91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013
(50% new French oak): Ruby-red. Smoky red berry preserve and cherry pit aromas are complicated by notes of vanilla and licorice. Juicy, penetrating red fruit flavors show impressive depth as well as energy and pick up spiciness with air. A touch of bitter chocolate comes up on the finish, which features dusty tannins and a strong echo of sweet red fruit. The Ashley's vineyard is now called Rancho Las Hermanas, by the way.
89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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