2014 Reviews and Ratings


Red Car’s Wine Enthusiast scores 2014:

    • 93 pts. 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast: Light in color, this nuanced rosé is perfectly balanced between savory and sweet. Delicate yet ripe berry notes marry harmoniously with pink and purple flower accents. It’s refreshing and beautiful to drink, like a freshly picked peach on a summer’s day.  — V.B.  (10/1/2014)
    • 92 pts. 2012 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast: Blended from several amazing vineyard sites, including Ritchie and Hawk Hill, this Chardonnay from Old Wente clones has spent time aging in a modest 10% new oak. It shines in exotic florals and a creamy mouthfeel followed by a dry, bright finish of fresh-squeezed grapefruit and tangerine. This is one to enjoy entirely on its own or with a myriad of appetizers.  — V.B.  (11/1/2014)
    • 93 pts. 2012 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, Fort Ross-Seaview: This complex, cool-climate Chardonnay is briny, gamey and floral all at the same time. Layered in crisp flavors of lime, fennel and Mandarin orange, it’s almost crisp enough to get to grapefruit rind. Still, there’s a lush creaminess to the palate that drinks easily and an exiting tanginess to the finish.  — V.B.  (10/1/2014)
    • 93 pts. 2012 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Fort Ross-Seaview: Heftier than the producer’s Platt Vineyard Pinot, this estate-grown wine features astoundingly bright acidity around dense black cherry fruit. It saw 10% stem inclusion during fermentation and was aged in 20% new oak for just over a year, a recipe that works to buoy the wine and give it plenty of complexity.  — V.B.  (11/1/2014)
    • 93 pts. 2012 Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast: From high atop the hills above Freestone, this Pinot Noir saw 10% stem inclusion during fermentation and was aged in 20% new oak for just over a year to achieve enviable structure and bite amid an intensity of raspberry and strawberry kirsch flavor. This gorgeous wine will open up even more if held in bottle until 2017–2019. But it’s so good now you’ll find it hard to wait.— V.B.  (11/1/2014)
    • 93 pts. 2011 Zephyr Farms Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast: Bright, floral and intriguingly juicy, it reveals incredible brightness, all red cherry with hints of lavender and violet. Remarkably low in alcohol, (12.9%) it nonetheless tastes fully formed, mid-weight with a touch of oak on the finish, a testament to incredible raw ingredients and respectful winemaking.  — V.B.  (10/1/2014)
    • 93 pts. 2012 Heaven and Earth Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast: A mouthfilling, spicy, seamless Pinot from the cool outreaches of the Sonoma Coast, this offers a bouquet and taste of clove and rose petal as well as juicy layers of cherry fruit. It’s a wine that’s easy to enjoy on its own, or pair with a gorgeous slab of fresh salmon.  — V.B.  (10/1/2014)
    • Red Car 2010 Estate Syrah (Fort Ross-Seaview): A case study in cool-climate, estate-grown Syrah, the white pepper on the nose and palate is playful and exuberant, the acidity buoyant and lingering. The fruit takes on hushed tones of wild berry and bramble, with a soft texture inviting one in for more.  — V.B.  (12/31/2014)
    • 91 pts. Red Car 2010 Syrah (Sonoma Coast) The winery’s larger-scale Syrah (and that’s still under 2,000 cases), this is a friendly, sophisticated Rhône-inspired wine grown on the cooler Sonoma Coast. Red and blue fruits are expertly ripe and high-toned, accented by layers of classic cool-climate spice.  — V.B.  (12/31/2014)
    • 90 pts. Red Car 2010 Cuvee 22 Syrah (Sonoma County) Earthy and reminiscent of a rainy forest floor, this coastal Syrah is smoothly textured and round with a grip on the back palate, the fruit juicy and red, high-toned all around. An approachable Syrah with complexity to spare, it fits expertly on the table, duck confit on hand.  — V.B.  (12/31/2014)