91 Pts, Wine Spectator – 91 Pts, James Suckling
If you’ve never been to Elk Cove’s winery, it’s perhaps one of America’s most beautiful. Not only that but the wine is outstanding. The best offer is the best in the bunch is probably the Estate Pinot– a chance to try one of the state’s great cuvees from undercover superstar winemaker Adam Campbell representing all six of their estate vineyards. A mix of Dijon and Pommard clones, this has the signature complexity, but in the warmer 2018 vintage, this has even a more juicy fruit expression than usual. It’s a beautiful wine, one Wine Enthusiast called, “textbook Willamette Valley Pinot Noir”
93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Mike Grgich’s 1973 Chateau Montelena was chosen as the best white wine in the world, sending shockwaves throughout the wine community and cementing the U.S. winemaker’s legacy amongst the world’s best. Since then, he’s oft referred to as “The King of Chardonnay”. In 2017, he earned his highest score ever from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate for his Estate Grown Chard with a delicious Chardonnay in his signature style. Opting to forego malolactic fermentation, this wine is extraordinarily crisp and vibrant with notes of Granny Smith Apple, Meyers lemon, melon and a hint of nuttiness. This is another winner from the legend.
91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
A great under-$30 Cabernet Sauvignon find, Vina Robles has emerged as one of the big players out of Paso Robles. This Cabernet is lip-smacking berried up Cabernet with jammy red and dark fruits and hints of cocoa. It’s robust and full-bodied offering layers of fruit and tannic structure. This is drinking great now and I’d argue it will continue to be killer for another 7-10 years.
94 Points, James Suckling
Jet black to the rim, with dark, juicy fruits and a rich, sweet spice component from the Bonarda blended in. This is a bonafide winner– no surprise that Suckling agreed – giving it a 94 point score and arguing it is “so delicious to drink now but will improve with age.” If you were looking for your favorite new winter blend– may I suggest this bottle for you. You’ll thank me later, I’m sure of it.