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!
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.
Good acidity with lovely juicy flavours of citrus. Bonny Doon describes it as a “citrus bomb”. This wine is great as an aperitif and we believe it is fantastic value for money.
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.
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.
This ruby-hued Pinot Noir displays classic Los Alamos red fruit aromas of raspberry and strawberry and undertones of fresh rosemary and thyme on the nose. There’s a delicate entry on the palate, leading to a strong, refreshing finish.
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.
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.