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ACCOLADE RESULTS

86 points

2016 Spellbound Pinot Noir

Wine Enthusiast, July 2018

“Lots of fruit flavor and a smooth but firm texture make this medium-bodied wine easy to appreciate. There is little oak influence so the fresh and focused cherry and berry flavors take the lead.”

88 points

2016 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2018

“Dried herb and a twist of lemongrass provide an exotic edge to this light white, which is moderate in acidity and fruity in melon and kiwi. The freshness persists with ease on the finish.”

87 points

2016 Oberon Merlot

Wine Enthusiast, December 2018

88 points

2016 Oberon Merlot

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, August 2018

“Loamy tasting, with smoky accents to the red currant, roasted plum and dried berry flavors. Mocha and spice details show on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 5,400 cases made.”

90 points

2015 Oberon Merlot

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, November 2017

“A robust style, with inky notes to the dark currant, dried sage and fig flavors, followed by a sanguine finish that’s richly spiced.”

90 points

2016 Oberon Chardonnay

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, March 2018

“Delicate, offering layers of white fruit and spice flavors supported by fresh acidity. Lemon drop notes show midpalate, with a plush finish. Drink now through 2022. 6,300 cases made”

93 points

2014 M by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Advocate, October 2018

“Deep garnet with a hint of purple, the 2014 M by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon has pronounced plum preserves, blueberry coulis and blackcurrant cordial with hints of chocolate box, licorice, baking spices and fragrant earth. The medium to full-bodied palate is firm, fine grained and lively with great intensity of black fruits and earthy layers, finishing long with a mineral kick.”

90-92 points

2014 M by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, December 2015

“A barrel sample of the 2014 M by Michael Mondavi was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and offered up notes of wood smoke, baking spices, red and black currants, and hints of plum and licorice. It is medium to full-bodied, front-end loaded and very seductive. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.”

97 points

2014 M by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2016

“Aromas of tar, blackberry, stone, mineral, and spice. Lead pencil. Full body, firm and silky tannins. The depth and finesse to this is superb. Goes on for minutes. Great wine. Drink or hold.”

16.5

2012 M by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

Elaine Chukah Brown, JancisRobinson.com, September 2016

“Aromatics of dark fruit sprinkled with earth and cocoa. Flavours of black plum, integrated baking spice with accents of tobacco and cocoa and a crack of pepper on the finish. Good concentration at the front of the palate gets a bit light in the finish. Dusty tannins and balancing acidity. (ECB) 14.3% Drink 2017-2025”

87 points

2008 M by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

James Laube, Wine Spectator, April 2012

“Rustic and chewy, with dried dark berry notes, grainy tannins and a drying finish. The berry and black licorice flavors are intriguing, but the texture is rugged. Best from 2013 through 2023. 521 cases made.”

16.5

2008 M by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com, July 2013

“Quite ridiculously heavy bottle! But apparently they are working on finding lighter bottles for future bottlings. Dark crimson. Attractively supple and reasonably subtle on the nose. Dry but not dryiing (not hot) finish. Not dramatic but admirably well mannered. Tastes as though it will be a fine food partner. Great balance. Not sure it has a long life ahead though.”

94 points

2015 Dutton-Goldfield Rued Vineyard Chardonnay

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2018

“This wine is bright in acidity, with a wealth of freshness in tones of Meyer lemon and lime. Quenching on the midplate, it develops more and more complexity in the glass, where a stony texture meets crisp green apple and fennel. Editor's Choice.”

91 points

2015 Dutton-Goldfield Rued Vineyard Chardonnay

Wine & Spirits, October 2018

“Year’s Best US Chardonnays (Full comments to come)”

91 points

2017 Dutton-Goldfield Rosé of Pinot Noir

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, September 2018

“This is a foot-trod, whole-cluster wine fermented like a white, that is copper orange and pink in color. The grapes come from the producer's Fox Den Vineyard and another Dutton Ranch site. Earthy cantaloupe, cherry and cranberry figure into the mix, as does orange peel and watermelon, the acidity tight and tautly stretched across the vibrant texture.”

89 points

2017 Dutton-Goldfield Rosé of Pinot Noir

July 2018

“Long a Pinot producer responsible for wines that are both rich and well-balanced, Dutton Goldfield again shows its special mettle with the grape in this neatly done Rosé. The wine is precise and pretty with a lingering, slightly pert streak of cherries running its length, and, if far from bold, neither is it shy and withdrawn, and its fruity persistence.”

91 points

2015 Dutton-Goldfield Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir

Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits, March 2018

“This wine's silky red fruit has some darker, saturated tones, bringing to mind pomegranate seeds and rhubarb. It's gentle and savory in the middle, hinting at sweetness in the end. Cool, clean, and firmly structured, this will gain more fragrance with a year or two in bottle.”

93 points

2015 Dutton-Goldfield Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir

International Wine Review, March 2018

“The Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir is one of Dutton Goldfield’s finest. It’s big yet elegant with a beautifully, silky textured mouth feel and dark red cherry and plum aromas and flavors complemented by touches of pomegranate and red raspberry. It sees 16 months in 55% new barriques (RemonTrancais, Taransaud, and Rousseau), but the oak is seamlessly integrated. A big but elegant wine with a rich, long finish. The Fox Den vineyard, planted in 2002, is located on top of Stoetz Ridge, just above Occidental.”

91 points

2015 Dutton-Goldfield Rued Vineyard Chardonnay

July 2018

“We have wondered why the wines of Dutton Goldfield were so rarely mentioned by the champions of balance and temperate alcohol during the cultural Chardonnay wars of the last several years for they are, more often than not, serious, decidedly polished wines of sophistication and depth that are not driven by high ripeness and lavish oak. This quietly complex effort adheres to the winery model, and, while not an especially bold wine, it is quite deep with an insistent, very precise fruity voice. It is a carefully made Chardonnay that reminds that balance and richness are not antithetical, and it will drink effortlessly with a wide range of foods.”

93 points

2015 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Emerald Ridge Pinot Noir

International Wine Review, March 2018

“The Emerald Ridge Vineyard is planted to several Pinot Noir clones, each of which is cold soaked for 5 days before fermenting and then aging in 50 percent new oak, followed by blending the following spring and a return to the barriques. This is one of our favorites from Dutton Goldfield with effusive scents of red cherry and raspberry that carry over to a silky, nicely concentrated palate. It’s a wonderfully balanced wine with just a touch of vanilla oak that will become fully integrated after a little more time in bottle. Yields were down about 20% relative to 2014.”

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