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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shiraz 2009 Archived REVIEWS

erobertparker.com - 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."

Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon

Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Archived REVIEWS

erobertparker.com - Neal Martin - August 2011

89 Points "The 2008 Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon has an attractive nose with dark berries, mint and a touch of cedar, all with nicely integrated oak. The medium-bodied palate has a lively, animated entry with vibrant dark cherry and wild strawberry fruit with a rather oaky, but well-balanced Medocian, mocha-tinged finish. This Cabernet is well crafted and brimming with vigour."

Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon

Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Susan Kostrzewa - June 2009

88 Points "This wine has a spicy nose of black currant, blueberry and red berry, and on the palate, like flavors are touched with a smoke and tobacco spin. Structure and balance further recommend it. Overall, a luscious appealing Cabernet."

Unfiltered Chardonnay

Unfiltered Chardonnay 2005 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - March 2007

88 Points "Straw-yellow color. High-toned, expressive aromas of peach and honey, plus a whiff of coconutty oak. Sweet, suave and nicely concentrated, with a subtle vanillin oakiness to the tropical fruit, yellow peach and lemon drop flavors. Nicely silky wine that finishes with a firm edge and good grip."

Unfiltered Merlot

Unfiltered Merlot 2006 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - David Schildknecht - August 2008

88 points "...strikes an excellent balance between sweetness of fruit and integration of wood with the slightly herbacious notes inherent in Merlot. Ripe red cherry and tomato foliage aromas mingle in the nose, on the palate there is ample richness, supple tannins, with subtle dark chocolate, toasted nut, and bitter herbal nuances, and the considerable finish is satisfyingly juicy, with restrained hints of vanilla and toast."

Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc

Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Archived REVIEWS

erobertparker.com - Neal Martin - August 2011

88 Points "Aged on its lees, it has an attractive nose with scents of fresh green apples, gooseberry and a hint of white tipped asparagus. The palate is well balanced with good acidity, bursting with crisp green fruits with a touch of bell pepper on the finish. This is a fine example of South African Sauvignon Blanc."

Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc

Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Susan Kostrzewa - March 01, 2010

87 Points "A fresh, green nose of grass, herbs and asparagus leads on this mouthfilling white. Flavors of citrus, tropical fruit and melon are punctuated by earthy spice and herbs. A lengthy aftertaste adds to the appeal. An interesting, distinctive Sauvignon Blanc."

Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc

Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - David Schildknecht - August 2009

87 points "Fleur du Cap's 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Unfiltered does a creditable job of incorporating passion fruit and bell pepper defining characteristics of its variety into a nevertheless satisfying whole, thanks to fennel, white pepper, and pungently herbal accents; a succulent, lush, mouth-coating, yet refreshing palate presence, and a clean, not inconsequential finish."

The Wine Advocate - David Schildknecht - August 2008

87 points "The 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Unfiltered offers scents of honeydew melon, celery, and just a hint of passion fruit. As juicy, generous, and 'cooling' in fruit character as its aromas suggest, this tank-rendered Sauvignon finishes with succulence and refreshment."

Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc

Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - March 2007

88 Points "Pale, bright yellow; slight spritz. Aromas of gooseberrry, lime and grass, with hints of toast, vanilla and tropical fruits. Rather rich and silky but with good limey lift and thrust and a light suggestion of asparagus. Essentially gently styled wine with good intensity and a refreshing note of bitterness on the finish."

Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc

Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2004 Archived REVIEWS

The Wall Street Journal - Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher - May 20, 2005

Favorite in Blind Ta "Tart and as refreshing as a just-picked Persian lime, but it also has nice minerals underneath that give it some complexity and special interest."