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Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay

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  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

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."

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."
91 Points James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Complex, with touches of buttery oak and tropical fruit, pear and melon flavors, ending clean and vibrant. Drink now. 877 cases made."
91 Points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Critic
"The 2016 Chardonnay Sangiacomo was also barrel fermented and aged 14 months in 40% new French oak. Melon, tropical fruits, white flowers, and hints of toasted break all emerge from this clean, classy, balanced Chardonnay. It has good acidity, a vibrant yet rich texture, and a clean finish. It's a touch straightforward, yet no one should be disappointed drinking it over the coming 4-5 years."

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."

93 Points Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"This vineyard-designate opens in inviting, perfumed aromatics of apple blossom and honeysuckle. On the palate it reveals substantial depth and breadth, the oak characteristic quite caramelized. Meaty in lemon zest and meringue, it provides a weight of body that's nicely balanced against stony minerality and traces of nutmeg."

Brown Ranch Pinot Noir

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  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

90 Points Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"Stemmy and earthy, this tastes of black tea, bark and forest. Fruity in cherry cola, it explodes in cardamon and cinnamon, along a full-throttled road to a concentrated, ripe finish." 
94 Points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Critic
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Brown Ranch is a rock star bottle that’s for those who love texture and richness in their pinot noir. Beautiful notes of black raspberries, spiced meats, and flowery incense all emerge from this full-bodied effort that has a layered texture and tons of fruit, yet stays balanced and lively, with the classic pinot noir elegance. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years."

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."
92 Points James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Intense, with deep flavors of dark berry, licorice, mocha and anise that fan out on the palate, maintaining richness and ending with a long, full, persistent finish. Drink now through 2023. 663 cases made."
93 Points Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"Brown sugar and Asian spice components make this wine warm and inviting—a strong, powerful expression of the variety that’s concentrated in flavor and body weight. Tart cranberry and raspberry are seasoned in elements of dried herb, adding complexity."

94 Points 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."

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."
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."

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

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  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014 La Brisa Chardonnay
  • 2013 La Brisa Chardonnay

92 Points Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
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92 Points Owen Bargreen, International Wine Review
"This Chardonnay is sourced from Bob’s Ranch, which is a 25-acre vineyard in the Petaluma Wind Gap, first planted in 2007 and was purchased by Walt in 2014. The wine itself delivers a nose is reminiscent of lemon oil, vanilla cream and butterscotch. The palate shows wonderful richness with a tremendous texture. Lemon oil, vanilla cream, and butterscotch flavors echo through with lovely minerality and texture on the finish."

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."
92 Points James Laube, Wine Spectator
"A charming mouthful of rich, layered Chardonnay, with fig, honeydew and apricot notes amid flavors of green tree fruits and citrus. Ends long, smoky and detailed. Drink now through 2022."

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."

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."
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."

Gap's Crown Pinot Noir

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  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

93 Points Erin Brooks, 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 Virginie 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."

94 Points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Critic
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown has a slightly more singular character with its sweet red fruits, mint, sous bois, and floral bouquet. It too is incredibly silky and polished on the palate, with integrated acidity and no hard edges. This is great vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and the 2016 was brought up in 50% new French oak."
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 put 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. 658 cases produced."
90 Points James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Deep, rich and smoky, with an expansive core of dark berry, spice, mocha and licorice flavors. Maintains focus and ends long and full. Drink now through 2025. 658 cases made."

94 Points Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"This esteemed vineyard is owned by Bill Price and is located on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain. I’ve had bottling from this historic vineyard back more than 15 years and I have always been fascinated by the fruit character as well as the salinity of the wines from this site. HALL’s contract with this vineyard began in 2010. 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. Drink 2017-2027."

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."

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."
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."
93 Points 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)."

93 Points Greg Walter, 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."
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, it needs cellaring through 2020 (or a good decant) to resolve some of the smoke and spice that lie within it now. Cellar Selection."
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 Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
"Good full red. 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 but the wine's slightly disjointed acidity calls for a year or so of patience."

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, IWC
"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."

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." 

Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

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  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015

92 Points Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator
"Engagingly ripe, with concentrated dark cherry and kirsch flavors, supported by medium-grained tannins. The juicy finish features rich forest floor notes. Drink now through 2024. 1,060 cases made."
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."

91 Points Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator
"There's lots of rooibos tea notes to this toothsome red, which offers a well-honed structure to support the dried berry and cherry tart flavors. Rich and savory on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,661 cases made."
92 Points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Critic
"The appellation 2016 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills from Walt comes from some great sites in the region (Bentrock, Radian, Fiddlestix and Clos Pepe) and spent 10 months in 45% new French oak. It has a ripe, powerful bouquet of toasty oak, blackberries, scorched earth, and graphite. Deep, rich, and concentrated, I love its depth of fruit and it's an undeniably California Pinot Noir to drink over the coming 4-5 years."
92 Points Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
" The wine itself Pinot shows wonderful salinity on the nose, with red fruits and citrus coming in as well. On the palate this possesses a wonderful texture underlined by lovely acidity and flavors of red cherry, guava and blood orange flavors all coming togeher and leaving a wonderful impression."

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."

 

 

Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir

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  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

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."

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."

 

94 Points Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast
"Based in the Napa Valley, this brand from Kathryn Hall focuses on Pinot Noir. This release features grapes from one of Oregon’s best sites—the Shea Vineyard, located in the YamhillCarlton AVA. It’s jam-packed with black cherry and cassis fruit, nuanced by firm streaks of tobacco, espresso and sweet spice. Its density and balance are superb. Editors’ Choice."
91 Points Tim Fish, Wine Spectator"Expressive lavender and raspberry aromas open to supple and layered cherry and licorice flavors that glide along the finish. Drink now through 2022."
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."

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)"

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)"

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."

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."

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."

Bob's Ranch Pinot Noir

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  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

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."

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."
93 Points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Critic
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Bob's Ranch comes from the Sonoma Coast and was brought up in 45% new French oak and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. This deeply colored effort gives up lots of smoky red and black fruits, peppery herbs, mint and soil aromas, medium to full body, a beautifully seamless, silky texture, and a good finish. With good acidity, nicely integrated tannins, and plenty to love, it should keep for 7-8 years."
95 Points Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"The 2016 Bob’s Ranch Pinot Noir is a glorious effort from Walt. Bob’s Ranch has 50-acres of Pinot Noir are planted on this property and I am becoming a big fan of the fruit coming off this exciting estate vineyard. The wine is deeply colored and begins with intense aromas of cherry cola, sassafras, black tea, Asian spice and wet soil and shows a wonderful mouthfeel and texture. A total stunner, with black fruits dominating and a cola character also shining brightly. This Pinot Noir has a long life ahead of it."

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."

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 Petaluma 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)"

Blue Jay Pinot Noir

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  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012

93 Points Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast
"Wonderful and complex fruit and oak flavors mingle on a broad warm texture in this full-bodied, flavor-packed and well-balanced wine. Good depth and an attractive layering of black cherry, raspberry, and grilled plum make it special."
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."

90 Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Pinot Noir The Corners Vineyard Blue Jay is medium ruby-purple in color and scented of black raspberries, mulberries and red plums with suggestions of dusty soil, stewed black tea and sautéed herbs. Full-bodied and laden with berry preserves and savory layers, it has a firm, chewy frame and refreshing finish. 6,718 cases produced."
90 Points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Critic
"From the Anderson Valley in the northern part of California, the 2016 Pinot Noir Blue Jay offers a similar smoky, meaty profile as well as medium-bodied richness, light tannin, and a charming, elegant style on the palate. It has slightly more complexity than the La Brisa release but plays in the same ballpark. This cuvée spent 10 months in 45% new French oak."
92 Points Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"The 2016 Blue Jay Pinot Noir is an Anderson Valley bottling consisting of fruit sourced from the Corners Vineyard in the town of Booneville. This deep colored Pinot Noir begins with aromas of dark berry, cranberry, orange, and peat moss as earthy tones come into play. This shows a bright acidity and wonderful mouthfeel with notable weight. Dark fruits mingle with red fruits in the glass as this shows terrific richness and terroir."

92 Points Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast
"This suave and complex wine has all the classic flavor characteristics like red cherry, black tea and cinnamon along with light oakiness and a luscious texture, a full body and a lingering finish. It feels on the soft side in terms of low acidity and light tannins, but its concentration is impressive."

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."

93 Points J.G., 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, Pinot Report
"Medium ruby color; 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."

Clos Pepe Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

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  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

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."

 

94 Point Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Critic
"From a great site on the southern side of the Sta. Rita Hills, the 2016 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe has a great perfume of sweet red fruits, toasted spices, menthol, and candied orange peel. Complex, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated, yet always with a sense of elegance, drink it any time over the coming decade."
92 Points Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator
"Powerfully structured, with concentrated dark plum, mulled cherry and dried berry flavors that are supported by firm acidity and fresh tannins. Cedar and spice notes show on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 1,708 cases made."
93 Points Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"The 2016 Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir is a barrel selection from Walt. This wine shows lovely salinity with red fruits and citrus that build on the nose. The combination of weight and bright acidity really entices the senses as flavors of red currant, red cherry compote, pomegranate and damp soil are all combined with wonderful freshness which really entices."

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."
92 Points Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator
"A ripe red that's full of blueberry and blackberry flavors that are intensely spicy. A full-bore style, lingering with rich plum pudding notes on the spicy finish. Drink now. 867 - Kim Marcus cases made."
93 Point Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Critic
"Walt has made a terrific 2015 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard and this beauty shines in the vintage. Offering deep, rich notes of black cherries, currants, smoked herbs and earth, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, has good acid levels, plenty of depth and a great finish. It has more texture than most in the vintage and is well worth checking out."
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."

94 Points Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast
"Black cherry, dried violets and vanilla cookies in berry syrup show on the fruity, floral nose of this bottling, but the minerally, turned-earthy quality is most intriguing. Ripe black plum, tart plum skins and bitter black-tea flavors fight for attention on the dynamic palate that shows both power and finesse."
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)"

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."

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."
90 Points Prince of Pinot
"Clone 115 from a lower-vigor section and Pommard from gravely slopes. Native yeast fermentation, aged in 55% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy fruit emerges slowly on the nose which is dominated by aromas of oak-driven briar and hazelnut. Impressive attack of black raspberry, blackberry and spiced plum fruit accented by dark chocolate and sweet oak. Somewhat earthy and savory with dry, proportioned tannins and some finishing intensity. Done well in its style."

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."

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."

La Brisa Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

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  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

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."
90 Points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Critic
"The 2017 Pinot Noir La Brisa comes from a handful of sites on the Sonoma Coast and spent ten months in 40% new French oak. It's made in decent quantities and offers a first-rate bouquet of spice black cherries, wild strawberries, incense, forest floor, and spice. Rounded, nicely textured, balanced, and undeniably well-made, as well as delicious, it's ideal for readers looking for a high-quality Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir that offers fruit and texture."

91 Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir La Brisa gives up lovely notions of violets, chocolate box and rose hip tea over a core of pomegranate, black cherries and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals loads of perfumed black and red berry flavors, supported by plush tannnins and lovely freshness, finishing earthy. 4,526 cases produced."
91 Points Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
"The 2016 "La Brisa' Pinot Noir is a blend is predominately from Bob’s Ranch, with Gap’s Crown and Calesa vineyards and features both Dijon and heritage clones. This Pinot Noir shows wonderful density on the nose with red and dark fruit shining through. The mouthfeel and minerality is quite impressive as well as the lovely combination of red and dark fruits, with a touch of sailinity, that combine marvelously in the glass."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Rita's Crown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Rita's Crown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir Bottleshot image
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Rosella's Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Rosella's Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir Bottleshot image
  • 2017
  • 2016

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."

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."

Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Bottleshot image
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012

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."

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."

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."

Sierra Mar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Sierra Mar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir Bottleshot image
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011

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."

94 Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard offers up red roses, chocolate covered cherries and menthol notes with hints of incense and black tea. Full-bodied, opulent and with quite a lot of power, it has a nice chewy backbone and great length."
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."
93 Points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Critic
"The deep ruby-colored 2016 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar offers more smoky earth and spice as well as notes of mulled cherry and spicy wood. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, and layered, it’s already delicious yet will keep for 7-8 years as well."

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."
92 Points Josh Raynolds, Vinous
"Deep red. Powerful, mineral- and spice-accented red and dark berry and floral pastille aromas pick up hints of woodsmoke, vanilla and five-spice powder with air. Sappy, penetrating black raspberry, bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors show very good depth, and hints of spicecake and cola add complexity. Becomes sweeter with air and shows strong thrust on the subtly tannic, persistent finish, which features rounded tannins and lingering spice and floral notes."
91 Points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Critic
"The 2015 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar is a classic, spice, mostly red-fruited effort that has medium-bodied aromas and flavors, good mid-palate depth, and a clean, juicy finish. It's a rock-solid effort that's going to drink nicely for 4-6 years and keep even longer if you're so inclined."

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."

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."

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 oak and 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."

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."

The Corners Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

The Corners Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Bottleshot image
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

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."

92+ Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir The Corner’s springs from the glass with exuberant black cherry, black berries and wild blueberries scents with touches of lilacs, mocha and Chinese five spice plus a hint of powdered cinnamon. Full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, it has a firm yet plush frame and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. 1,361 cases produced."
92 Points Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Critic
"The Anderson Valley release is the 2016 Pinot Noir The Corner's, which has 20% stems and spent 10 months in 45% new French oak. It offers a savory, complex style in its dried red fruits, spice, leather, and underbrush aromas and flavors. Silky, polished and elegant on the palate, with ultra-fine tannin, drink it over the coming 7-8 years."
91 Points James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Light spice and sandalwood notes lead to a firm core of earth-scented black cherry and raspberry flavors. Drink now through 2025. 1,361 cases made."

93 Points Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast
"Very ripe and very lush, this wine oozes opulent black cherry and blueberry from the aroma through the lingering finish. The fruit flavors are concentrated and deep, and a touch of baking spices adds complexity as the wine spreads across the palate and seems to coat the tongue."
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."

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 spice cake, 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)"

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."

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."

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."

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."

Bob's Ranch Chardonnay

Bob's Ranch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay bottleshot image
  • 2017
  • 2016

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."

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."

Rosé of Pinot Noir

Rosé of Pinot Noir Bottleshot image
  • 2018

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."
92 Points Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
"This is a crisp, dry and delightful wine with ample body weight and complexity, enjoyably earthy and herbal. Layered flavors of peach and lemon give it a balanced, fruity core of personality that resonates with the variety."

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