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"Smooth and subtle with light cherry, earth and spice notes; a good array of ripe fruit and buttery oak." -- Beverage & Food Dynamics


"This winery has quietly established an enviable track record. Bottlings like this fresh, classic Pinot explain why." --Bon Appetit


"Up-front and well-extracted fruit is the overarching theme of this succulent young Pinot, and the role of sweet oak is held to that of a quiet supporting player. Broad, supple and fairly mouthfilling stuff, it combines slippery softness with a spark of youthful brightness and a wisp of tannin in a way that commends drinking in the near term. Likely to peak in about three years, it will nonetheless make delicious drinking with juicy pork loin entrees even now." --Connoisseurs Guide


"Mendocino's Anderson Valley is the great undiscovered pinot noir region in California. This excellent example shows what's possible. The color is medium ruby with bright purple highlights. The nose shows violets and cherries with blackberry, huckleberry, brown sugar and wild spices on the palate. Impressively juicy and long on the finish." --Wine & Spirits Buying Guide


88 "Smooth, ripe and juicy, with pretty plum, black cherry and light oak shadings. Turns elegant and supple on the finish, with a delicate, fruity aftertaste." --Wine Spectator


"Full-throttle, with gobs of heavily-toasted oak and extremely ripe black cherry fruit. Flavors are sweet and well-balanced. A kick to drink." -- Santa Rosa Press Democrat


"Enticing, luscious red berry fruit, cherry and plum, along with a lovely touch of spicy oak from six months of aging in French oak. On the palate, the wine displays a wonderful, round, silky mouthfeel and a smooth, lengthy finish." --Peter Marks, Draeger's Market


"Medium-light to medium ruby; pleasant, floral, moderately intense, briary, cherry fruit aroma with hints of whole berry fermentation....moderately rich, supple, herbal, black cherry fruit flavors. Above average quality. This bright, clean wine developed with airing in the glass and is enjoyable to drink now. highly recommended." -- California Grapevine


1996 Pinot Noir

Anderson Valley

0.65 T.A., 3.61 pH

13.5% alcohol

Bottled June 30, 1997

Released November 15, 1997

1075 cases produced



Gold, Best New World Pinot Noir, New World International Wine Competition

Gold, Chairman's Award, Riverside International Wine Competition

Gold, San Diego National Wine Competition

Gold, West Coast Wine Competition

Silver, The Dallas Morning News

Silver, Orange County Fair

Silver, San Francisco International Wine Competition

Silver, Mendocino County Fair

Bronze, California State Fair

Bronze, National Orange Show