92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Pale ruby-brick colored, the 2012 Pinot Noir Great Oak Vineyard has matured into a dried mulberries, kirsch and incense scented notes with nuances of dried roses and fallen leaves. The palate is full bodied and has a good core of mature sour cherry and earth flavors on a solid foundation of invigorating acidity and powdery tannins, finishing with some spices coming through. This is gorgeous to drink right now."
91 points Vinous
"Bright ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of black raspberry, boysenberry, cola and anise. Broad and expansive in the mouth, offering sappy red and dark berry flavors complicated by cola and candied rose. Finishes smooth, sweet and long, with resonating spiciness and slow-building, silky tannins. This wine responds very nicely to aeration, which suggests that a slow aging curve is likely here."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Vineyard: Located in the hills above the Russian River north of Forestville. Several different clones of pinot noir are planted on Franciscan derived soils interspersed with fractured shale and sandstone. There are a total of 5 small blocks of pinot noir scattered across the 46 acres of this very steep and hilly property. The densely planted vines are trained in a vertical curtain system. The very poor rocky soils and low low production clones result in crop levels that are among the lowest for pinot noir anywhere. Due to low crop levels and slightly warmer temperatures than on the valley floor, this is usually our first pinot noir vineyard harvested. Winemaking: Each block of the vineyard is harvested separately as it reaches maturity. Each lot is then fermented and aged separately. Fifteen to twenty percent of each lot is left as whole clusters with the balance de-stemmed into open top fermenters. Wild yeast fermentation ensued after a 3 day cold soak. The cap was punched by hand three times per day during the peak fermentation to extract color and flavor and to control fermentation temperature. After an average of 25 days on the skins the wine was pressed off, settled briefly and then racked to French Burgundy barrels for 11 months of aging before selection, blending and bottling. The wine is unfined and unfiltered. Tasting Notes: Aromas of dark red, almost wild cherry fruit, with a hint of lavender. In the mouth there is a brightness balancing its considerable richness before its long yet zingy finish. The flavors follow from the nose and while it exudes plenty of body, its tannins and acidity keep it freshly in balance.