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We’re excited about our new scores from the Wine Advocate for three of our favorite wines. Stock up and sip along with us:

2014 Mardikian Estate Pinot Noir, 91 Points

2014 Wightman House Pinot Noir, 94 Points

2014 Pratt Vineyard, Vine Hill Chardonnay, 94 Points

 
 

2014 MARDIKIAN ESTATE PINOT NOIR

The third release of our only Estate vineyard realizes the dream of having eight stellar Pinot Clones in the wine, the first time this has happened. Mardikian is a thinking person’s wine, contemplative if you will, rich and opulent and not prone to showing off. This is the true Sonoma Coast, just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, and the maritime influences show. The salty air descends each day on the vineyard, leaving a distinctive and easily recognizable signature. Aromas of Asian Five Spice leave an exotic impression, followed by dark raspberry and plum and tasty down under style black licorice. The vineyard is only in its sixth leaf, so each new vintage offering is truly something special, an evolving tale that is wonderful to explore and experience.

 

2014 Wightman House Pinot Noir

If Pinot Noir is often described as feminine, well, this wine shows a decidedly masculine bent. Unusual in that it hails from a tiny two-acre vineyard planted to just the Martini clone, it always features big tannins and broad shoulders, a big boy wine which requires some steady persuasion at harvest time, when tiny rock-hard berries with thick skins don’t give up their treasure easily. An aggressive pigeage regime demands careful attention, but the result is always rewarding. Classic Anderson Valley earthiness and crisp acids lead, balanced with tart cranberries, sour cherry and a touch of white pepper and oak spice. Never shy, and rewarding for those who favor a powerful expression of Pinot Noir.

 

2014 Pratt Vineyard, Vine Hill Chardonnay

Well drained sandy Goldridge soil with wonderful natural acidity and low pH set the stage for Chardonnay with aromas of white peach and lemon curd, citrus blossoms and gardenias and for the romantic, white rose petal. Bright, lively acid with oak that hides a bit, subtle but insistent. Flavors of white peach and not so puckery grapefruit are framed in a medium-bodied wine that is flat out refreshing. The ABC crowd meets its match here, she’s a head turner.

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