Awards

Love Landmark Wines? You're not alone! We're excited to share some of the notable scores and awards our wines have received. 

2020

2016 Lorenzo Chardonnay — 91 Pts

Wine Enthusiast (June)

"With a juicy midpalate of pear and brioche, this opulent wine is cradled in supportive oak and textured in supple, lengthy tannins. Wet stone and a touch of sea air provide contrast and underlying earthiness that adds complexity and finesse." — Virginie Boone  

2016 Sangiacomo Chardonnay — 90 Pts

Wine Enthusiast (June)

“This white is lush and luxuriously rich in tones of crème brûlée, honey and marshmallow. Robust oak blends well within the rounded style, complementing the flavors of quince, apricot and pineapple.” — Virginie Boone  

2016 Rayhill Pinot Noir — 92 Pts

Wine Enthusiast (May)

“This red is juicy and peppery, with a vibrant, complex nose that invites one in. Earthy tones of forest floor and mushroom mingle on the textured palate before a welcome note of white pepper highlights the finish.” — Virginie Boone  

2017 Dierberg Pinot Noir — 94 Pts

Jeb Dunnuck (May)

“Coming from the Sta. Rita Hills and brought up in 35% new French oak, the 2017 Pinot Noir Dierberg offers a great nose of mulled red and black fruits, Asian spices, dried flowers, and a marine-like salinity and minerality. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, it offers ripe tannins, its oak is completely pushed into the background, and it has a great finish. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years or more.”

2017 La Encantada Pinot Noir — 94 Pts

Jeb Dunnuck (May)

“Another Sta. Rita Hills release, the 2017 Pinot Noir La Encantada comes from a site on the southern side of the appellation and spent 10 months in 35% new French oak. Ripe strawberries, violets, rose petals, and spicy notes as well as that marine-like saltiness that always seems to be present in wines from this region all give way to a seamless, ethereal Pinot Noir that has great tannins, integrated acidity, and outstanding length. The balance as well as the texture are superb, and this beauty is ideal for drinking over the coming 5-7 years, even though it will most likely keep longer.”

2017 Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir — 93 Pts 

Jeb Dunnuck (May)

“From an estate in the Russian River and aged 10 months on lees in 40% new French oak, the 2017 Pinot Noir Hop Kiln Estate has a vivid, bright bouquet of black cherry, mulberries, flowery incense, and spice to go with a medium-bodied, silky, incredibly elegant style on the palate. It shows a more focused, fresh side to the Russian River yet still has beautiful fruit. It's a terrific wine, as well as a smoking value.”

2017 Sangiacomo Chardonnay — 92 Pts

Jeb Dunnuck (May)

“From the cooler Carneros region, the 2017 Chardonnay Sangiacomo spent 15 months in 35% new French oak. It has rocking caramelized citrus fruit as well as notes of white flowers, brioche, and toasted bread, medium to full body, a vibrant, focused texture, and a great finish. It's another classic Chardonnay from this estate that has loads to love. Drink it over the coming 5-7 years.”

2017 Hilliard Bruce Chardonnay — 92 Pts

Jeb Dunnuck (May)

“Beautiful spice, white flowers, brioche, and honeyed stone fruit notes emerge from the 2017 Chardonnay Hilliard Bruce. Coming from a great site on the northern side of the Sta. Rita Hills and aged 14 months in 30% new French oak, drink this plush, already complex, medium-bodied effort over the coming 4-6 years.”

2017 Escolle Road Pinot Noir – 92 Pts 

Jeb Dunnuck (May)

“The 2017 Pinot Noir Escolle Road comes from the Santa Lucia Highlands and, like most releases here, was destemmed and brought up mostly in neutral oak. Ruby/purple-hued with ripe black cherry and blackberry fruits intermixed with a touch of black tea, spice, and forest floor, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, has a big mid-palate, lots of fruit, yet also good acidity. A lively, powerful Pinot Noir from this region, it’s going to evolve nicely for 4-6 years.”

2017 Overlook Chardonnay – 91 Pts

Jeb Dunnuck (May)

“Spiced orchard fruits, brioche, honeyed pineapple, and lots of spice emerge from the 2017 Chardonnay Overlook. This is a rich, nicely textured, balanced Chardonnay that way over-delivers at the price. I don't expect it to make old bones, but it's one delicious drink today.”

2019

2016 Escolle Road Pinot Noir — 92 Pts

Vinous (November)

“Brilliant ruby-red. Highly perfumed, spice-accented red and dark berry aromas pick up notes of pungent floral and mineral nuances with air. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering sappy black raspberry and cherry cola flavors along with hints of five-spice powder and cinnamon. Finishes impressively long and smooth, with resonating red fruit character and silky, harmonious tannins. There's one-third new French oak here. – Josh Raynolds”

2017 Escolle Road Pinot Noir — 93 Pts

Vinous (November)

“Brilliant ruby-red. Highly perfumed, spice-accented red and dark berry aromas pick up notes of pungent floral and mineral nuances with air. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering sappy black raspberry and cherry cola flavors along with hints of five-spice powder and cinnamon. Finishes impressively long and smooth, with resonating red fruit character and silky, harmonious tannins. There's one-third new French oak here. - Josh Raynolds

2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir – 91 Pts 

Vinous (November)

“Deep shimmering red. Spice- and smoke-tinged red and dark berry scents show very good clarity and pick up a hint of mocha with air. Smooth, nicely concentrated black raspberry and cherry cola flavors show no rough edges and reveal a hint of vanilla on the back half. In a forward, fruit-driven style, with solid closing thrust, a repeating mocha note and strong, gently tannic persistence. This wine saw one-third new French oak. – Josh Raynolds”

2017  Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir – 92 Pts

Vinous (November)

“Light vivid ruby. Highly perfumed, spice-tinged red berry and cherry aromas, plus a suave floral accent that gains strength as the wine stretches out. Concentrated yet brisk and nervy on the palate, offering juicy raspberry, cherry and rose pastille flavors that show very good clarity and spicy lift. The red fruit and floral notes carry through a gently tannic, seamless, impressively long finish that echoes the spicy note. One-third new French oak was used in raising this wine. – Josh Raynolds” 

2017 Overlook Pinot Noir – 90 pts 

Wine Spectator (October)

Elegant and juicy, featuring minerally precision to the pomegranate, cherry and currant flavors. Slate and spice details show on the finish, with creamy accents. Drink now through 2024. 15,000 cases made. —K.M.”

2016 Overlook Pinot Noir — 91 Pts

Decanter (September)

“A powerful and structured wine with notes of red cherry, raspberry and gentle spicy oak. Well-structured with velvety tannins.”

2016 Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir — 95 Pts 

Decanter (September)

“Stunningly complex with layer upon layer of warm sweet blackcurrant, raspberry compote, gentle wood smoke and a nuance of red cherry. Delicious sweet oak on the finish helps create the perfect balance.”

2016 Overlook Chardonnay — 90 Pts

Decanter (September)

“Complex and impressive with a seductive richness. Notes of toast, butter and cream are complemented by the freshness of pineapple, melon and apple, finished with wonderful nutty oak.”

2016 Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir – 90 Pts 

Wine Enthusiast (April)

"A dark cherry tone dominates in this soft, richly layered and lushly textured red, with an oaky spine for support. This is the producer's first vintage from the 93-acre estate in the heart of the appellation once known as the Hop Kiln Winery." — Virginie Boone  

2016 Grand Detour Pinot Noir – 90 Pts

Wine Enthusiast (April)

"Aromas of rose and lavender carry the nose, leading to a softly textured palate pierced by smoky oak. Rich and full bodied in style, it has good tension, a succulent black-cherry flavor and welcome earthiness."— Virginie Boone  

2016 Grand Detour Pinot Noir – 90 pts 

Wine Advocate (April)

"Medium to deep ruby colored, the 2016 Grand Detour opens with charcuterie and toasty spice over a core of cranberry sauce, red cherries and black berries. Light to medium-bodied with spicy fruit in the mouth, it has firm, grainy tannins and a juicy finish."  — Erin Brooks    

2016 Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir — 92 Pts

Wine Spectator (March)

"Minerally and finely textured, with bright cherry, currant and rasberry flavors supported by fresh acidity. Slate and flint notes show on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 1,520 cases made." — Kim Marcus  

2016 Damaris Reserve Chardonnay — 90 Pts 

Wine Spectator (January)

"Rich, filled with concentrated apple pastry, pear tart and creamy flavors supported by fresh acidity. The custardy finish is long and well-spiced." — Kim Marcus    

2018 

2016 Damaris Reserve Chardonnay — 90 Pts

Wine Enthusiast (December)

"Dark gold in color, this wine takes on a heady bouquet of honey, graham cracker, vanilla and créme brulée. Hearty, full bodied and fleshy, its fruit-forward charcater is defined by flavors of pineapple and mango." — Virginie Boone

2016 Overlook Chardonnay — The Top 100 Most Exciting Wines of 2018

Wine Spectator (December)

"Well-built and rich, with a solid core of apple pastry, fig and guava flavors that offer a creamy texture. Nutmeg and clove notes show on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2022." — Kim Marcus