Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate Reviews the 2012 Vintage

2012 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay- 91 points

” The only white I was able to taste, the 2012 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is outstanding. Coming from older vines and spending 16 months in 25% new French oak prior to bottling, it offers a beautiful bouquet of lemon curd, subtle pineapple, white flowers and salty minerality to go with a medium-bodied, clean, fresh style on the palate. It gains more toast and brioche-like qualities with air, and has a forward, delicious profile that’s ideal for drinking over the coming couple of years.”

2012 Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir- 93 points

“An incredible effort, the 2012 Pinot Noir Durrell Vineyard offers a fabulous array of strawberry, raspberry, spice, crushed leaves and forest floor. Spending 16 months in 33% new French oak, this medium-bodied beauty has a layered, concentrated mid-palate, notable underlying structure and ripe tannin, all suggesting it will evolve nicely going forward: Nevertheless, it’s already delicious and I see no reason to delay gratification. This cuvee comes from the 667 Dijon clone and the northern part of the Durrell Vineyard, where the soils are mostly volcanic.”

2012 La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir- 93 points

“More mineral driven than the Sanford & Benedict, the 2012 Pinot Noir La Rinconada Vineyard offers lots of crushed rock, ground herbs, underbrush and black cherry-styled fruit to go with a focused, pure, energetic feel on the palate. Completely destemmed and seeing 16 months in 33% new French oak prior to being bottled unfiltered, it’s a gorgeous effort that will drink nicely through 2020.”

2012 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir- 94 points

“Even better, and my favorite in the line (not by much), the 2012 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is incredibly fine and polished, with a medium-bodied, silky, yet energetic vibe that keeps you coming back to the glass. Loaded with notions of black raspberry, cherry blossom, white flowers and hints of underbrush, it has integrated acidity, fine tannin and a rocking finish. It should continue to impress over the coming 4-6 years, if not longer.”