2012 Amici Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
"An aromatic, extremely distinct Sauvignon. It is full bodied, round, and crisp and very long on the finish, with aromas/flavors reminiscent of pineapple, lemon peel, lemon grass, guava, and lime. Very fine quality."
"A smooth and juicy white..."
"A smooth and juicy white, offering lemon curd, lime, peach and apple flavors, balanced by good intensity and accents of citrus zest on the finish. Drink now. 88 Points."
"Best of the Year Issue"
"Blended with 50% Sauvignon Musque that gives it a distinctly floral note, this wine has just a touch of oak, which gives it some smoky toastiness. It's quite tart in citrusy acidity that gets the mouth watering. Flavorwise, the lemon, lime, and guava flavors have a strong cut of tart, green gooseberries. 87 Points."
"Offers both richness and complexity..."
"Made from warm climate fruit that offers both richness and complexity, the sauvignon musqué spent most of its time in stainless steel, although some of it saw some oak and a percentage also underwent malolactic fermentation. It has a grassy nose and treats the drinker to lovely lemon zest and stone fruit on the lengthy finish."
"More complex than most sauvignon blancs, this treat has fresh citrus and pineapple aromas with round tropical fruit, lemon and a dash of wet stone on the finish. That half the wine comes from the sauvignon musque clone is no surprise. Winemaker Joel Aiken has done a very nice job with this brand."
2012 Amici Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
"Lovely... 90 Points"
"Bright medium red. Aromas of raspberry, musky tobacco and herbs are lifted by a floral topnote. Offers lovely balance and intensity to its red berry and spice flavors. Harmonious acidity energizes this silky, expansive pinot. Lovely pinot fruit and length here, and the fine-grained tannins will not get in the way of enjoying this wine right now. I'd consume it over the next two or three years."
"One of my all time favorites..."
"It's filled with aromas of purple flowers, juicy red raspberry, a hint of spice and cola for a vibrant, luscious and Pinot Noir. Tannins are well integrated and create a soft palate and supple and silky finish."
"Dark berry, spice and floral..."
"Presents a solid core of dark berry, spice and floral notes, with touches of mocha and cedar on the finish. Drink now. 87 Points."
2012 Olema Chardonnay Sonoma County
"Excellent value: a softly textured, full bodied wine with subtle fruit character (pear, peach, lemon peel), very good balance, and a medium long finish. Aged 50% in French oak barrels, 50% in stainless steel tanks."
"Bold and assertive..."
"A bold and assertive style, with rich, honey-laced melon, pear, apricot and fig flavors that are pure, focused and persistent."
"Musky aromas of candied apple, nutmeg, honeysuckle and toasty oak, complicated by a leesy nuance. Round, sweet and ripe, with a savory aspect to the flavors of ripe apple, pineapple, toast and brown spice... Finishes with good lingering fruit. Remarkably inexpensive."
"Crisp and refreshing..."
"This approachable chardonnay was fermented half in oak and half in stainless steel, giving the wine a crisp and refreshing acidity; apple and citrus notes balance the wine and bring a creamy quality to the finish."
"...a wine with universal appeal, with bright pineapple, lemon-meringue pie and honeysuckle flavors."
"Russian River meets the Sonoma coast in this county appellation blend of stone and tropical fruit flavors: and stainless steel meets French oak for a blend of textural sensations in a wine that is both fresh and creamy. Napa Valley's Amici Cellars produces the Olema lineup of Sonoma County wines, and this chardonnay ($15) is ready for a party. no matter the location. It is a crowd-pleaser with bold pear, red apple, apricot and mango fruit, lemon-meringue. toast and spice. Wine-of-the-Week."
"Pale gold color; crisp, taut, fresh; apples, grapefruit and pineapple; spicy and lively, a little lean and sinewy but generous and expansive too; quite pleasant and tasty. Very Good+."
2012 Olema Pinot Noir Sonoma County
"Elegant... 90 Points"
"It's rare to get a twenty buck Pinot Noir this good. The wine is dry, silky and elegant, almost faultless in its precision. With savory cherry, red licorice, cola and sandalwood flavors, it's not an ager, but a very pretty wine for drinking now. Editors' Choice."
"A terrific value... 90 Points"
"Bright medium red. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, fresh herbs, rose petal and spicy oak. Less fat than the Russian River Valley bottling but with very good definition and lift to the high-pitched red fruit and spice flavors. Not a fat style but juicy and easygoing, finishing with good grip and lift. A terrific value in California pinot."
"Radiant ruby-magenta color; plums, mulberries and cranberries, brier rose; hints of cloves, rhubarb and pomegranate; dense, supple and satiny; ripe and lightly spiced red and blue fruit flavors; a few moments in the glass bring in notes of roses and violets, leather and tobacco; undertones of graphite, earth and mild tannins. Now through 2016. Excellent. About $20, marking Great Value."
2010 Amici Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
"Rich and ripely flavored, this is an impressive Cabernet, especially at the price. It is full bodied and very long on the palate, with a mildy tannic finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of cassis, tobacco, blackberry, plum jam, cedar, and toast. Remarkable Napa Cab value!"
"Absolutely lovely... 91 Points"
"This classic Napa Cabernet (with a splash of Petit Verdot) is elegant, streamlined and absolutely lovely to drink now. It's dry and balanced in acidity and tannins, and has rich layers of cassis, mocha, plums and toast."
"Elegant... 90 Points"
"The deep ruby/plum/purple-tinged 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers notes of cassis, blueberries, graphite and toasty vanillin. A nicely proportioned, medium to full-bodied, seriously endowed, elegant, restrained wine with admirable purity, it can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years."
"Dark ruby with a magenta-violet rim; black currants, raspberries and cherries, juicy, spicy, lots of graphite and lavender; that gratifying blend of ripe fruit and a rigorously tannic and mineral-tinged structure; oak providing a firm framework and foundation; lithe, almost sinewy, quite dry, even a little austere but lively, attractive, with an engaging personality. Now through 2018 to '20. Excellent."
"A real bargain for Napa Valley cab..."
"If anyone knows how to treat Rutherford Bench fruit, it's Joel Aiken. Here's a wine you can enjoy now or lay down for up to 10 years. After impressing with a gorgeous perfumy nose, the wine displays layers of fruit on the palate, most notably plums and black cherries. It's still a baby and a real bargain for Napa Valley cab."
2010 Amici Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
"93 points, Cellar Selection"
"This wine is delicious and impeccable. It defines the modern Napa style, with beautifully etched flavors and a fine balance. The fruit is intensely ripe, suggesting blackberries, currants, licorice and dark chocolate, girded with the smoke and spices of new French oak. It's a fancy wine to drink now with your best Cabernet-friendly food, but will change and improve with at least eight years in a good cellar."
"The Reserve is full bodied and intensely fruity; a rich, toasty, somewhat rugged wine with complex character and a long, tannic finish. It tastes of blackberry, cassis, cedar, toast, and spicy oak."
"Beautiful... 88 Points"
"The black label 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve reveals beautiful cedary, black currant fruit, a well-integrated touch of toasty vanillin, medium to full-bodied flavors, sweet tannin and a fleshy, opulent mouthfeel. Approachable now, it has the richness to last 10-15 years."
"A solid effort, with a firm backbone and a mix of dark berry, licorice, cedar and fresh-turned earth. Shows a suppleness midpalate and gripping tannins on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2024."
"Supple and suave"
"Cool, medicinal aromas of blueberry and tobacco leaf. Supple and suave, with seamless flavors of dark berries, herbs and licorice; the smoothest and deepest of these 2010s today. Finishes with serious, tongue-dusting tannins and a solid framework for aging."
"The majority of the fruit for this exceptional blend came from Rutherford, with a bit of spice and backbone credited to grapes harvested up on Spring Mountain. With layers and layers of flavor and the finesse that a seasoned winemaker can coax out of a harvest, this reserve has a lot to offer, from mocha to intense flavors of black cherries and blackberries."
2010 Amici Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
"Very fine quality: supple and very ripely flavored, with full body, good balance, and a long, mildly tannic finish. Combines fine fruitiness (plum, blueberry, violet, cassis) with smoky, toasty oak character. Can be aged."
"94 points, Cellar Selection"
"Winemaker Joel Aiken was lucky enough to source fruit from this famous Napa Valley appellation, and its mountain origins show in both the intensity of flavors and of tannins. The fruit is remarkably concentrated in cassis, with a tangy minerality that must come from the soil. New French oak, with its tannins and sweet toast, has been perfectly applied. The wine is vital, harmonious and young. Give it 10 or 15 years to begin to come around."
"Fresh and vibrant... 90+ Points"
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District, an inky/ruby/purple-colored wine exhibiting notes of licorice, graphite and black currants, offers a classic display of fruit, body, texture and structure. None of the famed floral/blueberry characteristics that often come from Spring Mountain have yet emerged, but this wine is fresh and vibrant with plenty of energy and richness. Enjoy this successful 2010 over the next 15-20 years."
"Rich and layered... 91 Points"
"Ripe to the point of becoming candied, this is firm, rich and layered, with plum jam, cherry, anise and cedar notes. Fans out on the finish, where the flavors are expansive, deep and persistent. Drink now through 2024."
— Wine & Spirits, February 2014
2010 Amici Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
"Very ripe and rich in style, this is a powerful, near-jammy Cabernet with tremendous depth and length. It has rich blackberry, cherry, and plum fruitiness, and spicy, toasty, cedary oak overtones. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 80% new. Very fine quality."
"94 Points, Cellar Selection"
"This 100% Cabernet is nowhere ready to drink now. The individual parts are all at odds with each other. You have intense flavors of cassis, blackberries, mocha and minerals, on the one hand. Then there’s the new French oak, toasty and sweet. Finally are tannins, from both grape skins and oak, that are so tough, they shut down the palate. But the structure is so perfect, the balance so harmonious, that the wine should easily negotiate the next 10, 15, 20 years."
"Complex... 94 Points"
"A big, aromatic and very youthful wine from this great vineyard; vivid berry fruit with spice and vanilla oak; layered, complex, and yet all of a piece; rich, generous, and showing huge potential; don't rush to drink it—time will make it even better."
"Rich, layered... 93 Points"
"The dense ruby/purple-colored 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisolli from Rutherford boasts a stunning perfume of blueberries, black raspberries, acacia flowers and spice. This rich, layered 2010 is the most complete and impressive wine of this quartet. Still youthful, it will benefit from several more years of bottle age, and should drink well for two decades. Impressive!"
"Beefy with scents of black olive skin and tar, this is all tense tannins as a young wine. With air, its density begins to show a wild herb character, the power of the tannins needing five or six years to relent. This grows at a prime bench land site just south of Rubicon."
Featured in "11 Outstanding Cabernets from Rutherford."
"An earthy, well-rounded cab for the aficionados."
"This has both length and depth, a 100 percent cabernet from the dust of the Morisoli tract in Rutherford. It's the most intense of the cabs tasted from this brand, having spent two years to date in bottle. It should age well for a couple of decades. There's a gorgeous nose of black fruit, followed by a full mouth of black fruit and black olives."