Wine Enthusiast

Chardonnay, Charles Heintz Vineyard

2018 – 94 points

“This is a beautifully made white from the cool-climate site, made in tiny amounts. Explosive in floral aromas and an array of citrus and stone fruit, it offers great texture and breadth, with both a flinty aspect of earthiness and a creamy, memorable finish of bold acidity.” – Virginie Boone

2017 – 94 points

“Owner and winemaker Katy Wilson makes very little of this wine sadly, so stock up if you can. Stony mineral and brine figure prominently on entry as a buildup of Meyer lemon, fig and quince define the juicy midpalate of restrained oak and ripeness. Lingering acidity keeps it fresh through a long, spicy finish.” – Virginie Boone

2016 – 95 points

“Winemaker Katy Wilson impresses with this bottling, coaxing together a wine that’s briny and salty, perfectly consistent with this coastal-influenced Occidental site. A flavor of Asian pear accents a moderate structure and lingering complexity.” – Virginie Boone

Chardonnay, H. Klopp Vineyard

2019 – 94 points

“From a coastal site, this wine offers mineral-driven gravel and rock undertones, textured and steely with a hint of grip. Dried herb, green apple and lemon candy come to the fore atop a linear thread of acidity that amplifies the acidity.” – Virginie Boone

2018 – 93 points

“This lovely white starts with a touch of reduction, opening slowly in the glass to reveal crisp, bright acidity and elegant flavors of green apple and Meyer lemon. As it develops further, the brightness continues, complemented by a subtle richness of Tahitian vanilla and toasted oak.” – Virginie Boone

Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

2019 – 94 points

“A blend of three single-vineyards—52% Rice-Spivak, 44% Thorn Ridge and 4% Emmaline Ann—this is a bright, effusive and beautifully structured wine that lingers in youthful tannin and grip. Wild strawberry, cherry and crushed rock combine effortlessly and with lasting intrigue.” – Virginie Boone

2018 – 95 points

“This is a bringing together of three vineyard sites, 46% Thorn Ridge, 38% Rice-Spivak, and 16% Emmaline Ann. Gorgeous and delicious, it sings in black tea, rhubarb, violet, and orange peel, with bright, delicate structure and underlying acidity. A tease of dark chocolate lingers on the finish.” – Virginie Boone

2017 – 92 points

“Another cuvée made from top sites, this captures the beauty of three sites: 52% Rice-Spivak, 31% Thorn Ridge, and 17% Emmaline Ann. Baking spice, brioche, rhubarb, and orange flavors meet an undercurrent of salinity and ocean air, with thick tannin supporting the bright, racy acidity.” – Virginie Boone

2016 – 94 points

“Juicy in fresh cherry, strawberry and rhubarb, this delightful wine sourced from two of owner and winemaker Katy Wilson’s single-vineyard designates (Rice-Spivak and Thorn Ridge) intrigues in unexpected nuances of nutmeg and white pepper. Fresh, lively and earthy, it is incredibly good.” – Virginie Boone

2015 – 92 points

“Winemaker Katy Wilson crafts a delicate, grainy and textured wine from coastal fruit in this light-bodied, crisp and fresh take on the variety. Impressive on the midpalate in establishing just the right amount of weight to give it complexity and bite, it finishes in a seductive layer of clove and cola.”  – Virginie Boone

Pinot Noir, Coastlands Vineyard

2017 – 92 points

“This is not a wine that owner and winemaker Katy Wilson makes every year. But it’s worth noting when she does. This vintage is balanced in weight and style, with black tea, raspberry, strawberry and bay leaf mingling around strong tannin structure and notes of cardamom and vanilla.” – Virginie Boone

Pinot Noir, Emmaline Ann Vineyard

2019 – 94 points

“From a cold, foggy coastal site, this tiny-production wine is impressive in orange zest, cranberry and raspberry, while being lengthy and sublime on the palate. Forest floor, cardamon and clove and focused acidity complete the picture, making for a delicious and elegant expression of the grape.” – Virginie Boone

2018 – 92 points

“Youthful and still untangling, this wine is peppery and spicy – a mix of white pepper and clove that season complementary components of forest floor and black tea. Crisp orange fruit, raspberry and strawberry provide a tanginess that appeals and coats the delicate palate with just a hint of oak.” – Virginie Boone

2017 – 91 points

“From a cool climate site in a relatively warm year, this light red is bright and well structured, with lasting flavors of orange, cranberry and strawberry. It retains intense savory elements of forest, tobacco and cardamom, which complement and intrigue.” – Virginie Boone

Pinot Noir, Rice-Spivak Vineyard

2019 – 94 points

“From a coastal site littered in volcanic ashy soils, this beautifully crafted wine is crisp, lively and high-toned, with characteristics of cranberry, pomegranate and a touch of green tea. Made in an elegant, refined style, the oak and tannin are understated and integrated, adding structure and grace.” — Virginie Boone

2018 – 95 points

A perennial knockout wine from a cool, coastal site, this vintage shows delicate, muddled red fruit and layers of baking spice and black tea. Elegant, lengthy and fresh in acidity, it is more savory than fruity, complex in contrasting notes of clove, nutmeg and forest. — Virginie Boone

2017 – 95 points

“Tangy citrus undertones of lemon and grapefruit lift a midpalate that takes on darker, more savory elements of strawberry, dark cherry, clove, nutmeg and tea. Light and delicate on its feet, it holds steady on the lengthy palate in bright acidity and an elegant richness that provides ample mouthfeel and structure.” – Virginie Boone

2016 – 95 points

“Bright, focused flavors of raspberry, strawberry and pomegranate shine first in this crisp, acid-driven wine from a cool-climate site. The complexity of the wine is impressive: a mix of exotic Asian spice and forested earth that contrast and complement around firm seamless tannin.” – Virginie Boone

2015 – 92 points

“Strawberry flavors coat the palate delicately in this tangy, softly textured wine that shows restraint in ripeness and style. The site’s volcanic ash soils contribute a mineral element that’s part turned earth, part crushed rock.”– Virginie Boone

2014 – 91 points

“Succulent and bright, this interweaves crunchy red fruit into a cohesive whole of balanced freshness and high-acid tenacity, the tannins supportive in providing weight and grip.” – Virginie Boone

Pinot Noir, Thorn Ridge Vineyard

2019 – 93 points

“Bright and beguiling in pomegranate, strawberry and wet stone, this is a light, youthful and textured red from the coastal vineyard that shows lovely layers of forest and black tea. Light and fresh in enduring crispness, it offers length and breadth throughout.”– Virginie Boone

2018 – 94 points

This is a light, delicate and expertly balanced wine, with nuanced layers of baking spice, forest and crunchy red fruit. Its cool- climate provenance contributes fresh, persistent acidity and ongoing freshness and savory components, with a touch of blueberry on the finish. — Virginie Boone

2017 – 94 points

“Lavender and rose make for a floral entry into this wine, which is exuberantly bright in racy cherry, blackberry, and blood orange. Offering length and subtle richness, it is adorned further in clove, nutmeg and vanilla, with ample body weight to match the acidity.”– Virginie Boone

2016 – 95 points

“This beautifully made wine offers an incredibly fragrant and beguiling nose of white pepper and garrigue, its core built of tightly wound tannins and integrated oak. Crisp red fruit and orange peel weave in and out on the palate between exotic elements of forest, cardamom and black tea.”– Virginie Boone

2015 – 93 points

“Winemaker Katy Wilson’s dedication to delicate winemaking is on full display in this tangy acid-driven wine from a beloved coastal site. Pomegranate and citrus underline the fresh, focused fruit aspects complemented by earthy forest floor, turned earth and crushed rock.” – Virginie Boone