95 Points Parker
A fantastic Pinot from one of our favorite Santa Cruz Mountains producers! Limited.
95 Points Robert Parker: "Wafting from the glass with notes of ripe red cherries, cassis, dried flowers and subtle hints of pencil shavings, the 2014 Pinot Noir Upper Picnic Block is beautifully supple, satiny and medium to full-bodied on the palate, with an ample and expansive core of sweet, ripe fruit that's balanced by succulent acids and plenty of incipient savory complexity. It's a beautifully balanced, giving wine and a superb valedictory vintage for the Varner brothers. Drink it now or over the next decade."
New Pinot Release from A.P. Vin, one of Pinot's hottest up and coming labels and sourced from the famous Clos Pepe Vineyard in Santa Barbara's Santa Rita Hills appellation.
previous vintage 92 Points Wine Spectator: "Elegant and minerally, with concentrated dark fruit flavors that are full of rich cocoa powder and creamy accents. The lusciously spiced finish features powerful slate and savory accents. Drink now through 2021."
New Pinot Release from A.P. Vin, one of Pinot's hottest up and coming labels and sourced from the famous Gary's Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands.
93 Points Robert Parker: "The Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard offers lots of savory, medium-bodied, complex notes of sassafras, scrub brush, black cherry, peppery spice and earth in a perfectly balanced, layered package. Its integrated acidity and fine tannin all suggest it will drink nicely through 2022...Winemaker Andrew Vingiello continues to make a bevy of brilliant wines. They’re always packed with fruit, yet never lose typicity or soul. All of these Pinot Noirs were mostly destemmed (a few have 25% whole cluster) and aged in French oak barrels, with an average of 50% new."
92 Points Wine Spectator: "Plump and Juicy, with tiers of lively plum, blackberry, black cherry and licorice. Perfectly charming and ready to enjoy, this is hard to put down. Drink now through 2024."
New Pinot Release from A.P. Vin, one of Pinot's hottest up and coming labels and sourced from the Sun Chase Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast.
92 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Sun Chase Vineyard is terrific stuff and leads with its fruit. Raspberries, strawberries, bubble gum, mint, and spring flower notes all emerge from the glas and it hits the palate with a medium-bodied richness, a pretty, elegant texture, good acidity and a clean finish. Comign from a southwest hillside vineyard in the Petaluma Gap, drink this juicy effort over the coming 5-6 years. 125 cases produced."