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)"