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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Loves Our 2015 Vintage!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate just released their reviews and ratings for the 2015 vintage on the Central Coast!

94 points    2015 Brosseau Vineyard Chardonnay      Buy 750mL   Buy 1.5L Magnum
94 points    2015 Diana's Chardonnay                          Buy 750mL   Buy 1.5L Magnum
93+ points  2015 Tondre Grapefield Chardonnay       Buy 750mL   Buy 1.5L Magnum
93+ points  2015 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir           to be released December 2015
93  points   2015 Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay     sold out
93 points    2015 Niclaire Pinot Noir                             sold out
92 points    2015 Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir           Buy 750mL    Buy 1.5L Magnum
92 points    2015 Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir          to be released January 2018
92 points    2015 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir               sold out
91 points    2015 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir        sold out
90 points    2015 Fogstone Vineyard Chardonnay       Buy 750mL   Buy 1.5L Magnum
90 points    2015 Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay       Buy 750mL   Buy 1.5L Magnum
90 points    2015 Fogstone Vineyard Pinot Noir          Buy 750mL
90 points    2015 Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir              Buy 750mL   Buy 1.5L Magnum

Here's what she had to say about the 2015 vintage as a whole on the Central Coast:

"Winemakers were biting their nails wondering what kind of wines the vintage would reveal. I think we were all expecting big, monolithic monstrosities across the board. Man, were we wrong. The signature characters of the very best wines for this year are: vibrancy, fantastic delineation, a LOT of layers, an almost electric intensity (without heaviness) plus great freshness and, for the reds, firm (but not overly firm) frames of ripe, fine-grained tannins." read full report

2015 Brosseau Vineyard Chardonnay   94 points
"The 2015 Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard features a seriously savory nose of yeast extract, crusty bread, beeswax and cashews with an earthy/minerally undercurrent and core of lemon pie, warm grapefruit and white peaches. Medium-bodied, it has a lively backbone of refreshing acidity cutting the intense savory flavors, finishing long and satiny."

2015 Diana's Chardonnay    94 points
"With a wonderfully gregarious, multilayered nose of guava, pineapple, ripe peaches and pink grapefruit plus supporting notions of spice box, candied ginger and toasted nuts, the medium-bodied 2015 Chardonnay Diana's is tightly wound in the mouth, offering glimpses at the many tropical and savory layers, finishing long and vibrant."

2015 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir    93+ points
"The 2015 Chardonnay Tondre Grapefield Vineyard delivers lemon curd, grapefruit and peach blossom notes with suggestions of baker’s yeast, orange blossoms and chalk dust. Medium-bodied, it has a great core of citrus fruit intensity and mineral layers, providing wonderful energy and verve, finishing long and zingy."

2015 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir     93+ points
"Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Tondre Grapefield has a nose of baked cherries, warm plums and cranberry sauce with nuances of new leather, black soil and sautéed herbs. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers mouthfilling spicy and earth-laced fruit with velvety tannins and great length."

2015 Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay     93 points
"Opening with exuberant brioche, honey-nut and pineapple notes over hints of apple pie and honeysuckle, the 2015 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard has a refreshing palate marked by zingy acidity, cutting through the intense tropical and toasty flavors, finishing on a mineral note."

2015 Niclaire Pinot Noir     93 points
"The 2015 Pinot Noir Niclaire has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and fragrant nose of black cherries, roses and violets with hints of cumin seed, cinnamon and cloves, plus an earthy waft of underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, with a lovely firm backbone of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness supporting the generous, perfumed flavors, it finishes with great length."

2015 Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir    92 points
"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard is scented of violets and roses over notions of kirsch, cranberry sauce and red plums plus a touch of spice box. Medium-bodied, soft, supple and spicy in the mouth, it has lovely plush tannins and lingering cinnamon and cloves notes on the finish."

2015 Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir       92 points
"Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Brosseau Vineyard sports a spicy nose of Chinese five spice and black pepper over a core of warm red currants, mulberries and black cherries with a waft of lavender. Medium-bodied, the palate gives a good amount of spicy red and black fruit with a pleasant chew to the tannins and a refreshing finish."

2015 Pisoni Pinot Noir                 92 points
"Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard gives up fragrant cinnamon, star anise and fenugreek notes with a core of red currants and red cherries, plus wafts of dried roses and lavender. Medium-bodied with a lively backbone of freshness lifting the fruit, it has a lovely soft texture and long spicy finish."

2015 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir     91 points
"Pale to medium ruby-purple color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard has pretty floral notes of red roses and violets over a core of black tea, cranberries and red currants with waft of mossy bark and dusty soil. Medium-bodied, with a very fine-grained texture, it delivers a lively backbone and long, earthy finish."

2015 Fogstone Vineyard Chardonnay  90 points
"The 2015 Chardonnay Fogstone Vineyard opens with ripe peach, warm pears and allspice with touches of baking bread, crushed stones and yuzu zest. Medium-bodied, it has a great concentration of stone fruit flavors with citrus accents, finishing long and creamy."

2015 Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay       90 points
"The 2015 Chardonnay Rosella's Vineyard gives lovely tropical and stone fruit notes of guava and nectarines with hints of honeyed toast, shaved almonds and coriander seed. Medium-bodied, it has a nice satiny texture and lovely freshness carrying off the bold, tropical fruit, finishing long and lively."

2015 Fogstone Vineyard Pinot Noir  90 points
"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Fogstone Vineyard offers up black cherry and black raspberry notes with hints of Provence herbs, black pepper and garrigue plus a touch of black soil. Medium-bodied, it delivers a fair bit of chew and pleasant freshness, with appealing red and black fruits, finishing on an earthy note."

2015 Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir       90 points
"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard is scented of cranberry sauce, red currant jelly and rose hip tea with hints of damp earth and underbrush. The medium-bodied palate gives plenty of chew to support the earthy layers, finishing with an herbal lift."