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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Lauren Buzzeo - November 2011

87 Points Best Buy "This Cab has all of the classic notes one would expect: rich dark berry fruit, black plum skin, cigar tobacco and black currant leaf are all front and center. The tannins are surprisingly firm and tightly structured, but the nuances of milk chocolate sauce and graham cracker crumb add decadence to the finish."

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Susan Kostrzewa - June 2009

87 points, Best Buy "This wine starts with a sexy nose—-dried herbs, plum, balsamic pepper—-and on the palate, marries fresh fruit and dry spice with an herbal spin. Balanced and approachable, and a good sip on its own."

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - March 2009

87 points "Good bright red-ruby. Crushed cassis, plum, tobacco and nutty oak on the nose. Supple and silky but a bit reduced, with firm acidity framing the somewhat medicinal flavors of menthol, dark chocolate and herbs. More about soil than primary fruits, but there's good intensity here. Finishes with big, dusty tannins."


Chardonnay 2010 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - September 30, 2011

87 Points Best Values "A hint of matchstick gives way quickly to ripe, flattering pear and fig fruit flavors, with a juicy, light toasty finish."


Chardonnay 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Susan Kostrzewa - March 2009

87 points "Spicy oak and honey offer an alluring start. Great balance combines with a hearty backbone. Friendly but sophisticated, it has diverse pairing potential—lobster, poultry, creamy cheeses."


Chardonnay 2006 Archived REVIEWS

Boston Globe - Stephen Meuse - July 25, 2007

Recommended "Biggish straight-up chardonnay fruit; spicy floral aromatics; a rich overlay of soil flavors; lots of character and fine zip to boot."


Chardonnay 2005 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Susan Kostrzewa - March 2007

88 Points, Best Buy "This barrel-fermented Chardonnay has a lively nose of apricot and melon. It's zesty, but has a balanced weight and complexity of nut and toasted oak that gives it substance. Delicious and intriguing, it will pair well with oysters and smoked seafood."


Chardonnay 2003 Archived REVIEWS

San Francisco Chronicle - March 03, 2005

"Shy aromas of flowers and green apple; white peach, lemon-lime, apple, stone, dried apricot and mineral flavors with presence of oak and hint of honey; bright acidity, balanced."

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc 2011 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Lauren Buzzeo - July 2012

86 Points "Although only 10% of this wine was aged in oak, you can definitely pick up on some of the woody accents—like vanilla and faint toast—that spice up core of green apple flesh and melon rind. Medium bodied and balanced, a sweet spice accent lingers nicely through the finish."

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc 2008 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Susan Kostrzewa - November 01, 2010

#55 of the Top 100 Best Buys 2010: "This Chenin starts with aromas of vanilla, spice and honey, followed by upfront flavors of peaches, honey and spice. Fun but elegant, with a balanced freshness that keeps it clean on the tongue. Pair with creamy cheeses, fruit."


Merlot 2006 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Susan Kostrzewa - June 2008

87 points "Meaty, savory aromas and mouthfilling berry and spice flavors give this big wine dimension and personality. Smooth tannins and good acid/fruit balance keep it varietally true, but needs an equal wine pairing--think roasted game or grilled meat."


Merlot 2002 Archived REVIEWS

The Washington Post - Michael Franz - July 28, 2004

"Classy and complex, but still generous, this is a fine example of a South African red with one foot in the Old World and one in the New. With fresh, medium-bodied berry fruit augmented by a lightly earthy streak, it could pass as easily for a good Lalande de Pomerol as for a California Merlot."

Noble Late Harvest

Noble Late Harvest 2015

The Wine Advocate - Neal Martin - April 28, 2017

88 Points "The 2015 Unfilitered Noble Late Harvest offers plenty of honeyed fruit on the nose, intermingling with tangerine and quince, and maintaining respectable delineation. The palate is unctuous on the entry with layers of rich, honeyed fruit mixed with orange sorbet. Credit to the winemaking team, as they manage to retain fine acidity and tension here so that they avoid any cloyingness. Enjoy this over the next 5-6 years."

Noble Late Harvest 2011 Archived REVIEWS

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - February 01, 2014

90 Points Best Buy "This botrytized riesling has a floral delicacy and a generous texture that make it delicious to sip on its own. Scents of orange zest and honeycomb infuse the wine and carry through on a finely integrated line of flavor. A steal at the price."

Noble Late Harvest 2010 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Lauren Buzzeo - July 01, 2014

90 Points "This starts off sweet and unctuous, with scents of superripe nectarine and apricot that flood the bouquet, followed by hints of baking spice, lightly toasted nuts and honey. The full, round texture is balanced by refreshing acidity that carries through to the long, bright finish. Drink now–2016."


Pinotage 2012 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Lauren Buzzeo - July 01, 2015

89 Points #59 Top 100 Best Buys 2015 "This value-minded wine from an iconic producer offers attractive initial scents of brambly berry and cherry, with additional touches of marzipan and vanilla that lend decadence. The medium-weight palate shows great balance, with ample acidity and firm yet fine tannins that frame the bright red-fruit flavors. Drink now–2018."


Pinotage 2006 Archived REVIEWS

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - March 2009

87 points "Deep red. Aromas of mulberry, redcurrant, spices and smoky, cedary oak. Then juicy but a bit hard-edged, with good intensity but a slightly tart herbal/minty quality to the fruit. A rather old-school pinotage, finishing with substantial dusty tannins."

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - David Schildknecht - August 2009

85 points "...[T]heir 2008 Sauvignon Blanc – while simple in its aromas and flavors of passion fruit, honeydew melon, and a hint of grass – is amply mouth-filling, highly refreshing, and admirably clean, making it a good value at its price for drinking over the next 6 months."

Wine & Spirits - February 2009

An Extreme Value "Spicy, green, tight, for oysters"

Wine Enthusiast - Susan Kostrzewa - November 15, 2008

86 points, A Best Bu "An attractive nose of gooseberry and grapefruit is followed by bright, fresh flavors of lemon, tropical fruit and minerals in this affordable SB. Slightly lean but still elegant, the wine has a refreshing citric finish."

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc 2004 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - M.M. - April 01, 2005

87 Points - 'Best Bu "Clean and well-defined with abundant green apple, herb grass and mineral notes. It's subtle, with a fine, high strung balance, becoming more impressive with time in the glass. A brisk finish closes this tasty, affordable example of the elevated confidence and performance so many Cape wineries now demonstrate with Sauvignon Blanc."

San Francisco Chronicle - March 03, 2005

"New Zealand style nose with Granny Smith apple, grass, herb, hint of mineral and some pungency; similar flavors plus some lemon-lime; dried herb on the long finish; well made."


Shiraz 2013 Archived REVIEWS

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - February 01, 2015

Year's Top 100 Value "A rough and ready shiraz with lasting red fruit, this wine's herbal tannins bring to mind anise and tobacco. Its full texture will meld with braised lamb."


Shiraz 2009 Archived REVIEWS - Neal Martin - August 2011

88 Points "The 2009 Bergkelder Shiraz has a ripe, black plum, mint and pepper-tinged nose with fine definition and prudent use of oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good acidity and once again, well-integrated oak. The finish is crisp and well delineated with fresh blackberry, plum and spice with a hint of game right on the finish. This is a commendable entry-level Shiraz."