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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Issue #230 - April 2017
2015 Estate Chardonnay - 91 points
The 2015 Chardonnay Estate exudes pronounced pineapple, guava and baked apricot notes with suggestions of candied ginger, brioche and butterscotch. Medium-bodied with a very sexy satiny texture, it has bold, ripe tropical fruit and spice flavors, off-set by plenty of freshness and finishing with great length. This is great value for a wine with this level of expression and depth!
2014 Reserve Chardonnay - 93+ points - 200 cases produced
The 2014 Chardonnay Reserve offers up notes of white grapefruit, lemon tart and white peaches with hints of struck match, baking bread and crushed stones. Medium-bodied with a gorgeous, silken texture and lively backbone cutting through the densely-packed citrus and savory layers, it finishes long and minerally.
2014 Summit Chardonnay - 92 points - 150 cases produced
The 2014 Chardonnay Summit Estate has very pretty floral notes of honeysuckle and orange blossoms over honeydew melon, nectarines and guava with a touch of aniseed. Medium to full-bodied with a pleasantly oily texture, it has a lively backbone supporting the generous melon and tropical fruit flavors, finishing with honeyed hints.
2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 89+ points
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is intensely scented of black currant cordial, blueberry pie and pencil shavings with hints of dried Mediterranean herbs, black soil and bell pepper. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with pure cassis and dried herbs flavors, supported by firm, chewy tannins, and finishing long and lively.
2014 Estate Cabernet, Block 11 - 91+ points - 100 cases produced
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Block 11 Estate gives pronounced blackberry preserves and crème de cassis notes with hints of cigar box, bay leaves and chargrill. Medium-bodied with a lovely elegance on the palate and bags of freshness, it has a great core of crushed black berry flavors with invigorating herbal accents, supported by chewy tannins and finishing long.
2014 Estate Zinfandel - 89 points - 500 cases produced
Medium garnet in color, the 2014 Zinfandel Estate offers an earthy nose of dusty soil and mossy bark with a good core of dried mulberries, raspberry preserves and spiced blackberry compote with a waft of potpourri. Medium to full bodied, this is a relatively fresh, vibrant, elegant style, with chewy tannins and racy acid to support, finishing long and spicy.
2014 Roger's Schoolhouse Zinfandel - 90 points - 200 cases produced
Medium garnet in color, the 2014 Zinfandel Roger's Schoolhouse offers spice box, oolong tea, dried roses and cardamom hints over baked plums, blueberry tart and blackberry jam plus a waft of sandalwood. It delivers loads of exotic spice and savory notes on the soft, supple, medium to full-bodied palate; it has a good line of freshness and a long, rather rustic finish.
2014 "Amber Block - Starr Ridge" Pinot Noir - 91 points - 100 cases produced
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Amber Block - Starr Ridge offers notes of crushed cranberries, red cherries and dried Provence herbs with hints of underbrush, lavender and black tea. Medium-bodied with a taut structure of grainy tannins and lively acid, it has a good amount of expressive red berry and earth flavors with an herbal lift on the finish.
2014 "Cooper Block - Starr Ridge" Pinor Noir - 91+ points - 100 cases produced
The 2014 Pinot Noir Cooper Block - Starr Ridge has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and nose of black raspberries, garrigue and fragrant earth with touches of kirsch, potpourri and peppercorns. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly fruited with fresh red berry and earth flavors supported by chewy tannins and refreshing acid line, finishing peppery.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Issue #223 - March 2016
2013 Estate Cabernet, Block 8 - 75 cases produced
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Block 8 comes from a vineyard planted in volcanic soils and is aged in a combination of French and American oak. This wine has a black ruby/purple color, floral blueberry and blackberry fruit, and a vivaciousness despite its highly extracted, rich, full-bodied style. This is seriously young and promising. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20 years.
Winemaker Leo Hansen - San Francisco Cronicle's "Winemakers To Watch 2015: Meet Our 10 Rising-Star Vitners" January 2015
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Issue #216 - December 2014
2012 Estate Cabernet, Block 8 - 75 cases produced - 94+ points
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Block Eight is a winner from Alexander Valley with 25+ years of upside potential. Abundant aromas of spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, graphite and espresso intermixed with subtle smoke are present in this dense purple-colored 2012 with oodles of character and richness. Young and promising, future tasters are going to be blown away by the complexity and quality of this cuvée. Drink 2018-2035+.
2012 Pinot Noir, Starr Ridge, Amber - 100 cases produced - 94 points
Exhibits beguiling notes of forest floor, plums, raspberries and black cherries, a complex earthiness, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet tannin and adequate acidity. This finely crafted Pinot Noir is drinking beautifully now and should continue to evolve for another 5-7 years.
2012 Pinot Noir, Starr Ridge, Cooper - 100 cases produced - 92 points
In contrast to the Star Ridge Amber, the 2012 Pinot Noir Star Ridge Cooper possesses a similar sexy texture, but it shows more earthy, peppery, baking spice, cinnamon and nutmeg characteristics intertwined with red currant, plum and cherry fruit. Another beauty, it should drink nicely for 5-7 years.
2012 Estate Chardonnay, Summit Five - 150 cases produced - 91 points
Even more complex is the 2012 Chardonnay Summit Five, which reveals more orange blossom, crème brûlée and brioche notes, a hint of hazelnuts, and a medium to full-bodied, long finish. Consume it over the next 5-6 years.
2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 91 points
Displays lots of chocolaty, crème de cassis, cedarwood and spice notes intertwined with a hint of oak. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and youthful as well as approachable, will drink well for 15 or more years.
2013 Estate Chardonnay - 89 points
Notes of white currants, peaches and orange blossoms in a medium-bodied style displaying a hint of wet rocks/minerality. The oak component is subtle, and the wine’s fruit dominates. This attractive 2013 will be flexible with an assortment of dishes over the next 4-5 years.
2012 Estate Chardonnay - San Francisco Cronicles "Pride of the West Coast - Top 100 Wines of 2014"
2009 Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet - 91 points
Deftly balanced, capturing ripe dark berry, mocha, anise and loamy earth notes, with firm, gripping tannins holding the flavors in place on a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2022.
International Wine Cellar
2010 Alexander Valley Zinfandel - 90 points
"Youthful violet color. Powerful dark berry and candied cherry aromas are brightened by Indian spice and floral accents. Ripe and fleshy but lively as well, offering intense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter with air. Shows very good energy on the finish, which leaves cracked pepper and mocha notes behind.' Steven Tanzer
Wine & Spirits
2010 Alexander Valley Chardonnay - 90 points
"(Best Buy) Fermented without added yeast in older French oak barrels and casks (only seven percent is new wood), this wine has a mild toastiness from lees aging and a clean exposition from beginning to end. The mellow citrus flavors and tight acidity keep it lifted, while the unctuous texture would match rich fish, like grilled Spanish mackerel."
2009 Alexander Valley Zinfandel - 90 points
"Here’s a very rich, elaborate wine that defines the modern, ripe style of Zinfandel. You certainly can’t complain about the fruit, which is massive in red and black berry and stone fruit flavors, sprinkled with black pepper, cinnamon and star anise. It’s a little hot and sweet in alcohol, but then again, this is an Alexander Valley Zin. — S.H. (3/1/2012)
2008 Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet - 92 points
Stuhlmuller’s regular 2008 Cabernet, released a year ago, was quite good. This one’s even better. It has all the hallmarks of a superior Cabernet, with rich, delicious blackberry, cherry, licorice, Dr. Pepper cola and oak flavors, framed into soft, intricate tannins. With a pleasant minerality, it should age well through 2016, gradually losing fruit. — S.H. (3/1/2012)
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