WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS
This is the first non-vineyard designate made by Jim Maresh. Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Old Vines has a lovely pure nose of pink peppercorn, dried black tea leaves, red and black licorice and violets with dried cranberries, red cherries and layers and layers of spice. Medium to full-bodied, it has amazing concentration of flavor in the mouth, blossoming out to pure red fruits and spicy layers, with cinnamon and autumn leaves accents, very fine-grained tannins and juicy acidity, finishing very, very long with tons of earth-laced fruit. Wow! 1,040 cases produced.
VINOUS 95 POINTS
Bright red. A highly perfumed bouquet displays mineral-laced red berry and floral aromas that are complicated by suggestions of exotic spices, incense and savory herbs. Stains the palate with energetic raspberry preserve, blood orange, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that become sweeter and deeper. Shows superb energy, sharp delineation and solid, mineral thrust on the extremely long finish, which is framed by silky, slow-building tannins.
BURGHOUND 93 POINTS AND OUTSTANDING
Interestingly, this is aromatically almost a blend of the first two wines with its elegant mix of various red berries, plum and briar scents. I very much like the texture of the medium weight flavors where the fine density of material is immediately apparent as it serves to partially buffer the equally firm structure supporting the beautifully long finale. This is excellent and worth checking out though again, at least some patience strongly advised.
WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS
Impressive for the impeccable elegance and balance, and buoyed by a complex core, this offers vibrant rose petal and raspberry aromas and flavors of cherry, stony mineral and savory dried herb that unfurl toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2026.