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Jeb Dunnuck loves our 2015s!

Great reviews just in from Jeb Dunnuck!

 

Jeb Dunnuck tasted our 2015s yesterday (8/2/2017) and had some really wonderful things to say about them. If you're not familiar with his name, you have probably read his work- Jeb founded the Rhone Report and also wrote for Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, reviewing the wines of Washington state, central and Southern California, and southern France. Scroll down to read the reviews!

2015 Diana's Chardonay  california    92 Points  Buy now

"One of the top whites from this estate (and they make a lot), the 2015 Chardonnay Diana's spent 12 months in 44% new French oak before bottling. It's a ripe, supple, beautifully textured Chardonnay that has lots of pineapple, apple, white flower and salty minerality on both the nose and palate. Rich, concentrated and layered, it's an outstanding white that will keep for 2-4 years. This cuvée comes from a number of sites (Brosseau, Fogstone, La Rinconada, Rosella's, Sierra Madre and Soberanes Vineyards) and spent 12 months in 44% new French oak."

2015 Dos Rubios Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands    92 points   SOLD OUT

"The 2015 Chardonnay Dos Rubios Vineyard spent 12 months in 38% new French oak. Its medium gold color is followed by a very classic nose of ripe stone fruits, buttered citrus and white flowers. This beauty has solid balance, plenty of texture and a great finish."

2015 Fogstone Vineyard Chardonnay  Santa Lucia Highlands    91 points    SOLD OUT

"Aged 11 months in 40% new French oak, the 2015 Chardonnay Fogstone Vineyard is more fresh and lively, with lots of citrus, spice and toasted bread notes in a medium-bodied, elegant, seamless package. It's another terrific white from this team that's going to age gracefully."

2015 La Rinconada Vineyard Chardonnay  Santa Rita Hills    92 points   BUY NOW

"The 2015 Chardonnay La Rinconada Vineyard is another terrific white that was barrel fermented and aged in mostly neutral/older barrels. Sautéed apples, salty minerality, hints of butter and spice all emerge from this nicely textured, supple, polished beauty that offers fruit and texture, with is acidity nicely buffered, yet present."

2015 Lone Oak Vineyard Chardonnay  Santa Lucia Highlands   92 points SOLD OUT

"Toasted bread, honeysuckle, white flowers and lemon curd notes all emerge from the 2015 Chardonnay Lone Oak Vineyard, and it's tight and vibrant on the palate, with nicely integrated acidity and a great finish. It needs a year of bottle age."

2015 Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay  Santa Lucia Highlands   92 points

to be released September 20th

"I loved the 2015 Chardonnay Rosella's Vineyard and it's a classic wine from this cooler site. White grapefruit, citrus and subtle minerality all flow to a racy, lively, crisp Chardonnay that's going to evolve gracefully."

2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay-  91 points  BUY NOW

"The appellation 2015 Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands release sports a light gold color as well as a richer style in its buttered citrus, honeysuckle, and white flower aromas and flavors. It has good density on the palate, as well as bright acidity, and is a great introduction into the Santa Lucia Highlands, as well as the quality of the Testarossa wines."

2015 Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay  Santa Lucia Highlands   90 points SOLD OUT

"Slightly more reductive, with bright citrus and salty minerality notes, the 2015 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard has good tension and focus on the palate, with the higher acid profile of the vintage. It has terrific purity and is certainly an outstanding Chardonnay. Give bottles a few years and it will keep through 2025."

2015 Tondre Grapefield Chardonnay  Santa Lucia Highlands  90 points SOLD OUT

"The 2015 Chardonnay Tondre Grapefield offers a touch more brioche and toasty notes, yet has a similar citrus driven style in its fruit, medium-bodied richness and bright acidity."

2015 Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir  chalone   94 Points 

to be released 2018

"From the Chalone AVA, the 2015 Pinot Noir Brosseau Vineyard was destemmed and spent 12 months in 60% New French oak. It offers a gorgeous texture as well as medium-bodied richness, sweet tannin and classic notes of black raspberries, toasted spice and white flowers. It's a beautiful Pinot Noir that excels in the vintage."

2015 Dos Rubios Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 91 Points

To be released August 9th, 2017

"The 2015 Pinot Noir Dos Rubios Vineyard is a downright charming effort that saw 12 months in 52% new French oak. Baking spices, sweet red fruits and hints of dried underbrush all emerge from this pleasure bent, supple, polished red that has no hard edges and is ready to go."

2015 Fogstone Vineyard Pinot Noir  Santa Lucia Highlands  93 points SOLD OUT

"The 2015 Pinot Noir Fogstone Vineyard was completely destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks before spending 11 months in 68% new French oak. It has a darker core, with lots of earthy currant fruits, wood smoke and licorice aromatics. It's rich, nicely concentrated and structured on the palate, and is going to benefit from a year or two in bottle."

2015 Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir  Santa Lucia Highlands  91 points

To be released September 20th, 2017

"The 408-case 2015 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard is one of the more fresh, elegant wines in the lineup. Ripe cherries, raspberries, sappy herbs and floral notes all emerge from this silky, very pretty, lightly textured beauty. It has fine tannin and solid length. Like most of the wines from Bill Brosseau, it was destemmed, fermented in stainless steel and aged in roughly 70% new French oak."

2015 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills  91 points

To be released march 2018

"The 2015 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard spent 11 months in 83% new French oak. It's a fruit forward, pure, impressively textured red that has classic notes of framboise, strawberries and flowers. It's balanced hard to resist."

2015 Niclaire Pinot Noir   California   94 points  BUY NOW

"There's 400 cases of the 2015 Pinot Noir Niclaire and it comes from a multitude of sites spread from the Santa Lucia Highlands to the Sta. Rita Hills. It was completely destemmed, fermented in stainless steel and spent 12 months in 50% new French oak. Black raspberries, dried cranberries, wild strawberries and floral, minty notes all emerge from this silky, beautifully polished, elegant Pinot Noir. I love its tannin quality, and while it has plenty of fruit, it stays graceful and elegant, with solid length. Terrific stuff."

2015 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir  Santa Lucia Highlands  94 points SOLD OUT

"From a site that excelled in 2015, the 2015 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard was completely destemmed and spent 12 months in 53% new French oak. It offers terrific notes of black raspberries, crushed rock and spring flowers in a richly textured, concentrated style. While it leads with its fruit, it has plenty of tension and fine tannin on the finish."

2015 Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 90 points

to be released september 20th, 2017

"Spring flowers, tart cherries and raspberries define the bouquet of the 2015 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard. It's graceful, elegant, and seamless, with bright acidity and a light textured, and I wouldn't push the aging curve, but it shines for its finesse and purity."

2015 Rosemary's Vineyard Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande Valley 90 points

Release TBD

"From a great site in the Arroyo Grande Valley, the 2015 Pinot Noir Rosemary's Vineyard offers a Burgundian flare in its earthy dark fruits, underbrush, and leafy herb aromas. Rounded, nicely textured and sweetly fruited on the palate, with soft tannin, drink it over the coming 5-7 years."

2015 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 92 points SOLD OUT

"One of the more reserved and closed wines in the lineup, the 2015 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard (aged 10 months in 50% new French oak) has a darker slant to it fruit (blackberries, red currants) as well as plenty of forest floor, earth and spice aromas and flavors. It's beautifully concentrated, has good acidity, and will benefit from a year or two in bottle, and keep for a decade."

2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir   90 points BUY NOW

"The appellation release is the 2015 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands and it saw 11 months in 56% new French oak. Its deeper raspberry color is followed by a juicy, fresh, lively Pinot Noir that shows the vintages freshness and elegance. Framboise, spring flowers, spice and hints of earth give way to a medium-bodied, lightly textured, balanced effort that's ideal for drinking over the coming 4-6 years."

2015 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir   Santa Lucia Highlands 92 points SOLD OUT

"The 2015 Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard is an excellent example of this vineyard, which always leads with its fruit. Aged 11 months in 70% new French oak, it has lots of ripe raspberry, blueberry, sappy herbs and minty notes, medium-bodied richness, and a silky, yet still plush and mouthfilling texture. Drink it over the coming 6-7 years. This site always has a softness to its fruit, yet it has bright acidity and fine tannin as well."