Wine Enthusiast 91 points - A fine wine from a producer that dependably produces one of California’s best Roussannes. Texturally, it has the weight of Chardonnay, with some French oak influence and the creaminess of lees aging. The acidity is pronounced. Flavorwise, this 100% varietal wine is complex in citrus fruits, peaches and flinty minerality. It has all the hallmarks of a wine that will age gracefully. Drink now-2020. (Oct 2013)
This wine is 100% Roussanne from our Hillside Estate, Block 10 at Bien Nacido Vineyard. Block 10 it the culmination of an arduous project that I embarked on with Bien Nacido in 1996 when I decided to plant 5 acres of Tablas Creek Clone (read Chateau Beaucastel). This is a custom block, planted exclusively for us, on a sunny, west facing slope. We ordered the plants and prepped the ground over the 96-97 winter. When it came time to plant in the spring, we were delivered enough plants for 2/3 of an acre! Tablas Creek had more orders than they had plants, and then some of the plants we got didn’t make it. Thus started the long process to get all 5 acres planted. We planted a bit more each year and by 2001 the block was complete.