This Pinot Noir is blessed with an incredibly intense, powerful nose - the perfume is extraordinary, almost exotic. Although young, the palate is showing beautiful structure, filigree tannins and is utterly sensuous. This is an irresistible Campbell Ranch, a little fatter and more generous than the previous two vintages.
There is everything to like here – Juicy, ripe Pinot fruit bursts from the glass however, more complexity, perfume and sweetness appears with a little more aeration. It would be a shame if you missed out on this very sexy wine, which is built for immediate pleasure.
The Clos de Betz from the Betz Family Winery is Bob Betz' take on a right-bank Bordeaux and the 2012 vintage was without doubt one of the best and easiest the winery had experienced in years. It is the weight of this wine which impresses most, with a depth that envelops the palate and lingers for a long finish. The 2012's in particular have considerable and focused structure with an extra dimension of depth and texture, and should not be missed!
95+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck (erobertparker.com)
The La Cote Rousse Syrah from Betz Family Winery is an excellent example of how Rhone varieties are being produced with immense success in Washington. With a core of blackberry and black cherry, it is full-bodied, bold and beautifully concentrated with ripe, well-integrated tannins.
95 Points - Antonio Galloni
The 2014 Chardonnay Bien Nacido is all about precision, class and nuance. Even with all of the richness of the year coming through, the Bien Nacido retains superb precision and detail. The oily, waxy feel only adds to the wine's weight and overall texture. Chanin's Bien Nacido emerges from Chardonnay grafted onto Riesling rootstock that was originally planted in 1973 in the W-Block.
93 Points - Antonio Galloni
Chanin's 2014 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard is silky and beautifully layered throughout. Sweet red berry fruit and floral notes are pushed forward. Rose petal, blood orange and white pepper develop in the glass, adding brightness and tension to the acid-driven finish. The 35% whole clusters are pretty much buried by the sheer luxuriousness of the fruit...
95 Points - Stuart McCloskey
There is a unique earthiness to this beautiful Pinot Noir from the Duvarita Vineyard. With notes of herbs de Provence, strawberries and black pepper, it shows incredible structure, delicate, silky smooth tannins and a seemingly endless finish.
Golden straw in colour with a burst of lemon on the nose and hints of pine freshness. On the palate, the citrus is matched with a crème-brulee creaminess rounding things out nicely to create a rich and decadent wine with a crisp edge.
99 Points - Stuart McCloskey
The 2014 Chanin Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay has a terrific purity and class. With aromas and flavours of white peach, stone fruits, white flowers and toasted bread it is elegant and balanced, with both richness and freshness - a classic, and beautifully made Chardonnay.
97 Points - Stuart McCloskey
Lively and fresh, the 2013 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard from Chanin Wines exhibits notes of cherries and blackberries with plenty of floral characteristics. A medium-bodied, focused and crisp style of Pinot Noir.