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  • Arnot-Roberts Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

    £75.99

    Was £89.99

    “One of the highlights in this range, the 2018 Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard dazzles from the very first taste. In the glass, the 2018 is deep, inky and yet also light on its feet. Sweet red fruit, red plum, mint, spice, licorice infuse the Coastlands with tremendous intensity, and yet the 2018 remains light on its feet, in the way the best Pinots from this site magically can. This is a fabulous showing and a textbook example of what Coastlands is all about. Readers who can find it should absolutely not hesitate. Drinking window: 2020-2033. 96 points

    California is a hotbed of talent these days. Even so, I can’t think of too many producers who excel with so many different varieties and wines as Duncan Arnot and Nathan Roberts do. This range is full of highlights. The reds are especially strong this year, led by the stunning Coastlands Pinot, three rock-star Syrahs and a trio of 2017 Cabernets that capture all the best that challenging year had to offer. As always, the wines are built on energy and vibrancy, with a good bit of whole cluster influence in the Pinots and Syrahs.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/20)

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  • Bedrock Wine Co. The Bedrock Heritage 2016

    £48.99

    “The 2019 Bedrock Heritage Wine is a tough wine to read today. It is quite tannic and closed, but also does not appear to be quite as powerful or heavy as it can be, which in my view is a positive. Size and weight come so naturally at Bedrock that the wines can at times be a little too much of a good thing. I hope to have a chance to taste the 2019 again in the future, as it is in no mood to show its cards today. Zinfandel, Carignan, 25 Other Varieties. Drinking window: 2027-2039. 93+ points

    Morgan Twain-Peterson MW and Chris Cottrell turned out a dazzling set of 2019s. The whites in particular are brilliant and show just how compelling the vintage is in Sonoma for white varieties. As for the 2019 reds, they don’t quite reach the stratospheric heights of the 2018s, but that is a pretty high bar to match. In the 2019 reds, readers will find aromatic, bright wines with terrific energy and just a bit less structure than in the most important years. More importantly, the Bedrock wines provide a fabulous opportunity to explore the nuances of many top Sonoma sites. Stated another way, the quality of vineyards is especially apparent in 2019, a year with a bit of rain in the spring that caused berries to size up. Lastly, readers won’t want to miss the Zinfandel Old Vine. Twain-Peterson and Cottrell were a bit wary of the wine market during a pandemic and were consequently especially stringent with the lots that were bottled as vineyard designates. Everything else went into the Zinfandel Old Vine, to its benefit, and yours.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/21)

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  • Cobb Coastlands Vineyard 1906 Block Pommard 2014

    £64.99

    “The 2014 Pinot Noir 1906 Pommard offers serious fruit intensity, not to mention phenomenal overall balance. Succulent red cherry, tobacco, spice and dried flowers all flesh out in the glass. Pliant and racy, the 1906 Pommard is one of the most approachable of Ross Cobb’s 2014s. Today, the flavors are really popping. This is a superb showing from the 2014. Drinking window: 2019-2029. 95 points

    I was super-impressed by the 2015 and 2014 Pinots I tasted with Ross Cobb earlier in the year. The 2015 vintage was brutal. Yields were a punishing 0.3 tons per acre across the board. As a result Cobb did not bottle a number of his single-block Pinots from the estate Coastland vineyard. I am not sure that really matters, as the 2015s Cobb bottled are all superb. For the 2015s, Cobb opted for a relatively short (by his standards) aging regime of around 22 months in barrel. In the past, Cobb has often given his wines more time in barrel, an approach I have mixed feelings about. Although in most cases, the wines can handle the longer time in barrel, I am less sure that approach allows the fullest expression of site. In addition to the 2015s, I also had a chance to revisit most of the 2014s. Those wines remain medium in body and a touch nervous in construction. Even so, the 2014s are as expressive or better than they have been in the past. As always, Cobb has a preference for picking on the earlier side. The wines, from cool, coastal sites, are on the floral/savory side of things. More importantly, they are among the most distinctive artisan wines being made in California today. Readers will not want to miss them.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (04/18)

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  • Cobb Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block Pinot Noir 2012

    £64.99

    “The 2012 Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block is the richest and most powerful of these Pinots. A wine of considerable density, that boasts tremendous power and breadth, especially within the context of the house style. Hints of reduction remain, but at the same time, the 2012 has the potential to develop into something truly special. Beams of salinity add energy to the dark red cherry and plum-inflected fruit. 94 points.

    Ross Cobb makes some of the most distinctive Pinot Noirs on the Sonoma Coast. The 2012s are a bit uneven across the board because of the reduction issues in some wines I wrote about last year. Additonal time in bottle has helped the reduction dissipate, which is, of course, a good sign, but the fruit in those wines remains a bit muted. The difference is striking where there are no reduction issues at all. The 2013s show less concentration and depth than the 2012s, and are also free of issues with reduction. Some of the 2013s taste like the fruit could have benefitted from more time on the vine without compromising Cobb’s restrained style. Readers will not want to miss the new Chardonnay Mariani, which is terrific. Lastly, Cobb has moved on from his previous role as winemaker at Hirsch, and is now focused on his wines and those he makes for a handful of consulting clients, which is likely to be a big positive going forward.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/16)

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  • Cobb Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

    £64.99

    “The 2014 Pinot Noir 1906 Pommard offers serious fruit intensity, not to mention phenomenal overall balance. Succulent red cherry, tobacco, spice and dried flowers all flesh out in the glass. Pliant and racy, the 1906 Pommard is one of the most approachable of Ross Cobb’s 2014s. Today, the flavors are really popping. This is a superb showing from the 2014. Drinking window: 2019-2029. 95 points

    I was super-impressed by the 2015 and 2014 Pinots I tasted with Ross Cobb earlier in the year. The 2015 vintage was brutal. Yields were a punishing 0.3 tons per acre across the board. As a result Cobb did not bottle a number of his single-block Pinots from the estate Coastland vineyard. I am not sure that really matters, as the 2015s Cobb bottled are all superb. For the 2015s, Cobb opted for a relatively short (by his standards) aging regime of around 22 months in barrel. In the past, Cobb has often given his wines more time in barrel, an approach I have mixed feelings about. Although in most cases, the wines can handle the longer time in barrel, I am less sure that approach allows the fullest expression of site. In addition to the 2015s, I also had a chance to revisit most of the 2014s. Those wines remain medium in body and a touch nervous in construction. Even so, the 2014s are as expressive or better than they have been in the past. As always, Cobb has a preference for picking on the earlier side. The wines, from cool, coastal sites, are on the floral/savory side of things. More importantly, they are among the most distinctive artisan wines being made in California today. Readers will not want to miss them.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (04/18)

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  • DuMOL Charles Heintz Vineyard Isobel Chardonnay 2015

    £74.99

    “Just as compelling from bottle as it was from barrel, the 2015 Chardonnay Isobel Charles Heintz Vineyard is absolutely gorgeous. Fresh, radiant and expressive, the 2015 is endowed with terrific depth and layers of flavors. This is an especially polished Charles Heintz Chardonnay that offers quite a bit of aromatic depth and fewer of the more tropical, botrytized-inflected notes that are often found in wines from Charles Heintz. Orange peel, mint, tangerine and sweet spice infuse the finish in this super-expressive Chardonnay. Drink: 2018-2027. 94 points

    My tasting at Du Mol was one the highlights of my January trip to Sonoma. Andy Smith describes 2016 as a classic California vintage with lower acidities than the 2015, which I suspect is more a reflection of the timing of picking decisions rather than a reflection of the vintages themselves. Regardless, 2016 and 2015 are two fabulous back to back vintages at Du Mol. This range is seriously impressive. The 2016 Chardonnays were all in tank when I tasted them, while the 2016 Pinots and Cabernets were still in oak.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (04/18)

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  • DuMOL Estate Chardonnay 2016

    £79.99

    “The 2016 Chardonnay Estate Vineyard is rich and creamy, with a hint of reduction that adds an intriguing upper register of freshness. Orchard fruit, mint, white pepper and chalk are nicely woven throughout. The Estate is a wonderfully complete Chardonnay from DuMol that will drink well for many years to come. Drinking window: 2019-2026. 95 points

    Andy Smith and his team turned out a brilliant set of wines in 2017. The harvest was especially condensed, with most days seeing heavy picks of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay pretty much concurrently. Smith told me the DuMOL parcels were affected by a high incidence of shot berries, which naturally lowered yields. Small berries, often with no seeds, further resulted in a collection of dense wines. Smith told me low alcohol conversions resulted in wines with a bit lower alcohol than is typical. That is fascinating, as the wines are quite rich in feel. The bottled 2016s are just as compelling from bottle as they were last year from barrel.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (05/19)

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  • DuMOL Estate Pinot Noir 2016

    £99.99

    “The 2016 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard is an absolutely stellar wine. Dark and also quite savory in the glass, the 2016 presents a super-intriguing range of aromas, flavors and textures. The Estate has a Syrah-like feeling of density and darkness that is incredibly appealing. Huge tannins need time to soften. Readers who can wait will be rewarded with a magnificent Pinot Noir. Drinking window: 2021-2031. 96 points

    Andy Smith and his team turned out a brilliant set of wines in 2017. The harvest was especially condensed, with most days seeing heavy picks of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay pretty much concurrently. Smith told me the DuMOL parcels were affected by a high incidence of shot berries, which naturally lowered yields. Small berries, often with no seeds, further resulted in a collection of dense wines. Smith told me low alcohol conversions resulted in wines with a bit lower alcohol than is typical. That is fascinating, as the wines are quite rich in feel. The bottled 2016s are just as compelling from bottle as they were last year from barrel.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (05/19)

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  • DuMOL Finn Pinot Noir 2016

    £89.99

    “The 2016 Pinot Noir Finn is dense, pliant and super-expressive, with superb depth and all of the textural resonance that makes Russian River Pinot so undeniably alluring. Bright red cherry, plum, dried rose petal and spice all develop with time in the glass. The 2016 is even more impressive from bottle than it was from barrel. Best of all, it will drink well with minimal cellaring. Drinking window: 2021-2031. 94 points

    Andy Smith and his team turned out a brilliant set of wines in 2017. The harvest was especially condensed, with most days seeing heavy picks of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay pretty much concurrently. Smith told me the DuMOL parcels were affected by a high incidence of shot berries, which naturally lowered yields. Small berries, often with no seeds, further resulted in a collection of dense wines. Smith told me low alcohol conversions resulted in wines with a bit lower alcohol than is typical. That is fascinating, as the wines are quite rich in feel. The bottled 2016s are just as compelling from bottle as they were last year from barrel.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (05/19)

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  • DuMOL Highland Divide Chardonnay 2016

    £67.95

    “The 2016 Chardonnay Highland Divide is another pretty, entry-level Chardonnay in this lineup. Citrus, dried pear, flowers and mint are all given an extra kick of energy from intensely saline notes that underpin the fruit. Although not super-complex, the 2016 is beautifully persistent and nuanced, which makes it one of the hidden gems in this range. Drinking window: 2018-2023. 90 points

    My tasting at Du Mol was one the highlights of my January trip to Sonoma. Andy Smith describes 2016 as a classic California vintage with lower acidities than the 2015, which I suspect is more a reflection of the timing of picking decisions rather than a reflection of the vintages themselves. Regardless, 2016 and 2015 are two fabulous back to back vintages at Du Mol. This range is seriously impressive. The 2016 Chardonnays were all in tank when I tasted them, while the 2016 Pinots and Cabernets were still in oak.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (04/18)

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  • DuMOL Highland Divide Pinot Noir

    £79.99

    “The 2017 Pinot Noir Highland Divide is rich and boisterous in the glass. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, hard candy, cola and spice are amped up in a Pinot that captures all of the natural exuberance of the Russian River. Readers will find an especially bold, juicy style. Drinking window: 2020-2029. 93 points

    Over the years, I have learned to allow for plenty of time for my tastings at DuMol. I was super-impressed with the wines I tasted on my last visit. Andy Smith continues to grow the range thoughtfully. The Chardonnays and Pinots remain the strong suits, mostly because they form the core of the range and have really been fine tuned over time. The 2017 Chardonnays have turned out just as well as I had hoped they would. The wines are rich, deep and full of character. Today, I favor the 2017s over the 2018s, which come across as lighter. Then again, the Chardonnays see pretty long élevage (by California standards) of 11 months in oak and 6 months in steel (for the vineyard designates) so there is plenty of time for the 2018s to perhaps gain a bit more dimension. The two vintages appear closer in quality for Pinot Noir. Smith opted to handle the 2018s very gently in the cellar, and did half the number of punchdowns than the norm. Both the 2017s and 2018s are vivid and super-expressive. I favor 2018 over 2017 for the Cabernets and Syrahs, as the longer and more benign growing season was clearly more favorable for both varieties.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/20)

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  • DuMOL Montecillo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    £99.99

    “The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Montecillo Vineyard captures all the personality of this site. Inky red/purplish berry fruit, grilled herbs, black pepper and licorice give the 2016 its distinct pungent character. The tannins are powerful, but all the elements are impeccably balanced. In 2016, Andy Smith crafted a Cabernet that is both potent and also very elegant. Drinking window: 2022-2036. 95 points

    Andy Smith and his team turned out a brilliant set of wines in 2017. The harvest was especially condensed, with most days seeing heavy picks of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay pretty much concurrently. Smith told me the DuMOL parcels were affected by a high incidence of shot berries, which naturally lowered yields. Small berries, often with no seeds, further resulted in a collection of dense wines. Smith told me low alcohol conversions resulted in wines with a bit lower alcohol than is typical. That is fascinating, as the wines are quite rich in feel. The bottled 2016s are just as compelling from bottle as they were last year from barrel.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (05/19)

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