemon cream and sourdough bread with shades of clove all mingle brightly on the palate. Drink 2019-2029."

2017 WALT Clos Pepe Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

94 POINTS - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast
"Powerful aromas of black cherry, tobacco, clove, chocolate and oak are heavy but pleasing on this bold style of Pinot Noir. The lush, delicious and potent palate delivers more of the same, with black-cherry and tobacco flavors sprinkled with crushed nutmeg and vanilla."
93 POINTS - Josh Raynolds, Vinous
"Vivid ruby. Highly perfumed scents of raspberry, cherry cola, candied flowers and smoky oak spices. Pliant, expansive red and dark berry preserve, rose pastille and mocha flavors become more energetic with air and show excellent detail. Impressively deep yet lively as well, finishing long and smooth, with harmonious tannins and lingering spice and floral character."
91 POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Critic
"This estate always makes a solid wine. The 2017 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard comes from a great vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and offers a ripe, powerful style as well as notes of blackberries, cassis, toasted spice, dried flowers, and subtle background oak. Ripe and medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannins, it's a big mouthful of Sta. Rita Hills fruit that stays balanced and light on its feet."
94 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"The Clos Pepe Vineyard is a small site located near the town of Lompoc, as this highly windy terrain is largely planted to Pinot Noir. The bouquet is simply gorgeous with deep dark and red fruits that mingle with shades of cinnamon, clove and blood orange zest that all build on the nose. The wonderful salinity of the wine is incredible, accompanying deep dark and red fruits that mingle with underbrush and citrus rind accents. This is sensational stuff. Drink 2019-2032."

2017 WALT Rita's Crown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - Josh Raynolds, Vinous
"Full ruby. Expansive red and blue fruit, mocha and vanilla aromas are enlivened by a spicy nuance and a touch of smoky minerality. Broad and velvety in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet, oak-spiced black raspberry and cherry cola flavors that slowly tighten up on the back half. Smoothly plays richness off energy and shows no rough edges. Finishes with gentle tannic grip, repeating blue fruit and vanilla character and strong persistence."
93 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"The Rita’s Crown Vineyard was sold three years ago from William Hill to Sea Smoke and is located adjacent to the Mount Carmel Vineyard and is a steep hillside with silty ocean floor soils with diatomaceous earth. The brightness and salinity on the nose entices as the wine engages with black and red fruits that mingle with spice box undertones. The palate shows good freshness and a wonderfully soft texture. Black tea, exotic spices, blackberry and shades of cran-pomegranate combine with the diatomaceous earth undertones. While this is drinking beautifully now, this complex and delicious Pinot Noir will cellar well for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2029."

2017 WALT Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"The 2017 WALT Santa Rita Hills is sourced from multiple vineyards within this AVA. A brilliant whiff of salinity greets you aromatically as the wine shows bright red fruits that mingle with shades of kumquat rind and earthy undertones that build in the glass. The palate shows off a silky texture and wonderfully soft mouthfeel. Black tea, exotic spices and shades of cran-raspberry puree all mingle together nicely on the palate. A delight to enjoy in its youth, the wine will show well for another decade. Drink 2019-2029."

2017 WALT Sierra Mar Pinot Noir

94 POINTS - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast
"Vanilla, caramel, roasted cherry and baked plum aromas make for a rich and lush entry to the nose of this wine. Framed by buoyant acidity, the palate delivers pure and ripe yet clean and complex flavors of strawberry sorbet drizzled with caramel and cocoa."
93 POINTS - Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator
"Unctuous flavors of kirsch, dark plum and blackberry tart are flanked by luscious cream and cappuccino accents. The suave finish lingers, showing smoky richness and Asian spice accents. Drink now through 2024."
92 POINTS - Josh Raynolds, Vinous
"Deep red. A complex, assertively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, candied flowers, cola, mocha and exotic spices. In a plush, accessible style, showing very good depth to the sweet black raspberry, cherry pie, vanilla and spicecake flavors. Tightens up on the long, smoky finish, which features well-knit tannins and repeating floral and spice notes."

2017 WALT Rosella's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Josh Raynolds, Vinous
"Bright magenta. Smoke- and spice-accented red and dark berry aromas are complemented by building floral and vanilla notes. In a fleshy style but in no way lacking energy; sweet black raspberry and cherry cola flavors are underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Smooth, slow-building tannins lend shape to an impressively long, spice-laced finish that leaves a sexy red fruit liqueur note behind."

2017 WALT Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay

91 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"Matchstick and flinty aromas rise from the glass of this rounded, rich and highly appealing wine. Melon, vanilla bean, hazelnut and a light spice of nutmeg characterize the flavors that highlight a medium-bodied frame of tense structure and grace."
93 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"2017 WALT Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay- Sourced from the Carneros AVA this wine was aged in 40% French oak prior to bottling. Butterscotch and toasted hazelnut aromas with lemon curd mark the nose. The sense of balance is gorgeous as a beam of salinity races through the bright orchard fruits with lemon cream. The texture imparted is outstanding. Drink 2019-2029."

2016

2016 WALT Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir

94 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"2016 WALT Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir- Sourced from this famed Oregon site, the 2016 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir shows classic Oregon Pinot Noir notes on the nose with high toned red fruits, blood orange and peat moss tones on the nose. The palate has incredible texture and a seamless quality with bright red cherry pie and forest floor flavors that collide with minerals. Fantastic now this will cellar well for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2029."

2016 WALT Rosella's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Josh Raynolds, Vinous
"Bright ruby. A complex, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes spice-tinged dark berry liqueur and floral pastilles, accompanied by deeper cola and licorice accents and a hint of smoky minerals. Deep-pitched and seamless on the palate but energetic as well, showing impressive depth to the blackberry, cherry cola and spicecake flavors. Finishes very long and sweet, with smooth, mounting tannins and resonating florality."

2016 WALT Sierra Mar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - Josh Raynolds, Vinous
"Vivid ruby-red. Cherry compote, black raspberry, cola and mocha on the highly fragrant, spice-accented nose. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering sweet red and blue fruit flavors that deepen slowly while maintaining urgency. A smoky nuance comes up on a long, gently tannic finish that leaves sweet mocha and vanilla notes behind."

2016 WALT Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

92 POINTS - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard has a nose of baked peaches, ripe pineapple and guava with hints of candied ginger, brioche and toasted almonds. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with tropical fruits and savory layers with a seducing creaminess to the texture and long, spicy finish."

2016 WALT Bob's Ranch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

92+ POINTS - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Chardonnay Bob's Ranch gives up notions of ripe grapefruit, lemon tart and preserved kumquats with touches of honeysuckle, beeswax and allspice. Medium-bodied, it delivers a great intensity of citrus flavors with a racy line carrying the fruit to a long, zesty finish."

2016 WALT Gap's Crown Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"The medium ruby-purple colored 2016 Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard has a beguiling perfume of violets and red roses over a core of Black Forest cake and mulberries pus a touch of underbrush. Full-bodied, concentrated and decadently fruited, it gives a powerful expression with great harmony, featuring plush tannins and oodles of freshness to support the generous black fruits, finishing with great persistence."

2016 WALT Bob's Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bob's Ranch opens with pronounced notes of blackberry preserves, blueberry pie and chocolate box with hints of anise, dried bay leaves and tilled black soil. Big, rich and full-bodied, the generously fruited palate is well-framed by velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and fruity."

2015

2015 WALT Rita's Crown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

94+ POINTS - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Rita's Crown Vineyard opens with quite an earthy nose of damp earth, underbrush and mossy bark over warm red currants, black cherries and mulberries plus a waft of iron ore. Full-bodied, rich and earthy, it gives a lovely understated intensity, finishing with lingering dusty earth and spice box notes."

2015 WALT Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Matt Kettemann, Wine Enthusiast
"For fans of rich and lavish Pinot Noir, this appellation blend gives a taste of what Winemaker Megan Gunderson is all about, without the soaring price tag. Black cherry, chocolate chip cookie dough, crushed slate and light mint show on the nose while the soft, lush palate is creamy in black-plum pudding and coffee cream flavors as well as hints of bay leaf, black tea and juniper. Editors’ Choice."
92 POINTS - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills has a very spicy nose of Chinese five spice, black pepper and cardamom over a core of pomegranate, black cherries and black raspberries, plus a waft of lavender. Full-bodied, rich and chewy in the mouth, it has loads of spicy layers and a peppery lift to the finish."
92 POINTS - Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator
"This offers a rich core of underbrush and savory spice notes that flank concentrated flavors of cherry tart, dark plum and red berry. The plush finish is filled with hints of spice, cream and chocolate. Drink now through 2021."

2015 WALT Gap's Crown Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

94 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"The wine opens with a bouquet of cola, black cherry, wild blackberry and forest floor. The palate is plush, revealing flavors reminiscent of black tea, black cherry, cola, cigar box and a marvelous salinity. The wine has wonderful tension, length and weight. The long finish impresses."

2015 WALT Brown Ranch Carneros Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Brown Ranch offers notes of roses and tar over a core of black cherries, mulberries and underbrush. Ripe and full-bodied with a solid backbone of grainy tannins and lively acid to support, it has great persistence."

2015 WALT The Corners Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"Aromatically more reticent right now this shows red fruits and cigar box accents. The palate is lithe and plush as the wine currently is displaying red cherry, red raspberry, pomegranate and orange rind flavors that sit alongside some wonderful acidity and salinity. The mouthfeel is downright sexy. This is an absolutely outstanding effort by WALT."
90 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Rich and elegant, with an alluring mix of blackberry, wild berry, spice and licorice flavors, finishing with fine-grained tannins and a layered aftertaste. Drink now through 2022."

2015 WALT Bob's Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

94 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"Bob’s ranch is an estate vineyard owned by HALL just outside of the Petaluma Wind Gap planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that has a host of different clones. This has a deep color and opens with a bright bouquet of black cherry, asian spices, bramble and cherry cola. This has a marvelous tension and acidity, as your mouth waters after every sip. Dark fruits and cola flavors are deep and concentrated. This is simply lovely wine by WALT."
90 POINTS - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Bob's Ranch has notes of black cherries and black raspberries with an undercurrent of fragrant earth and tar. Full-bodied and concentrated on the palate, it delivers a lot of fruit but is lacking slightly in depth, finishing just a little warm, soft and slippery."

2015 WALT Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

94 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"From the winery’s Bob’s Ranch vineyard primarily, this is a beautiful white wine, and an inaugural release, that is floral and voluptuously creamy in texture. Despite its fulsome nature, it retains balance via a thread of persistently bright acidity amidst rich tones of candied pear, peach, anise and vanilla crème brûlée. It has length for days."

2015 WALT Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma County Chardonnay

92 POINTS - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"The 2015 Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard gives pronounced pineapple, mango and passion fruit notes with underlying brioche, clotted cream and ginger hints. Full-bodied, creamy textured and packed with rich tropical and savory/toasty flavors, it has a great line of freshness and the spiciness comes through in the long finish."

2015 WALT Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

94 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"This outstanding wine has been produced by HALL since 2010. The Shea Vineyard is one of the Willamette Valley’s most historic vineyards and is farmed by Dick Shea. This excellent Pinot Noir begins with highly perfumed aromatics of red cherry preserves, cigar box, rose petals and forest floor. The balance and purity of fruit is there. The Pinot Noir shows wonderful cherry pie, cigar box, forest floor and red raspberry preserve flavors. This is simply delicious and impossible to resist right now."

2015 WALT Clos Pepe Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard has chocolate covered cherries, baking spice and sautéed herbs notes over a core of mulberries, red currant jelly and wild blueberries. Full-bodied, rich, ripe and spicy in the mouth, it has lovely plush tannins and just enough freshness framing the gregarious fruit, finishing long."
93 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"This outstanding bottling is sourced from a 26 acre vineyard first planted in the mid-1990s. Roughly two years ago this vineyard was leased to HALL. This wine shows off a deep core. It begins with intense aromatics of rose petals, red cherry, spice box and suggestions of forest floor. This has a wonderful salinity and tension as the wine reveals deep red fruit flavors and has a great freshness. The mid-palate weight is gorgeous."

2015 WALT Sierra Mar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

94 POINTS - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast
"Rich and exuberant aromas of black cherry, vanilla and brown sugar meet with a more floral depth as well as crushed gravel on the nose of this bottling by Winemaker Megan Gunderson. Buoyant acidity pops right away on the sip, allowing the silky tannins to present flavors of black plum, dark cherry, loamy earth and dark spices, from sandalwood to allspice."
93+ POINTS - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard has a beautiful red currant, cranberry and Bing cherry-scented nose with hints of tree bark and cloves. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it fills the palate with ripe, generous red fruit, supported by velvety tannins and finishing long and spicy."
93 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"The ‘Sierra Mar Vineyard’ was established over the last decade by Gary Franscioni. This high elevation vineyard is set on the western slopes of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Showing off a deep core the wine reveals aromatics of rose petals, red cherry preserves, orange rind and pomegranate seed. There is a wonderful tension and mouthfeel to this great wine that delivers flavors of black cherry pie, wild blackberry, and black tea. This shows off a tremendous salinity, freshness and structure."

2015 WALT La Brisa Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

94 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"This is an impressive appellation blend, sourcing from the proprietor’s Bob’s Ranch as well as Gap’s Crown Vineyard and others. Earthy compost and forested tea gird a full-bodied concentrated experience highlighted in dried cranberry, raspberry and rhubarb, a leathery hint of sarsaparilla adding creaminess."

2014

2014 WALT Gap's Crown Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

94 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"This is a bold, brawny red from a famous site, velvety in texture and all power and concentration. Forest floor and a touch of smoke complement juicy dark cherry, caramelized oak and licorice, while bright acidity supports the layers of flavor and strong tannins."

2014 WALT Brown Ranch Carneros Pinot Noir

94 POINTS Editor's Choice - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"Brooding and dark, this softly structured wine is juicy and brimming in tension, its acidity focused and supportive. Black cherry, a subtle touch of cinnamon spice and toasted oak find balance and equal more than the sum of their parts, providing for a luxurious experience in the glass."

2014 WALT Savoy Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast
"This is a sophisticated blend of Pinot Noir grape flavors complemented by oak spice and a smooth, luxurious texture. Though full-bodied, the wine seems to glide effortlessly from cinnamon and cherry aromas through clove, cardamom and cassis flavors to an extended, hauntingly delicious finish."

2014 WALT La Brisa Sonoma County Chardonnay

93 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"Rich sugar-apple and pear tart provide warmth and decadence to this wine. Despite its voluptuous nature, the wine is also layered and complex in intriguingly satisfying ways. A touch of ripe peach and salty pretzel figure into the mix quietly, yet harmoniously."

2014 WALT La Brisa Sonoma County Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"What stands out most in this wine is its floral flirtation, the ability to draw in the nose effortlessly and seductively. From there, it offers cherry-berry, cola and peppery clove in equal measure, the acidity in check and spicy on the tongue."

2014 WALT Bob's Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
"Coming from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma, the 2014 Pinot Noir Bob’s Ranch shows the house style with its rich, full-bodied and voluptuously textured personality. Possessing lots of jammy black cherries, spice box, dried herbs and hints of flowers, drink it over the coming 7-8 years. Like the other releases here, it spent ten months in roughly 50% new French oak and was bottled unfined and unfiltered."
94 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"WALT has crafted an exceptional bottling here with the 2014 'Bob's Ranch' Pinot Noir. The wine is sourced from the Russian River Valley and is the first vintage WALT has sourced from this cool, 75 acre site located in the Petuluma Wind Gap. The wine begins with rich aromatics of pipe tobacco, rose petals, red cherry, cola and hints of sage. There are bright flavors of cran-cherry, sage, mint, cola and pomegranate seed. Lithe and full-bodied, this is intense and vibrant, showing excellent structure and cellaring potential. (Best 2016-2028)"

2014 WALT The Corners Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
"Another beauty is the 2014 Pinot Noir The Corner's, which comes from a site in the Anderson Valley in Sonoma. Aged ten months in 45% new French oak, this puppy sports a deep ruby color as well as tons of cassis, black raspberries, toasted spice and nicely integrated oak. Medium-bodied, concentrated and layered, it’s already hard to resist, yet I suspect it will keep nicely through 2024."
94 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"This exceptional Pinot Noir is sourced from a 35 acre ranch purchased by WALT in 2012 that overlooks the town of Booneville. The wine begins with aromatics of spicecake, black cherry, black truffle and cola. This leads to flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, cola, and hints of rose petals. The texture and fruit weight is really impressive, as this is irresistible right now. (Best 2016-2027)"

2014 WALT Blue Jay Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

90 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"There's lots to admire in this rich, vibrant offering, from the zesty, earth-laced raspberry and wild berry to the snappy, penetrating acidity and tannins. On the finish this pulls back a bit in focus, but the flavors charge ahead. Should be better in a year. Best from 2017 through 2023. 2,800 cases made."

2014 WALT Clos Pepe Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

94 POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
"Wow, the inky opaque colored 2014 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard is a sensational Pinot Noir. Giving up tons of black raspberry, cassis, toasty oak, crushed violets and campfire aromas and flavors, this youthful, even backwards effort has fabulous richness and depth, a layered texture and ripe tannin that emerges on the finish. This is a big, rich Pinot Noir that should benefit from short term cellaring and have a decade or more of longevity."
92 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Broad, rich and expansive, with a deep core of wild berry, blueberry, spice, pepper and bergamot orange, showing subtle earthy shadings. Tightens on the finish but is easy to drink now and sure to gain. Drink now."
90 POINTS - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
"A bold, powerful wine, the 2014 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe delivers serious punch. Smoke, earthiness, licorice, underbrush, French oak, savory herbs and tobacco wrap around a core of intense red and blue stone fruits. This is an especially virile style from Walt, but it works well. Today, the tannins are pretty tightly wound but another few months in bottle should do the trick."
93 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"Located in the Santa Rita Hills, this vineyard is located in an East/West oriented valley in which winds easily flow through. The soil is primarily sandy with seashells at this vineyard. The wine opens with aromatics of smoke, red cherry, red currant and rose petals. There are deep flavors of red cherry, lavender, red raspberry and cola. This balanced Pinot Noir has some lovely weight on the mid-palate, leading to a long finish with a saline streak. (Best 2016-2026)"

2014 WALT Rita's Crown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

94 POINTS - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
"Another deeply colored, rich and layered effort, the 2014 Pinot Noir Rita’s Crown Vineyard (aged ten months in 50% new French oak) gives up lots of black fruits, scorched earth, licorice and ground herbs in a full-bodied, rich, chewy and ripe style. It is darker and more mineral-laced than the Clos Pepe, which has a touch more spice and red fruits. Give bottles a few years in the cellar and enjoy over the following decade."
91 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Rich and layered, with an expansive core of zesty wild berry, blueberry, anise, black tea, violet and rose flavors. Ends with a long, graceful finish."

2014 WALT Sierra Mar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

95 POINTS - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast
"Sultry aromas of black plum, violet, lava rocks, smoke, caramelized beef, forest floor and star anise draw the nose into this hearty, well-rounded wine. There is both vibrant energy and tannic grip to the palate, with dense, dark cranberry, tangy fruit skins, a touch of vanilla and a minty fennel element on the finish."
94 POINTS - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
"A big, rich, full-bodied and downright sexy Pinot Noir is the 2014 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard. Giving up lots of ripe dark fruits, scorched earth, chocolate and even a touch of licorice, it hits the palate with terrific concentration, no hard edges and a great finish. Aged ten months in 55% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered, drink it anytime over the coming 7-8 years."
94 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Though ultrarich and loaded with deep, dark flavors, this maintains a graceful balance and delicate presence, with detailed blackberry, raspberry, mocha, black licorice, smoke, nutmeg and cedar notes, ending with a long, persistent aftertaste that keeps reverberating. Drink now through 2022."

2014 WALT Shea Vineyard Oregon Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"WALT has been sourcing from this esteemed vineyard since 2010. This great Pinot Noir begins with beautiful feminine aromatics of red cherry, prune, red raspberry and guava. There are bright flavors of red raspberry, Shitake mushroom, forest floor, guava puree and pomegranate. The finish lingers, as the heat of this great vintage in Willamette shines through. (Best 2016-2026)"

2013

2013 WALT Brown Ranch Carneros Pinot Noir

90 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Notably rich and layered, with tiers of blackberry, wild berry, black licorice, crushed rock, cedar and nutmeg notes. This maintains a rich core and fruity profile, turning tannic and chewy. The flavors push through on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2021. 222 cases made. "
91 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"The Brown Ranch is a relatively warm swath of the appellation, which touches Hyde Vineyard, its neighbor. This wine shows a wealth of toasty oak and black fruit on its robust frame, but opens into softening layers of black tea and blackberry in the glass. Smooth and full bodied, it's a lush, vanilla-kissed wine."

2013 WALT Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Chardonnay

92 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"From a Green Valley site, this is a gorgeously grown and made wine. Baked apple and confectionary lemon verbena wrap around a brightness of acidity and richer dollops of oak and hazelnut. Full bodied, the wine remains crisp on the tongue, and will shine further as it opens in the glass and in the bottle."

2013 WALT La Brisa Sonoma County Chardonnay

90 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Well-proportioned, offering a mix of ripe pear, light fig and honeydew flavors, with light oak notes. Nothing stands out except the completeness. Drink now. 1,629 cases made."
91 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"This wine opens with a strong aroma of oak and vanilla-toffee-caramel. The plethora of richness gives way to tropical pineapple and ripe, baked apple, revealing a spear of minerality just in time to keep the decadence from getting messy."

2013 WALT La Brisa Sonoma County Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"This is a blend of several marquee vineyards, including Gap's Crown, Martinelli and Widdoes. It comes together nicely in a mix of fig and baked bread, peppered in baking spices and dried herb. Cherry comes through along with subtle hints of violet and rose, before a long, lingering finish ties things in a juicy bow at the end."

2013 WALT Gap's Crown Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

90 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Strikes a nice balance between rich, fleshy plum and cherry flavors and touches of anise, cedar, sage and licorice. Ends with a long, supple, graceful finish. Drink now. 975 cases made."
92 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"Juicy raspberry surrounds a heft of oak and body, the wine rich and luxuriously full bodied. Seamless tannins make it easier to enjoy, the palate intensely layered and concentrated, with jolts of cinnamon spice on the finish."
93 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"This wine begins with lovely aromatics of rose petals, prune, cherry cola and coriander. There are flavors of cola, black cherry, pipe tobacco and black raspberry with a hint of nutmeg. A balanced and rich Pinot, this wine will cellar beautifully into the next decade. (Best 2016-2025)"

2013 WALT The Corners Anderson Valley Coast Pinot Noir

91 POINTS - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
"The top cuvee of the estate, the 2013 Pinot Noir The Corner's comes from the Anderson Valley AVA in Mendocino County, and is all Pommard Clone. It’s another serious, rich and structured effort that gives up ample dark fruits, oak, licorice and toasted spice in a balanced, pure, nicely textured package. It should drink nicely for 7-8 years."
92 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Impressive, with a rich core of savory berry, dried herb, fresh earth, cedar and black licorice flavors. Harmonious throughout, ending with firm, ripe tannins and a burst of fruity mocha. Drink now through 2021."
90 POINTS - Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast
"This big, dense wine is dark in color, with lush, late-picked aromas and flavors and very full body. Its power and oozing fruitiness make quite a contrast with more elegant styles, but there is no denying the appeal of all that jammy blackberry and blackcurrant character."

2013 WALT Savoy Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

90 POINTS - Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast
"Everything in this full-bodied wine comes in big helpings, from the deep garnet color to aromas of rich oak and ripe fruit, to the mouthfilling black-cherry flavors. Yet it doesn't go over the top and achieves a high-level complexity that's delicious."

2013 WALT Pinpoint Extreme Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

92 POINTS Editor's Choice - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"Each year, this wine is intended to be an experiment. This vintage's creativity involves the addition of soil from the Santa Rita Hills to vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Yeasty on the nose, the result is rich and decadent, a wine that's juicy and velvety in black and red fruit and pillowy tannins. A warmth of spice lingers on the finish."

2013 WALT Clos Pepe Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

90 POINTS - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
"From the Pommard and 115 Clone, the 2013 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard (aged 10 months in 45% new French oak) sports a deep ruby color to go with beautiful notes of black raspberries, toasted spice, vanilla and cassis. Possessing medium to full-bodied richness, terrific purity of fruit and bright acidity, it’s a serious, elegant, impressively put together Pinot Noir that should be at its best from 2017-2023+."
91 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"Focused on the more delicate aspects of the grape, this wine comes from a vineyard recently leased long-term by this Kathyrn Hall-owned brand. It shows rose petals, anise, baked plum, mulberry and alpine strawberry on the nose. The palate combines cola, pencil lead, dark cranberry and black pepper."

2013 WALT Rita's Crown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

90+ POINTS - Wine Advocate
"The darkest colored of the Pinot Noirs, the 2013 Pinot Noir Rita’s Crown Vineyard shows the darker fruit profile that's common with all of these Walt Wines releases. Offering lots of cassis, toasted spice, licorice, and dusty soil-like aromas and flavors, it's a big, structured, savory wine with solid mid-palate concentration. It needs short term cellaring but will drink nicely through 2023."
92 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"Made in a toasty, richer style, this bottling shows cherry cola, blackberry brioche, oak smoked plums and roast beef on the action-packed nose. The palate is dense, with black cherry, blackberry and black plum fruit layered across roasted pork flavors."

2013 WALT Sierra Mar Santa Lucia Highlands Valley Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast
"From the Kathryn Hall family of wines is rich and juicy but not sweet at all. The nose begins with sage, clove, black cherry, concentrated violets and rose petals, the turned-loam quality. The palate shows beets, fennel, sagebrush, dark red cherry and plum. A eucalyptus and menthol quality rises on the finish."

2013 WALT Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
"Light and velvety, with a nubby feel to the delicate plum and rhubarb pie flavors, persisting on the finely etched, very long finish. Drink now through 2021."
92 POINTS - Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast
"Yummy is the descriptor that comes to mind here. A soft entry brings butterscotch and butter-pecan highlights, gliding around a deep core of cherry cola. Though forward and well-rounded, it’s not simple like soda pop. In fact, it’s quite satisfying, with good body and balance, just built for immediate enjoyment."
93 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"Given the length and richness of this wine, it seems like fruit from this vineyard was picked before the rains. The Shea vineyard is one of the more esteemed sites in the Willamette Valley and was first planted in the 1980s. Today Shea Vineyard is a 200-acre property with 140 planted acres. 135 of these acres are planted to Pinot Noir, with the remaining acreage to Chardonnay. The wine begins with aromas of mushroom, forest floor, wild blackberry and red cherry. There are flavors of red cherry, cranberry, Shitake mushroom and orange rind. The Pinot has some gorgeous weight and texture. (Best 2016-2026)"

2012

2012 WALT Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Chardonnay

92 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"This is an elegant, heady Chardonnay beaming in floral jasmine aromas, honey and oak. Bright on the palate, it offers lively acidity and abundance of pineapple and mango, tropical in all the right ways."

2012 WALT La Brisa Sonoma County Pinot Noir

90 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"A seamless effort, with a smooth, silky texture and pure, ripe dark berry fruit that's focused, persistent and graceful. A pleasure to drink."
91 POINTS - Greg Walter, The Pinot Report
"Medium ruby color; bright, ripe, spicy aromas with some cherry notes; rich, ripe, lush cherry flavors with spice and cola notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Rich, bright Pinot that's drinking great now."

2012 WALT Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Firm, dense and focused, this is slow to unfold but does so gracefully, with a medley of blueberry, cherry and wild berry flavors that are expansive and supple, firming on the finish. Better than previously reviewed. Drink now through 2023. 2,230 cases made."
90 POINTS - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"The time spent in 65% new French oak does not define this still-young wine, which displays plenty of earthiness and big, juicy red fruit. Concentrated and thick on the palate."
90 POINTS - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media
"Reticent cherry/berry and menthol aromas are lifted by a floral nuance and spicy oak. Densely packed, broad and sweet but not heavy, showing a lightly saline character to its red berry and spice flavors. Finishes with smooth tannins and an echoing cherry/berry element."
93 POINTS - Greg Walter, The Pinot Report
"Deep ruby color; big, earthy cherry aromas with oak notes; deep, complex, ripe cherry flavors with earthy, herbal notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Rich, complex Pinot with bright flavors; perfect for a grilled steak."

2012 WALT The Corners Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

90 POINTS - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
"The stunning 2012 Pinot Noir The Corner’s boasts beautiful notes of violets, black raspberries, blueberries and spice as well as medium to full body, good acidity, and terrific purity and length."
91 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"The ripe, vibrant dark berry fruit picks up anise and cedar notes. Very complete and deftly balanced, ending with a long, smooth, lingering after taste that keeps the berry flavors at the forefront."
93 POINTS - Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast
"Very ripe, this offers sweet cherry and cinnamon aromas, equally enticing red cherry flavors plus great balance and purity. Full-bodied, it has silky texture and a long finish. A sweet oak influence is evident. "
90 POINTS - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media
"Fresh, lightly medicinal aromas of cherry and spices, with a hint of floral lift. Juicy and fresh for a pinot... with red fruit and spice notes gaining in shape as the wine opens with air. Finishes with easygoing tannins and very good length."
92 POINTS - Greg Walter, The Pinot Report
"Dense, herbal cherry aromas; ripe, deep cherry flavors with earthy notes; some oak and tannin; good structure and balance; long finish."

2012 WALT Savoy Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Features a solid core of rich, smoky dark berry, raspberry, mocha, wild berry and fresh cut flowers. This well-focused, long, deep and persistent on the finish."
94 POINTS - Greg Walter, The Pinot Report
"Deep, complex cherry aromas with herbal and oak notes; complex, rich earthy cherry flavors with oak and herbal notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex, silky Pinot with great layered flavors."

2012 WALT Blue Jay Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast
"A full-bodied, well-polished and nicely oaky wine with a smooth and full texture. Flavors are ripe and fruity and laced with vanilla, maple and toasted bread nuances. Vibrant acidity pairs with firm tannins to keep it mouthwatering on the finish. "
92 POINTS - Greg Walter, The Pinot Report
"Rich, bright cherry aromas with herbal notes; rich, ripe cherry flavors with earthy notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Bright, ripe Pinot with great flavors."

2012 WALT Clos Pepe Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

91 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Exhibits of rich, savory core of dark berry, mocha and roasted coffee notes, with subtle violet and wilted rose accents. Gains depth, length and traction on the finish."
92 POINTS - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast
"The aromas are super spicy, with cinnamon-glazed sour cherries proving most dominant. On the palate, black cherry and beet juice pair up with black tea, before culminating in a remarkably long and tantalizing spice-driving finish."
93 POINTS - Greg Walter, The Pinot Report
"Deep plum and dark cherry aromas with pepper notes; big, deep plum flavors with pepper and earthy notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Big, deep Pinot with great length."

2012 WALT Rita's Crown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

90 POINTS - James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Notably rich and creamy, with cedary oak notes behind the vivid red berry, raspberry and black licorice flavors. Ends with a supple, layered finish and firm tannins."
92 POINTS - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast
"This Pinot Noir project from the Napa Valley's Hall family starts with dense and inky core aromas of ripe raspberry and black tea, with a touch of vanilla. Once sipped, the flavors verge toward black cherry and blackberry, with very liqueur-like chocolate and pronounced and lasting spice element."
92 POINTS - Greg Walter, The Pinot Report
"Dense plum aromas with oaky notes; deep, rich, earthy plum flavors; jammy with oak and some tannin; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, dense Pinot that needs a lot of time to open in the glass."

2012 WALT Sierra Mar Santa Lucia Highlands Valley Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast
"Medium-deep ruby color; deep, complex cherry aromas with herbal and oak notes; complex, rich earthy cherry flavors with oak and herbal notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex, silky Pinot with great layered flavors."
94 POINTS - Greg Walter, The Pinot Report
"Complex, deep black cherry aromas with oakand anise notes; ripe, rich, complex black cherry flavors with herbal and oak notes; lush texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex, lush Pinot with delicious layered flavors."

2012 WALT Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
"Firm in texture, with a peppery edge to the black fruit and licorice flavors, finishing smooth and sturdy. Has presence and persistence. Best from 2016 through 2020. 312 cases made."

2011

2011 WALT Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Top 10 Chardonnays of 2011 - Quarterly Wine Report
"Pear, lemon curd apple, intense, long, stylish and elegant."

2011 WALT La Brisa Sonoma County Pinot Noir

90 POINTS - Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
"Bright violet color. Heady aromas of dark berries, Indian spices and cola. Spicy and broad on the palate, offering gently sweet blackberry and cherry-cola flavors and a touch of five-spice powder. On the exotic side, finishing with very good cut and slow-building, harmonious tannins that add grip. Lots of energy here."

2011 WALT Gap's Crown Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - James Laube,Wine Spectator
"Pure and vibrant, with snappy blueberry, plum and raspberry notes that are firm and well-proportioned, ending with tight, minerally accents of crushed rock and anise. Drink now through 2022. 330 cases made."
91 POINTS - Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
“Bright violet color. Dark berry preserves, lavender and Asian spices on the exotically perfumed nose and in the mouth. Sweet, penetrating and energetic, with smoke and bitter chocolate qualities emerging with air. Closes on a medicinal note of bitter cherry, with silky tannins adding shape and grip to the persistent finish.”

2011 WALT Hein Family Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

91 POINTS - Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
"Vivid red. High-pitched aromas of red berries, spicecake and fresh rose, with a hint of white pepper adding sharpness. Silky and sweet on the palate, offering tangy strawberry and blood orange flavors and a touch of bitter cherry. Refreshingly brisk on the linear, sharply focused finish, which leaves spicy red fruit and floral notes behind."

2011 WALT The Corners Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - James Laube,Wine Spectator
"Exhibits lots of depth and dimension, with a fascinating range of detailed flavors, extending from dark and red berry to anise, mocha-scented oak and pennyroyal. Remains focused through the long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2022. 400 cases made."
90 POINTS - Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
"Bright medium red.  Fresh, lightly medicinal aromas of cherry and spices, with a hint of floral lift.  Juicy and fresh for a pinot at this octane level, with red fruit and spice notes gaining in shape as the wine opens with air.  Finishes with easygoing tannins and very good length."

2011 WALT Pinpoint Extreme Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

90 POINTS - Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
"Dark berries, cherry and potpourri on the deeply scented nose. Plush, expansive black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors show an appealingly open-knit character and pick up spiciness with air. Soft and broad on the finish, which leaves spicecake and floral notes behind. I’d drink this buxom yet lively pinot on the young side."

2011 WALT Clos Pepe Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

91 POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck,Wine Advocate
"Slightly more lean, with firm underlaying structure and grippy tannin, the 2011 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe offers up underbrush, crushed berries and solid minerality as well as beautiful focus and purity. It will be better in another year and also have upwards of a decade of longevity. Drink 2015-2021."
91 POINTS - James Laube,Wine Spectator
"Offers a mix of ripe plum, raspberry, blueberry and wild berry, with a dash of cedar and anise, gaining depth and persistence on the finish, where a pleasing earthiness folds in. Drink now through 2021."

2011 WALT Rita's Crown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck,Wine Advocate
"Bright and perfumed, with notions of crushed berries, blueberry, violets, toasted spice and chocolate, the 2011 Pinot Noir Rita's Crown offers up a rocking palate that carries medium-bodied richness, notable purity and a layered, character-filled personality. Drink 2014-2021."
90 POINTS - James Laube,Wine Spectator
"Intense, with a smoked meat edge to the dried berry, cedar and fresh earth notes. Needs time to come together and for the tannins to subside. Best from 2014 through 2022."

2011 WALT Sierra Mar Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

94 POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck,Wine Advocate
"Easily the most impressive of the lineup, the 2011 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard is a big, textured effort that defies the stereotype of the vintage. Offering up beautiful notes of raspberry, licorice, crushed berries and underlying floral notes, this medium to full-bodied beauty flows onto the palate with no hard edges, thrilling purity of fruit and fantastic length. Enjoy it over the coming 6-7 years. Drink now-2020."

2011 WALT Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

91 POINTS - Harvey Steiman,Wine Spectator
"Highly perfumed, with strong notes of jasmine and lavender riding over the dark berry flavors, finishing with polish and intensity on a light frame. Drink now through 2018. 300 cases made."

2010

2010 WALT Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Chardonnay

90 POINTS - James Laube,Wine Spectator
"Rich and creamy, with layers of ripe fig, honeydew melon, creamy oak and subtle earth notes that are pure, focused and persistent. Drink now through 2018."

2010 WALT La Brisa Sonoma County Pinot Noir

93 POINTS - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast
"Is it just a simple, delicious drink-me-now Pinot? Or is it actually complex and worthy of pairing with the best foods? It's both. Front-loaded with raspberry puree, smoked butter and oak flavors, it has subtle layers of mushroom and dried pine that lift it into an ethereal place. Who cares if it will age? It's drop-dead gorgeous now. Char-broiled salmon could be your best pairing."

2010 WALT Gap's Crown Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - James Laube,Wine Spectator
"Bold, rich and layered, with plush boysenberry and wild berry flavors that are intense and supple, gaining depth and persistence on the finish, where the tannins add backbone. Drink now through 2022. 190 cases made."

2010 WALT The Corners Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

92 POINTS - James Laube,Wine Spectator
"Attractive floral, ripe plum, blueberry and blackberry aromas are complex on the palate. Fleshy on entry, this firms midpalate on, ending with ripe tannins and a mahogany edge that gives the flavors traction. Drink now through 2020."
95 POINTS - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast
"This is a big Pinot Noir, with an explosive intensity of cherries and raspberries that is ripe and pure. Oak, of course, is there too, in the form of buttered, smoky toast. However, this wine isn't a mere fruit bomb. It has interesting nuances of earthy things, like mushrooms, nettles and Provencal herbs. The silky texture is an exquisite balance of acids and tannins. This new brand from Hall winery is made by their talented winemaker, Steve Leveque, and it immediately enters the California pantheon of excellent Pinot Noirs."

2010 WALT Clos Pepe Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

90 POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
"The 2010 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe offers up quality notes of bing cherry, spice, new leather and licorice in a full, rich and textured style. Complex and layered, with loads of character, solid balance and good acidity, it can be consumed now or cellared for another 4-6 years."
92 POINTS - James Laube,Wine Spectator
"Aromas of ripe plum, raspberry and blueberry turn dry and savory, rich and structured, ending with a mix of dry, earthy tannins and extracted berry flavors. Drink now through 2020."
92 POINTS - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast
"High alcohol gives this Pinot some heat, but it also lends incredible richness and ripeness to the flavors, which range from raspberry jam and cherry pie filling to buttered toast, creamy vanilla and exotic spice. A delicious and heady offering from Napa Cabernet specialist Hall winery."

2010 WALT Rita's Crown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

90 POINTS - James Laube,Wine Spectator
"Weaves together a mix of dried berry, spice, cedar, black licorice and loamy earth flavors, gaining depth and dimension on the long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2020."

2010 WALT Sanford & Benedict Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

94 POINTS - James Laube,Wine Spectator
"Pure, rich and complex, with vivid blueberry and blackberry fruit that’s well-centered, gaining depth and breadth and ending where this started, with a wonderful purity of flavor. Drink now through 2022."

2010 WALT Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

91 POINTS - Harvey Steiman,Wine Spectator
"Light and velvety, offering dark berry and cola flavors with a hint of verbena as the finish lingers with refinement and a delicate plushness. Drink now through 2017. 209 cases made."

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