Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

dutton
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

92 - Virginie Boone - Wine Enthusiast
From a Green Valley site, this is a gorgeously grown and made wine. Baked apple and confectionery 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.

92 - 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.

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

90 - 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.

90 - 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.

La Brisa Chardonnay

La Brisa Chardonnay
  • 2014
  • 2013

93 - 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 - 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 - 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.

Gaps Crown Pinot Noir

WALT Gap's Crown
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

94 - Jeb Dunnuck
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 - Lisa Perotti-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. 658 cases produced.

90 - 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 - 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 - 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.

Silver - Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition 

91 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

5 Stars - Richard Elia - QWR
Rich, plush, utterly entrancing, blackberry and spicy oak flavors.

92 - 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.

92 - 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. –JL

91 - 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 - 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. 

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