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  • 100 Points Wine Advocate

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard offers up a profound and singular nose of loam, rocks and iron ore over a core of black cherries, baked black berries and preserved plums with hints of licorice, dark chocolate, cedar, sautéed herbs and beef broth. Full-bodied, rich and demonstrating great depth with a wonderfully compelling personality, it delivers a multitude of savory meat and toast layers, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins. It finishes with incredible persistence, allowing those provocative mineral nuances to shine through.”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

  • (98-100) Points Wine Advocate

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane is my favorite again of this grouping and has the potential to be a perfect wine, which is really hitting the bull’s-eye in 2014. Plenty of gravelly notes, blueberry, blackberry and mulberry jump from the glass of this inky bluish purple-colored 2014 Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The good news is that there are 1,200 cases of this, compared to only 752 cases in 2013. It should drink well for 15-20 years. ”
    — Robert Parker View Article

  • 100 Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard has a Mission Haut-Brion-on-steroids character, as it seems to be all gravel pit. Loads of wet pebbles, graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a full-bodied opulence, and just a killer, skyscraper-like mouthfeel and stunning finish make for one of the most provocative and fabulous wines in this portfolio. Drink it over the next 25+ years. This is world-class and can stand up against anything made in 2013, as could the following wines as well.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (96-100) Points Wine Advocate

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “The first-growth 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard flirts again with a potential perfect score when it is finally in bottle. Opaque purple in color, with notes of charcoal, graphite, incense, blueberry and blackberry fruit, and a touch of new oak followed by a full-bodied, massively concentrated mouthfeel. This is an amazing wine for a 2014, and the good news is that there are 800 cases of it, compared to only 638 in 2013. It should drink well for 20 or more years. ”
    — Robert Parker

  • 100 Points JamesSuckling.com

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “This is incredible with blackberry, oyster shell and iodine. Stones and graphite. Perfect nose. Full-bodied, yet so balanced and dense with terrific subtle fruit and a salty, savory finish. Like sea salt with raw wagyu meat. Perfect.”
    — James Suckling

  • 100 Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “The second perfect score I have given to a Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (the other was the 2002), the 2013 is as spectacular as his 2002 was. There are 638 cases of this massive wine that comes across like a first-growth Pauillac. Lead pencil shavings, cedar wood, blueberry and blackberry liqueur as well as hints of forest floor and tobacco leaf are all present in this fragrant, sumptuously textured, full-bodied, massively rich yet sensationally well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a finish of well over 55 seconds. This is amazing work, and interestingly, I believe Hobbs was the first to offer a Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard designated Cabernet Sauvignon.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 100 points Wine Advocate

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “The second perfect score I have given to a Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (the other was the 2002), the 2013 is as spectacular as his 2002 was. There are 638 cases of this massive wine that comes across like a first-growth Pauillac. Lead pencil shavings, cedar wood, blueberry and blackberry liqueur as well as hints of forest floor and tobacco leaf are all present in this fragrant, sumptuously textured, full-bodied, massively rich yet sensationally well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a finish of well over 55 seconds. This is amazing work, and interestingly, I believe Hobbs was the first to offer a Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard designated Cabernet Sauvignon.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 100 points Wine Advocate

    2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “'Is one of the greatest young Cabernets I have tasted from California. Believe it or not, it reminds me of the way the 1986 Mouton-Rothschild tasted at age two or three. It is a classic from the tenderloin of Napa Valley - the Oakville Corridor. This 650-case cuvee has a dense purple color to the rim and an extraordinary nose of cedar, licorice, spice box, and gobs of cream de cassis liqueur-like notes. The wine has tremendous opulence, massive body, but unbelievable intensity, balance, and overall harmony. There is considerable tannin and acidity that offers vibrancy and delineation, but all this is seamlessly integrated into this modern-day classic. This is a fabulous wine made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in 100% new oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030. This wine requires patience.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (97-99) Points Wine Advocate

    2015 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “At this youthful stage, the 2015 Chardonnay Cuvee Agustina Richard Dinner Vineyard has an incredibly expressive nose of grapefruit peel, honeyed lemons, praline and buttered toast with hints of cedar and crushed stones. Full-bodied and absolutely packed with citrus, mineral and toasty flavors, has a seamless line of acid and an epically long, mineral-laced finish. ”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

  • Best of the Best The Robb Report

    2010 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    Holiday Host's Guide for Top 100 wines of 2012

    “This white’s beautiful, mineral-dominated nose of brine and light tobacco belies its luscious flavor profile of peach, pineapple, and hazelnut.”

  • (97-99) Points Wine Advocate

    2015 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Deep ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Cuvee Agustina Katherine Lindsay Estate leaps from the glass with floral notes of roses and violets over a core of crushed cherries, mulberries and fallen leaves with a hint of mossy bark. Richly fruited, concentrated and wonderfully minerally in the mouth, the tannins are oh-so-fine and grainy yet firm, and it finishes with great freshness and beguiling minerality. ”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

  • (96-99) Points Wine Advocate

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Nathan Coombs Estate
    Coombsville, Napa Valley

    “Even better than the 2013 (and this is probably the only cuvée about which I can say that when it comes to Bordeaux varietals), the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate is super-dense, displaying sweet crème de cassis, Christmas fruitcake and spice box notes as well as a long, opulent mouthfeel, crushed rock and lead pencil shavings, and a round, generous, sumptuous mouthfeel. It is a killer effort and a great example of Coombsville viticulture. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. Kudos to Paul Hobbs! ”
    — Robert Parker View Article

  • 99 Points JamesSuckling.com

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Amazing aromas of Chinese spices, sweet tobacco, incense, anise and dark fruits. Full-bodied, yet tight and reserved. Great density and polish. An entrancing wine. Lasts for minutes on the palate. Already a dream to drink but will improve magnificently. ”
    — James Suckling

  • (96-98) points Wine Advocate

    2014 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Again my probable favorite is the 2014 Chardonnay Ulises Valdez Vineyard. Killer tangerine, orange blossom and honeyed citrus notes are present in this full-bodied, beautifully pure Chardonnay that shows very little evidence of oak, as all of these wines do, even though they’re still in barrel.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 98+ Points Wine Advocate

    2014 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “The 2014 Chardonnay Cuvee Agustina Richard Dinner Vineyard is a little mute at the moment with ripe peaches, exotic spices and ginger over a tropical core of pineapples and guava, with wafts of brioche and aniseed. The palate is full-on rich and buxom, with a little cedar peeking through the densely packed tropical fruits and savory layers, supported by a lively backbone and finishing epically with minerals.”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

  • My Favorite Wines of 2012 Wine Spectator

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “These are the bottles that left a lasting impression. ”
    — Tim Fish View Article

  • 98 points Wine Advocate

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard displays loads of charcoal, barbecue smoke, blueberry and blackberry fruit, an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, and hints of charcoal and subtle oak in a full-bodied, multi-dimensional style. Drink it over the next 20 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 98 Points Wine Advocate

    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Of the three Beckstoffer Vineyards, it’s pretty much a joyride as to which one readers may prefer. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane moves more toward the wet rock, blueberry, raspberry fruit spectrum, but still stays dark and foreboding, very concentrated and full-bodied. The great terroir comes through and the wine is distinctive, singular, opulent and rich. Another fabulous success from Paul Hobbs and one more showcase wine for this great vineyard. Anticipated maturity: now-2032sumptuous nose of blueberries, black raspberry jam and wet rocks that provide a hedonistic blast of fruit as well as exceptional minerality. With glorious richness in the mouth, fabulous purity, a skyscraper-like texture and an elegant style without heaviness, this sensational and compelling Cabernet Sauvignon should be one of the superstars of what looks to be a vintage loaded with big hitters. It should age effortlessly for 20+ years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 98 Points JamesSuckling.com

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Fabulous aromas of blue fruits and slate. Very perfumed. Full body and polished, velvety yet fine-grained tannins that are lightly austere. Love the Spanish-cedar, cigar-box, tobacco and herbal character. Wonderful finish. Fresh and savory. Drink or hold.”
    — James Suckling

  • 98 Points JamesSuckling.com

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Fabulous aromas of sweet tobacco in a curing barn, black currants, stones and spices. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and superb length. Graphite. Very, very complex. Super structure. ”
    — James Suckling

  • 98 Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard displays loads of charcoal, barbecue smoke, blueberry and blackberry fruit, an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, and hints of charcoal and subtle oak in a full-bodied, multi-dimensional style. Drink it over the next 20 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 98 Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard displays loads of charcoal, barbecue smoke, blueberry and blackberry fruit, an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, and hints of charcoal and subtle oak in a full-bodied, multi-dimensional style. Drink it over the next 20 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 98+ Points Wine Advocate

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard reveals notes of blackberry preserves and blueberry compote with chocolate box, star anise, sandalwood, dried meat and black loam nuances. The full-bodied palate is earthy and muscular, with a solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins and just enough freshness to support the taut earthy and savory flavors, finishing on a lingering spicy note. ”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

  • 98+ points Wine Advocate

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “A slightly more opulent, broader, savory effort that comes close to the perfect 2002.  The 2007 has more noticeable tannin than the 2002 did at the same stage as well as more obvious minerality, but notes of graphite, black currant liqueur, licorice, cedar, and spice box are found in this full-bodied, multidimensional, fabulously concentrated wine.  It was aged in 100% new Taransaud French oak barrels.  Give it 5-6 years o f cellaring, and drink it over the following three decades.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 98+ points Wine Advocate

    2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “A compelling, potentially legendary effort, there are 896 cases of the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyard To Kalon. An inky/purple color is accompanied by a classic Cabernet nose of tobacco smoke, crème de cassis, licorice, and lead pencil. It boasts massive body, great purity, loads of intensity as well as concentration, and a nectar-like unctousity on the mid-palate and finish. This tannic, unevolved baby tastes like a California version of a Paulliac first-growth. It's that special! Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (95-97) points Wine Advocate

    2015 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “The 2015 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard leaps from the glass with intense grapefruit, lemon zest and green mango notes over hints of toasted almonds and baking bread. Full-bodied and beautifully structured with a lovely backbone of acidity, the intense citrus and saline flavors just go on and on.”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown View Article

  • (95-97) Points Wine Advocate

    2014 Chardonnay
    Ellen Lane Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2014 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate exhibits more gravelly, wet pebble notes and loads of uplifted aromatics, including peach, pineapple, orange rind and lemon blossom. It is again a complex style of Chardonnay made from a cold micro climate.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (95-97) Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2013 Chardonnay Ulises Valdez Vineyard possesses fabulous fruit concentration. Notes of quince, honeysuckle, wet steel, pineapple and mango emerge from this full-bodied, dense effort with great acidity.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (96-97) Points JamesSuckling.com

    2015 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “This is really crazy with so much raw ginger and intensity on the palate. white pepper too. full and layered yet lively and flavorful. very serious. ”
    — James Suckling

  • (95-97) points Wine Advocate

    2014 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “The two 2014 cuvées from the Richard Dinner Vineyard are both full-throttle Chardonnays, with the Cuvée Agustina just bigger, denser, richer and, to my taste, even superior to the 2013 version. Both should drink well for 7-10 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95-97 Points Wine Advocate

    2015 Pinot Noir
    Fraenkle Cheshier Vineyard

    “…offering savory meat, game and fragrant earth notes over a core of red currants and Bing cherries, plus a waft of garrigue. Medium to full-bodied with a solid frame of grainy tannins and lively acid, it finishes long with some minerals coming through. ”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

  • (95-97) Points Wine Advocate

    2015 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate is a little restrained at this youthful stage, revealing glimpses of damp earth, moss and fungi notes over a core of cranberries and pomegranate, plus a touch of chocolate box and lavender. The full-bodied palate is full-on concentrated with tons of earth and layers of red berry flavors framed by firm, ripe tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long. ”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

  • 97 Points JamesSuckling.com

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Extremely aromatic and beautiful with blueberry and blackberry character that turns to plums and roses. Full body and firm and silky tannins. Linear and intensely citrusy acidity. Long, mineral finish. Wonderful energy to this wine. Drink or hold.”
    — James Suckling View Article

  • 97 Points JamesSuckling.com

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “This is truly fantastic with lavender, hot stone and black currants. Blueberries. Silky and seamless with glorious length and beauty. ”
    — James Suckling

  • 97 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Wonderfully exotic, with complex aromas of spice, cedar, currant, kirsch and blackberry that fold over to the rich, firm and full-bod­ied palate. Elegantly styled, layered and persistent. Simply a joy to drink. Drink now through 2012.”
    — James Laube

  • 97 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Amazingly complex, with great structure, depth, richness and concentration. A young and powerful expression of Cabernet, with tiers of dried currant, wild berry, fresh earth and toasty, smoky oak, ending with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2013. 601 cases made. ”
    — James Laube

  • 97+ Points Wine Advocate

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Nathan Coombs Estate
    Coombsville, Napa Valley

    “Having tasted this wine since the inaugural 2012 vintage, one of the aspects I most love about this vineyard is how clearly it stands stylistically apart from Paul Hobbs' St. Helena and Oakville single-vineyard wines—with red fruits entering the mélange, this incredible energy plus a very particular tannin texture—and yet the quality is right up there on the same par. Containing a dollop (2%) of Cabernet Franc, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate has a deep garnet-purple color and a vibrant nose of red currant and red plum compote, blackberry preserves and mulberries with underlying suggestions of garrigue, Mediterranean herbs, damp earth, lavender and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the tannins on this wine are oh-so-finely pixelated, with a refreshing backbone cutting through the intense flavor layers, finishing with an invigorating lift. I could sit down and drink this right now, but it promises much more to come with 10-15 years cellaring and should hold considerably longer.”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

  • 97 Points JamesSuckling.com

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Nathan Coombs Estate
    Coombsville, Napa Valley

    “A tight and intense wine with blueberry, asphalt and tar aromas and flavors. Powerful and amazing depth and structure. Great fruit and balance. Pencil shavings. Bright fruit and stones. Remains subtle and great. A hint of cabernet franc and petit verdot. ”
    — James Suckling

  • 97 Points Vinous

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Nathan Coombs Estate
    Coombsville, Napa Valley

    “Vivid and utterly captivating, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate Vineyard is also a wonderfully complete wine that brings together aromatic complexity, unctuous fruit and powerful structure, all signatures of this great Napa Valley vintage. Today, the 2013 is even better than it was from bottle. Drops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot round out the blend in a wine that captures the very best of site and year.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 97 Points Vinous

    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard captures the pure pedigree of this great site. Round and seamless on the attack, yet backed up by considerable underlying structure, the 2012 is utterly magnificent and complete. Blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, smoke, spices and menthol are layered into the voluptuous, perfumed finish. The 2012 is going to need time, but it is superb.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 97 Points Wine Advocate

    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Of the three Beckstoffer Vineyards, it’s pretty much a joyride as to which one readers may prefer. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard (readers may remember the 2002 merited a 100-point score) has a beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruit note, a hint of incense, charcoal, an opaque purple color, full-bodied opulence and again that first-growth quality, richness, complexity and intensity. I’m not sure this is as compelling as the 2002, but it’s not far away. This is a magnificent, multi-dimensional, skyscraper-like Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 15-20 years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 97 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “A much darker and more virile wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard opens with beguiling aromatics that meld into a core of blue and black fruit, exotic spices, tar, smoke and violets. The 2010 boasts superb depth, power and richness in a weighty, brooding style that is the essence of To Kalon. A huge, intense finish rounds things out in style. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2032. ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 97 Points Wine Advocate

    2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Saturates every corner of the palate with layers after layers of rich dark fruit, mocha, spices and licorice. This is a stunning To Kalon endowed with tons of site-specific character and nuance. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.”
    — Antonio Gallioni

  • 97+ points Wine Advocate

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Reminiscent of a great first-growth Pauillac. One of Napa’s true first-growth vineyards. Hobbs obtains just about everything one could want from this extraordinary site. The phenomenal 2008 boasts sweet, juicy crème de cassis, incense, blackberry, toasty oak, licorice and spice box characteristics. Deep and full-bodied with great intensity, freshness, laser-like precision, copious tannin and a 60+ second finish. This cuvee is best forgotten for 2-4 years and drunk over the following three decades. It comes close to rivaling the 2007 and the virtually perfect 2002 (which I recently drank and was blown away by).”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 97 points Wine Advocate

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “After the perfect 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard (that’s right, I raised my score by a point), the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon comes across as slightly more mortal. One of the outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons of the vintage, it tastes like a California concoction of La Mission Haut Brion and Montrose. Its deep purple color is followed by a sumptuously pure nose of sweet scorched earth, hot rocks, crème de cassis, graphite, and charcoal. The tannin is sweet, but elevated. Full-bodied and powerful, with 20-25 years of life, this spectacularly rich, dense, multi-layered effort oozes classic Cabernet Sauvignon varietal character.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (94-96) points Wine Advocate

    2014 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “The two 2014 cuvées from the Richard Dinner Vineyard are both full-throttle Chardonnays, with the Cuvée Agustina just bigger, denser, richer and, to my taste, even superior to the 2013 version. Both should drink well for 7-10 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (94-96) Points Wine Advocate

    2015 Chardonnay
    Ellen Lane Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2015 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate is a little shy at this youthful stage, offering pretty peach blossom and jasmine notes over a core of ripe apricots and spiced apples, plus a waft of brioche. Full-bodied with a great backbone of freshness cutting through the concentrated stone fruit and mineral flavors, it finishes with great persistence.”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown View Article

  • (94-96) points Wine Advocate

    2014 Chardonnay
    Ross Station Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2014 Chardonnay Ross Station offers even more minerality than the Ellen Lane, with notes of wet gravel, white currants, peach, honeysuckle and tangerine oil. It’s a beauty. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr. View Article

  • 96 Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Chardonnay
    Ross Station Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “clean quince, white currant, honeysuckle and pineapple notes, a touch of hazelnut, and a full-bodied, rich, concentrated, multi-layered mouthfeel. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 96 Points Wine Advocate

    2012 Chardonnay
    Ross Station Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The medium to full-bodied, crisp 2012 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate is a beautifully fragrant effort displaying notes of pear, honeysuckle, creme caramel and pineapple. Drink this offering over the next 4-5 years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (95-96) Points JamesSuckling.com

    2015 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “This is so dense and powerful with a beautiful center palate of ripe fruit and phenolic focus. Full body, long and impressive. A wine that should be great for aging.”
    — James Suckling

  • (94-96) Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “The 2013 Chardonnay Agustina Richard Dinner Vineyard reveals a lighter color than its sibling along with fresh, honeyed citrus, mango, pineapple and pear notes. Full-bodied with a touch of smoky oak and hazelnuts, it should drink well for 6-10 years”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 96 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Orange, nectarine, pineapple, citrus oil, and pear notes emerge from the 2007 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard Cuvee Agustina. A thick, juicy white with good underlying acidity as well as hints of crushed rocks/minerality, it should drink well for 7-8 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 96 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “A fabulous effort, the 2007 Chardonnay Walker Station is one of the top Chardonnays of the vintage. Sadly, this will be the final vintage of this offering as the old vines from which it was produced were torn out. It offers notes of unbuttered popcorn, white peaches, quince, mango, and brioche in a full-bodied, fresh, lively yet substantial style. With terrific intensity as well as a long (over 35 seconds) finish, this brilliant Chardonnay should evolve for 7-8 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 96 points Wine Spectator

    2003 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Rich and sophisticated, with seamless tiers of ripe and creamy fig, apricot and pear flavors enlivened by acidity.”
    — James Laube

  • (95-97) Points Wine Advocate

    2014 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “The three most limited cuvées of Pinot Noir in 2014 include the 2014 Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez, which has a dense purple color (looking more like Cabernet than Pinot), a terrific nose of rose petals, blueberries and black raspberries, an opulent, even sumptuous texture, and a full-bodied finish. This is a sensational Pinot to drink over the next 10-15 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr

  • (94-96) points Wine Advocate

    2014 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2014 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate shows a deep ruby purple color, wonderful purity, slightly more oak than its predecessors, but plenty of size, richness and substance.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 96 points Wine Advocate

    2009 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Extraordinary.  Fresh cut flowers, roses, spices, mint and black cherries are some of the many nuances that flow from this layered, textured Pinot.  The 2009 Lindsay possesses marvelous depth and richness form start to finish.  Finesse and power – this dazzling Pinot has it all. ”
    — Antonion Galloni

  • (94-96) points Wine Advocate

    2014 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The special cuvée, the 2014 Cuvée Agustina Katherine Lindsay Estate is even more concentrated than the 2013. With delineated notes of Chinese black tea, blueberry, black raspberry, licorice and forest floor. It is superb, rich and potentially very complex. Drink it over the next decade or more.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 96 Points Wine Advocate

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “A profound example of California Pinot Noir is the spectacular 2012 Pinot Noir Agustina Katherine Lindsay Estate. Made totally from the Calera clone, it offers fabulous mulberry, black raspberry and blueberry fruit intermixed with forest floor and mossy underbrush characteristics, and a deep, earthy mouthfeel with full-bodied meatiness and succulence. Enjoy this sensational Pinot Noir over the next decade or more. Sadly, there are only 246 cases.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 96 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is rich, sumptuous and totally striking. It brings together all of the classic Dr. Crane qualities – expressive aromatics, silky tannins and voluptuous fruit, all with the crystalline purity of 2010. Juicy dark cherries, roses, sweet spices and crushed rocks are layered into the expressive finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 96 points Wine Advocate

    2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Deep, seductive and powerful. It shows stunning richness and intensity, with layers of dark red fruit, smoke, licorice and tobacco in a style that is very expressive but not at all heavy. The 2009 is Clone 4. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 96 points Wine Advocate

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Exhibits classic notes of burning embers, hot gravel, steel, blueberries, flowers and blackberries followed by an intense, full-bodied, profoundly concentrated wine. This riveting effort should drink nicely for 25+ years. There is a flinty underpinning to this offering that comes from the 20-acre vineyard in St. Helena. Despite being aged in 100% new oak, there is no evidence of wood in the aromatic or flavor profiles. This profound Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is as grand as the 2007.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 96 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Exhibits a rocky, stony, gravelly, hot pebble-sort of nose that I often associate with wines such as Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion.  Beautifully sweet blueberry and blackberry fruit along with a note of led pencil shavings jump from the glass of this opaque purple-colored, full-bodied, intense wine.  This brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon should evolve gracefully for 25-30+ years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (93-96) Points Vinous

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is shaping up to be another beauty from Paul Hobbs. Rich and beautifully layered in the glass - with compelling interplay of fruit and structure - the 2014 is wonderfully complete, even at this early stage. I especially admire the intensely mineral/savory drive that is such a central part of what Las Piedras is all about. ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 96 Points Vinous

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is rich, powerful and explosive. The underlying minerality and intensity of this site comes through in spades. Lavender, crushed rocks, graphite, smoke and incense add shades of dimension. Readers will have to give the 2013 a few years to soften, but there is plenty to like.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 96 Points Wine Advocate

    2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Flows with the essence of mint, licorice, black cherries and flowers. It is a deep, muscular wine endowed with terrific richness and depth. Crushed rocks, graphite, minerals, smoke and tar are some of the many nuances that emerge on the dark, voluptuous finish. This seamless, pure wine is simply dazzling. The 2009 is the first Las Piedras from Paul Hobbs. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.”
    — Antonio Gallioni

  • 96 points JamesSuckling.com

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Nathan Coombs Estate
    Coombsville, Napa Valley

    “Aromas of cloves and currants with hints of rose petals. Iodine and oyster shell. Full body and polished and velvety tannins. Very linear and focused. A real backbone of fine tannins and acidity and mineral tension. Pinpoint clarity with immense density. Muscular. Needs time to soften. Fantastic. Drink in 2021.”
    — James Suckling View Article

  • 96 Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Nathan Coombs Estate
    Coombsville, Napa Valley

    “As for the cool-climate Coombsville, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs has a Château Margaux-like lavender, blueberry, black raspberry and floral notes infused with gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon. Not a hard edge can be found in the silky texture; the opulence and multi-dimensional characteristics of this wine are to die for. This is clearly superior to the 2012, and a wine with magnificent potential. It should drink well for 20-some years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (93-96) Points Vinous

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “A typical wine for the vintage, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard offers tons of energy and vibrancy, but today it is incredibly wild and not fully formed. A wine that still has a long time to go, the 2014 is a wine for the future. The brisk, salivating finish is pretty inviting though, even at this early stage. ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 96+ Points Vinous

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is superb. Lavender, mint, violets, cloves, black cherries, plums and dark spices are all beautifully delineated in the glass. The 2013 is opulent, but also intensely mineral, with tons of energy and pure vibrancy. The tannins need time to soften, but there is plenty to like here.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 96+ points Wine Advocate

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “A profound Cabernet Sauvignon.  The equivalent of a Bordeaux first-growth Pauillac, it boasts abundant qualities of creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, cedar, and subtle smoky oak and espresso notes.  Atypically sexy for a 2006, it is full-bodied with oodles of concentrated black fruits, stunning purity and length, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute.  It should hit its apogee in 3-4 years, and last for three decades or more.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 points Wine Spectator

    2002 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “You won't find many Chardonnays in this class. Ultra rich and multidimensional, with a fabulous array of creamy flavors built around the cores of a fig, apricot and crème buless and roasted marshmallows. Full-bodied yet elegant and concentrated, it weaves the tapestry of flavors to a long, rich, graceful finish.”

  • 95 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “The superb 2007 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard offers abundant notes of tropical fruits, mangoes, pineapples, orange marmalade, and subtle smoke in a rich, full-bodied, dense style displaying good acidity, fruit, and one of the signs I always look for in high quality Chardonnay, a greenish hue to its light yellow/gold color. This is a big wine that appears to have some tannin.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2007 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard offers beautiful aromas of lemon and orange blossoms intermixed with honeysuckle, white peaches, pineapples, and a touch of quince. Full-bodied with loads of complexity, nicely integrated, subtle oak, and a broad mouthfeel, it will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 3-4 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Chardonnay
    Ellen Lane Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Nectarine, honeysuckle, Mandarin oranges, spring flowers and jasmine aromas jump from the glass of the 2013 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate. This cold site in Green Valley produced a gorgeous wine in 2013. Drink now-2022.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 points Wine Advocate

    2012 Chardonnay
    Ellen Lane Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “A dead-ringer for a grand cru Chablis. Notes of wet stones, white currants, unbuttered popcorn and pit fruits emerge from this dense, rich, long Chardonnay that possesses endearing elegance and finesse. It should drink well for 5-7 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 points Wine Advocate

    2005 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Notes of orange blossom, pineapple, and peach nicely buttressed by good acidity, fabulous concentration, and an underlying subtle wood smoke character. Ripe and full-bodied with excellent acidity, it should drink well for 4-5 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 points Wine Advocate

    2004 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “One of the finest viticultural managers in northern California is Ulises Valdez, and his 2004 Chardonnay Ulises Valdez Vineyard boasts a wonderful leesy/brioche character intermixed with honeysuckle, orange rind, tangerine, and hazelnut notes. With great fruit, full body, and superb intensity as well as concentration, it should drink well for 5-6 years. Interestingly, Valdez also farms vineyards for both Pahlmeyer and Aubert, so he is unquestionably at the top of his field.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (94-95) Points Wine Advocate

    2014 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2014 Chardonnay Edward James Estate displays white peach, poached pear, caramelized apples and baking spices in a full-bodied, fabulously rich, complex style.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (93-95) Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The sensational 2013 Chardonnay Edward James Estate reveals lots of fleshy lemon blossom, orange marmalade, wet rocks and a subtle hint of oak in addition to an intense, full-bodied, multilayered style.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (93-95) Points Wine Advocate

    2015 Chardonnay
    Ross Station Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2015 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate delivers savory notes of baking bread, roasted nuts and a touch of meatiness over a core of ripe apples and peaches, plus a hint of cedar. The palate is more elegant and minerally than the nose suggests, with a harmonious backbone of freshness and savory layers on the finish. ”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

  • 95 points Wine Advocate

    2003 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “A selection of this vineyard’s finest barrels, the 2003 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard Cuvée Agustina, is the estate’s top Chardonnay. It was aged in 88% new oak, and possesses superb fruit and ripeness, medium to full body, and notes of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, pineapple, and mango. Exotic, well-delineated, dense, and rich, it should drink well for 2-4 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 points Wine Spectator

    2000 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Ultra-rich and multi-faced, with layers of rich figs, melon and pear flavors. Jazzy toasty, Smokey oak adding a wonderful flavor dimension. Gorgeous mouth filling aftertaste. Drink now through 2006.”
    — James Laube

  • 94-95 Points JamesSuckling.com

    2015 Pinot Noir
    Fraenkle Cheshier Vineyard

    Wonderful clarity of fruit with vibrant and fresh undertones. Beautiful focused and layered. fantastic.

    “Wonderful clarity of fruit with vibrant and fresh undertones. Beautiful focused and layered. fantastic. A touch of alcohol on the finish. Barrel sample.”
    — James Suckling View Article

  • 95 Points Vinous

    2014 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “The Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard, a wine that can at times be a bit rustic, is anything but that in 2014. Creamy and voluptuous, the Hyde is also endowed with tremendous thrust. Dark red cherry jam, graphite, herbs, smoke, tar and licorice are all pushed forward. In the end, nothing really sticks out, rather it is the wine's exceptional balance that is most impressive.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • (94 - 96) Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Reveals considerable aromatic lift, brightness and focus. Freshly cut flowers, spices and licorice are some of the notes that emerge from this absolutely beautiful, delineated wine. The 2010 comes across as more refined, subtle and elegant than the more muscular 2009. The 2010 Hyde was made with 6% stems and shows quite a bit more aromatic lift than the 2009. Both wines are striking. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • (94-96) points Wine Advocate

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Considerable aromatic lift, brightness and focus.  Freshly cut flowers, spices and licorice are some of the notes that emerge from this absolutely beautiful, delineated wine.  The 2010 comes across as more refined, subtle and elegant than the decidedly muscular 2009.  Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030. ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 95 points Wine Advocate

    2009 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Emerges from the glass with dark red fruit, spices, tobacco, new leather and licorice. This is a fleshy, generous Pinot loaded with class and pedigree. The flavors build effortlessly to the rich, textured finish. This is a gorgeous showing from Paul Hobbs. The 2009 was fully destemmed. The clones are Calera and Beba. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 95 points Wine Advocate

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “It exhibits copious aromas of black currants, black cherries, raspberries, underbrush and spring flowers as well as a dense, full-bodied mouthfeel and a multilayered texture.  This dazzling Pinot Noir can be enjoyed over the next decade.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (94-96) Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Blossoms beautifully in the glass with dark red fruits, spices, licorice and new leather.  Plush and generous, the 2010 Cuvée Agustina impresses for its depth and exceptional overall sense of harmony.  Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”
    — Antonio Gallioni

  • 95 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Hobbs’ top cuvee which comes from the Calera and Swan clones is the 2007 Pinot Noir Lindsay Estate Cuvee Agustina. Deep ruby/plum-colored, it boasts abundant notes of black cherries, cola, and smoke in its intense, full-bodied personality as well as a layered texture, sweet, velvety tannins, and a rich, concentrated mouthfeel. This is the first Pinot Noir Cuvee Agustina made by Paul Hobbs since 2002. The 2007 should drink well for a decade.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “The 2007 Syrah Kick Ranch Vineyard exhibits an opaque purple color as well as lots of peppery meat juices intermixed with creme de cassis and blackberries. It is a dense, full-bodied Syrah with a voluminous mouthfeel, powerful fruit flavors, and sweet tannins. A great Syrah, it should drink nicely for a decade or more.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 points Wine Advocate

    2006 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “Performing better out of bottle than it did last year from barrel.  Tasting like a top-notch Hermitage, it exhibits notes of charcoal, crushed rocks, roasted meat, creme de cassis, camphor, and a hit of truffles.  This packed and stacked, full-bodied Syrah possesses super-refined tannins, vibrant acidity, and stunning weight as well as richness.  It is a big, northern Rhone look-alike that should drink well for 10-15 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 Points JamesSuckling.com

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Aromas of tar, blackberries, cloves and dark chocolate. Perfumed. Full and focused with a beautiful center palate and length. Mostly from Nathan Combs in Coombsville with some Yountville-sourced fruit. Best ever. Drink or hold.”
    — James Suckling View Article

  • 95 Points Wine Advocate

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Exhibits subtle smoky, bay leaf notes intermixed with scents of burning embers, charcoal, blackberries, and cassis.  The finest red wine I have tasted from this vineyard, it is a beautifully proportioned, full-bodied Cabernet with a hint of cool climate character as well as impressive precision and purity.  It will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and last for 25+ years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 95+ points Wine Advocate

    2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Hyde Vineyard may be the finest Cabernet I have ever tasted from Carneros (better known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah). Sadly, there are less than 500 cases of this sensational offering. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in Taransaud barrels, this full-bodied, thick, rich 2001 offers up aromas of licorice, pepper, black currants, and loamy soil. Pure, multi-layered, supple, and rich, it is best drunk between 2004-2018.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 Points International Wine Cellar

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Inky purple. An explosive perfume presents dark fruit liqueur, exotic spices and incense. Lush, palate-coating blackberry and cassis flavors show superb energy, becoming smokier and spicier with air. Refuses to let go of the palate on the finish, which features supple but substantial tannins and a lingering floral nuance. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 95 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Bold, rich, intense and generous, with a perfumed, aromatic mix of ripe blackberry, currant anise, sage and licorice.  Full-bodied, gaining depth and richness on the finish, where this gains an even tighter focus.  Drink now through 2020. ”
    — James Laube

  • 95 points Wine Advocate

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Scorched earth/burning ember, blueberry, graphite, and black currant characteristics are reminiscent of a top Bordeaux such as La Mission Haut-Brion.  Dense, full-bodied and chewy with fabulous concentration, sweet tannins, and remarkable length, this profound Cabernet Sauvignon should last for 25-30 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 points Wine Advocate

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Earthy, graphite, and scorched rock-like aromas (the latter nuance reminiscent of top-notch Bordeaux Graves) as well as dense, full-bodied crème de cassis and floral notes. An impressive effort, it reminds me of a cross between a great Pomerol and a Graves. With a sumptous texture as well as a full-bodied, long finish, this beauty should drink well for two decades.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 points Wine Spectator

    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Subtle aromas of ripe currant, black cherry and plum are rich and riveting on the palate, coating the mouth with tiers of flavor. Sleek and polished, with hints of anise and mocha, this finishes with a long, focused, lingering aftertaste. Best from 2009 through 2018. 304 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 95 points Wine Advocate

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “From a St. Helena vineyard, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Crane Vineyard (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) boasts tremendous fruit and ripeness along with hints of graphite, espresso roast, blackberries, crème de cassis, and spice. This rich, concentrated, prodigious effort should be enjoyed between 2008-2020+. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95+ Points Wine Advocate

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and displaying a deep garnet-purple color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard opens with pronounced crème de cassis, mocha, black forest cake and cloves over lavender, bay leaf and menthol nuances. Full-bodied, concentrated and seductive, it has a gorgeous velvety texture and plenty of freshness lifting the opulent flavors, finishing with a spices and herbs kick.”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

  • (93-95) Points Wine Advocate

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is earthy and spicy, with notes of chocolate, loamy soil scents and underbrush. It has terrific density, an opaque purple color, and wonderful fruit. It should drink well for 15 or more years. ”
    — Robert Parker

  • 95 Points Wine Advocate

    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Of the three Beckstoffer Vineyards, it’s pretty much a joyride as to which one readers may prefer. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard of St. Helena is a knockout: a broad, opulent, round Cabernet fruitbomb with lots of cassis, incense, and blackberry. The wine is full-bodied, generously endowed with terrific purity, texture and length. This is a star and, believe it or not, it’s come in well under 15% natural alcohol. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15 or more years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95+ Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “From one of the great sites in Oakville, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard bristles on the palate with considerable energy and focus. Freshly cut flowers, red berries and crushed rocks all come to life in the glass. In 2010 Las Piedras stands out for its bright, intense salinity, which is the essential characteristic of this site. The 2010 needs at least a few years in bottle to settled down, but it is drop-dead gorgeous, even today. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030. ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 95 Points Vinous

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Nathan Coombs Estate
    Coombsville, Napa Valley

    “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate Vineyard is the most dynamic and intense of these wines. Stylistically, the Nathan Coombs is most similar to the Piedras in its tannic and structural profile. A rush of dark red cherry and pomegranate punctuate the vibrant finish. I very much like the sense of energy here. I will not be surprised if, over time, the Nathan Coombs becomes the top Cabernet for Paul Hobbs, as it is the only estate vineyard in the range, and being in control of all aspects of production is increasingly critical for winemakers who strive to be at the very top.”
    — Antonio Galloni View Article

  • 95 Points Wine Spectator

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Pure and rich, with an intense core of blackberry, boysenberry, black licorice, crushed rock and seductive spicy, mocha-laced oak. This zooms, glides, twists and turns, offering a fascinating array of flavors and textures. Best from 2020 through 2038.—J.L. ”
    — James Laube

  • 95 Points International Wine Cellar

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Opaque purple. Drop-dead aromas of black and blue fruits, sandalwood, vanilla and floral pastilles, with woodsmoke and anise qualities building with air. Deeply pitched blueberry and dark cherry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and a hint of cracked pepper. Sweet and seamless on the finish, which seems to go on forever. Rich but showing unlikely elegance and precision; this one is built for the long haul. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 95 Points International Wine Cellar

    2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Inky purple.  The heady, impressively nuanced nose projects black and blue fruits, incense, vanilla and mocha, lifted by a note of candied rose.  Wonderfully lush and sweet on entry, then spicy and energetic in the mid-palate, showing compelling depth and concentration to its blackberry, cassis and floral pastille flavors.  Finishes smooth and very long, with lingering spicy sweetness and gentle, harmonious tannins. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 95 Points Wine Spectator

    2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Big, rich and concentrated, with a gutsy yet soothing core of tannic currant, blackberry, black licorice, fresh earth, cedar and graphite. Very young and tightly wound, this is not quite ready to drink and should only get better with time”
    — James Laube

  • 95 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “A graceful, refined effort that offers a supple, polished mix of currant, plum and black cherry flavors, with loamy earth, spice, mineral and crème de cassis notes.  Full-bodied and notably refined, this firms nicely on the finish, revealing more cedary, woody touches.  Best from 2014 through 2027.”
    — James Laube

  • 95+ points Wine Advocate

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “It is a sensational effort. A Pauillac from Napa, it reveals classic aromas of high quality unsmoked cigar tobacco intermixed with graphite, crème de cassis, licorice, and spice. Fabulously rich and complex, with stunning concentration, a terrific mouthfeel, and amazing opulence as well as length, this brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon should provide pleasure for 25-30 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “This has wonderful purity of fruit. Rich, ripe, intense and elegant, with layers of spicy currant, wild berry, black cherry, anise and hazelnut shadings. Gains depth and length on the finish, which sails on. Drink now through 2013. 763 cases made. ”
    — James Laube

  • 95+ points Wine Advocate

    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Offers aromas of tobacco leaf, crème de cassis, graphite, flowers, and licorice in its full-bodied, powerful personality. There are layers of concentration, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and beautiful purity as well as nobility in this stunner. It should drink well for 20-25 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 95 Points Wine Advocate

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    2013 Retrospective review for 2003 California Cabernet Sauvignons

    “2013 Retrospective review: It boasts a nearly impenetrable looking blue/purple color, not quite the weight and majesty of the perfect 2002, but gorgeous purity and crème de cassis, floral and spice box notes. The wine starts off somewhat restrained by To-Kalon standards, but it opens and builds dramatically and impressively on the palate. Full-bodied with velvety, well-integrated tannins and wood, adequate acidity, and a fleshy, succulent personality, it is another hedonistic and intellectual turn-on. As we have come to expect from anybody who deals with fruit from this vineyard, this is sensational stuff. I often wonder if grower Andy Beckstoffer’s greatest talent is not in growing grapes, but choosing to whom he sells them? This 2003 should drink well for 15-20 more years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • (91-94) Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “The 2013 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard’s light gold color is more evolved than its siblings’. It exhibits copious aromas of crème brûlée, brioche, vanilla custard, apricot marmalade and honey. Drink it during its first 5-6 years of life.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “One of the brighter wines in the range, the 2010 is laced with sweet floral notes and a bevy of green orchard fruit. There is a linearity and focus in the Ritchie that is highly appealing. Sweet floral notes reappear on the finish, adding considerable brightness and lift. The 2010 Ritchie is one of the most refined Chardonnays in the range. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 94 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Fabulous. One of the most nuanced wines in the range, the 2010 is all about detail. A transparent, weightless wine, the 2010 caresses the palate from start to finish. There is an inner density to the 2010 that has been achieved without excess weight. Power and delineation have rarely been so well balanced. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 94 points International Wine Cellar

    2009 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Bright yellow-gold.  Pungent, mineral-accented aromas of pear skin, lemon rind, smoky lees and baking spices, plus an intriguing iodine quality that reminded me of serious Burgundy.  Pliant orchard fruit and citrus flavors are complicated by smoke, juniper and minerals, with a note of anise emerging on the back half.  Very suave, deeply pitched chardonnay with excellent finishing delineation and power. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2009 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Beautifully crafted, rich and layered, with a steady life or creamy fig, juicy peach, honeydew, honeysuckle, anise and light toasty, vanilla-laced oak strutting its stuff on the finish, where the flavors are long and persistent.  Drink now through 2018.”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2007 Chardonnay Ulises Valdez possesses a caramelized, candied, nectarine, peach, and pineapple-like character with a smoky, hazelnut note, very good acidity, a full-bodied, powerful mouthfeel, and underlying minerality. This elegant yet substantial Chardonnay should drink well for 4-5 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (92-94) Points Wine Advocate

    2015 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “With baked pineapples, guava and spice box notes plus a touch of cedar, the 2015 Chardonnay Edward James Estate fills the palate with powerful tropical fruit and spice flavors, supported with a lively line of freshness, and finishing long with some ginger coming through. ”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

  • (92-94) Points Vinous

    2013 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2013 Chardonnay Edward James Estate is quite a bit brighter than the 2012, showing just how different these two vintages are. Lemon oil, jasmine, crushed rocks and precise, stone fruit nuances meld together as this effortless, gracious Chardonnay shows off its considerable personality.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • (93-94) Points JamesSuckling.com

    2015 Chardonnay
    Ross Station Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “A showy white with so much fruit and richness with cooked apple and pie crust character. Full and delicious. Long and flavor. ”
    — James Suckling

  • 94 Points Vinous

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ross Station Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “One of the more polished wines in this range, the 2011 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate wraps around the palate with striking finesse and pure texture. Here it is the wine silkiness and balance that impress most of all. The flavors are bright and lively - as they are throughout this range of 2011s - but the mouthfeel is velvety and highly expressive. The finish is long and exquisite. What a gorgeous wine this is.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2012 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Ratchets up everything that exists in the basic cuvee of Richard Dinner. It is obviously a selection of those barrels that were the richest, most intense and potentially longest-lived. Consume it over the next decade. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Notably richer and denser than the straight Richard Dinner bottling. Tropical fruit melds into crushed rocks and French oak in this dense, powerful Chardonnay. A wine of considerable textured and depth, the Cuvee Agustina impresses for its richness. I can’t say the Cuvee Agustina is markedly more complex than the Richard Dinner, but it is quite different in style and interpretation. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 94+ Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Superb. It bursts from the glass with layers of expressive tropical fruit.  There is more than enough richness and sheer stuffing to balance the oak in this extroverted yet polished Chardonnay.  This is a striking effort.  Anticipated maturity: 2014-2018.”
    — Antonio Gallioni

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2009 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “A seamless expression of ripe, layered fig, melon, ripe peach and grilled fig flavors that show touches of roasted marshmallow.  Full-bodied, yet dances along, ending with a long, layered finish, reverberating with flavor. Drink now through 2018.”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2008 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Reveals a greenish hue to its light gold color and offers up scents of white peaches, honeysuckle, caramelized tropical fruits and notions of butter and smoke.  It also possesses undeniable minerality.  Considered to be the finest Chardonnay in the Paul Hobbs portfolio, in 2008 I agree with them, but I do think the Ulises Valdez cuvee is as stunning.  Drink the Cuvee Agustina over the next 4-5 years.  ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Offers a delightful purity of flavor, with a fireworks show of complex flavors, combining a tight core of vibrant mineral, citrus, apple and melon fruit with a supple texture.  Full-bodied, elegant, focused and persistent.  Drink now though 2017. ”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Offers a delightful purity of flavor, with a fireworks show of complex flavors, combining a tight core of vibrant mineral, citrus, apple and melon fruit with a supple texture. Full-bodied, elegant, focused and persistent. Drink now through 2017.”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2006 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Poached pear, sweet red currant, tropical fruit, roasted nut, and smoky oak notes emerge from this exuberant, flamboyantly-styled Chardonnay. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2005 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Smells like lemon custard interwoven with orange marmalade, poached pears, tropical fruits, and smoky oak. It is a full-bodied, elegant Chardonnay that should drink well for 3-4 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2004 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Offers subtle, delicate flavors that are built around complex notes of creamy pear, apple, fig and vanilla, which fan out nicely on the palate. Exquisite balance and depth, with a finely honed finish that holds the flavors on the palate, ending with a smoky marshmallow note. Drink now through 2009. 216 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2005 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Light gold color with greenish undertones, followed by caramelized apricot, poached pear, and roasted nut-like aromas. This impressive, pure, rich, medium to full-bodied 2005 should be consumed over the next 3-4 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2004 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Another superb offering from a cool climate site, the 2004 Chardonnay Walker Station exhibits notes of lemon grass, citrus oil, honeysuckle, and orange blossom. This well-made, full-bodied, ripe effort is gently kissed by subtle French oak. It is a big, well-delineated Chardonnay to drink over the next 4-5 years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    #6 of Top 100 for 2010

    “Paul Hobbs made this exceptional Pinot Noir in a tricky year and made it in considerable volume, a challenge to most vintners. Hobbs founded his own label in 1991, but also consults for dozens of clients in California, Argentina, Chile and Hungary. This bottling is one of six different 2008 California Pinot Noirs from Hobbs; the grapes from this one come from six vineyards in the Russian River Valley including Lindsay Estate, Valdez and Walker Station.”
    — James Laube

  • 94 Points Wine Advocate

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Boasts a nearly opaque ruby/purple color along with a big, sweet bouquet of black currants, black cherries, charcoal, licorice and background oak. This big, juicy, succulent Pinot Noir pulls back before going over the edge. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (93-95) points Wine Advocate

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Impresses for its superb elegance and pedigree.  Dark fruit, flowers, spices and licorice are some of the notes that come together in the glass.  The 2010 expresses plenty of the size and volume that are typical of this site, but with more finesse, elegance and delineation that found in the 2009.  Mint, licorice and flowers add nuance on the bright, high-toned finish. ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2009 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “A fragrant, delicate style, exhibiting violet, red berry and black­berry fruit scents, with touches of black cherry and wild berry. Full-bodied and spicy, ending with a mouthwatering minerality. Drink now through 2018.”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Forest floor/mossy notes intermixed with fresh porcini mushrooms, black raspberries and black cherries emerge from this medium to full-bodied luscious Pinot Noir.  It is ideal for drinking over the next 5-7 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Another brilliant effort is the 2007 Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez. Notes of flowers, raspberries, sassafras, fresh herbs, forest floor, beef juices, red currants, and black cherries emerge from this complex wine. Made primarily from the Calera clone, this fresh tasting 2007 should drink nicely for a decade.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 94 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “This tight, expansive Pinot shows a rich mix of vivid blackberry and wild berry notes, with touches of spicy clove. This has excellent structure and ripe, gripping tannins that keep the flavors fresh and lively. Drink now through 2020. ”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “One of the finest Pinots I tasted from the 2008 vintage. Made from the Pommard and Calera clones, it exhibits a dark, saturated plumb/ruby/purple-tinged color as well as an enormous bouquet of plums, soy, forest floor, black cherries and black currants, stunning, full-bodied, rich fruit and a supple, luscious finish. This decadent, full-throttle Pinot Noir can be consumed over the next decade or more.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Shows the vintage at a peak-ripe, intense and savory, with layers dried berry, currant, herb, mineral and sage.  Full-bodied, focused and persistent, this is rich and expansive on the finish, where the flavors unfold and gain complexity.  Drink now through 2015. ”
    — James Laube

  • 94 Points JamesSuckling.com

    2013 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “A very dark and rich red with dried berry and plum aromas and flavors. Ripe undertone. Tar. Dried fruit. Full-bodied, round and juicy. Contrasty. Drink now. ”
    — James Suckling

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The dense, rich 2012 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate may turn out to be the finest of these 2012s. It offers exuberant black raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with spring flower, forest floor and a touch of oak characteristics. This gorgeous 2012 should drink well for a decade.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (93-95) Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Once again impeccable.  Silky, suave tannins buffer layers of expressive dark red fruit.  Today the 2010 Lindsay comes across as a bit inward, but there is no denying the wine’s elegant, polished personality.  Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”
    — Antonio Gallioni

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2009 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “An elegant, graceful young Pinot, with perfumed ripe plum, blackberry, raspberry and cherry fruit.  Full-bodied, ending with a long, tapered finish and a pleasantly subtle tannic backbone.  Drink now through 2019.”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2009 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “An elegant, graceful young Pinot, with perfumed ripe plum, blackberry, raspberry and cherry fruit. Full-bodied, ending with a long, tapered finish and a pleasantly subtle tannic backbone. Drink now through 2019. ”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2007 Pinot Noir Lindsay Estate exhibits a distinctive nose of chocolate, cocoa, black cherries, plums, earth, and pomegranate. Displaying terrific fruit as well as an expansive, full-bodied mouthfeel, the wine has filled out considerably since last year.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2005 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Deep ruby/purple-hued, offers up aromas of spring flowers, forest floor, pomegranate, kirsch, and raspberries. With good acidity and ripe tannin, this medium to full-bodied, pure Pinot should drink nicely for 7-10 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • (93-94) Points JamesSuckling.com

    2015 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Big and powerful with loads of fruit and richness. Full and massive. Layers of fruit. This will need time in bottle.”
    — James Suckling

  • (91-94) Points Vinous

    2013 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2013 Pinot Noir Cuvée Agustina Katherine Lindsay Estate is supple, layered and expressive in the glass, but the flavors are a bit brighter and more delineated than normal. Blood orange, mint, pine and crushed rocks are all laced together in an unusually precise, chiseled Cuvée Agustina.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2013 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Broad, rich and expansive, with a supple, silky texture amid gravelly earth details. An abundance of cherry fruit lends elegance and finesse, while graceful, fine-grained tannins impart definition and charm. Ends with deft balance. Drink now. 275 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • (93-95+) points Wine Advocate

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Appears to be a great Pinot Noir in what is a top vintage in Northern California. Loaded with fruit, body, structure and tannin, it is currently a backward, meaty Pinot that should age effortlessly for 10 years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94+ points Wine Advocate

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Firmer structured, more tannic and reserved effort than the regular bottling.  It cuts a broad swath across the palate with lots of berry fruit and foresty notes, but it is less revealing than its sibling.  Give this impressive Pinot 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 10-15 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2001 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “The 2001 Pinot Noir Cuvee Agustina (a selection from the Hyde Vineyard planted with the Calera clone of Pinot Noir) is a limited production item (240 cases). Vibrant, dense, unctuously-textured, and full-bodied, it is one of this varietals most concentrated efforts. Readers unfamiliar with deep Pinots may think it tastes like Syrah, which is nonsense. White flowers intermixed with the essence of black cherry and blackberry jam jump from the glass of this inky ruby/purple-colored Pinot. An amazing example of Pinot Noir, it should age for 10-15 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    1999 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “A powerful, intense effort, it will require 2-3 years to display its varietal character. An opaque ruby/purple color is followed by a sweet nose of blackberries, cherry liqueur, smoke, forest floor, and toast scents. Terrific on the palate, with multiple layers, great purity, and a prodigious finish, this is a Pinot Noir for the gluttons. Drink it over the next decade.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “This rich, plush, concentrated young Cabernet exhibits layers of firm currant, black cherry and plum that are supple and harmonious. Picks up momentum, with the flavors unfolding gracefully on the finish, revealing extra nuances, and ending in a remarkably complex aftertaste. Best from 2007 through 2014. 3,723 cases made. "Highly Recommended."”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (2,980 cases) possesses big, sweet, smoky oak, cedary, blackberry, and cassis aromas as well as flavors offered in a rich, voluptuous, full-bodied style. While it is already deliciously drinkable (surprising for a 2001), there is abundant tannin lurking underneath the surface, but it is well-concealed by a wealth of fruit. This selection comes from four sources, the Crane, To-Kalon, Hyde, and Stagecoach vineyards. Drink it over the next 10-15 years, although it may last even longer.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 94 Points Vinous

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “One of the most distinctive wines in this range, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Hyde Vineyard is inky, dense and unctuous, with plenty of the earthy/savory profile that is such a signature of this famous Carneros site. This powerful, resonant Cabernet will drink well for at least another decade, perhaps longer.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Exceptional example from this source. Notes of tobacco leaf, licorice, spice box, fruitcake, black currants and blueberries soar from the glass this inky/blue/purple-colored wine. Revealing a voluptuous texture as well as beautiful density, it is almost as provocative and compelling as the 2007 Hyde. The 2008 should keep for more than 20+ years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “One of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons to come out of the Carneros area.  Aromas of flowers, charcoal, blackberries, cassis, and pain grille characterize this full-bodied wine.  With sweet tannin, a broad, expansive mouthfeel, and a long finish, this superb effort is about as good as Carneros Cabernet Sauvignon can be.  It should drink well for 15-20 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    1997 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Ripe, round and polished, with pretty coffee, black cherry, currant and mineral, turning elegant and detailed, with lots of blackberry and cherry gushing through on the finish. Best from 2001 through 2012”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

    2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “St. Helena. Here again is proof enough that serious, eminently satisfying wines can always be found even in more difficult years, and there is little about this very deep and involving effort that might suggest that the vintage was other than perfect. From its layered, lavishly oaked, ripe-currant aromas to long, wonderfully concentrated flavors, it exhibits precise varietal focus and, much like its mate, is both accessible and age-worthy at one and the same time. It is not so tough and burly as young Cabernet can be, but patience is certain to find it richer and far more complex yet, so please do not be in a hurry and allow for at least another half-dozen years of age.”

  • 94 Points International Wine Cellar

    2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Inky purple.  Complex, heady bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, incense and dried flowers, with star anise and allspice overtones gaining strength with air.  Juicy, palate-staining black raspberry and cassis flavors show excellent depth, with chewing tobacco and vanilla nuances contributing complexity.  Finishes seamless and sweet, with outstanding energy and persistence. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 94 Points Wine Spectator

    2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “A sumptuous, open-throttle red, with dense, dark berry fruit and cedary oak flavors that are pure, rich and focused. Impressive for its range of flavor, graceful balance, supple tannins and nice length. Best from 2013 through 2023. —J.L.”
    — James Laube

  • 94 Points Vinous

    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard is fabulous. The distinct savory, mineral notes typical of this site are present, but there is more than enough raciness in the fruit to provide balance. Iron, dark cherries, plums, menthol and smoke are among the many notes that inform the exotic, beguiling finish. In 2012, some of the more tannic, angular edges the Stagecoach can show are tempered by the generosity of the year.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 94 Points Vinous

    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard is dark, powerful and beguiling. Some of the more distinctly mineral, savory notes typical of this site lid in the background, yet there is plenty of underlying tannin to carry the fruit. This rich, explosive Cabernet needs time, but there is plenty to look forward to. Intense chalky/mineral notes frame the ample, saline finish with tons of Atlas Peak personality.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 94 Points International Wine Cellar

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Dark purple. Sexy, expressive aromas of ripe blackberry, cherry compote, licorice and vanilla, along with a floral nuance. Deep and sweet, with liqueur-like dark berry flavors that show impressive focus and energy. Densely packed but lively cabernet that finishes with smooth, harmonious tannins and impressive mineral snap. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 94 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Strikingly well-balanced and well-proportioned, this is dense, chewy and layered, with flavors of dried dark berry, licorice, red candy and a dash of dusty earth. Impressive for capturing the earthy characteristics while highlighting the varietal character of Cabernet. Best from 2014 through 2025. ”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Dark purple. Dark berry and mineral scents are complicated by iron, tobacco and dried rose. Livelier red fruits join the dark berries on the palate, which is velvety in texture and seems tannin-free (which it isn't). Luscious red and dark berry compote qualities dominate the long, supple finish. You could easily drink this seductive wine right now, but I wouldn't. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “This broodingly backward, deep ruby/purple-hued effort gives up scents of crushed rocks, smoky oak, blackberries, and cassis. Powerful and rich with exceptional concentration and structure, it requires 2-3 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the next two decades or more.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94+ points Wine Advocate

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “From an Oakville hillside vineyard, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard possesses a dense purple color, a scorched earth/broodingly backward, volcanic style, and extraordinary concentration as well as richness. A tightly-knit personality and a tannic structure suggest patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2022.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94+ Points Vinous

    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “One of the highlights in this range, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is fabulous. An exotic melange of blue/black fruit, graphite, smoke, new leather and cloves meld together in a complex, structured Cabernet endowed with superb pedigree, class and site-specific character. This pebbly site in St. Helena often confers verticality and structure. Those are exactly the qualities that come through most decisively, while the radiance of the vintage lies a bit in the background, at least today.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 94 Points International Wine Cellar

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Glass-staining purple. Powerful, deeply scented cherry pit, cassis, pipe tobacco and licorice aromas, with vanilla and floral nuances adding complexity. Succulent and expansive on the palate, offering intense bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and a hint of candied violet. Rich but lively, with superb finishing clarity, well-knit tannins and a late jolt of peppery spices. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 94 Points International Wine Cellar

    2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Inky purple.  High-pitched aromas of red- and blackcurrant, Indian spices and potpourri, with hint of vanilla lending depth.  Bright and focused on the palate, offering intense dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that expand and gain sweetness with air.  Soft tannins come on late and add shape to the very long, spicy, seamless finish. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 94 Points Wine Spectator

    2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Built around roasted coffee, crushed rock, dried currant, mocha and cedar, this packs in a lot of flavors. Well-proportioned and tannic to the point of being chewy, with flavors spilling out on the finish.”
    — James Laube

  • 94 Points Vinous

    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Nathan Coombs Estate
    Coombsville, Napa Valley

    “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate is deep, powerful and inky. Iron, graphite, ash and smoke give the Nathan Coombs a distinctly earthy, mineral personality. Here the tannins are a bit grainy and firm, so it will be interesting to see what further barrel aging brings. Expressive savory notes add intrigue. This is the first vintage of the Nathan Coombs Estate Cabernet from Paul Hobbs. It will be interesting to see how things develop once the Hobbs team has full control of farming.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 94 Points Wine Advocate

    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Nathan Coombs Estate
    Coombsville, Napa Valley

    “Paul Hobbs has a long and a strong relationship with the Beckstoffer family for their first-growth-quality vineyards. He also works with other sites as well from the cool Coombsville sector of Southern Napa Valley from which emerges the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs. A lot of minerality and wet rocks in addition to copious quantities of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, beautiful purity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet tannins and adequate acidity, make for a beautiful, opulent Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next two decades.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “A seamless effort, rich and layered, with generous tiers of red and black fruits, spice and floral scents and a base of loamy earth—scented tannins. The finish offers cascading olive, herb and savory details that linger and gain depth while retaining subtlety. Drink now through 2028. 988 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 94 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Seamless and pure, offering fine aroma, texture, weight and focus, this features a core of dark berry, currant and wild berry flavors that glide across the palate with a Pinot Noir-like fleshiness. Oozes on the finish. Drink now through 2024.”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Deep ruby.  Hypnotic bouquet of red and dark berries, cherry-vanilla, Asian spices, cola, dark chocolate, violet oil and smoky minerality.  Deep, sappy and pure, offering luscious, mineral-tinged black raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors and turning spicier with air.  Supple tannins add finishing grip but are overwhelmed by the wine's energetic fruit.  The minerality adds cut and urgency to the extremely long, pliant finish.  Very sexy stuff. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 94 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Opaque purple. Expansive, flamboyantly perfumed bouquet of black cherry, raspberry, cassis and whiffs of incense and licorice. Then sweet, creamy and suave on the palate, offering sappy dark berry preserve and floral flavors that are utterly seamless. Extremely long and gently tannic on the finish, leaving behind sweet berry and floral pastille notes. This wonderfully vibrant, deep, elegant wine will be even better with another five years or so of bottle age but I'd have no trouble knocking one off now, all by myself. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 94 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Glass-staining purple. Spicy blackberry and cherry-cola on the nose, with sexy floral and smoky mineral qualities gaining power with air. Deep, forceful dark fruit flavors coat the palate and are framed by gently chewy tannins. The floral and mineral notes build on the finish, which delivers solid punch and betrays no rough edges. These tannins are really suave. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “This pushes ripeness to the edge, yet it’s balanced, with spicy currant, cedary oak and hints of anise and cassis that are complex and deep without being heavy.  The tannins are ripe and polished.  Best from 2008 through 2015. 534 cases made. ”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Fantastic aromas of black cherry, blackberry, currant, violets, mineral and light toasty oak, it coats the palate with a rich, dense, multifaceted array of flavors. The tannins are bold and concentrated too, though ripe. A potent young stallion of a Cabernet, with an exotic spicy finish. Best from 2007 through 2014.”
    — James Laube

  • 94 points Wine Spectator

    2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Smooth, dark, rich and seductive; a remarkably complex and concentrated wine brimming up with ripe, silky currant, blackberry, black cherry and a fresh remember and fresh earth and pencil lead nuances. It firms up nicely on the finish exhibiting ripe, flavorful tannis and a long, persistent fish that reveals extra depth facets. Drink now through 2010”
    — James Laube

  • (90-93) Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2013 Chardonnay Russian River displays lots of orange blossom and honeysuckle characteristics in a full-bodied, exuberant style with admirable minerality as well as good acidity. Drink now-2019.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 Points Vinous

    2012 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “A wine of considerable potential, the 2012 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard bristles on the palate with energy and pure tension. Chalky tannins provide the backbone for this superb, highly expressive Chardonnay loaded with mineral notes. Bright citrus and white floral notes linger on the finish. There is a lot to look forward to here. I very much like the sense of energy. This is a big step up from the 2011.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • (92-94) Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Shows a gorgeous textural depth and richness.  Lemon, vanillin, sweet spices and butter are some of the notes that flow through to the creamy, expansive finish.  This is another terrific wine in 2010.  ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Cool veins of minerality inform the 2010 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard. A Riesling-like petrol note develops with time in the glass, adding considerable intrigue and personality as the wine opens up in the glass. Chardonnays from this site have a way of fleshing out in bottle, and I imagine that will be the case here as well. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2004 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “The 2004 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard reveals a greenish hue to its light gold color, more structure, a crushed rock component, and heady, high alcohol, full-bodied flavors with gorgeous layers of fruit and texture. It, too, will drink well for 2-3 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2004 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “This is the definition of elegance in Chardonnay, rich and polished, with a soothing mix of creamy pear, anise, spice and ginger, turning even more refined on the long, intricate finish. Drink now through 2009.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2002 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “More opulent with even greater intensity is the 2002 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard. This oily, unctuously-textured, full-throttle effort reveals fine underlying acidity along with big, sweet aromas of peaches, citrus oils, and smoky oak. Drink this hefty, rich Chardonnay over the next 2-4 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    1999 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “A delicious mouthful of Chardonnay. Ripe, lush, rich and full-bodied, with layers of fig, nectarine, pear, hazelnut and just a light touch of toasty oak. Finishes in a long, luxuriant aftertaste. Drink now through 2005”
    — James Laube

  • 93 Points International Wine Cellar

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Pungent, perfumed aromas of orange peel, pear, fresh herbs and ginger, with a hint of iodine. Broad and dry in the mouth, with excellent energy and breadth to the flavors of candied citrus and orchard fruits, minerals and chamomile. Nervy and focused on the persistent finish, which gives a strong mineral impression. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “More medium than full-bodied, it reveals terrific depth and richness, especially for a 2011, along with plenty of ripe peach, honeysuckle and tropical fruit notes. This beautiful Chardonnay exhibits good underlying acidity, freshness and purity. Consume it over the next 2-3 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (92-94) Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Shows terrific energy, cut and focus, with bright shades of lemon, flowers, mint and crushed rocks.  It is a beautifully delineated, energetic Chardonnay to drink over the next few years.  ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2009 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Vivid gold.  Spicy vanillin oak complements aromas of pineapple, nectarine and honey.  Supple and ripe but dry, with a strong mineral component firming the exotic fruit and honeysuckle flavors.  A densely packed but graceful midweight that finishes with solid grip, a touch of smokiness and excellent persistence.  Offers an uncanny blend of power and vivacity. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2009 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Charming for its delicacy and finesse, this full-bodied, smooth, rich and elegant white delivers fresh, lively notes of white peach, nectarine, honeysuckle and honeydew melon, gaining depth and lingering. Drink now through 2017.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Light gold. A sexy, complex bouquet displays scents of Anjou pear, quince paste, Thai basil and iodine, with a suave overlay of white flowers. Rich citrus and orchard fruit flavors stain the palate, braced by zesty mineral and lemon zest qualities. Offers a deft blend of richness and energy, with outstanding finishing clarity and punch. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Light, hazy yellow. Strikingly complex, exotic bouquet of orchard and pit fruits, smoky peat, iodine and Thai basil; smells like an Islay scotch. Deep and smoky, with concentrated pear, yellow plum and tarragon flavors underscored by intense minerality. This is about much more than simply fruit, finishing with strong smoke, floral and mineral character. Pretty intriguing. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2005 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Exhibits ripe, heady, orange marmalade, lemon oil, tropical fruit, and leesy brioche/caramelized characteristics. It possesses fabulous fruit as well as the vintage’s hallmark zingy acidity. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years. 225 cases produced; 75% new oak utilized.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (91-93) Points Vinous

    2013 Chardonnay
    Ellen Lane Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2013 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate possesses gorgeous nuance in a style that brings together focus and volume. The Ellen Land is a bit more restrained than many of the other Chardonnays in this range. Today, it is the wine's energy that stands out above all else. ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points International Wine Cellar

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ellen Lane Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Pale gold. Pungent, mineral- and spice-accented orange pith, poached pear and fennel scents, with a hint of smokiness. Shows impressive density and chewy texture, with sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors that are lifted by juicy acidity. Pretty serious chardonnay, with no easy sweetness and excellent depth of flavor. Closes with powerful thrust, firm mineral cut and lingering ginger and anise notes. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 Points Vinous

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ellen Lane Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2011 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate (formerly Walker Station) is one of the more linear, tense wines in the range. Slate, gunpowder, lemon and grapefruit notes about in a tense, wity Chardonnay by Russian River standards. Readers who like Chardonnays with cut and focus will gravitate toward this very pretty and hugely expressive Chardonnay.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Chardonnay
    Ellen Lane Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Liquid butterscotch, rich and full-blown, this is an opulent style to be sure, yet very well-done. Chill this, then enjoy the creamy mix of baked apple flavors that unfold. Drink now through 2017. 112 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • (91-93) Points Vinous

    2013 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2013 Chardonnay Ulises Valdez Vineyard is, as always, one of the most explosive wines in the range. Brioche, lemon curd, mint and apricot pit hit the palate as this rich, powerful Chardonnay shows off its exuberant, racy personality.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points Wine Advocate

    2012 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “I loved the 2012 Chardonnay Ulises Valdez Vineyard for its authoritative power married to an unmistakable finesse and precision. Good acidity, purity and fruit in both the bouquet and flavor profiles make for a delicious white wine to enjoy over the next 4-5 years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 Points Vinous

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Nectarine, Chamomile, honey, almonds, butter and white flowers are all woven together beautifully in the 2011 Chardonnay Ulises Valdez Vineyard. The flavors are rich, broad and creamy, yet the wine has all of the amplitude to carry the weight. Hints of tropical-inflected fruit linger on the generous, inviting finish. ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points International Wine Cellar

    2010 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Light gold. Assertive, precise aromas of pear, lemon curd and minerals, with a deeper vanilla note building with air. Deeply pitched but vibrant, with penetrating acidity providing energy to the citrus and floral flavors. Concentrated but lithe chardonnay with bright minerality and a tactile impression on the very long, chewy finish. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • (92-94) Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Comes across as beautiful and very restrained in this vintage.  It reveals gorgeous focus and cut in a more mineral-driven, focused style than the 2009.  Cool, mineral notes reappear on the finish, adding further elements of precision and clarity.  Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”
    — Antonio Gallioni

  • 93 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Rich and deeply flavored, yet elegant and stylish, with creamy fig, anise, honeydew melon and vanilla-laced oak. The flavors push through on the long, detailed finish. Drink now through 2020. ”
    — James Laube

  • 93 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Rich and deeply flavored, yet elegant and stylish, with creamy fig, anise, honeydew melon and vanilla-laced oak. The flavors push through on a long, detailed finish. ”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Smooth, rich and elegant, with a creamy texture that lets the ripe pear, tangerine and hazelnut flavors weave together.  Ends with a long, persistent finish and a hint of smokiness. Drink now though 2011. 270 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 Points Vinous

    2012 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Rich yellow stone fruit, smoke, licorice and honeyed notes blossom from the 2012 Chardonnay Edward James Estate. The style is broad, ample and creamy, with attractive honeyed nuances that are likely to become more prominent as the wine ages in bottle.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Wente Selection Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Paul Hobbs's 2010 Chardonnay Edward James Estate Wente Selection is fascinating to taste next to the Bato Selection from the same site. The weight and lushness of these Wente clones (sourced from Larry Hyde) comes through in the wine's serious richness. A huge, voluptuous wine, the 2010 wraps around the palate with spherical fruit and a creamy, expressive finish.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93+ Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Bato Selection Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Here in its first vintage, bursts from the glass with a rush of rich, tropical fruit. There is lovely depth and richness in the glass to match the aromatic nuances of the late-ripening, aromatic clones planted on this site. I am quite curious to see how the 2010 develops in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Wente Selection Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “A rich white, with a creamy texture, showcasing tiers of fig, honeysuckle, anise and vanilla that fan out and coat the palate, maintain focus and persistence. Drink now through 2020. ”
    — James Laube

  • 93+ Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Bato Selection
    Russian River Valley

    “Here in its first vintage, bursts from the glass with a rush of rich, tropical fruit. There is lovely depth and richness in the glass to match the aromatic nuances of the late-ripening, aromatic clones planted on this site. I am quite curious to see how the 2010 develops in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Wente Selection
    Russian River Valley

    “Fascinating to taste next to the Bato Selection from the same site. The weight and lushness of these Wente clones (sourced from Larry Hyde) comes through in the wine’s serious richness. A huge, voluptuous wine, the 2010 wraps around the palate with spherical fruit and a creamy, expressive finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Wente Selection
    Russian River Valley

    “A rich white, with a creamy texture, showcasing tiers of fig, honeysuckle, anise and vanilla that fan out and coat the palate, maintain focus and persistence. Drink now through 2020.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Wente Selection
    Russian River Valley

    “Rich, with a creamy texture, showcasing tiers of fig, honeysuckle, anise and vanilla that fan out and coat the palate, maintaining focus and persistence. ”
    — James Laube

  • 93 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Wente Selection
    Russian River Valley

    “A rich white, with a creamy texture, showcasing tiers of fig, honeysuckle, anise and vanilla that fan out and coat the palate, maintain focus and persistence. Drink now through 2020.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 Points JamesSuckling.com

    2013 Chardonnay
    Ross Station Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “A rich and blousy white with sliced white peach and hints of pie crust. Full and rich. Round. Lots of mouthfeel and length. Wonderful textured white. Drink now. ”
    — James Suckling

  • 93 Points International Wine Cellar

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ross Station Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Bright gold. Candied orange, poached pear, honey and iodine on the powerfully scented nose. Fleshy and broad but energetic, offering palate-staining orchard fruit flavors and a smoky mineral underpinning. Shows very good depth and focus, finishing with impressive energy and an echo of smoky minerals. This is the first bottling from this 7.5 acre, south-facing vineyard, which was planted in 2008 to Calera, Mount Eden and Wente clones.”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 Points Vinous

    2014 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “From a site on Sonoma Mountain, the 2014 Chardonnay Cuvée Agustina Richard Dinner Vineyard expresses all the signatures of the Paul Hobbs style. Ample and creamy, with a real sense of mountain structure, the Agustina possesses striking depth and intensity from the naturally low yields on this site. Dried pear, brioche, sage and wild flowers shape this deep, layered Chardonnay.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • (91-93) Points Vinous

    2013 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Honey, almonds, orange peel, chamomile, mint and dried pears are all found in the 2013 Chardonnay Cuvée Agustina Richard Dinner Vineyard. Today, the 2013 is quite a bit more finessed - especially texturally - than the straight Dinner Chardonnay, but there is plenty of raciness and voluptuousness throughout. This is a sexy, highly expressive Chardonnay from Paul Hobbs.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points Vinous

    2012 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “The estate's top selection, the 2012 Chardonnay Cuvee Agustina Richard Dinner Vineyard is rich, broad and ample on the palate, with a real sensation of phenolic intensity. Tangerine, apricot, wild flowers and buttery notes flesh out on the striking, nuanced finish. Next to the regular bottling, the Cuvee Agustina is bigger and more powerful, but not necessarily more complex.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2012 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Distinctive, with rich, plush layers of ripe fig, apricot, honeydew and subtle citrus shadings, making this appear both big and assertive, yet elegant for the size. Ends with a strong smoky, toasty oak presence. Drink now through 2020. 309 cases made. ”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2009 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Bright gold.  Heady, complex aromas of fresh apple, lemon zest, iodine, licorice and herbs, plus a strong blast of smoky minerals.  Deeply concentrated, but energetic acidity gives lift and clarity to the powerful citrus and orchard fruit flavors.  Notes of licorice, spices and minerals resonate on the extremely long finish. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2009 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “It is a decidedly seamless, round Chardonnay that emphasizes textural richness and lushness.  ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Bright yellow-gold. An exotic, highly pungent bouquet shows iodine, orange zest, pear and minerals, with sexy oak spices gaining strength with air. Deep, sappy, mineral-driven orchard fruit and bitter citrus flavors are enlivened by zesty acidity. The iodine note lingers on the finish, which is extremely long and smoky. This packs a real punch. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Bright gold. Exotically perfumed aromas of passion fruit, melon, pear skin, iodine and smoky lees. Stains the palate with deep orchard and exotic fruit flavors and picks up a sexy floral quality on the back end. The spiciness comes on strong on the finish, which is broad, sweet and strikingly powerful. This could handle the richest shellfish or poultry dishes. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “The fresh floral, citrus, green pear and green apple notes are sleek and refreshing, enlivened by snappy acidity and ending with a long, clean, fruity aftertaste.  Drink now through 2011. 213 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • (92 - 94) points Wine Advocate

    2004 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “The tightly-knit, relatively closed 2004 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard Cuvée Agustina is certainly outstanding, but currently is playing it close to the vest, and I could not coax a lot out of it. While it is obviously an outstanding, rich effort, the Walker Station and Ulises Valdez cuvées are revealing more personality at present. The Cuvée Agustina will undoubtedly last 5-6 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2003 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “A rich, opulent, hedonistic pleasure with layers of fig, apricot, hazelnut and apple, this is potent yet elegantly styled, unfolding to reveal extra facets of citrus, melon and light toasty oak. The flavors gain intensity on the finish, lingering on and on. Drink now through 2008. 201 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    1999 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “A gorgeous wine. Rich, complex and deeply flavored, yet elegant and graceful, with tiers of creamy pear, butter, fig, apricot, anise and melon that are remarkably long and concentrated on the finish. Drink now through 2005”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Smooth, rich and concentrated, with deep pear, fig and melon fruit shaded by a touch of toasty oak and butterscotch, ending with a long, persistent finish.  Drink now through 2013. ”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2006 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Orange rind, guava, and mango, along with good fruit purity and medium to full body characterize this wine. It does not reveal the depth of the 2005, but there is plenty of flesh and fruit. It should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2002 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “The gorgeous 2002 Chardonnay Walker Station Vineyard is an opulent, viscous, fruit-driven monster offering up notes of oregano intermixed with intense orange marmalade, peach, and apricot scents. It is an intense, full-throttle Chardonnay from a cool micro-climate. Drink it during its first 7-8 years of life.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2001 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “A remarkably complex, rich and elegant wine, with tiers of creamy fig, green pear, nectarine and honeysuckle, punctuated by the scent of spearmint. Finishes with a long aftertaste. Drink now through 2007”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2000 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Deliciously rich and fruity, with layers of pear, fig, apricot and honeysuckle, turning smooth and creamy. Long intricate aftertaste enlivened by vibrant acidity that keeps pumping out the flavors. Drink now through 2006”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    1997 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Loads of ripe, complex, concentrated fruit flavors, with tiers of spicy green apple, pear, melon, fig and apricot. Holds its focus on a long, rich aftertaste. Drink now through 2002”
    — James Laube

  • 93 Points Vinous

    2014 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2014 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) is terrific. Bright, nuanced and savory, the straight Russian River Pinot has all the attributes of this strong vintage. Sweet floral notes round out a Pinot that is understated and silky. This is a rare appellation-level Pinot that could use another few years in bottle to fully flesh out.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2003 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Layers of ripe, rich black cherry and blackberry fruit, it glides across the palate, revealing uncommon depth and dimension and finishing with an amazing aftertaste. Drink now through 2007.”
    — James Laube

  • (90-93) Points Vinous

    2013 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2013 Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez Vineyard is round, dense and silky on the palate. A wine of real texture and depth, the 2013 is one of the more opulent wines in the range. A drop of whole clusters adds a dimension of spiciness that is quite attractive, but there is no shortage of fruit or overall volume. A final blast of blue/purplish fruit and baking spices saturates the palate on the finish.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • (91-93) Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “My tasting notes on these same Pinot Noir cuvées in 2013 revealed slightly smaller production numbers, and wines with more crisp acids, perhaps not the flesh and fat of the 2012s, but stylistically, they are more elegant and feminine whereas the 2012s are more meaty, concentrated and powerful. All the 2013 Pinot Noirs appear to be very good, with my favorites being the Agustina Katherine Lindsay Estate and the Ulises Valdez Vineyard.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 Points International Wine Cellar

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Saturated ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced dark berry preserve, cola and patchouli on the nose, with a smoky top-note. Supple and expansive, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors with a backbone of juicy acidity. Displays a suave blend of richness and vivacity, with gentle tannins lending shape to a long, sweet finish. I find this pinot highly appealing right now. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Offers a rich medley of blackberry and raspberry, with a touch of floral and black licorice.  Tightly focused and well-structured, this is long on the finish.  Drink now through 2019. ”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2009 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Bright ruby.  High-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry, blood orange, Asian spices and fresh rose.  Bright red berry flavors are framed by silky tannins and complemented by notes of cinnamon, allspice and cracked pepper.  The fresh, extremely persistent finish displays lively minerality and floral character.  This pure, vivacious pinot should age well on its balance. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2009 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “A plush wine loaded with dark red fruit.  This is a fairly straightforward, fruit-drive style.  It shows terrific balance, if not quite the delineation and nuance of the best 2009 Pinots.   Spices, new leather and licorice wrap around the muscular, dense finish. ”
    — Antonion Galloni

  • 93 Points Vinous

    2013 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “A huge, powerful wine, the 2013 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard hits the palate with notable intensity. Game, smoke, grilled herbs, licorice and blue/purplish fruit flesh out over time. Savory, dense and at times quite wild, the Hyde is starkly different in style from the other Pinots in this range. Then again, that is Carneros.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points Vinous

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Another wine from one the best sites in this portfolio, the 2012 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard is wonderfully complex in the glass. Dark red cherry, smoke, tobacco, incense and game all rush from the glass. There is an intensity and energy in the 2012 that is impossible to miss. The 2012 stands out for its complexity and real sense of character. Rose petal, hard candy, menthol and wild flowers linger on the close.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points Vinous

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “One of the standouts in this range, the 2011 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard wraps around the palate with dark, intense fruit. Smoke, savory herbs, licorice, tobacco and spices all add complexity in a big, broad-shouldered wine loaded with class and personality. The 2011 finishes with substantial depth and structure.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points International Wine Cellar

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Vivid ruby.  Heady aromas of red and dark berry preserves, potpourri and sandalwood, with a bright mineral topnote and slow-mounting smokiness.  Sappy, penetrating black raspberry and candied cherry flavors stain the palate, showing a silky, seamless texture.  Spice and floral pastille notes carry through a very long, sweet, gently tannic finish. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2009 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Deep ruby.  Expressive aromas of raspberry, candied cherry, dried flowers and spicecake, with an intense mineral overtone.  Creamy and sweet, offering energetic red berry and bitter cherry flavors, an exotic rose pastille quality and a strong impression of umami-like saltiness.  Presents a fat-free red fruit expression and hints of herbs and minerality on the long, precise finish.”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2009 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Rich, with dark berry fruit, but also elegant and detailed. Dense, with blackberry, wild berry, spice, mineral and floral scents that are full-bodied and expansive on the palate, ending with a pleas­ing mix of mineral and loamy earth. Drink now through 2018.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Vivid ruby. Exotically perfumed bouquet of red and dark berries, lily of the valley, soy sauce and smoky minerals. Palate-staining black raspberry and candied cherry flavors are deepened by a note of black cardamom and pick up a sexy rose pastille quality on the back end. The finish repeats the red berry note and lingers with excellent clarity and spicy persistence. This is complex enough to drink right now. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “The dense, elegant, dark ruby/purple-hued 2007 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard Carneros comes from primarily the Calera and Pommard clones. It offers up notes of rose petals, plum sauce, raspberries, kirsch, cola, and earth followed by a rich, full-bodied finish. Enjoy this beauty over the next 7-10 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Ripe, rich and intense yet polished, with generous plum and blackberry fruit that’s focused and fleshy, and supported by ripe, firm tannins. On the finish it displays a subtle touch of smoky, toasty oak, which adds a nice dimension, joining the fruit, which takes on a spicy raspberry edge. Drink now through 2009. 899 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2003 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Ripe, rich and intense yet polished, with generous plum and blackberry fruit that’s focused and fleshy, and supported by ripe, firm tannins. On the finish it displays a subtle touch of smoky, toasty oak, which adds a nice dimension, joining the fruit, which takes on a spicy raspberry edge. Drink now through 2009. 899 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • (92-93) Points JamesSuckling.com

    2015 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “full and rich with lots of fruit and black-tea character. dense and juicy. fruit-forward style. ”
    — James Suckling

  • 93 Points Vinous

    2013 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2013 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate is round, creamy and beautifully layered, with plenty of sweet red cherry, plum, spice and lavender notes pushed into the foreground. Attractive spice and floral notes add to the wine's sensual, inviting personality. The Katherine Lindsay should drink nicely pretty much upon release. There is plenty of Russian River raciness here. The 2013 was done with a touch of whole clusters (4-5%), but they aren't especially evident.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “As for the 2013 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate, this is another beauty, with loads of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, some floral notes, sweet tannin, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a rich, layered finish. It should drink well for at least a decade.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 Points Vinous

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2012 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate stands out for its polish and balance. Floral notes meld into juicy red berries, mint and sweet spices. Ferrous notes develop over time, but they remain very much in the background, while floral overtones appear on the finish, adding lift, perfume and precision.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • (92-94) Points Wine Advocate

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Drop-dead gorgeous. The richness and sheer weight of the Calera clone comes through in spades in this remarkably well-balanced, harmonious wine. Alive and vivid in the glass, the 2011 is layered with plums, black cherries, violets and cloves. Layers of fruit build to an effortless, explosive finish. Today, the Lindsay comes across as the best balanced of these 2011 Pinots from Paul Hobbs. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “A remarkable wine for this vintage. Its dark ruby color is followed by composty, mushroomy, black currant and black cherry fruit. This meaty, Cote de Nuits-styled Pinot Noir was made largely from the Calera clone blended with the Swan clone. A remarkable success, this full-throttle Pinot is best drunk over the next 5-6 years”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “One of the more refined wines in this range. Layered, silky and pretty, the 2010 impresses for its refined personality and overall sense of graciousness. The 2010 finishes with substantial energy and sheer polish. I very much like the energy here. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Starts out smooth and spicy, with supple plum and black cherry fruit, before picking up a pleasant earthy cola flavor, gaining depth and structure and ending with a long, elegant finish. Drink now through 2013.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Smooth, rich and fleshy, with ripe, vivid plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit that’s intense, concentrated and spicy, ending with a long, plush finish that turns elegant and delicate. Drink now through 2011. 384 cases made. ”
    — James Laube

  • (91-93) Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “My tasting notes on these same Pinot Noir cuvées in 2013 revealed slightly smaller production numbers, and wines with more crisp acids, perhaps not the flesh and fat of the 2012s, but stylistically, they are more elegant and feminine whereas the 2012s are more meaty, concentrated and powerful. All the 2013 Pinot Noirs appear to be very good, with my favorites being the Agustina Katherine Lindsay Estate and the Ulises Valdez Vineyard. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 Points Vinous

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Dark ruby. Black raspberry and potpourri aromas are sharpened by notes of white pepper and smoky minerals. Taut and sharply focused on entry, then fleshier and broader in the mid-palate, offering cherry-vanilla and blackberry flavors sharpened by juicy acidity. The floral quality comes back emphatically on the strikingly long finish, which features dusty tannins and a bitter cherry quality.”
    — Steven Tanzer

  • 93 Points Vinous

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2011 Pinot Noir Cuvee Agustina Katherine Lindsay Estate is a bit more floral and lifted than the straight Katherine Lindsay bottling, which is a bit surprising considering the wine was made from fully destemmed fruit. A bright, floral and highly nuanced wine, the 2011 impresses for its delineation, length and overall finesse. This feminine, gracious Pinot is showing beautifully today.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Should be the better wine as Paul Hobbs no doubt created it from the best barrels from the Katherine Lindsay vineyard. It shows meaty, charcuterie, bouquet garni notes intermixed with darker fruits, as well as more wood and a more structured feel.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Deep, vivid red. Explosively perfumed bouquet of black raspberry, graphite, potpourri and incense; almost smells like a northern Rhone wine. Fleshy, seductively sweet red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, with silky tannins providing shape. The floral quality gains strength on the finish, which is impressively pure and persistent. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Ripe and complex, plush and full-bodied, this well-structured version shows supple, spicy plum, black cherry and wild berry fruit, picking up a pleasing earthy cola edge on the finish. Drink now through 2013.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2002 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Dark-hued, with intense, rich aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and black cherry, all woven together in a complex package. Firm but polished tannis keep it rich and mouth coating and, given its depth and concentration, it should reward short-term cellaring. Best through 2005-2010”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2001 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Pushing ripeness to the max without overdoing it, this is a ripe, plush, effusively fruity style, with a zesty black cherry and blackberry fruit, lots of exotic spicy aromatics and gentle oak tones, and some heat on the finish. Drink now through 2008”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2000 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “A big, rich expensive, decidedly oaky style, but beautifully executed. Smoky, exotic, toasty wrapped around the core of a ripe spicy cherry, raspberry and blackberry scented. Drink through 2009”
    — James Laube

  • (92-94) points Wine Advocate

    2012 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “Deeper, richer and more profound is the 2012 Syrah Kick Ranch. This barrel sample reveals terrific intensity along with a floral component interwoven with notes of blackberry liqueur, charcoal and a hint of espresso roast. Full-bodied and juicy with velvety tannins, this super-effort should drink nicely for a decade or more. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “Saturated purple color. Explosively perfumed bouquet of fresh red and dark berries, flowers and minerals, with a strong cola quality. Showing more vivacious fruit than the 2006, displaying raspberry, boysenberry and cherry-cola flavors and a late note of black pepper. The finish is sweet, juicy and pliant, betraying no rough edges and clinging tenaciously. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “Beautifully crafted, this strikes a great balance between richness, complexity, depth and elegance, with ripe, vivid blackberry, wild berry and huckleberry fruit that’s fleshy and concentrated, with a long, persistent finish.  There are also lots of spice, pepper and mineral notes.  Drink now though 2013. ”
    — James Laube

  • 93 Points JamesSuckling.com

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “A fresh and clean cabernet with lots of blueberry, mineral and stone aromas and flavors. Full body, firm tannins and a lively finish. Tight. Well made. Showing the Coombsville character. ”
    — James Suckling

  • 93 Points Vinous

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and explosive, with layers of dark blue and black fruit, graphite, smoke and licorice. Far from an easygoing wine, the 2013 Napa Cabernet is going to need time to settle down. This is a terrific showing. Lavender, mint and smoke add the final shades of nuance. Today, the 2013 is powerful, unctuous and structured, all at the same time. Drops of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot round out the blend.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points Wine Advocate

    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon with the Paul Hobbs moniker is pretty serious wine that could easily win many a tasting. Dense purple in color, with notes of blackcurrants, blackberry, charcoal and incense, the wine is full-bodied, opulent and a big-time winner. This is a stunner that’s drinking well already and yet promises to age well for 15-20 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “A rich, juicy wine loaded with dark fruit, mocha, spices and new leather. This rich, expansive Cabernet boasts tons of class and sheer personality. Mint, licorice and spices add complexity as the dark fruit fleshes out on the finish. This is a fabulous wine for the money. The Cabernet is made from To Kalon, Dr. Crane, Las Piedras, Stagecoach and Hyde, and includes a dollop of Petit Verdot from Stagecoach. It is a fabulous effort from Paul Hobbs. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 Points Wine Spectator

    2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Big yet nuanced, with tiers of cedar, dark berry, black licorice, gravel and road tar, this is intense, chewy and tannic, with an underlying measure of finesse and detail. Drink now through 2024.—J.L.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Offers up complex aromas of tobacco leaf, graphite, damp earth, blackberries and black currants, full-bodied power and more density, depth and structure than the CrossBarn. Already drinkable, it should age effortlessly for two decades. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “A blockbuster, it offers up classic notes of charcoal, subtle smoke, back currants, black berries, lead pencil shavings, and earth.  This deep, opulent, full-bodied Cabernet possesses terrific purity as well as length.  It should drink well for 15+ years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “The dark ruby/purple-colored, full-bodied, impressively-endowed 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers up notes of charcoal, smoke, crème de cassis, and toasty oak. A wealth of glycerin, concentration, and fruit suggest it will provide ideal drinking now and over the next 10-15 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    1999 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “A tremendous wine, dark, polished and deeply concentrated, with layers of plush plumb, blackberry and black cherry, showing touches of herb and black olive. Finishes with a broad, rich, supple texture and wonderful length. Best from 2004 through 2012”
    — James Laube

  • 93 Points International Wine Cellar

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Inky purple. Pure, intense aromas of blackberry, cassis and Indian spices on the nose, complicated by notes of vanilla and mocha. Bright, juicy dark berry flavors display superb purity and freshness, with tangy minerality providing lift and focus. Powerful but finely balanced cabernet, with no rough edges or excess fat. Finishes sweet and extremely long, with persistent dark berry and cherry compote flavors and fully absorbed tannins. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “There is no shortage of personality in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Hyde Vineyard. Licorice, sweet herbs and menthol all emerge from the glass. This is one of the darker, meatier wines in the lineup, but it is full of character. Sweet, floral notes add a measure of refinement on the finish, but this remains a decidedly wild Cabernet. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Glass-staining purple.  Candied cherry, blackberry and minerals on the nose, with intense floral lift.  Supple and sappy in the mouth, with spicy blackberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors showing superb clarity and power.  Sexy floral and spice nuances carry through the extremely long finish, which features sweet, harmonious tannins.”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Juicy and lively, elegant and stylish, with taut vanilla bean, blackberry, cherry and cedar notes.  Full-bodied, focused and persistent, gaining length, depth and nuance.  Drink now through 2019. ”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Glass-staining ruby. Seductive, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, cherry, minerals, Indian spices and dried flowers. Ripe and silky, combining sweetness with enticing spiciness of cabernet fruit and a mounting floral quality. Finishes sappy and very long, with a dusting of ripe tannins and a lingering hint of vanilla. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Bright ruby. Intensely perfumed nose offers black raspberry, cherry-cola and a strong spiciness. Brighter red berries in the mouth, with an exotic note of candied rose adding interest. A zesty mineral quality lends urgency to the long, strikingly sappy finish. This wine's clarity is excellent. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “This beauty boasts a dense ruby/purple color, refreshing, sweet aromas of subtle menthol, black cherries, and black currants, full-bodied power, elegance, cool climate acids, and a long layered finish. Enjoy it over the next 15 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “From the cool Carneros region, Hobbs fashioned a sensational 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Hyde Vineyard. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of graphite interwoven with soil, black currant, and pepper scents. With full body, impressive delineation, and a long, concentrated, deep finish, this 2003 Cabernet will be at its finest between 2007-2020.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Deliciously rich and complex, with a deep, potent core of earthy currant, anise, blackberry and plum. Gains momentum, and despite its richness and abundance of fruit, it's remarkably elegant and polished. Drink now through 2012.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Deliciously smooth, rich and polished, with a complex array of currant, blackberry, melted chocolate and mocha flavors, offering a wealth of concentrated flavors and a long, intense, yet graceful and harmonious finish that lingers, echoing coffee and smoky oak. Drink now through 2012. 481 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “A touch of herbaceous, it works its way into ripe, rich, supple earthy currant, mineral, sage and leather, with a hint of coffee. It firms up, revealing taut, structured tannins on the finish. Drink through 2012”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    1999 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “A touch of herbaceous, it works its way into ripe, rich, supple earthy currant, mineral, sage and leather, with a hint of coffee. It firms up, revealing taut, structured tannins on the finish. Drink through 2012”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    1992 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Intense and concentrated, a big complex wine marked by earthy currant, mineral, berry and spice flavors. Despite its size, the tannins are smooth and polished, although cellaring into 1997-98 should do the trick.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Opaque ruby.  High-pitched aromas of black raspberry, redcurrant, violet, minerals, cedar, black pepper and tobacco.  Sweet, densely packed and smooth in texture, but with a firm mineral spine giving energy to the dark berry, licorice and floral flavors.  This very suave, silky-smooth cabernet stains the entire palate and clings impressively on the succulent finish.”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Vivid ruby. Inviting, sexy aromas of black raspberry, bitter chocolate and smoky oak, plus a hint of rose oil. Wonderfully sweet and dense, with a liqueur-like quality to its dark berry flavors buffered by a nervy spine of acidity. This shows an almost liqueur-like quality but doesn't come off as heavy; really stains the palate on the smoky, lingering aftertaste.”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard is impeccably refined in this vintage. Sweet, dark berries, mint and licorice lead to raspberry jam, white flowers and cloves layered into this impeccable, beautifully balanced wine. There are no hard edges or angular contours at all in this finessed, vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Inky purple.  Potent, liqueur-like aromas of cherry-vanilla and cassis, with an array of floral and spice notes adding complexity.  Pliant and silky in the mouth, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and a touch of candied rose; manages to be both ripe and vivacious, thanks to strong peppery spices and minerality.  Tannins make a late arrival and add structure and depth to the seductively sweet fruit, which doesn't let up on the finish. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Sleek and polished up front, with a rich core of spicy currant, mineral, loamy earth and floral scents, this is deceptively tannic and muscular in a positive way on the finish, so even as you chew through it, the flavors glide along gracefully.  Best from 2013 to 2024.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Inky purple. Captivating, deeply pitched aromas of cherry-vanilla, cassis, licorice and tobacco. Dense, sweet and intense, with serious grip and underlying structure to the bitter cherry, dark berry and oak spice flavors; an intriguing floral element comes up as the wine sits in the glass. Full but surprisingly light on its feet. This dense, sappy wine really stains the mouth, finishing long and sweet, with youthfully gripping tannins and a lingering perfume of crystallized flowers. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Tightly wound, yet rich and generous, offering a mix of power and finesse, driven by a thick, mouthcoating core of blackberry, wild berry, black licorice, mineral, floral and spicy notes that are long and persistent. Best from 2012 through 2023. ”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “As usual, this wine is more primordial and broodingly backward than its sibilings. It offers notes of charcoal and earthy black currants, high tannins, and a full-bodied, powerful personality. While filled with purity and depth, it will need time in the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Dense, rich and savory, with earthy hazelnut, dried currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit that slowly unfolds to reveal extra facets of spice, berry, fresh-cut flowers and sage. Returns to the fruit theme on the finish. Best from 2010 through 2017. 525 cases made. ”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “'Impressive for its range of intense, concentrated flavors that fan out on the palate, revealing extra dimensions of richness and depth, with firm, juicy plum, currant, anise and mocha flavors that fold together nicely, ending with a firm rich, tannic aftertaste. Best from 2005 through 2012. 516 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 Points Wine Spectator

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “A rich, juicy, pure expression of blackberry, plum, currant and spice flavors, maintaining a supple tenderness along with a firm backbone. Deceptively approachable now, but better to cellar for a few years. Best from 2020 through 2038.”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Intense and concentrated, if a bit muddled in its delivery of earthy currant, graphite, mineral and sage. Full-bodied, dense and firmly structured, with tight tannins, this offers a touch of savory herb and underbrush. Needs time. Best from 2010 through 2017. 872 cases made. ”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points International Wine Cellar

    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Deep red. Powerful dark berry aromas are complicated by cured tobacco, licorice, cedar and incense. Very sweet but poised, with expressive red and dark berry flavors supported by gentle acidity and framed by silky tannins. Gains weight with air, finishing lush and chewy, with outstanding length. As I went back to this it seemed to grow fresher.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 93 points Wine Spectator

    1999 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Smooth, ripe and seductive, with wonderful purity of fruit centered around ripe plumb, black cherry, blackberry and currant. Gains points for its supple texture, elegance and nuance, with a long, measured aftertaste that picks up anise and mineral flavors. Tannins are ripe and very well-integrated, with some heat on the finish. Best from 2004-2012”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2003 Merlot
    Michael Black Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “The final vintage for the single vineyard Merlot Michael Black Vineyard, the 2003 boasts a dense purple color in addition to a sweet perfume of espresso, white chocolate, black cherries, and figs. With tremendous opulence, density, and a long, lush finish, it will provide plenty of pleasure over the next decade.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2002 Merlot
    Michael Black Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “The 2002 Merlot Michael Black Vineyard has a saturated bluish/black color and a big, sweet nose of espresso roast, blackberries, cherries, and smoke. It is long, opulent, with amazing concentration, a huge mid-palate, and a blockbuster finish. All of this is presented in a seamless, supple texture that offers current drinking, but promises to evolve for at least 10-12 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 93+ points Wine Advocate

    2001 Merlot
    Michael Black Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “The Michael Black Vineyard is a cool site in the southern Coombsville area of Napa Valley. The 2001 Merlot Michael Black Vineyard (aged completely in Taransaud barrels) exhibits a dense purple color in addition to a big, thick, chocolately, espresso roast, and sweet fruit-scented bouquet. This serious, big, full-bodied, rich, moderately tannic Merlot should drink well for 10-12 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (92-93) Points JamesSuckling.com

    2015 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “A layered and rich wine with cooked-apple and -lemon character. Round and phenolic. Flan and light butterscotch. Lovely potential. ”
    — James Suckling

  • (90-92) Points Vinous

    2013 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2013 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) is bright, focused and energetic in the glass. Lemon oil, white flowers and saline notes are some of the signatures. The 2013 is shaping up to be a beauty. ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • (90-93) Points Wine Advocate

    2012 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “A big-time winner. It exhibits copious aromas of tropical fruit and buttery citrus, medium to full body and a flamboyant personality. It should drink nicely for 3-4 years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Exhibiting layers of rich, creamy fig, melon, smoke, white flowers and honeysuckle, this is full-bodied, yet elegant and graceful. Drink now through 2018. 3,283 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2009 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Bright gold.  Complex, heady bouquet of pear nectar, melon, licorice and ginger, with a smoky mineral undertone.  Spicy and precise on the palate, showing gently sweet orchard fruit flavors with complicating notes of anise, buttered toast and white pepper.  This complex chardonnay finishes with strong bite and lingering smokiness. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2008 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Offers abundant notes of orange blossoms, tropical fruits, white peaches and a hint of smoky oak.  This fleshy, full-bodied Chardonnay exhibits a steely backbone because of good acidity.  Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Well-executed in a rich, smoky, toasty oak style, with layers of spicy fig, apricot, honeysuckle and melon flavors that fan out and coat the palate, ending with a long, persistent finish.  Drink now through 2011.  3,003 cases made. ”
    — James Laube

  • 92+ Points Vinous

    2013 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Sage, menthol, graphite and honey are some of the many notes that open up in the 2013 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard. This is a distinctly huge, explosive wine with a real sense of Pinot-like phenolic intensity and weight. Hints of game, smoke and graphite only add intrigue to a compelling Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay full of personality. ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2012 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Its light gold/green color is accompanied by lots of honeyed citrus, white peach and poached pear notes intertwined with background smoky oak. It will drink well for 4-6 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 Points International Wine Cellar

    2011 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Bright yellow-gold. Aromas and flavors of white peach, tangerine and poached pear, with vanilla and buttered toast accents. Broad and fleshy but lively, with a spine of zesty minerality adding lift and structure. The mineral note carries through a very long, broad, honeyed finish. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2009 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Vivid yellow.  Vibrant, mineral-dominated bouquet displays fresh pear, green apple, lemon and talc, along with a sexy floral quality and a touch of smoke.  Racy citrus and floral flavors gain flesh with air, picking up juicy melon and candied ginger flavors and finishing with excellent cut.  This offers a suave balance of energy and depth and is built for aging.”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2009 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Fresh and snappy, with lively apple, melon, pear and light citrus shadings that are intense, focused and full-bodied, ending with a clean, lively aftertaste.  Drink now through 2017.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Yellow-gold. Deep, smoky aromas of poached pear, yellow apple, pit fruits and toasty lees. Weighty orchard fruit flavors are chewy in texture and firmed by a refreshingly bitter lemon pith quality. Showy and impressively expansive on the finish, which strongly echoes the pit fruit and smoky notes. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2005 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Elegant, buttery, spice box, honeysuckle, peach, and tropical fruit aromas, good underlying acidity, and abundant power as well as richness. There are 675 cases of this cuvee. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Rich and concentrated, with plenty of ripe fig, melon and toasty oak flavors, yet slowly unfolds to reveal elements of finesse, polish and depth, ending with a burst of ripe Chardonnay fruit and a hint of marshmallow. Drink now through 2011. 653 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2001 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Wonderful harmony, richness and balance, with ripe, complex, fig anise, and apricot flavors. Shows a deft hand with toasty oak, too, giving it a creamy texture. The finish is long and flavorful.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    1998 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Intense, rich, and focused, with layers of fig, anise, apricot, earth and citrus, finishing with a broad, supple texture. Drink now through 2004.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    1997 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “A sleek, elegant, polished style, packed with rich, creamy pear, fig, spice, apricot and toasty oak flavors. Sharply focused and rich on finish. Drink now through 2003.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    1996 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Elegant, with a pretty medley or ripe pear, spice, fig and melon, picking up hints of hazelnut and toasty, buttery oak. Finishes with a long stream of complex flavors. Drink now through 2002”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    1991 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Ripe, spicy, smooth and buttery. A polished wine, offering layers of honey, pear, apple and nutmeg flavors with a generous and harmonious finish. Delicious now, but best through 1997.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 Points Vinous

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2011 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is one of the bigger, richer and more bombastic wines in the range. Readers who like big, overt Chardonnays will adore the Ritchie. Personally, I find a little more refinement in some of the other Chardonnays. Hints of tropical-inflected fruit, exotic flowers and spices meld into the finish. This is the warmest of the Chardonnay sites Paul Hobbs works with.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Rich and creamy, both in flavor and texture, this white displays a pure beam of ripe apple, pear, fig and butterscotch notes, which glide along on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 222 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2009 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Covers every inch of the palate with rich, expressive fruit.  It shows terrific depth and plenty of texture through to the long, caressing finish.  This is a terrific, nuanced Chardonnay that captures the essence of Ritchie. ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Vivid yellow. Vibrant, exotically perfumed nose offers orange marmalade, nectarine and a livelier note of lemon zest. Tight and high-pitched on entry, then gains flesh and depth in the middle palate, offering lush pit fruit and lemon custard qualities. Distinctly rich chardonnay, but nervy acidity gives brightness and energy to the fruit. Finishes with building minerality and very good persistence. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2008 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Elegant white peach, honeysuckle, orange marmalade and white currant aromas intermixed with earthy undertones are followed by a crisp, medium to full-bodied, impressively ripe white wine. Drink it over the next several years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Complex aromatics of fig, melon, guava and spicy, toasty oak are rich and layered on the palate, ending with a long, persistent finish, where the flavors fan out.  Drink now through 2013. ”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2006 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Light gold-hued, it exhibits scents of apricots and peach liqueur intermixed with white currant, lemon blossom, and crushed rock characteristics. It possesses terrific fruit on the attack, medium to full body, and adequate acidity. Drink it over the next several years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Superrich, deep and concentrated, with layers of ripe pear, honeysuckle, fig and spice. Ends with a touch of cedary oak. Drink now through 2010. 192 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ellen Lane Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Very Chablis-like, with a minerally, stony character is the light greenish/gold-colored 2011 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate (formerly known as Walker Station). Dry, crisp and stony, with white currant, citrus oil and apple blossom characteristics, this medium-bodied beauty can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Ellen Lane Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Impresses for its length and underlying minerality. Lemon, white flowers, crushed rocks and pears are all woven together in this expressive, nuanced Chardonnay. This is an impressive first effort from young vines planted on the site formerly known as Walker Station. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 Points Vinous

    2012 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Dark red cherry, plum, smoke and licorice all flesh out in the 2012 Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez Vineyard. A big, broad-shouldered wine, the 2012 has plenty of power and bass notes, but less in the way of the aromatics found in so many of these wines. Overall, the style is built on depth and gravitas. It may also be that this site is inherently better suited to Chardonnay than Pinot Noir.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2012 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “A tangy style of Chardonnay, almost Sauvignon Blanc—like, with snappy acidity and vibrancy. Captures a zesty mix of citrus, green apple and tangerine flavors, enlivened by zingy acidity. Best from 2016 through 2022. 349 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 Points International Wine Cellar

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Bright yellow. Ripe nectarine and pear on the highly perfumed nose, with complicating notes of chamomile, orange zest and honey. Fleshy and supple in texture, with deeply pitched pit fruit flavors picking up spice and tang with air. Provides excellent palate coverage and shows a hint of smokiness on the clinging, spice-accented finish. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “A potent Chardonnay, ripe and intense, with rich fig, honeysuckle, honeydew and baked peach notes. Although youthfully exuberant, this eases into an attractive glide, ending with a long, satisfying finish. Drink now through 2019. ”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    Online Review

    “Creamy-textured, rich and layered, with a smoky oak edge to the ripe fig, melon, apricot, tangerine and crème brûlée notes. Full-bodied, ending with a long, persistent finish that repeats the core flavor themes. Drink now through 2016. ”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Pale yellow. Powerfully scented bouquet of orange sherbet, toasty lees, smoked meat and Anjou pear. Fleshy citrus and orchard fruit flavors are underscored by dusty minerals and anise. With air, this gains weight and develops a sexy floral quality that carries through the impressively persistent, smoky finish. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “A rich, exotic style that packs in lots of bold flavors, with smoky oak wrapped around ripe fig, melon and apple flavors.  Balanced, intense and persistent.  Drink now through 2012. ”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2005 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Hazy gold. Smoky citrus and peach flavors are complicated by hints of tarragon and baking spices. Lush, open-knit pit fruit flavors have a seductive, succulent herbal accent, with gentle acidity providing lift on the finish. Very, very suave, but also offers formidable concentration and persistence. This is from the first leaf of this vineyard.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2012 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The spectacular 2012 Chardonnay Edward James Estate offers tropical notes of pineapple, tangerine and orange along with good ripeness, delineation and purity. Full-bodied, layered and impressive, it will provide enjoyment over the next 5-7 years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 Points Vinous

    2011 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2011 Chardonnay Edward James Estate is deep, powerful and intense to the core. Smoke, nectarine and pastry notes add complexity on the broad-shouldered finish as the Edward James shows off its huge fruit and voluptuous personality. The low yields of the vintage and the inherent richness of this Hyde selection of the Wente clone give the 2011 much of its texture.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 Points Vinous

    2013 Chardonnay
    Ross Station Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “orange blossom, honey, almond and spice notes meld into the powerful, resonant finish. ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “The strong aromas of ripe fig, melon, spice, cinnamon and anise are initially very bold before turning elegant, gliding along on the finish, where the flavors turn subtle. Drink now through 2020.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Light gold. Rich, smoky aromas of pear, melon and iodine, with a floral quality emerging with air. Strikes an impressive balance of weight and finesse, offering deep orchard fruit flavors, energetic minerality and a long, sappy finish. This has the concentration to age but is awfully delicious right now. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Ripe and fleshy, with peach, tangerine and nectarine flavors that are fresh and lively, ending with a tasty fruit purity and pretty toasty oak shadings. Drink now through 2012. 219 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • (91-93) points Wine Advocate

    2002 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Also terrific, the 2002 Chardonnay Cuvee Agustina reveals exotic orange marmalade intermixed with smoky French oak, an unctuous texture, and a long, heady finish.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    1998 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Elegant, with a pretty medley of ripe pear, spice, fig and melon, picking up hints of hazelnut and toasty, buttery oak. Finishes with a long stream of complex flavors. Drink now through 2002.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    1998 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Rich and intense, with layers of fig, butterscotch, peach, apricot and vanilla, turning smoky and complex on the finish. Drink now through 2004.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    1997 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Superb, is the most multi-textured and complex of the Hobbs Chardonnays. In addition to ripe tropical fruit, there are leechy, hazelnut, smoky, mineral nuances, rich, full-bodied flavors, and a long, honeyed but dry finish. A blockbuster Chardonnay, it is best consumed over the next 1-2 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    1996 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Elegant, with a pretty medley of ripe pear, spice, fig and melon, picking up hints of hazelnut and toasty, buttery oak. Finishes with a long stream of complex flavors. Drink now through 2002.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Light, cloudy yellow. Spicy lemon and green apple on the nose, with zesty herbal and floral qualities adding complexity. Tangy citrus and orchard fruit flavors offer impressive depth and vivacity, picking up white pepper and minerals on the close. Leaves a light smoky quality behind, along with a kick of lemon zest. Hobbs told me that wild mint grows in this vineyard and that it must somehow work its way into the wine. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Fragrant, with rich fig, floral, honeysuckle and spicy ginger and hazelnut-scented oak, this is smooth and polished on the palate, with broad layers of complex fruit and wood.  Drink now through 2011.  204 cases made. ”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2004 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Enticing aromas of spice, ginger and nutmeg turn rich, smooth and layered on the palate, with sumptuous fig, melon and apricot flavors. Finishes with a long, intricate aftertaste. Drink now through 2009. 41 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2003 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2003 Chardonnay Walker Station reveals more white currant, peach, and tangerine characteristics in its medium to full-bodied, layered personality. With well-integrated wood as well as a creamy, vanilla, egg custard sort of texture, this subtle but powerful beauty should be consumed over the next 3-4 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (91-93) points Wine Advocate

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Beautiful.  It has a bit more depth and darker fruity than the 2009.   Sweet spices, new leather and licorice are some of the notes that wrap around the finish.  This is a terrific showing.  ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2009 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “A gorgeous, mid-weight wine layered with expressive red berries, flowers and sweet spices.  Silky tannins frame an exceptionally polished, refined finish.  This is another flat-out beautiful wine from Paul Hobbs.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Abundant plum sauce and black cherry jam intermixed with roasted herb, damp earth and currant notes are found in this impressive, full-bodied, spicy, luscious Pinot.  It should drink well for 3-5 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “A brilliant success, Hobbs’ 2007 Pinot Noir Russian River (made from all of the Dijon Pinot Noir clones) boasts a deep ruby/purple color along with delicate notes of blueberries, boysenberries, cola, earth, and spice. Full-bodied, pure, rich, and broad, it is best consumed over the next 4-5 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 92 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Tremendous. Not a wine for the timid, the 2010 explodes from the glass with huge dark red and black fruit, spices, flowers, cloves and tobacco. A dark, masculine brooding wine, the 2010 is going to be fun to follow. A big, big wine, the 2010 Ulises Valdez captures the sense of the Russian River Valley in its explosive, exuberant personality. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Aromas of ripe, baked-blackberry and cherry pie are soft, fleshy and full-bodied, picking up spice, floral and lavender scents that are focused and complex. Drink now through 2014.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Bright purple. Intensely perfumed aromas of black raspberry, cherry preserves, brown spices and minerals. Lively, finely etched red and dark berry flavors show very good depth and betray no rough edges. Becomes juicier on the finish, where the red fruit notes echo strongly. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 92+ points Wine Advocate

    2005 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Beautiful dark ruby/purple-tinged color, very good acidity, and plenty of black cherry, plum, and chocolatey fruit presented in a full-bodied, fleshy style. It will drink well for 3-4 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Smooth and creamy, with pretty mocha-laced oak and blackberry aromas that turn supple and harmonious on the palate. Ends with a long, fleshy aftertaste that keeps the focus on the berry fruit. Drink now through 2012. 279 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 Points Wine Advocate

    2015 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard has crushed cherries and red currants on the nose with underlying violets, charcoal and black soil notes. Medium-bodied and firmly structured, with chewy tannins and lively acid, it offers well-defined red berry and earth flavors in the mouth and great length.”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown View Article

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Another seductive Pinot displaying lavish amounts of black cherries, pomegranate and plums, good acidity, a touch of forest floor, medium body and a long finish. Drink it over the next half dozen years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92+ Points International Wine Cellar

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Dark ruby. Slowly opens up to display scents of dark berries, cherry-cola and mocha, with a brooding note of licorice in the background. Chewy and densely packed, with intense dark fruit flavors that are brightened by sneaky minerality. Shows very good energy on the finish, which leaves smoky cherry and black raspberry notes behind. This wine will definitely benefit from decanting if you plan on drinking it any time soon. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • (91-93) Points Wine Advocate

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Much more polished than the 2010. The aromas and flavors are all beautifully articulated. Pretty and fruit driven, the 2010 is laced with sweet tobacco, cedar, sage and smoke. I very much like the way Hobbs has drawn out the density of the fruit but without any excess heaviness. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “A rich, voluminous wine, the 2010 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard emerges from the glass with juicy dark cherries, sage, tobacco and a host of savory notes. There are elements of wildness from the late, cool growing season that add complexity. A rich, creamy finish rounds things out very nicely. The style is a bit explosive and in your face, but it all works. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2001 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “A tremendous wine, brimming with ripe, rich, fleshy Pinot Noir aromatics and flavors, with tiers of black cherry, blackberry and wild berry, lots of spice and hints of fresh earth and cedar. Drink now through 2009”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    1999 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Ripe, rich and full-bodied, with layers of currant, plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit, shaded by spicy, cedary oak and finishing with a long, complex aftertaste. Drink now through 2005.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Vivid, taut, dusty blackberry, wild berry, cherry and crushed rock notes give this a gripping yet revealing texture. Best from 2016 through 2024. 779 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 Points International Wine Cellar

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Deep ruby. Red berries and cherry compote on the highly perfumed nose. Broad, fleshy and seamless, offering open-knit raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that become spicier with air. Shows an exotic floral pastille quality on the finish, which hangs on with impressive tenacity and suave, insinuating florality. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 92 Points Vinous

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2011 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate is beautifully spiced in the glass. Cinnamon, cloves, dark red berries, licorice, menthol and new leather all flesh out over time. The higher presence of clay yields a Pinot of pure texture and depth. All the elements are nicely balanced in this impeccable Pinot from Paul Hobbs.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 Points International Wine Cellar

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Bright ruby-red. A perfumed, vibrant nose displays cherry pit, blackberry, espresso, rose and allspice. Lively and focused, with a firm acid spine and pronounced minerality brightening the dark berry and floral flavors. Dense but energetic, with very good finishing clarity, cling and subtle, fine-grained tannins. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 92 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Rich to the point of being syrupy, this offers lots of ripe berry and jammy flavors, but succeeds in remaining vibrant and lively. Fans of rich Pinot will find this both persistent and worthy of cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2021. ”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Saturated red. Very expressive, pure aromas of raspberry, blackberry, violet, Asian spices and bitter chocolate. Then velvety and broad, with sweet, fruit-driven flavors of black raspberry and boysenberry. An alluring, suave style, expanding on the back half and finishing with a fine dusting of tannins and spices. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2002 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “More backward, with high tannin levels, the black/purple-colored 2002 Pinot Noir Cuvee Agustina boasts formidable levels of extract as well as ripe, concentrated fruit. Thick, juicy, and heady, it reveals notes of black fruits, smoke, minerals, violets, and toasty oak. Give it 4-6 years of cellaring and enjoy it over the following 12-15 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    1999 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Gorgeous flavors, and extraordinary (not to mention expensive) effort, almost syrupy in its concentration. Dark, rich, and potent, with layers of complex black cherry, raspberry and stewed plumb. Deep, with pretty floral, fruity and mint aromatics. Lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2008”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    1998 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Delicious complex, with ripe, supple and polished black cherry and wild berry and spicy, cedary notes. Finished with a sense of elegance and finesse and pretty, toasty oak nuances. Drink now through 2005”
    — James Laube

  • (90-92) Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “Two wines that merit attention include the 2013 Syrah Kick Ranch, a 100% Syrah that offers up notes of black olive tapenade, blackberry, cassis, licorice and camphor. Full-bodied, pure, intense and supple, it should drink well for 7-10 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “Firm, tight and concentrated, with a rich mix of loamy earth, dried currant and berry, mineral, sage and cedary oak. Full-bodied, fanning out nicely on the finish, where the tannins give the flavors traction. Best from 2012 through 2022. ”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “Inky purple. Brooding aromas of blackcurrant, violet, smoky peat and black olive. The palate offers fresher red fruits, along with a texture that's silky and impressively incisive. The smoky note repeats strongly on the finish, which leaves sweet raspberry and blackberry notes behind. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2005 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “It is a big, black/purple-colored, ball-buster sort of Syrah with plenty of pepper and cassis as well as hints of graphite and charcoal. The finish is full-bodied and peppery. Best drunk during the first 5-6 years of life. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 Points Wine Advocate

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon leaps from the glass with fresh, exuberant cassis and crushed blackberry notes plus hints of cigar box, dried Mediterranean herbs, violets and Marmite toast. Full-bodied and built like a brick house, with firm, grainy tannins and lively acid supporting the generous black berry and savory flavors, it finishes with great length and poise. It is drinking beautifully now but has the stuffing to cellar for 12+ years. ”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

  • (90-92) Points Wine Advocate

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “2014 tends to be a front-end loaded, fruity and effusive vintage that will certainly please consumers. They may even prefer it, at least out of the gate, to the more profoundly concentrated and structured 2013s. Hobbs has really hit pay dirt with his bevy of 2014s, which are all still in barrel. The 2014 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon displays great fruit, wonderful richness, and a plush texture and forwardness. ”
    — Robert Parker View Article

  • 92 Points Vinous

    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of the year. Layers of rich, sumptuous fruit grace the palate in a supple, gracious Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 impresses for its freshness, nuance and detail. Sweet floral notes and bright red fruit inform the finish. This is a hugely delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Paul Hobbs. The sample I tasted was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, with no blenders at this stage.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 Points International Wine Cellar

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Opaque purple. Cherry-vanilla, blackberry, floral oils and oak spices on the highly perfumed nose. Fleshy and expansive, offering appealingly sweet dark berry flavors that pick up spice and herb nuances with air. Shows very good energy on the finish, which features supple tannins and a hint of sweet chewing tobacco. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 92+ Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley wraps around the palate with mocha, chocolate, violets and new leather. Despite its explosive personality, the straight Napa Valley bottling is pretty approachable for the vintage. I especially like the focus of the finish. In 2010, the Cabernet Sauvignon includes 6% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard sources are State Lane, Stagecoach and Mast. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. ”
    — Antonia Galloni

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Firm, tight and compact, with a trim mix of dried currant, berry and red and black licorice. This unfolds gracefully, showing a mineral and sage edge, before firming on the finish. Drink now through 2019. ”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Notable for its richness, intensity, focus and persistence, this full-bodied red shows spicy currant, black cherry and wild berry fruit that’s supple and layered, yet light on its feet with gentle tannins. Drink now through 2016.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Offers beautiful black currant fruit interwoven with notions of licorice, cedar, and tobacco leaf. Full-bodied, opulent, and fleshy, it should drink nicely for 12-15+ years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 Points Wine Advocate

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    2013 Retrospective review for 2003 California Cabernet Sauvignons

    “2013 Retrospective Review: It exhibits a vibrant, young, blue/black color as well as a stunning nose of Asian plum sauce, black currants, blueberries and a touch of forest floor. Rich, opulent and full-bodied, it is meant for early drinking, but at age ten, it shows no signs of premature aging. The pleasure police may accuse this wine of being a fruit bomb, but, boy, is it gorgeous, rich and satisfying on both a hedonistic and intellectual level! There is a lot going on here, and by Napa Valley standards, it is reasonably priced. Drink it over the next decade.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    1998 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Wonderful richness, with a silky texture and gobs of currant, mineral, cedar, plumb and earthy flavors that are concentrated and sharply focused. Finishes with a gush of mocha and ripe fruit. Best from 2003 through 2010”
    — James Laube

  • 92 Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Hyde Vineyard reminds me of a Napa version of a St.-Emilion, with notes of baking spices, Christmas fruitcake, red and black currants, licorice and a touch of herbaceousness. It is dense, ripe, medium to full-bodied, and ready to drink. It should be consumed over the next 10-15 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Offers rich, fleshy plum, black cherry, black olive and raspberry fruit that’s detailed and elegant, polished and refined, ending with silky tannins and a long finish. Drink now through 2022. ”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Deep ruby. Vibrant, intensely spicy bouquet of red- and blackcurrant, candied cherry, black cardamom and anise. Lively, sharply focused dark berry flavors are firmed by juicy acidity, which carries into the finish. Closes with impressive lift and cut, repeating the anise quality. Really energetic stuff. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “A rich, supple yet dense and savory style, with herb-and sage-laced currant, loamy earth, anise, tea and cedary oak flavors that are intense and wrapped in firm tannins.  Drink now through 2014. ”
    — James Laube

  • 92 Points Vinous

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is dark, sumptuous and racy. Silky tannins wrap around a core of dark stone fruit, chocolate, spice, menthol and leather. This is an especially supple, racy 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon with plenty of up-front fruit, but fewer of the layers that are found in the very best wines in this range.”
    — Antonio Galloni View Article

  • 92 Points Vinous

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard has come together nicely over the last year. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and sweet spices all meld together in a decidedly powerful, explosive Dr. Crane that shows the more virile side of this site. The 2013 is a solid effort, but between the vineyard and the winemaking, this Cabernet should really be at another level.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Though tannic at points, this is notably complex and refined in texture and aromas, with a subtle mix of currant, anise, dried berry, cedary oak, tobacco and cigar box on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2028. 1,016 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Inky ruby. Red- and blackcurrant aromas, with an array of floral and herbal qualities adding complexity. Rich cherry and blackberry flavors are a touch brooding but gain sweetness and spiciness with air. The long finish features dark fruit and tobacco qualities. This one deserves patience.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Dense ruby-red. Powerfully scented, smoky nose of cherry, tobacco and incense. Deeply concentrated, chewy cherry and cassis flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and complicated by bitter chocolate and licorice. Sweet oak spice builds with air and carries through the finish. A serious, ageworthy cabernet that will require patience. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 92+ points Wine Advocate

    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “A 330-case cuvee of nearly 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Boasting a dense ruby/purple color along with notes of graphite, crushed rocks, white flowers, and black currants, its plush, Pomerol-like style reveals low acidity as well as heady, concentrated, powerful flavors that linger on the palate. There are no hard deges to this 2004, which offers immediate gratification, but promises to age for 12-15 or more years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92+ Points Wine Advocate

    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “The other vineyard Paul Hobbs has worked with for a long time is the Stagecoach Vineyard, a large site. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard is ruggedly constructed, with rustic tannins and earthiness, but Paul Hobbs’s brilliant touch in extracting beautiful blue and black fruits from Cabernet is well-displayed in this full-bodied age-worthy and tannic wine that should drink well for 15 or more years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92+ points Wine Advocate

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Still an outstanding effort. As usual, the 2008 seems firmer, more tannic and austere than the other wines in this portfolio. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of crushed rocks, loamy soil, tobacco leaf and red and black currants offered in a full-bodied, gritty, tannic, muscular style. Forget this 2008 for 2-4 years and drink it over the following two decades.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Performing better than it did last year, it needs 5-6 years of bottle age, and should keep for 25-30 years. Its dense purple color is followed by notes of wet stones, smoked herbs, black currants, and ink. Deep, rich backward, and ageworthy, it should be forgotten for a few years, and drunk over the following three decades.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Very ripe yet well-proportioned, with rich, zesty black cherry and wild berry fruit that’s fleshy and opulent, turning elegant and refined.  Best from 2008 through 2014. 534 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Combines firm, ripe layers of black cherry, blackberry, spice and savory notes that are at points rustic and chewy, with touches of black licorice and mineral. Full-bodied and concentrated, ending with a thick, layered finish. Best from 2012 through 2022. ”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Ruby-red. Brooding aromas of cassis, violet and bitter chocolate. Sweet but tightly wound, with a flavor of crystallized dark berries framed by juicy acidity. Finishes with very fine, noble tannins and enticing lingering sweetness.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Supple and elegantly styled, with rich flavors built around a core of creamy oak, ripe currant, black cherry and herbal sage flavors that are intense and complex without being heavy. Finishes with a tight focus and rich tannins. Best from 2008 through 2012. 553 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 92 points International Wine Cellar

    2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Good saturated ruby. Superripe aromas of cassis, black raspberry, bitter chocolate and licorice; less herbal than this producer's other cabernets from this vintage. A fine-grained fruit bomb, with captivating sweetness. This really expands on the back half yet dances on the palate. The lush tannins reach the incisors.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 92 points Wine Advocate

    1999 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “The potentially most profound and complex of this trio is the 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyard. It boasts cedar, black currant, and toast characteristics as well as great richness, full body, superb purity, layers of fruit, and high tannin. There are 312 cases of this superb 1999. However, patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2016.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (91-92) Points Wine Advocate

    2015 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2015 Chardonnay explodes on the nose and palate with sheer power, delivering full-throttle tropical fruit and allspice flavors with a touch of buttered toast. The full-bodied palate has a lovely savory edge that offsets the fruit beautifully, with just enough freshness and a very long finish.”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown View Article

  • 91 Points Vinous

    2012 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2012 Chardonnay is soft, rich and textured throughout. Lemon peel, sweet spices and butter wrap around the palate in a generous, inviting Chardonnay with considerable near and medium term appeal. An expressive, succulent finish rounds things out nicely.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 91 Points International Wine Cellar

    2011 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Pale gold, with a green hue. Fresh citrus and orchard fruits on the perfumed nose and in the mouth. Juicy and precise, with strong lift to its pear and tangerine flavors. A smoky note comes up on the finish, which is sappy, focused and very persistent. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 91 Points International Wine Cellar

    2010 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Green-tinged yellow.  Strongly perfumed aromas of lime zest, melon and peach pit, with a zesty mineral underpinning.  Lively citrus flavors give way to deeper honeydew and pear with air, picking up a suave honeysuckle note.  Shows a suave blend of depth and vivacity, finishing very good cut and clarity. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Bright yellow-gold. Initially reticent, mineral-driven nose hints at green apple, quince, white flowers and iodine. Juicy and tight, with bright acidity and a distinctly saline, iodiney character to its citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Becomes smokier on the back half and finishes with very good clarity and lingering spiciness.”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Greenish gold. Complex bouquet of Meyer lemon, tangerine, pear and iodine, with a suave floral overlay. Juicy, mineral-driven citrus and orchard fruit flavors provide impressive palate coverage and carry no excess weight. Gains in richness with air and finishes with excellent clarity and mineral cut. This could pass for a Puligny. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    2006 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Offers abundant amounts of hazelnut and tropical fruits in an elegant, medium-bodied style. Drink this beauty over the next 2-3 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    2001 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Fresh hazelnut, fig, apricot and melon aromas lead to similarly rich and well-centered fruit flavors, turning buttery with hints of smoke, anise and gunmetal. Drink now through 2006”
    — James Laube

  • 91 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Aromas of smoke, roasted fig, honeysuckle and melon are opulent, with a spicy, herbal edge. Not as rich and potent as some vintages, but likely to gain. Drink now through 2018. 373 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Hazy gold. Pungent aromas of orange and grapefruit peel, smoky minerals, honeysuckle and spicecake. Juicy, intense and nicely focused, with very good extract to the smoky flavors of pit fruits and citrus pith. The wine's lively acidity adds intensity to the long, sappy and penetrating finish. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    2008 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Delicate with fresh white currant, nectarine, apricot and pear characteristics.  Medium to full-bodied, it is a more restrained but still substantial Chardonnay to drink over the next 3-5 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Bright, hazy gold. Ripe, smoky, complex bouquet of poached pear, yellow apple and toasted grain. Picks up a lively lemon/lime quality with air, which carries onto the palate and brightens the ripe orchard fruit and melon flavors. Turns spicier on the close, leaving behind vibrant tarragon and white pepper nuances. Possesses the balance and concentration to repay cellaring. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2005 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Yellow-gold. Intensely perfumed nose offers spicy, floral-accented citrus and pear. Notes of chamomile and jasmine add complexity to ripe, vivid pear and yellow plum flavors, which pick up a licorice note on the back. This has excellent length and precision, finishing on a gently spicy note.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    1995 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Rich and ripe, but quiet subtle and reserved on the nose now, with hints of citrus, pear and apple. Quiet forward on the palate, with lots of fruit and lime flavors, but lacks the sort of flawless texture I expect from a top '95 White Burgundy. Turns slightly tough on the oaky, smoky finish. Still, an outstanding My guess is California. Better after 2000?--Chardonnay Challenge”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2005 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Hazy greenish-straw color. Musky and leesy, with fresh Meyer lemon and tangerine aromas complicated by a hint of tarragon. Very creamy on the palate, with lush citrus and orchard fruit flavors, gentle acidity and a wild iodine quality that reminded me of what I tasted at Kistler. Full, concentrated chardonnay, with very good finishing power and length.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 Points Vinous

    2012 Chardonnay
    Ellen Lane Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2012 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate is intriguing in this vintage. The wine's trademark focus is evident, but the more even growing season vis-à-vis 2011 has smoothed out some of the angular contours that are present at times. Nectarine, apricot, Chamomile and pastry notes are woven into the finish.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • (90-92) points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Ellen Lane Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Emerges from the glass with expressive varietal fruit, butterscotch, smoke and sweet spices.  It captures a very nice, stylistic middle ground in the range of the Hobbs Chardonnays in its attractive marriage of fruit and minerality.  ”
    — Antonion Galloni

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Bright yellow-gold. A wild, expansive bouquet displays saffron, tangerine, sweet butter and minerals. Lush, smoky citrus fruit and floral flavors are underscored by a strong mineral quality; shows surprising focus for such richness. The finish repeats the mineral note and clings with real authority.”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Bright gold. Intensely floral bouquet melds lemon zest, pink grapefruit, mandarin orange and honeysuckle. Powerful and concentrated but energetic, with lively citrus and green apple flavors of noteworthy purity. Surprisingly graceful for a chardonnay with such depth of flavor, finishing with excellent cut and persistence. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    2004 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Rich and creamy, both in flavor and texture, with vanilla, fig and melon flavors that are smooth and polished, finishing with a dash of herb and sage. Drink now through 2009. 105 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 91 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Bato Selection Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Intense and spicy, with intense honeysuckle, pear, peach and fig notes, offering floral scents that lead to hints of honeydew melon and banana bread. Consistent in size, displaying a measure of elegance. Drink now through 2018. ”
    — James Laube

  • 91 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Bato Selection
    Russian River Valley

    “Intense and spicy, with intense honeysuckle, pear, peach and fig notes, offering floral scents that lead to hints of honeydew melon and banana bread. Consistent in size, displaying a measure of elegance. Drink now through 2018.”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ross Station Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “A Meursault-like Chardonnay, it offers up aromas of roasted hazelnuts, honeysuckle, peach marmalade and a touch of smoke. This full-throttle, surprisingly rich, heady Chardonnay should drink nicely for 3-4 years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    Online Review

    “Smooth, ripe and elegant, this is rich with full-bodied flavors of smoky fig, melon, honeysuckle and apple, picking up a touch of butterscotch on the elegant, lingering finish.  Drink now through 2013. ”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2003 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Pale yellow. Aromas of peach, nectarine and honey, with notes of vanillin oak and minerals. Sweet, dense and lush, showing more vanillin oak and soil-driven minerality today than fruit. Finishes firm-edged and persistent. Like the basic bottling from this vineyard, this chardonnay needs some aging.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    2002 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Yellow-gold, deep, pure, rich and concentrated, with layers of fig, hazelnut, citrus and smoky oak flavors that fan out and saturate the palate, finishing with a long, lingering aftertaste. Drink now.”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    2000 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Rich, with notes of smoky hazelnut, buttered candy citrus, and a hint of mineral, it posses outstanding ripeness, but the vintages high acids give it a racy, cool climate personality.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2005 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Hazy yellow. Smoky, iodine-accented peach and pear scents, with an exotic cherry pit quality. Lush and creamy, with intense mineral notes complementing ripe orchard fruit flavors. An intriguing cinnamon element emerges with aeration and carries through the long, juicy finish. The vines here are reportedly 30 years old.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2004 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Complex nose offers lemon cream, orange peel, white pepper and spicy oak, with a minty nuance (there is actually wild mint in the vineyard). Spicy, precise and high-pitched, with white fruit and floral flavors. The small berries give the finish a slightly tannic impression. These 30-year-old vines will be replanted soon due to phylloxera and leaf roll virus.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2003 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Subtle, restrained aromas of minerals, flowers and spices. Fat, sweet and full, with an almost honeyed opulence. Nicely lifted by a floral component. Finishes with noteworthy persistence. This vineyard in Green Valley is now being replanted, but the 2003 is all from older vines.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    2001 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2001 Chardonnay Walker Station Vineyard possesses crisp acidity as well as a striking liquid minerality intermixed with orange rind and white peach characteristics. Rich, textured, and medium to full-bodied, with a strong mineral character and a Burgundian-like personality, it should drink well for 5-6 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    2000 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Boasts copious quantities of tropical fruits, buttered citrus, and tremendous flavor intensity. There is good underlying acidity, so it should age nicely for 4-5 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    1999 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Bold, rich and creamy, with layers of fig, apricot, apple and orange blossom, turning spicy and complex. Drink now through 2004”
    — James Laube

  • 91 Points Wine Advocate

    2015 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir offers a profoundly fruity nose of black cherries, mulberries and black raspberries with hints of cinnamon stick, underbrush and Provence herbs. Medium-full in body, rich, plush and oh-so-juicy, this wine delivers mouth-filling blackberry satisfaction with a lively herbal lift.”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown View Article

  • 91 Points Vinous

    2013 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) is quite pretty, with a little more aromatic nuance, brightness and overall delineation than the 2012, but a bit less mid-palate exuberance. Dark red cherries, blueberries, cloves, lavender and mint flesh out in a juicy Russian River Pinot full of near-term appeal. There is a savory, delicate quality in the 2013 that makes it irresistible. About 40% of this fruit is estate. ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 91 Points Vinous

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2012 Pinot Noir is rich, juicy, round and voluptuous. Dark red berries, flowers, sweet spices and licorice all flesh out in an inviting wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. This is a classic Paul Hobbs Pinot built on fruit and pure texture.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Exhibits sexy black currant and black cherry fruit, crisp acidity, a certain framboise character, medium to full body, and abundant texture as well as flavor. The good news is there are over 6,000 cases of it. It should drink well for 4-7 years”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 Points International Wine Cellar

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Bright ruby-red. Ripe raspberry and cherry on the spice-accented nose. Lush, creamy and sweet, offering pliant red berry liqueur flavors and a refreshingly bitter touch of blood orange. Shows very good depth as well as energy, with strong finishing cut and a lingering floral note. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 91 Points Vinous

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Dark red cherry, mint, crushed rocks and plums jump from the glass in the 2011 Pinot Noir. Bright, lively and focused, the 2011 impresses for its delineation and cut. This is a great example of the vintage at its best. The forward, fruit-driven style is undeniably appealing.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Offers plenty of bright, rich, cherry fruit, a luscious, medium-bodied mouthfeel, and impressive purity, texture and length. This 2011 is already performing well and should continue to do so for 5-6 years”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 Points International Wine Cellar

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Bright ruby.  High-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry-cola, allspice and rose.  Silky, gently sweet and focused, with very good depth and intense, floral-accented red fruit character.  Silky tannins add focus and shape.  This suave wine drinks very well right now. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 91 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Perfumed and supple, with rich black cherry, blackberry, floral and spice, gaining depth and nuance. Ends with tight, chewy tannins.”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    2009 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Complex and layered, with loamy earth, roasted coffee, spice, sage and cedar flavors that are well-distributed and focused.  The flavor themes repeat on the finish.  Best from 2012 through 2020. ”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Aromas of cola, dried currant and blueberry, sage and fresh earth give this a complex mix of flavors.  Delicate and balanced, with subtle flavor nuances that are sharply focused on the finish.  Drink now through 2011.  3,028 cases made. ”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Firm, rich and concentrated, with a wonderful purity of fruit, built around black cherry, plum and blueberry fruit. Finishes with a dash of cedary oak, but the fruit still holds center stage. Drink now though 2010. 2,051 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    2002 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “There are approximately 1,000 cases of the 2002 Pinot Noir Russian River. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by loads of plum, fig, black cherry, and sweet and sour pomegranate aromas. Hints of smoke, licorice, and earth also appear in the complex bouquet. Deep, chewy, and forward, it should be consumed over the next 7-8 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Deep, dark red. Jammy red and dark berry aromas are complicated by baking spices, mocha and musky herbs. Broad and strikingly concentrated, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors along with gingerbread and bitter chocolate. Plenty going on here. Finishes with excellent lift and cut, with the spicy qualities repeating.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Well-focused, with fresh, ripe plum, black cherry and blueberry fruit that’s well-proportioned, complex and persistent.  Ends with a  nice mix of tannins and Pinot flavors that offer depth and length.  Drink now through 2011. 432 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Aromas of dried flowers, spice and lavender mix with rich dried berry and sage flavors, balanced by a savory, graceful blackberry note on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2022. 1,061 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Bright ruby. Assertive aromas of raspberry, iron and Asian spices. A broad, palate-staining midweight, with silky flavors of red berries, musky brown spices, candied rose and smoky minerals. The gentle tannins add focus to the finish but don't get in the way of the sexy fruit. This is delicious now. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    2005 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Exhibits plenty of cool climate raspberry notes intermixed with cherries, cranberries, earth, spice, and a hint of licorice. Medium to full-bodied, and more complex than the Russian River bottling, but not as fleshy, it should drink well for 4-6 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Delivers a complex range of flavors, with cola, raspberry, mocha, herb and earth notes. Balanced and full-bodied, this gains richness and depth on the finish, though it loses focus slightly. Drink now through 2010. 725 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2004 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Full red-ruby. Refined, complex nose hints at minerals, meat, cola, earth, underbrush and exotic spices, along with a suggestion of chocolatey oak. Very ripe and sweet, with a silky texture and dominant spice and cola flavors. Finishes with firm tannins and very good length. From a blend of Calera, Swan and Pommard clones.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    2004 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “The dark ruby/purple-colored 2003 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard displays a big, sweet bouquet of black cherries, apple skins and plums along with good underlying acidity, medium to full body, and a heady, spicy finish. All of these Pinots are fruit-forward with good structure as well as aging ability.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    2003 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “The dark ruby/purple-colored 2003 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard displays a big, sweet bouquet of black cherries, apple skins and plums along with good underlying acidity, medium to full body, and a heady, spicy finish. All of these Pinots are fruit-forward with good structure as well as aging ability.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    2001 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “The dense purple-colored 2001 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard, made from the Pommard and Swan clones, offers up a sweet perfume of lavender, blue and black fruits, and jammy cherries. The oak is nicely soaked up by this full, fleshy, sexy Pinot Noir. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Offers rich, up-front dark berry, plum, blackberry and raspberry notes that fan out, gaining depth and dimension, ending with a long, persistent finish that runs deep and pure. Drink now through 2020. ”
    — James Laube

  • 91 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “A subtle style that builds depth and complexity, with full-bodied blueberry and wild berry, attractive floral scents, spice and tea notes. This is most intriguing on the finish, where the flavors are more detailed. Drink now through 2022. ”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Vivid ruby. An intensely perfumed, exotic bouquet of red and dark berry preserves, incense, cinnamon and gingerbread. Juicy raspberry and boysenberry flavors provide excellent palate coverage and become spicier with aeration. Extremely suave pinot with a long, sappy, sweet finish that echoes the floral note. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Bright ruby. Lively aromas of red and dark berries, blood orange and yellow rose. Sappy red fruit flavors are framed by dusty tannins and lifted by a peppery quality. Deeper dark fruits arrive on the finish, with the tannins gaining strength without masking the fruit. I'd put this away for a few more years, at least. These are Calera and Swan clones. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Tasty red plum and black cherry fruit is supple, elegant and delicate. Well-focused and persistent, with a spicy floral edge. Finishes with a light smoky oak nuance. Drink now through 2012. 645 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • (90-92) Points Vinous

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2012 Pinot Noir Cuvee Agustina Katherine Lindsay Estate is quite a bit bigger and darker than the Katherine Lindsay Estate. There is plenty of depth and power in the glass, but fewer of the aromatic top notes found in the straight Katherine Lindsay. Here the style is very much on the dark/virile side of things. It will be interesting to see how both Katherine Lindsay Pinots develop over the coming year.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 91+ points Wine Advocate

    2000 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Oozing with black cherry fruit combined with smoke, dried herbs, and toast, this medium to full-bodied, deep, ripe, concentrated Pinot will hit its prime in 2-3 years, and last for a decade.”
    — Robert Parker

  • (89-91) Points Vinous

    2014 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “The 2014 Syrah Kick Ranch Vineyard offers an attractive combination of bold, jammy fruit and slightly more savory notes that add nuance. Jasmine, blueberry jam and a touch of new oak meld into the polished finish.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 91 Points International Wine Cellar

    2011 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “Inky purple. Highly perfumed aromas of blackberry, cola, olive and spicecake, along with a subtle peppery note. Bright and incisive on the palate, offering energetic dark berry flavors that turn spicier and smokier with air. At once rich and lively, finishing with gentle tannins and persistent spice and floral notes.”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “Inky ruby.  Energetic blueberry and boysenberry aromas display an exotic hint of licorice and slow-building florality.  Taut, youthful black and blue fruits on the palate, with an exotic candied violet nuance on the back half.  Finishes sweet, sappy and long, with the blueberry note echoing.  This will be approachable in its youth.  ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • (90 - 92) points Wine Advocate

    2008 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “The 2008 Syrah Kick Ranch Vineyard reveals chocolaty, earthy, peppery notes intermixed with aromas of black olives and blackberries. While more monolithic, it is still outstanding in its richness, depth, and power. It should be drunk during its first 7-8 years of life.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2005 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “Inky purple. Powerfully scented aromas of cherry, dark berries, fresh flowers, smoked meat and graphite: very syrah. Deep, round and sweet, offering luscious cherry and blackberry liqueur flavors and excellent mineral lift. This broad, smooth wine finishes with excellent cling; the sexy oak notes linger but don't distract from the fruit. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 Points Vinous

    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Paul Hobbs' 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a gorgeous wine. Beams of tannin give the wine much of its distinctive profile, but that is not especially surprising given that 55% of the fruit is sourced from Hobbs' Nathan Coombs estate. Dark cherry, plum, graphite and savory herbs are some of the signatures. Drink the 2014 over the next decade or so. The interplay of racy fruit and insistent underlying structure is compelling. Dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot round out the blend.”
    — Antonio Galloni View Article

  • 91 Points Wine Advocate

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “I tasted barrel samples of the 2013s from Paul Hobbs. As for the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, it’s another winner much like the 2012. Beautiful blue and black fruits, a hint of charcoal and asphalt, stunning purity and richness at a quality level that transcends what one expects from a generic bottling. This is a terrific Cabernet to drink over the next 10-15 years or more.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 Points Wine Spectator

    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Dense, yet supple and graceful, with tiers of black fruit, blackberry, wild berry, subtle spice, cedar and black licorice flavors. Ends with firm, fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2022. ”
    — James Laube

  • 91 Points International Wine Cellar

    2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Inky ruby.  Complex aromas of cherry pit, cassis, potpourri and tobacco, along with slow-building smokiness.  Fleshy dark berry flavors gain energy and power with air, picking up sweet floral and licorice qualities.  A kick of cracked pepper adds vibrancy to the deep, long finish. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Youthful purple.  Potent, expressive aromas of cassis and cherry pie, with an intense spicy overtone.  Round but quite structured and assertive on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry preserve flavors and a touch of bitter cherry.  Silky tannins add shape to the very long, spicy, penetrating finish.  Nicely structured without being at all hard.”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Inky ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of blackberry, cassis, black pepper and licorice. Broad, sweet and lush, with a strong spicy character to the juicy blackberry and spicecake flavors. As deep and fleshy as this is, it also delivers energetic cut. Very long on the finish, with silky, seamless tannins lending focus. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Ruby-red. Bright red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by dusty rose and mineral notes. Sweet raspberry and cherry flavors are smooth in texture and supported by fine-grained tannins. The red fruit notes linger impressively on the precise finish. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    1999 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “The superb 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (1,857 cases) is more California-styled with lavish toasty new oak intermixed with jammy black cherries, black currants, licorice, and tobacco notes. A dense, opulent, cassis-flavored effort with loads of fruit and glycerin, this seductive Cabernet will drink well for 10-15 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Bright red. Fresh cherry, redcurrant, iron and raw meat aromas, with a dusting of dried flowers. Zesty red berry and cherry pit flavors display impressive energy and cut; there's a spicy tone to the bright, long finish. I'd sit on this for a few years.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91+ points Wine Advocate

    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “A deep ruby/purple color as well as a refreshing; elegant nose of black raspberries, black cherries, mint, and tobacco leaf. Beautifully rich, medium to full-bodied, stylish, and elegant, it represents a gorgeous expression of cool climate viticulture and impeccable winemaking. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Saturated ruby color. Complex nose combines black raspberry, plum, black cherry, minerals, currant and mocha; cool but not green. Distinctly more gripping than the Napa Valley bottling, with darker flavors of black cherry, mocha, minerals and tarry oak. Possesses lovely sweetness, not to mention good flesh for its building tannins. In a distinctly cooler, Bordeaux-like style. This wine did not require acidification, Hobbs noted.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    1991 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Firm, ripe and intense, with a rich, focused core of currant, black cherry, mineral and herb notes. Supple and complex on the finish, where the tannins kick in, and the buttery oak flavors add dimension to the aftertaste. Tempting now but it should soften and be more appealing in 1996. 784 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Ruby-red. Strong floral notes accent spicy blackberry and boysenberry on the nose, with an exotic note of cigar box. Restrained dark berry flavors are framed by soft, fine-grained tannins and joined by gentle spice and floral pastille tones that extend through the finish. Impressive for its balance and elegance; I suspect this will repay at least a decade of cellaring.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points International Wine Cellar

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Good medium ruby. Tight aromas of black cherry liqueur, dark chocolate, iron and minerals. Suave and lush if not hugely concentrated, but this conveys an impression of refinement and offers very good life in the mouth. The tannins hit the palate later, offering the flavors a chance to expand.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “This wine grows and grows on you. Elegant and stylish, with a mix of vivid blackberry and black cherry fruit and a light touch of creamy oak and lavender. The intensity builds, revealing extra facets of depth and concentration, with firm tannins and hints of mineral and herb. Best from 2008 through 2014. 584 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “'More rustic tannin as well as a hint of astringency are noticeable in the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard (planted on a hillside above the Oakville Crossroads, near the famed Dalla Valle and Backus vineyards). Full-bodied and powerful, this macho effort needs to calm down. Notes of lead pencil shavings, crème de cassis, smoke, and licorice are followed by a full-bodied, intense red. It should shed enough tannin to become well-balanced.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 points Wine Advocate

    1999 Merlot
    Michael Black Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “An opaque blue/purple color is accompanied by a full-bodied wine revealing notes of mocha, dense black fruits, chocolate, and toasty oak, sweet tannin, and a long finish. Anticipated maturity now-2014”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 91 points Wine Spectator

    1997 Merlot
    Michael Black Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Complex and rich, with a pretty array of currant, anise, cedar, bacon and spice. Long, concentrated aftertaste. Drink now through 2006.”
    — James Laube

  • 90 Points Wine Spectator

    2015 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Zeroes in on a core of lively, citrus-infused green apple, melon, tangerine and honeydew flavors, revealing a light kiss of smoky, toasty oak that adds dimension. Drink now through 2020. 4,679 cases made. –JL ”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2012 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Delivers a fresh beam of green apple, lemon-lime and subtle toasty oak, adding dimension and ending with a touch of smokiness. Drink now. 3,846 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 90 Points Vinous

    2011 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Nectarine, honey, orange blossom, mint and butter notes flesh out in the 2011 Chardonnay. The trademark Paul Hobbs richness and the coolness of the year play off each other beautifully here.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 90 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Rich, creamy and expressive. Lemon, green pears, white flowers and crushed rocks all take shape in this deeply expressive, gorgeous wine. First and foremost, the 2010 stands out for its nuance and class. This is a great showing from the straight Russian River bottling, not to mention a textbook wine for the appellation. The 2010 spent ten months in oak (45% new) and two months in steel. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2009 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “A gorgeous, polished wine bursting with rich, varietal fruit.  Subtle hints of butter and oak frame the finish.  This is a great entry-level wine from Paul Hobbs.  ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2007 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Exhibits plenty of lemon and orange blossoms as well as hints of pineapple, oak, and earth.  Full-bodied with abundant opulence and flavors, it should drink nicely for 3-4 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Hazy yellow. Smoky and ripe on the nose, with potent pear and melon aromas underscored by toasted grain and minerals. Surprisingly light in body, offering pure pear and yellow apple flavors and becoming spicier and more tangy on the finish. Nicely melds richness with energy, and has the balance to age. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2004 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2004 Chardonnays reveal impeccable winemaking, gorgeous textures, and heady perfumes. The elegant 2004 Chardonnay Russian River offers up notions of citrus oil and white peaches in a medium-bodied, refreshing style with great fruit as well as subtle wood. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2003 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “A notably rich, buttery, smoky style, with a high toasty oak character and an abundance of ripe pear, hazelnut and hints of citrus and fig. Fans of this woody style will find it especially appealing for its layered complexity and depth. Drink now. 2,558 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 90+ points Wine Advocate

    2001 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “The least expensive is the Chardonnay Russian River. The 2001 (1,000 cases) is a rich, oily, full-bodied offering revealing notes of caramel, citrus oils, pineapples, and spice. The oak is nicely integrated in this big, chunky, fleshy, lusty white. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2000 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Floral, honeysuckle, and tropical fruit characteristics along with good underlying acidity are found in this pure, steely elegant effort. Enjoy this tropical fruit-dominated 2000 during its first 2-3 years of life.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    1999 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Serves up bold, rich, creamy fig, vanilla and apricot flavors that are complex and concentrated, and finishes with a long, intriguing aftertaste Drink now through 2005. 260 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2012 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Presents a leesy, pithy citrus edge to the green apple, spice and floral scents, giving the wine an extracted, tannic edge, ending with flavors that grip. Drink now. 451 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Rich without being heavy or cloying, with a subtle mix of spicy pear, honeysuckle, spice and honeydew melon flavors that are elegant and restrained.  Drink now through 2011.  542 cases made. ”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2004 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Good full yellow. Laid-back, nuanced nose offers minerals, nutmeg and citrus skin. Sweet, smooth and harmonious, with good firm acidity keeping the flavors under wraps. Just a hint of warmth on the finish.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2002 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “A tight, rich beam of spicy fig, nectarine, tangerine and lemon meringue soothe the palate, with a mouth coating texture and dense, complex aftertaste. Drink now”
    — James Laube

  • 90+ points Wine Advocate

    2001 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “The 2001 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard exhibits a light gold color in addition to a boldly flavored bouquet of buttered citrus intermixed with honeyed lemons, smoke, spice, and earth. Full-bodied and structured, it should last for 7-8 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2000 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Exhibits copious quantities of tropical fruit, honeyed lemons, citrus, and spicy oak in the background. Drink this bold, full-flavored Chardonnay during it's first several years of life.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 Points Wine Spectator

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Rich and full-bodied for the vintage, boasting a complex mix of pear, fig, honeysuckle, vanilla and smoke. Deep and pure on the persistent finish.”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Smooth, rich and creamy.  An opulent style, with fig, vanilla, nectarine and tangerine flavors that have a sweet, rich mouthfeel.  Drink now though 2011. ”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2012 Chardonnay
    Ellen Lane Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Features a core of ripe, juicy red apple, pear and spice flavors, marked by a pithy citrus peel mouthfeel. Ends clean, pure and elegant. Drink now. 347 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2006 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Leaner and more Chablis-like in style. It offers notions of white currants, peaches, and tropical fruits in an austere, less concentrated style than the 2005. A beauty, it should drink nicely for 2-3 years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2011 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Possesses a light gold color, good acidity, and hints of tropical fruits, white currants and peaches, with the oak pushed to the background. This fresh, delicious, successful 2011 should drink well for 2-3 years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2011 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Rich and expressive, with intense honeydew melon, pear and floral spice notes on the nose and palate, fanning out and gaining depth on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 288 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • (88-90) Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Bato Selection
    Russian River Valley

    “It reveals good depth and complexity, if not quite the pedigree of the best wines here.  There is more than enough depth in the fruit to ensure at least several years of rewarded drinking.  Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.”
    — Antonio Gallioni

  • (89-91) Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Wente Selection
    Russian River Valley

    “A touch more delineation than the Bato Selection.  Flowers, lemon, spices and subtle French oak wrap around the nicely articulated finish in this attractive, medium-bodied Chardonnay.  Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.”
    — Antonio Gallioni

  • 90 Points Wine Spectator

    2013 Chardonnay
    Ross Station Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Light toasty oak lingers in the background of the fig, apple and honeydew flavors. Most impressive on the long finish, where the depth, detail and subtleties emerge.  ”
    — James Laube

  • 90 Points Vinous

    2012 Chardonnay
    Ross Station Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2012 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate lacks a little bit of depth in this vintage, at least today. All of the signatures are in the right place, but today the Ross Station comes across as not fully formed just yet. I am not sure if further aging is going to make a difference. My sense is that yields might have been a bit on the high side in 2012.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ross Station Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Powerful, with intense, raw and tannic white peach, honeysuckle, fig and honeydew melon notes, gaining traction and ending with a chewy aftertaste. The flavors remain deep and persistent. Drink now through 2018. 262 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2005 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Yellow-gold. Sexy, open-knit aromas of guava, yellow plum and tarragon. Lush and rich, with good depth and sweetness to its tropical and orchard fruit flavors and a gentle acid lift. The finish offers a hint of nectarine and building minerality, and closes on a brisk citrus note. Give this a year or so of bottle age.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    1999 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Notes of buttery popcorn, smoky hazelnuts, leechy, tropical fruits, honeysuckle, and citrus are heady, dense, full-bodied, and loaded. Not a Euro-styled Chardonnay, this is California power, guts, and lavish fruit and spice. Drink it over the nest 2-3 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Light chartreuse color. Ripe melon and white peach aromas are complicated by smoky lees and floral honey. Broad, fleshy cantaloupe and pit fruit flavors are braced by zesty minerals and given a bitter edge by a hint of apple skin. The smoky note repeats on the long, lightly chewy finish. Richer than the basic bottling but a bit less graceful. This is all Wente clone.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Wonderful spiced apple and pear flavors are pure and ripe, picking up a touch of fig and honeydew melon and then joined by smoky, toasty oak, which gives this a creamy, rich mouthfeel.  Drink now through 2011. ”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    1999 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “It is a medium to full-bodied elegant Chardonnay with plenty of tropical fruit aromas and flavors, excellent underlying acidity, and terrific purity, with the oak a complementary rather than intrusive element. It should drink well for 5-6 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Features ripe, juicy red berry and raspberry fruit that's elegant and refined, with a mix of crushed rock, dried herb and savory floral scents. Good length. Drink now through 2021. 6,048 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2009 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Vivid ruby-red.  Perfumed aromas of black raspberry, nutmeg, cinnamon and rose.  Concentrated, broad and densely packed, with good lift and tang to its red berry flavors.  Shows refreshing minerality on the taut, focused, long finish.”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Deep red. Spicy cherry and black raspberry on the nose, plus a hint of dried rose. Fleshy and smooth in texture, with deep dark berry flavors and a late jolt of smoky minerals. Finishes sweet and smooth, leaving floral and mineral notes behind. Pretty sexy and delicious right now.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2005 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “A useful introduction to Hobbs' juicy, fruit-forward, upfront style. Its dark ruby/purple hue is followed by scents of plums, raspberries, white chocolate, and earth. This well-made, full-bodied, fleshy Pinot is ideal for drinking during its first 4-6 years of life.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 90 Points Vinous

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Black fruit, tar, licorice and smoke flesh out in the 2011 Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez Vineyard. The style is dark, massive and brooding. Today, the 2011 comes across as super-intense and weighty, with more baritone notes than are found in the other Paul Hobbs Pinots.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Deep, bright ruby. Deeper in pitch than the Hyde, offering dark berry and cherry-cola aromas and a hint of licorice. Weighty blueberry and boysenberry flavors are firmed by a zesty mineral spine and gain sweetness with air. Pliant, juicy and penetrating on the finish, with the dark fruit and cola notes repeating. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2006 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Plums, allspice, black cherries, bouquet garni, and underbrush aromas emerge.  With superb fruit, medium to full body, and a good finish, it should be consumed over the next 3-5 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Displays a more earthy, clove, cinnamon and spicy character intertwined with plum and red currant fruit. This well-made, medium-bodied Pinot is best drunk over the next 4-5 years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Intense and full-bodied, this is focused on a core of loamy earth, dried berry, sage and mineral. Complex and concentrated, ending with a dry edge to the tannins. Best from 2010 through 2015. 859 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2005 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Light red. Zesty redcurrant and wild strawberry aromas, with an exotic cinnamon accent. Crisp, lively pinot, with fresh red berry flavors, moderate weight and a clean, mineral-driven finish. A very linear wine with a bright, nervy personality. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2003 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Full red-ruby. Black cherry, raspberry, minerals, meat and menthol on the nose. Silky on entry, then subtly sweet and juicy, with cherry and mineral flavors. Finishes firmly tannic, subtle and persistent. Very interesting pinot.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2003 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Full red-ruby. Black cherry, raspberry, minerals, meat and menthol on the nose. Silky on entry, then subtly sweet and juicy, with cherry and mineral flavors. Finishes firmly tannic, subtle and persistent. Very interesting pinot.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2002 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “For whatever reason, the 2002 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard did not reveal as much character, flesh, or persistence. Nevertheless, it is a very good effort with a character similar to the 2001, but with the volume turned down.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2002 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Openly fruity, with ripe, fleshy plumb, red cherry and wild berry nuances that are elegant and supple in texture, with hardly any tannins to show. Finishes with a touch of nutmeg and hazelnut. Drink now”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Dark red. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of red berries, cherry, sandalwood and cinnamon. Silky in texture, with deep red fruit liqueur flavors accompanied by baking spices and floral pastille. Really stains the palate, with strong spiciness dominating the finish. This boasts very good cling and persistence but needs some time for the oak qualities to recede. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2006 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Reveals classic Cote de Nuits-like aromas of forest floor, plums, black cherries, fresh mushrooms, and hints of autumnal vegetation, a sweet, expansive mouthfeel, super-ripe tannins, and a long, impressive finish.  This superb Pinot should drink well for 8-10 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 90 Points Vinous

    2011 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “The 2011 Syrah Kick Ranch Vineyard is surprisingly juicy and fruit-driven for the year. Dark raspberry jam, cloves, flowers and menthol all flesh out in the glass. The style is ripe and racy to the core. Hints of graphite, menthol, licorice and violets add nuance on the finish.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Offers plenty of blackberry and black currant fruit intermixed with licorice, smoke, and earthy undertones.  It is ideal for consuming over the next decade.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Dark purple. Smoky black currant and candied plum on the nose, with dusty minerals adding focus. Juicy and concentrated, with powerful dark fruit flavors, velvety texture and building spiciness. Offers impressive vivacity for a wine with such depth, finishing brisk and clean.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Deep red. Ripe cherry and redcurrant aromas, with a deeper note of dark chocolate. Full and round, with flavors of cherry compote and plum jam supported by gentle tannins. A round, sweet cabernet with very good depth and length. You could drink this now.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “There are 3,640 cases of this dense ruby/purple-tinged Cabernet. Its big, sweet bouquet of chocolate, cassis, and loamy soil scents is followed by a wine revealing an opulent texture as well as 10-12 years of longevity.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Sleek, polished and concentrated, with vivid black cherry and blackberry fruit, turning savory and smoky and gracefully unfolding to reveal extra facets of nutmeg, mineral and sage before ending with a firm, tannic backbone. Best from 2007 through 2012. 3,623 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “It is obvious Paul Hobbs prefers the influence of Taransaud cooperage on his Bordeaux varietals because they tend to give the wines a chocolatey character, and that is seen in the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (3,120 cases), a Cabernet Sauvignon with terrific concentration, remarkable opulence, and layers of cassis- and licorice-infused tobacco leaf notes that just cascade over the palate with an unctuous texture. The wealth of fruit and concentration hides some relatively serious tannin in this large-scaled wine. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Well-crafted, with excellent balance and a sense of elegance and finesse, it offers aromas of ripe cherry, currant, plum and berry, with pretty toasty oak shadings, a smooth, supple texture and fine-grained tannins that make it approachable. Best from 2005 through 2012. 2,979 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Complex aromas of bay leaf, sage, currant and berry are sleek, elegant and stylish, medium- to full-bodied, finishing with touches of smoke and mocha. Drink now through 2017.”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Hyde Vineyard (246 cases) boasts sweet notes of black and red currants, loamy soil scents, hints of white chocolate and pepper, and some subtle herbs in a medium to full-bodied, elegant, yet concentrated style. The tannins are silky, and this wine will drink well young yet age nicely for 12-15 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Hyde Vineyard (246 cases) boasts sweet notes of black and red currants, loamy soil scents, hints of white chocolate and pepper, and some subtle herbs in a medium to full-bodied, elegant, yet concentrated style. The tannins are silky, and this wine will drink well young yet age nicely for 12-15 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 90+ points Wine Advocate

    1999 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “The sweet, Bordeaux-like 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Hyde Vineyard (274 cases) presents aromas of cedar, spice box, and black currants in a medium to full-bodied, well-balanced, ripe, structured style. It will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and keep for 15+ years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Good deep red. Cassis, chocolate, licorice and a floral topnote on the nose; shows an almost roasted ripeness. Highly concentrated, silky and supersweet, with the chocolate and loam flavors that characterize cabernet from this gravelly soil in a warm site. Chunky, substantial wine, finishing with big but fairly fine tannins.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    “Racy blackberry and wild berry flavors teeter on overripe, but the wine stays in balance, turning elegant, supple and graceful on the finish. Not in the same class as Hobbs' 2002s, yet successful nonetheless, achieving an appropriate balance. Drink now through 2012. 185 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 90+ points Wine Advocate

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “The tannins are noticeable in the extracted, concentrated, broodingly backward inky/purple-colored Cabernet Sauvignon.  This austere, tannic wine has not yet resolved all its issues with tannin, but it is so concentrated taht I think everything is there, it will just require patience.  Give it 4-5 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 25 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Opaque ruby. Powerful, brooding aromas of ripe dark berries and cherry. Deeply concentrated bitter cherry and chocolate flavors are complemented by chewing tobacco and candied licorice. Chunky tannins amplify the wine's serious mien and add chewiness to the finish. Became spicier with air, which lightened the mood a bit, but this really deserves cellar time. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Dark red. Lush, candied blackberry and boysenberry aromas, with a suggestion of dark chocolate. Creamy in texture and packed with sweet berry and cassis flavors and an exotic fruitcake quality. Takes on a ripe, tarry note on the gently tannic finish, which shows very good grip and length.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    2001 Merlot
    Michael Black Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Rich and complex, with a tasty blend of ripe currant, blackberry, sage and cedary oak, it picks up hints of tar and smoke, and finishes with a long, intricate aftertaste supported by firm tannins and some heat. Best from 2005-2012”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    1999 Merlot
    Michael Black Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “A ripe, generous, fleshy style, with lots of flavor, depth and personality. The sweet ripe plumb and blackberry fruit are on a supple, fleshy frame that makes this very appealing to drink now. Finishes with a light cedary oak and well-integrated tannins. Drink now through 2009”
    — James Laube

  • 90 points Wine Spectator

    1998 Merlot
    Michael Black Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Silky smooth, rich and polished, with a pretty core of spicy currant, plum, anise and cherry. Turns graceful and supple on the long, complex finish. Drink now through 2007.”
    — James Laube

  • 89 Points Wine Advocate

    2011 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Wonderful notes of poached pears, honeyed citrus, a touch of spice and subtle background wood. With crisp acidity, medium body, good purity and a flavorful style, it can be drunk over the next 2-3 years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • (88-90) Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Gorgeous in this vintage.  It shows fabulous depth and richness, with less of the overtness of the 2009.  Especially like the cut and focus that are such a large part of the wine’s personality.  ”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 89 points Wine Advocate

    1998 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “Reveals this fashionable regions rich, honeyed tropical fruit in addition to full body, loads of buttered pineapple and creamy custard-like notes. Well done, with a judicious use of toasty oak, it is a plush Chardonnay to enjoy over the next several years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 89 points Wine Spectator

    2011 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Offers a sleek, precise core of white peach, nectarine and tangerine, enlivened by acidity that imparts a juicy mouthfeel. Drink now through 2017. 288 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 89 points International Wine Cellar

    2003 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Nose dominated by butterscotch, smoke and spicy oak. Sweet and dense if a bit tart-edged, with sound acidity currently dominating the wine's fruit flavors. This needs another year or so in the bottle.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 89 points Wine Advocate

    1998 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Medium gold-colored, is evolved aromatically, but in the mouth, it is solid constructed with plush, soft acid, and an expansive mouthfeel. Drink it over the next year as it appears to be on a fast evolutionary track.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 89 points Wine Spectator

    1994 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “An openly oaky style, with mature, medium-bodied honey, citrus and earthy pear notes, and an elegant finish. Well balanced. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.”
    — James Laube

  • 89 points Wine Advocate

    2011 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Playing it closer to the vest is the slightly restrained 2011 Chardonnay Ulises Valdez Vineyard. Attractive notions of wet gravel, tangerine, white peach and pineapple emerge from this medium-bodied, crisp 2011. It is best drunk over the next several years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 89 points Wine Spectator

    2012 Chardonnay
    Edward James Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Clean, young and tight, focused on green apple, honeydew, subtle oak and citrus notes, this refreshing style holds focus and features a lingering finish. Drink now. 338 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 89 points International Wine Cellar

    2004 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Deep, slightly hazy straw color. Exotic nose hints at tropical fruits and honey. The fattest of these wines to this point, but not the sweetest. Broad, thick and full, but does it have enough flavor intensity for outstanding? One senses a caramelization of the grape sugars here.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 89 points Wine Spectator

    1998 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Fresh and livley, with a spicy pear, apple, fig and citrus flavors that turn a touch green on the finish. Drink now through 2004”
    — James Laube

  • 89 Points Wine Advocate

    2010 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Another attractive wine, the 2010 Pinot Noir hits the palate with a rush of expressive dark red fruit. There is an immediacy in the 2010 that is quite appealing. At the same time, I can’t say the 2010 is especially elegant or refined, but it is quite pretty all the same. This fruit-forward, juicy Pinot is best enjoyed over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 89 points International Wine Cellar

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Vivid red. Musky spices, black raspberry, cherry and woodsmoke on the nose. Silky-sweet and dense, with good breadth and volume to the suave red and black fruit flavors. Offers a supple texture and a spicy undertone and finishes with very smooth tannins and a kick of candied licorice. ”
    — Josh Raynolds

  • 89 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Big, rich and full-bodied, with savory herb dired berry, earth and spice, gaining depth and complexity on the finish, where the tannins are firm and tight. Quite tannic. Best from 2010 to 2014. 2,065 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 89 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Deep red. Raspberry and blackberry on the nose, along with dark chocolate, rose and musky underbrush. Gentle, fleshy and round, with sappy red and dark berry preserve flavors, silky tannins and good lift. The lucid, persistent finish features riper cherry and plum notes. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 89 points International Wine Cellar

    2005 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Bright red. Fresh, racy raspberry and wild strawberry aromas are very pure. A crisp and incisive midweight with clean red berry flavors, silky texture and a refreshing jolt of brisk acidity on the back end. Showing an elegant side and very easy to drink.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 89 points Wine Advocate

    2003 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Paul Hobbs’ ability to work with different varietals is evident with the fickle Pinot Noir grape. From a challenging vintage, the 2003 Pinot Noir Russian River exhibits a deep ruby/purple-tinged color, elegant, plum, cherry, and anise notes, medium body, and a lusty, heady finish. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 89 points International Wine Cellar

    2005 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Deep red. Lush, chocolate-covered cherry aroma, plus a spicy cracked pepper note. A bit clenched, with zesty dark berry skin flavors and firm tannins on the finish. Give this air or cellar time.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 89 points International Wine Cellar

    2006 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Dark red. Subdued, brooding aromas of dark cherry and chocolate. Fresher red and dark berry flavors are brightened by zesty minerals and given grip by dusty tannins. Finishes with very good persistence but limited definition. A serious, deeply concentrated style of pinot that needs some cellar time to loosen up. ”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 89 points Wine Spectator

    2000 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Smooth, with rich, polished mocha, coffee, herb and currant flavors that pick up a pleasing earthy flavor on the finish. Well-focused and easy to drink, with lots of complexity and enough tannins to merit short-term cellaring. Best from 2004 through 2011”
    — James Laube

  • (88-90) Points Vinous

    2012 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “Layers of dark, inky fruit, spices and French oak flow across the palate in the 2012 Syrah Kick Ranch Vineyard. This is another deep, powerful Syrah built on a core of super-ripe fruit and pure resonance. Today the oak is a bit prominent. It will be interesting to see how things come together over the next year.”
    — Antonio Galloni

  • 89 points Wine Advocate

    2011 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “Exhibits notes of lavender, roasted herbs, blackberries, charcoal and underbrush. Peppery, meaty, soft and round, it is best consumed over the next 3-4 years. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 89 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Intense and focused, with firm, spicy currant, sage, mineral and cedary oak flavors that are tight and complex and in need of short-term cellaring.  Best from 2009 through 2015.  4,856 cases made. ”
    — James Laube

  • 89 points International Wine Cellar

    2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Good full Ruby-red. Subdued aromas of black plum, cassis, menthol and bitter chocolate. Deep and plush but still a bit muscular and unforthcoming in the middle. This has much more sweetness and stuffing than the Cross Barn, and thus the tannins come across as finer.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 89 points Wine Spectator

    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Ripe plum and wild berry fruit is plush and opulent, with aromas of dark berry fruit that are supple and elegant on the palate, ending with smooth tannins. The best of four bottles tasted. Drink now through 2012. 136 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 89 points Wine Spectator

    2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Firm and concentrated, with good intensity to the ripe currant, black cherry and wild berry flavors. Holds its focus on the finish, where the flavors linger and reveal extra elements of complexity. Best from 2006 through 2012. 244 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 89 points Wine Spectator

    2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Smooth, with rich, polished mocha, coffee, herb and currant flavors that pick up a pleasing earthy flavor on the finish. Well-focused ad easy to drink, with lots of complexity and enough tannis to merit short-term cellaring. Best from 2004 through 2011”
    — Robert Parker

  • 89+ points Wine Advocate

    1997 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Exhibits a textbook tobacco, spice box, and cassis-scented nose, in addition to smoky, full-bodied, black currant, moderately tannic flavors. This wine needs time, but it could merit an outstanding score with another year of bottle age. It should evolve for 15+ years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 89 points Wine Spectator

    1996 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Soft and polished, with delicate layers of earthy tobacco, cedar, tar and ripe berry with black cherry flavors that finish with an impressive push. Tannis are ripe and well integrated. Drink now through 2004”
    — James Laube

  • 89 points Wine Spectator

    1994 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Smooth and polished in texture, with a flavor profile built around dill, sage, tea and currant that slowly unfold to gain complexity and interest. Best after 1999”
    — James Laube

  • 89 points Wine Spectator

    1993 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Marked by herb and black olive flavors, with hints of curant and strawberry. Turns elegant and refined on the finish, where the flavors linger and the tannins are smooth and polished.”
    — James Laube

  • 89 points Wine Advocate

    2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
    Oakville, Napa Valley

    “Another elegant, European-styled Cabernet Sauvignon is the 2000 Beckstoffer Vineyard (785 cases). With copious quantities of black currants, cedar wood, spice box, and vanilla, medium body, good underlying acidity, excellent purity, and austere tannin in the finish, it is the least accessible of these 2000 Cabs.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 89 points International Wine Cellar

    2003 Merlot
    Michael Black Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Good deep ruby-red. Pungent aromas of plum liqueur, black raspberry and milk chocolate. Sweet, plump and full, with moderate complexity. Finishes with substantial broad, tongue-dusting tannins and a hint of stony soil. This is the last vintage for this bottling; beginning with 2005 Hobbs will offer a syrah from a vineyard in the eastern hills behind Santa Rosa.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 89 points Wine Spectator

    2003 Merlot
    Michael Black Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Ripe and plush, with layers of rich currant, cranberry, roasted plum and rum cake spice. Supple texture and excellent concentration, finishing with a persistent, flavorful aftertaste. Drink now through 2011. 340 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 89 points International Wine Cellar

    2002 Merlot
    Michael Black Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Good full ruby-red. Expressive aromas of plum, tar, licorice, herbs and light weediness. Offers good mid-palate sweetness, with subtle notes of smoke, herbs, meat and menthol. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 89 points Wine Advocate

    2000 Merlot
    Michael Black Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Medium-bodied, exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of black fruits, fudge, and licorice. Shorter, softer, and more accessible than the '99, it will drink well for 7-8 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 89 points Wine Advocate

    1997 Merlot
    Michael Black Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Exhibits melted chocolate, smoke, and ripe berry fruit. Medium-bodied and complex for Merlot, with a good spice, a lush texture, and an attractive finish, it should drink well for 5-8 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    Online Review

    “Shows a subtle smoky oak, cedar, ripe pear and melon mix of delicate, refined flavors. Full-bodied, moderately rich and complex. Drink now through 2011.”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    2000 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Smoky, toasty oak aromas turn into butterscotch and fig on the palate; offers complex flavors and a good length (though not on the scale of Kunde Vineyard '00 bottling). Turns elegant and delicate on the finish. Drink now through 2004”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Chardonnay
    Ritchie Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Offers a mix of tight ripe pear, melon and green apple. Medium- to full-bodied, clean and refreshing, ending with a citrusy edge. Drink now through 2014.”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points International Wine Cellar

    2004 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Sweet aromas of marzipan, nuts and vanillin oak. Broad and dry, in a rather warm style. Less crisp and intense than the Richard Dinner bottling.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    2002 Chardonnay
    Walker Station Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Rich, complex and concentrated, with a deep core of ripe fig, apricot, melon and smoky oak combining to give this a rich mouthfeel and a long, lingering aftertaste, with a touch of marshmallow. Drink now”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points International Wine Cellar

    2004 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Medium red. Cherry, raspberry and tarry oak aromas lifted by a floral note. Sweet fruit nicely framed by juicy acids. Not especially complex but offers good intensity and freshness. Finishes with dusty tannins.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 88 points Wine Advocate

    2004 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “The 2004 Pinot Noir Russian River is a more clipped, lighted version of the 2003 offering hints of black cherries, raspberries, plumbs, and forest floor. It, too, should drink well for 3-4 years.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    2012 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Succeeds in finding a core of rich, dark berry, delivered in a trim, firmly tannic style. Ends clipped, leaving you hoping for a little more length. Drink now through 2022. 313 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “A bit muddled now, with earthy dried cherry and berry fruit, shaded by herb and sage notes. Gains complexity and depth on the finish. Drink now through 2011. 592 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points Wine Advocate

    2004 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “The 2004 Pinot Noir Russian River is a more clipped, lighted version of the 2003 offering hints of black cherries, raspberries, plumbs, and forest floor. It, too, should drink well for 3-4 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    2004 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Subtle earth and mineral flavors are woven through the core of sour cherry and raspberry fruit, picking up touches of herb and tea. Finishes clean, with a mouthwatering aftertaste. Drink now through 2009. 683 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points Wine Advocate

    2000 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “A more low-keyed effort, it reveals high, tangy/tart acidity, giving it a compressed, more tightly knit personality. There is excellent meaty, red cherry fruit intermixed with spice box and earth notes. Elegant and pure, this 2000 is best consumed during its first 5-7 years of life.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    2000 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Combines ripe, rich blackberry and black cherry flavors with a sense of delicacy and finesse, finishing with spice and earth notes, touches of dried fruit and sage. Drink now through 2006”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    1998 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Ripe, rich and polished, with pretty cherry, plum and wild berry, turning elegant, with a tapered finish. Drink now through 2005”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Rich and extracted, a dense, chewy youngster, offering a mix of smoky oak, blackberry and black licorice flavors that are tightly wound and slow to unfold. Gains complexity on the finish, where the flavors are more detailed. Best after 2011.  ”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points International Wine Cellar

    2005 Pinot Noir
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Deep ruby. Powerful, oak spice-accented blackberry and cherry aromas are ripe and assertive. More weighty and rich than your garden-variety pinot, with deep dark fruit flavors and solid tannins on the finish. The oak notes repeat, giving this a distinctly sweet quality.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Pinot Noir
    Cuvée Agustina
    Katherine Lindsay Estate
    Russian River Valley

    “Firm and concentrated, featuring a mix of smoky oak, ripe plum, wild berry and fresh earth flavors, as well as chewy tannins. This is a rustic, rough-hewn wine now that may reward cellaring. Best from 2011 through 2017. ”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    2005 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    Online Review

    “Firm, tight and concentrated, with a dense, chewy core of earthy mineral, blackberry, herb, sage and dusty berry flavors. Turns firm and tannic on the finish. Best from 2008 through 2014. 135 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points Wine Advocate

    2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Round, seductive and sweet, the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa reflects the vintage's superficial aspects, but is very charming. There are loads of fruit on the attack, but that quickly dissipates in the mouth, without much length or finish. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Well-structured, with a complex array of herb, olive, currant and coffee flavors that are complex and concentrated, finishing with tannins and an earthy, new leather shoe character. Best from 2004 through 2011”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    1998 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “A wine of finesse and grace, complex and well-focused, with a supple cherry, plum, anise and blackberry. Firms up nicley on the finish, but avoids dry tannins and pungently earthy flavors. Drink now through 2007”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    Online Review

    “Backward, rustic and earthy, with a core of dried currant, blackberry, anise, graphite and mineral. Chewy throughout, ending with drying, cedar-laced tannins. Best from 2010 through 2017. ”
    — James Laube

  • 88 points Wine Advocate

    2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “'The dark ruby/purple-colored 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard (540 cases) is a firmer-structured effort with blue and black fruit notes, medium body, sweet tannin, and a moderately long finish. It is an excellent offering from a vineyard on Pritchard Hill in eastern Napa.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 88 points Wine Spectator

    2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stagecoach Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “'A rich, loamy, earthy streak runs though this currant-, herb- and olive- laced wine that's dense and concentrated, finishing with a strong earth and coffee ground finish. Some may find it too earthy and lacking in vibrant fruit.”
    — James Laube

  • 87 points Wine Advocate

    2006 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “A straightforward, chunky, fruit-driven effort displaying notes of plums, ripe cherries, chocolate, and earth. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 87 points International Wine Cellar

    2003 Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley

    “Good medium red. Sappy aromas of redcurrant, plum, black cherry and spicy oak. Similar flavors in the mouth, but accompanied by some greener notes of menthol and herbs. Show limited personality today and finished with slightly drying tannins. Mostly from a 1999 planting next to the winery, the only vineyard owned by Paul Hobbs.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 87 points Wine Advocate

    2006 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Offering raspberry, cherry, and strawberry notes intermixed with hints of roasted herbs and damp forest, this elegant, medium-bodied wine should drink well for 4-5 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 87 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Syrah
    Kick Ranch Vineyard
    Sonoma County

    “Trim and compact, with spice, cedar, dried berry, pepper and mineral.  Slowly comes out of a tight core of flavor, and even now this isn’t forthcoming.  Drink now through 2014.”
    — James Laube

  • 87 points International Wine Cellar

    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “Good full ruby-red. Currant, chocolate, soy sauce and a whiff of maple syrup on the nose. Fat, lush and sweet if a bit chunky. Solidly constructed cabernet that finishes with big, dusty tannins and a faint greenness.”
    — Stephen Tanzer

  • 87 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    Online Review

    “There's much to admire in this rich, intense, savory wine, bold and fleshy, firm and concentrated. Dried currant and berry fruit is herbal, tightening up with a tannic finish. The best of two bottles tasted. Best from 2010 through 2015. ”
    — James Laube

  • 87 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
    St. Helena, Napa Valley

    Online Review

    “Intense, ripe and concentrated, with vivid wild berry, black cherry, anise and sage flavors. Full-bodied, with crisp acidity and firm tannins before veering to drier notes. Best from 2010 through 2017. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. ”
    — James Laube

  • 87 points Wine Spectator

    2000 Merlot
    Michael Black Vineyard
    Napa Valley

    “Intense, with ripe, raw, stalk, mint, raw meat and herbaceous flavors that flex their tannic muscle. What's missing at this point is a focus and a sense of texture, though a touch of red currant appears on the finish. Best from 2004 through 2008”
    — James Laube

  • 86 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “This is intense, offering a mix of spice, floral and apple pie-like flavors, with hints of cedary oak that turn to anise and sage. Ends a bit cloying. Drink now through 2010. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 265 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 86 points Wine Advocate

    2011 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Slightly monolithic and one-dimensional. It reveals good color along with an attractive, weighty feel in the mouth and some elegance and plushness, but it did not stand out compared to its siblings. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 86 points Wine Spectator

    2007 Pinot Noir
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Starts out supple and graceful, with creamy cherry and berry fruit, but as this firms, the earthier side of the tannins gain hold. The best of two bottles tasted. Drink now through 2012. 545 cases made.”
    — James Laube

  • 86 points Wine Advocate

    1998 Pinot Noir
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Straightforward, offers a pleasant up-front, smoky, cherry, dried herb, and animal-like attack, but falls off a bit at the palate. It is ready to drink and should be consumed over the next 2-3 years.”
    — Robert Parker

  • 86 points Wine Spectator

    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Napa Valley

    “A burly style that’s firm, intense and tannic, big and tight, with extracted currant, berry, mineral and sage flavors that are full-blown.  Ends with dry, chewy tannins.  Decant.  Best from 2010 through 2016. ”
    — James Laube

  • 85 points Wine Advocate

    2011 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “I was not impressed with the 2011 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard. Flaccid and lacking precision, clearly this vintage-s challenges were not mastered in this particular cuvee. ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    2002 Chardonnay
    Russian River Valley

    “More structure, acidity, and delineation are present in the 2002 Chardonnay Russian River. While it does not appear to possess as intense fruit, it is still evolving. There is no doubting the impressive honeysuckle, peach-like notes. Just under 2,000 cases are produced from the Sonoma Mountain vineyard called Richard Dinner (planted with an old Wente clone), which produces intense, potentially long-lived wines.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 92 points Wine Spectator

    2008 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “Intense and focused on pure, ripe, mineral-laced apple, melon and floral honeysuckle scents. Full-bodied, layered, rich and concentrated, this exhibits a vibrant, youthful personality. Drink now through 2014. ”
    — James Laube

  • 93 points Wine Advocate

    2003 Chardonnay
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain

    “The 2003 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard offers hints of orange marmalade, crushed rocks, honeyed apple skins, and pineapples along with a huge texture, full body, and good underlying acidity.”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2009 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Big, bold and beautiful.  The explosiveness of these Wente clones comes through loud and clear.  Layers of fruit build effortlessly towards a textured finish laced with smoke, licorice, honey and butter.  ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • 94 points Wine Advocate

    2008 Chardonnay
    Ulises Valdez Vineyard
    Russian River Valley

    “Outrageously tasty, it reveals caramelized tropical fruits such as oranges and pineapples intermixed with brioche, crème brulee and hazelnuts.  Deep, rich and full-bodied, this authoritative Chardonnay is classically Californian with a nod to French structure and minerality.  Consume it over the next 4-5 years.  ”
    — Robert Parker Jr.

  • Best of the Best The Robb Report

    2009 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain


    — Brett Anderson View Article

  • Best of the Best The Robb Report

    2009 Chardonnay
    Cuvée Agustina
    Richard Dinner Vineyard
    Sonoma Mountain


    — Brett Anderson View Article

  • 90 points International Wine Cellar

    2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Hyde Vineyard
    Carneros, Napa Valley

    “Good deep ruby-red. Cassis, cracked pepper, bitter chocolate, tobacco and menthol on the nose. Concentrated, dense and sweet, with intriguing, Bordeaux-like notes of plum, currant, tobacco, minerals and lead pencil, and well-integrated acidity. Like the Napa cabernet, this is a rather masculine style of wine, with a cool, leafy aspect. The wine's firm tannins call for at least a few years of additional bottle aging.”
    — Stephen Tanzer