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Indian Wells 2016 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend

Wine Enthusiast, 2019

86 Points - April 1

Barrel aromas are out front, with notes of vanilla, coconut and green wood, with plum and blueberry fighting to get to the surface. There is pleasing balance to the fruit on the palate, but ultimately the wood gets in the way. —S.S.

Ethos Reserve 2016 Ethos Reserve Late Harvest Riesling

Wine Enthusiast, 2019

91 Points - April 1

This wine clocks in at an impressive 300 g/L residual sugar. Aromas of orange peel, dried apricot and citrus zest are followed by luscious, honeyed fruit flavors that persist on the finish. It shows impressive length and balance. —S.S.

Columbia Valley 2015 Syrah

Wine Enthusiast, 2019

87 Points - April 1

This warm vintage wine offers aromas of plum, vanilla and sweet barrel spice along with smoked meat. Supple fruit flavors follow with a vanilla-filled finish. There’s plenty of enjoyment to be had, though the oak gets out front.

Impetus 2015 IMPETUS Red Wine

Wine Enthusiast, 2019

88 Points - April 1

It starts out reductive, with notes of rubber and tar, opening up to show intriguing aromas of plum seed, jam, herb and flower. Full-bodied fruit flavors follow that paint around the edges, seeming to be missing the middle. A warm finish follows. It doesn’t seem to have fully settled in.

Artist Series 2015 Artist Series Red Wine

Wine Enthusiast, 2019

88 Points - April 1

This wine is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec. Brooding aromas of green herb, dark cherry, dark coffee, red apple and sweet spice are followed by coffee and cherry flavors. Firm, dry-seeming tannins back it up.

Single Vineyards 2016 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay

Wine & Spirits, 2019

90 Points - April 1

This is lean and finely tuned for spring sipping, with scents of bread crust and lemon-spritzed apple lifting its pineapple flavors.

Indian Wells 2016 Indian Wells Merlot

Wine Spectator, 2019

89 Points, “Smart Buy” - March 31

Lively, with zesty fruit, offering appealing black currant, espresso and spice flavors that finish with refined tannins.—T.F.

Limited Release 2017 Mimi Chardonnay

Wine Spectator, 2019

89 Points - March 31

Soft and delicate, with forward apple and spiced pear flavors that finish on a floral accent. Drink now. 27,000 cases made. –TF

Columbia Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Enthusiast, 2019

89 Points, “Best Buy” - March 1

Aromas of pink grapefruit, tropical fruit and herb lead to broad feeling, ever so slight spritzy fruit flavors. A tart, lingering finish caps it off. Best Buy. —S.S.

Columbia Valley 2017 Riesling

Wine Enthusiast, 2019

89 Points, “Best Buy” - March 1

Flower, lime leaf, slate, peach and citrus aromas are out front. Sleek, off-dry, leaning sweeter fruit flavors follow. There’s a sense of balance that heightens the appeal. It’s a whole lot of wine for the money. Best Buy. —S.S.

Columbia Valley 2017 Harvest Select Sweet Riesling

Wine Enthusiast, 2019

87 Points, “Best Buy” - March 1

The aromas seem subdued for the variety, with notes of flower and peach. Medium-sweet stone fruit flavors follow. Best Buy. —S.S.

Columbia Valley 2017 Dry Riesling

Wine Enthusiast, 2019

89 Points, “Best Buy” - March 1

The aromas pop, with notes of rubbed lime leaf, citrus, white peach and cut green apple. Sleek, bone-dry, Nestea Lemon Iced Tea flavors follow, with the finish sailing. This is always one of the best wine values on the shelf, and this vintage does not disappoint. Best Buy. —S.S.

Indian Wells 2016 Indian Wells Merlot

Wine & Spirits, 2019

89 Points - February 1

Dark and plummy when first poured, this is a dark and chewy merlot, lacking a little nerve. It needs some barbecue to set it right.

Single Vineyards 2015 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinous Media, 2018

90 Points - November 16

A step up in clarity and refinement from the Canoe Ridge Merlot, offering a fine-grained texture but more shape and restraint. Delivers lovely subtle sweetness to its dark berry and licorice flavors. Nicely balanced for its vintage, finishing with a substantial but fine dusting of tannins.

Columbia Valley 2017 Dry Riesling

Vinous Media, 2018

88 Points - November 15

Citrus fruits lifted by pear blossom and a whiff of brown spices on the aromatic nose. Racy acidity nicely counters the wine's surprisingly rich texture and moderately sweet (8.5 g/l r.s.) citrus and peach flavors. A fairly substantial, immediately gulpable Riesling with good finishing saline minerality and surprising firmness.

Single Vineyards 2017 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling

Vinous Media, 2018

90 Points - November 15

Fresh stone fruits, quince, subtle brown spices, and a touch of vanilla (but not from oak) on the nose. Dense, nicely concentrated and brisk but not fat, with ginger and quinine notes lifting the ripe stone fruit flavors. Finishes spicy and persistent--not at all hard and very easy to drink.

Single Vineyards 2016 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Vinous Media, 2018

90 Points - November 15

Concentrated and seamless for the category, offering a leesy nuance and a lovely balance of sweetness and acidity. Projects sweeter fruit than the 2015 version but also the greater flavor development and energy associated with the cooler late-season weather. A substantial and successful Sauvignon with good grip.

Ethos Reserve 2016 Ethos Reserve Late Harvest Riesling

Vinous Media, 2018

89 Points - November 15

Hugely sweet and rich but leavened by surprising acidity; not a particularly thick or glyceral style but communicates a slightly canned-fruit character and shows much less nuance than the 2015 version. I don't find the same saline complexity or stimulating manifestations of superripe fruit here.

Ethos Reserve 2016 Ethos Reserve Chardonnay

Vinous Media, 2018

91 Points - November 15

Rich, fine-grained and smooth but vibrant as well, with lemon drop, spice and vanilla flavors showing a bit more fruit intensity and grip than the Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay. A very successful Chardonnay with well-judged oaking and a tactile, savory finish.

Single Vineyards 2016 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay

Vinous Media, 2018

89 Points - November 15

A touch of leesy reduction to the aromas of stone fruits, apple and gentle brown spices. Round and fairly fat but quite dry, showing a lightly saline umami quality. Fairly substantial and persistent on the back end. I wanted a bit more clarity and fruity lift, but this wine tightened positively with air.

Ethos Reserve 2015 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinous Media, 2018

91 Points - November 15

At once suave and rich, offering lovely sweetness to its tactile dark berry and black cherry fruit flavors. Not the last word in complexity but finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins and sneaky rising persistence. All about fruit from start to finish. Lovely wine.

Eroica 2015 Eroica Gold Riesling

Vinous Media, 2018

91 Points - November 15

Aromas of orange and anise are lifted by honey and spice high tones. Delivers terrific intensity to its sweet fruit and spice flavors, with a note of saline minerality contributing lift and grip. Not yet especially nuanced but benefits from harmonious acidity, as well as some unabsorbed CO2. Finishes chewy and long.

Single Vineyards 2015 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinous Media, 2018

90 Points - November 15

Tactile, broad and rich; fairly full on the palate without going over the top, spreading out to saturate the sides of the mouth with cassis, black cherry, menthol and licorice flavors. A darker, chewier, broader style, perhaps with less restraint but plenty of finishing sweetness to its dark berry fruit.

Single Vineyards 2015 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot

Vinous Media, 2018

88 Points - November 15

Supple but a bit soft and warm too, with black cherry and dark berry flavors in need of a bit more relief and lift. Finishes with fine-grained, inoffensive tannins and lingering notes of menthol and sour cherry, turning a bit dusty and dry with air, with the herbal element returning.