90+ Point Wines
Swan Clone, Estate Pinot Noir
Each sip of this wine brings a word association game to mind. Swan Clone . . . Swan Lake . . . Ballet . . . Ballet Dancers . . . Graceful. And like the ballet dancers themselves, this wine has a gracefulness to the palate with the structure to support it. A wine that is light on its feet, evoking flavors and aromas of just-ripe strawberry, fresh cherry and cinnamon. Each time you open a bottle is an Opening Night not to be missed.
Gee Vineyard Pinot Noir
Gee Vineyard is infused with so much of Dr. Gee’s personality, it shines through in every bottle. A man who wears a permanent smile on his face, and a wine that brings a smile to each person who drinks it. A man so kind and giving, and a wine so giving of its terroir. This is a wine of devotion. Each vine was planted by hand in 1981 and each vintage has been crafted with this devotion in mind.
Terraces, Estate Pinot Noir
A perfect example of a wine that emphasizes site above all else. The same clones of Pinot Noir planted elsewhere on our property produce wines with lighter fruit profiles. Usually when someone is labeled “difficult to work with”, that’s a negative. However, in the case of the Terraces Pinot Noir, being difficult to work with is a bonus. These vines don’t come in highly-manicured, perfectly straight rows. They don’t have just a single sun exposure. The soil profile isn’t uniform throughout the block. The Terraces vines produce brooding, powerful wines with layers of intense structure. The terraced hillsides are difficult to farm, but the wines are easy to love.
Dijon Clone, Estate Pinot Noir
You may have met my sister (Pommard Clone) by now. What can I say; she’s flashy, juicy and succulent. I know what they say about me, “She’s more reserved and mercurial, blah blah blah.” But give me time and once I unwind . . . watch out! Layers of dark fruit, entwined with more spice than I know what to do with. Like I said, give me time . . . but don’t miss your chance and don't leave without me.
Estate Pinot Meunier
Pinot Meunier is a dichotomy; a sip of sunshine and fog at the same time. One day it will be a bright, fresh vision of grace. Think strawberry and pomegranate; perfect for a lively conversation. The next day it will be a brooding, savory wine. Earthy mushrooms, cinnamon and blackberry; like a rainy day best spent snuggled up on the couch indoors. Either way, it’s unique and delicious.
Estate Pinot Noir
A tangy fresh cherry nose opens to cocoa, cola, and notes of nutmeg. The juicy lip smacking entry shows lovely cherry and wild strawberry flavors with gorgeous rose petal and baking spices in the background. Smooth tannin and vibrant acidity make this a perfect wine for food pairings.
Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay
Down in the southern end of Napa Valley, we have a mindset called “Carneros Casual.” Our idea of a traffic jam is getting stuck behind a tractor. The Hyde family has been farming in Carneros for decades, but don’t let their casual exterior fool you. They grow some seriously great grapes. Our Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay is a true Carneros wine. Easily approachable with its lush, juicy flavors and aromatics, yet unwavering in its power and structure.
This Chardonnay has had a wardrobe malfunction. It stands naked before us, laid bare without even a hint of oak. A pure expression of the Chardonnay grape to highlight its grace and freshness; lemongrass, Gravenstein apple and Asian pear. OK, go ahead and look. She is beautiful.
If you really love Chardonnay, then you’ll really, really love this Chardonnay. And if you really don’t like Chardonnay, well . . . you’re still going to love this wine. It’s got power and grace at the same time. Fresh, vibrant acid with bold, golden flavors. Lovingly crafted from the get-go and tightly hugged by French oak barrels for 10 months. Try it; we dare you not to like it.
You will find layered, lovely aromas of fuji apple, clementines, kaffir lime and jasmine. A rich, yet tangy palate showcases flavors of nectarine, lemon curd and brioche with a long lip-smacking finish. Pair this with a roast chicken, a thick pork chop or just good friends.
Vin Gris of Pinot Noir
It’s been said that learning another language when you’re older is tough. Not true. Vin Gris of Pinot Noir is a lesson in the French language. Vin Gris actually translates to “Wow! That’s tasty!” Now that’s all the French you need to know.
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Las Brisas Vineyard Riesling
The Las Brisas Riesling is like dancing through fields and meadows. A wine reminiscent of your favorite things as Spring emerges from Winter’s grasp. The aromas will remind you of your favorite flowers in the garden. Flavors that excite the palate and encourage you to clean off the grill and sharpen your cooking knives. And all of this by the first sip, so finish the glass and see where it takes you.
2016 Pommard Clone,
Estate Pinot Noir
“The 2016 Pinot Noir Estate Pommard Clone is medium ruby-purple colored with a nose of black cherries, black raspberries, violets and dried herbs with earthy undertones. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a soft, satiny texture with savory layers and an herbal lift on the finish.”
Lisa Perotti-Brown, MW,
Robert Parker Wine Advocate, January 31, 2019
2016 Hyde Vineyard
“The 2016 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay sashays out of the glass with flamboyant butterscotch, allspice, candied ginger and toasted almonds scents over a core of ripe apricots, lemon tart and peach cobbler. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with stone fruit and spicy layers, with a satiny texture and lingering zesty finish.”
Lisa Perotti-Brown, MW,
The Wine Advocate, Mid-October 2018 New Releases