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Amici Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

  • 92 Points
    JamesSuckling.com

    "The freshness to this is impressive with violets, stones, currants and rose leaves. Medium to full body and firm and silky tannins. Very beautiful for the money."

  • Attractive
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "This is not only a good value, but an attractive Cabernet Sauvignon with blackcurrants and blackberry fruit, forest floor as well as plenty of loamy soil notes and underbrush in a medium to full-bodied, supple, round, juicy style."

  • 93 Points
    JamesSuckling.com

    "Serious red with plum, currant, walnut and stone aromas and flavors. Full-bodied yet tight and reserved. Silky and firm tannins. A wine with tone and character. Better in 2020." May 2016

  • 92 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    "This is a big, lush, juicy wine with grip and a fully-formed body, accented with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. A great deal for the quality, it's well made and deeply satisfying in highlights of coffee, cedar, mocha and blackberry, girded by a firm structure." August 2016

  • Rich and Complex
    Wine Spectator

    "A well-built, rich and complex version, reminiscent of old-style Napa Cabernets in a positive way. Tight, structured, rich in flavor, and long and clean on the finish. 89 Points." March 2016

  • ★★★★+ (Excellent+)
    Restaurant Wine

    "Delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. It is supple, fairly rich in flavor, full-bodied, and long on the palate with a mildly tannic finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of plum, blueberry jam, black currant, toast, tobacco and spicy oak. Excellent value." September 2016

  • Excellent Value
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "This is an excellent value in Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the white label utilized by Amici. Dense ruby/purple, with loads of cassis fruit, blueberries, good purity, ripeness and decent tannin. It's medium to full-bodied and compact, but pleasant. This wine should evolve and drink nicely for 10-12 years. 88 Points." December 2015

  • Gold Star
    Santé Magazine

    "Bold and full on the nose, presenting aromas of black cherries, black plum, dried currant, and exotic spice, with a background of warm vanilla oak and black pepper. Rich and round on the palate, with cooked plum, blackberry compote and cassis, over sweet oak, dark spice, and a hint of earthiness. Integrated tannins on the silky smooth finish. Great structure." November 2015

2012 Vintage

  • 91 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Editors' Choice "Relatively affordable for its appellation and variety, this wine offers classic notes of cassis, currant and clove, punctuated by eccentric bursts of gun powder and espresso. The devilish characteristics are complemented by a smooth, silkiness to the texture and a measured finish of black pepper." June 2015

  • 90 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Included in Nine Impressive Napa Cabernets: "Amici's Napa Valley bottling exhibits the ripe, juicy side of the grape and vintage... At $45, it hits the sweet spot for price and quality." Review: "Delivers a core of ripe blackberry and wild berry flavors, supported by lively acidity and firm tannins. Ends with a persistent fruit- and cedar-driven finish." January 2015

  • 90 Points
    Tasting Panel Magazine

    "Smooth and ripe with plum, cassis and savory notes of chocolate and toast; lush and juicy with soft tannins and spice; long and balanced." June/July 2015

  • ★★★★★ (Exceptional)
    Restaurant Wine

    "Exceptional Cabernet value. It is a fleshy, ripely flavored, full bodied wine with good depth of fruit, fine balance, light oakiness, and a long finish, tasting of black cherry, plum, toast, cassis, caramel, and oak." August 2015

  • 88 Points
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, a blend of different sites, reveals beautiful crème de cassis fruit, subtle spicy oak in the background, medium to full body, and excellent purity and texture. It is a high-class Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy now and over the next decade or more." October 2014

  • Vibrant Elegance
    Joe Roberts, 1WineDude.com

    "This one is grippy for these guys, but the combination of lush black fruits and vibrant elegance is a textbook display of what works about Napa Cab. Lean in close for the oak spices, which are a little more ninja in-and-out than they are obtrusively obvious." May 2015

  • Gold Star
    Santé Magazine

    "Beautifully made, with enticing aromas of cooked black and red fruit, chocolate, epresso, desert spice, and integrated toasted oak and earthy notes. Silky smooth on the palate, showing jammy blackberry, black plum, cassis, and dried herb notes, with licorice, light vanilla, and spicy cedar notes. Long, satisfying finish, with a touch of peppery minerals on the end. Delicious." December 2014

  • Excellent
    Bigger Than Your Head Blog

    "Classic notes of black olive, cedar and tobacco, ripe black currants and raspberries assert themselves. A few moments in the glass bring in hints of plums and cloves, black pepper and mocha, as well as a graphite edge, so the wine feels both warm with spice and cool with minerals, all etched by chiseled minerality that extends through the finish. Excellent." December 2016

  • Drinks Beautifully
    Washington's Top News

    "Once in a while, there is a wine where I actually have to look twice at the price to make sure that the fact sheet is correct. Such is the case with the 2012 Amici Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California. This wine is a blend from some of the best Napa Valley sub-appellations. It is crafted in the tradition of a Bordeaux blend, offering notes of baker's chocolate, black olive, blueberry pie, roasted coffee and toasty oak that shine all the way through this well-balanced wine. The uber-long finish exhibits a hint of black licorice and toasted brown sugar on the back of the palate. It drinks beautifully now but has the structure to last 10 to 15 years, if you can wait that long." March 2016

2010 Vintage

  • ★★★★★ (Exceptional)
    Restaurant Wine

    "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!" February 2014

  • 91 Points
    Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

    "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." February 2014

  • 90 Points
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "Elegant... 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." October 2013

  • Excellent
    Frederic Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head wine blog

    "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." February 2014

  • A Real Bargain
    Pierce Carson, Napa Valley Register

    "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." August 2013

  • Voluptuous
    Carroll County Times

    "This is a ripe, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon with cherry and berry nose and flavors and a slight hint of herbs to add complexity. A very complete wine that impresses." April 2015

2009 Vintage

  • Wine Pick of the Week
    tastecaliforniatravel.com

    "We found it dense in flavor and not yet yielding the subtlety and nuance it will show will show with a little more age. Dark fruit predominates—Santa Rosa plums, blackberries and black cherries with just a bit of cassis. There are also some licorice and light chocolate notes in the background. At $45, this is a relative bargain for quality Napa Valley Cabernet." August 2013

  • Bacchus & Beery
    "The cool 2010 growing season allowed for a more European style Cabernet, medium-bodied with juicy acidity. The aromas are rich with notes of blackberry, blueberry and dark spice. Integrated tannins create a pleasant mouth-feel offering flavors of blackberry, black fruit, plum, black cherry, dark chocolate and dark spice. Hints of espresso in the long finish." July 2014

  • What's not to love here?
    101 Pairings

    "Aromatic, with ripe dark berry flavors laced with mocha, tobacco, herb, a touch of pencil lead mineral. With a long, complex, balanced finish. Should age beautifully but is also awfully good now." July 2014

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Amici Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

  • 93 Points
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve sports a black label and has more concentration and richness. This is well-balanced with sweet, well-integrated tannins, loads of crème de cassis, full-bodied and an approachability that gives it drinkability now as well as over the next 15-20 years." December 2015

  • 92 Points
    JamesSuckling.com

    "A fleshy and velvety red with lots of blackberry, black currant and light dark chocolate aromas and flavors. Full body, flavorful. A 'more-ish' young cabernet." May 2016

  • 91 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    "This well-made wine opens in earthy compost and black licorice before unwinding a topknot of grippy tannin. Even with its power and concentration, it offers velvety mouthfeel and an expansive wave of juicy, robust acidity, particularly on the finish, making good use of smaller additions of Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot." October 2016

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "This Cabernet Sauvignon is supple, ripely flavored and full-bodied; a wine with intense fruit character (cassis, plum, blackberry, blueberry), with spicy-toasty oak overtones, good balance and a tannic, persistent finish." September 2016

2012 Vintage

  • 92 Points
    The Tasting Panel

    "Smooth and juicy with ripe black raspberry and toasty oak; vanilla, plum and soft tannins; long and balanced."

  • 90 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    "Floral and lush, this majority Cabernet Sauvignon contains 10% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, combining for a structured, layered wine accented in black cherry, cedar and dried herb. From vineyards strewn across the Napa Valley, including mountainside sites, it offers power and finesse and should sit well in cellar through 2022. Cellar Selection." August 2015

  • 90 Points
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve ratchets up the level of fruit, extract, power and depth. This outstanding wine exhibits notes of blackcurrants, blackberries, blueberries and flowers, sweet tannin nicely framed by subtle oak, medium to full body, and a rich, authoritative personality. It should drink reasonably well young and age nicely for 12-15+ years." October 2014

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "The 2012 Reserve is a rich, full bodied wine that is supple, concentrated, and moderately tannic; a wine with cassis, cherry, plum, toast, cedar, and spicy oak aromas/flavors. Very long aftertaste." August 2015

  • Single-Minded Elegance
    Joe Roberts, 1WineDude.com

    "This is such a wee lil' babe of a wine right now. Spices, dried herbs, toast, coffee, dark fruits... And while it's rich, all that richness has depth. And while it's deep, much of the depth is wrapped up tightly in its tannic grip. Despite having 'a lot of Rutherford bench fruit, a little bit of Spring Mountain, Coombsville... a lot of Oakville, too' according to the Amici folks, that potentially schizophrenic grape parentage doesn't deter this wine's single-minded elegance. Quintessential (good) NV Cab here, folks." May 2015

2010 Vintage

  • 93 points
    Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, Cellar Selection Best of Year issue

    "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." December 2013

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "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." June 2014

  • 88 Points
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "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." October 2013

  • A Pleasure
    Joe Roberts, 1WineDude.com

    "This is still powerful and the mouthfeel is surprisingly tight. But it gives the sense that it is juuuuuust starting to settle in and relax in a contemplative mood now. Dired herbs, tomato leaf, red and black currants, laced with savory and meaty action... a pleasure to whiff. Ok, and to gulp." May 2015

  • 88 Points
    James Laube, Wine Spectator

    "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." November 2013

  • Supple and Suave
    Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

    "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." May/June 2013

  • Exceptional
    Pierce Carson, Napa Valley Register

    "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." August 2013

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Amici Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 95 Points
    The Tasting Panel

    "Lush and rich with sweet berry fruit and vanilla oak; smooth and generous; supple, deep and mellow with finesse and style." March-April 2016

  • 93 Points
    JamesSuckling.com

    "A firm and chewy red with stone and pomace, hazelnut and light plum character. Full-bodied yet agile and fresh. Give it a year or two to soften, but I like the muscular and lightly austere profile." May 2016

  • ★★★★+ (Excellent+)
    Restaurant Wine

    "The Spring Mountain bottling is extremely good: a supple, full bodied wine that is finely flavored and complex, with good balance and a smooth, lightly tannic finish. It tastes of cherry, toast, black currant, spicy oak, and tobacco." August 2015

  • Quintessentially Elegant
    Robert Parker

    91 Points
    There are only 260 cases of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District. This wine offers up copious aromas of black raspberries, blackcurrants and spring flowers along with that fresh mountain vigor that comes from high elevation Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium to full-bodied with impressive purity, well-integrated oak, and a long, textured, elegant finish. It contradicts consumers who say Napa can't make finesse wines as this is quintessentially elegant. Enjoy it over the next 12-15 years." October 2014

  • 91 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    "Sanguine in cranberry and strawberry, this robust wine holds back on the tannin and oak, weaving their stronger tendencies into waves of bittersweet chocolate and black tea. Medium to full-bodied, it's both classic and flush with ripe California fruit." Wine Enthusiast "Best of the Year" Issue, December 2015

2010 Vintage

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "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." February 2014

  • 94 points
    Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, Cellar Selection Best of Year issue

    "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." December 2013

  • 90+ Points
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "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." October 2013

  • 91 Points
    James Laube, Wine Spectator

    "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." November 2013

  • 92 Points
    Wine & Spirits

    Featured in Best U.S. Cabernets and Blends. December 2014

  • Joe Roberts, 1WineDude.com
    The fruit does have significant aromatic depth in this Cab, and after a moment or two offers earth, clay, truffle, and then spiciness. Savoriness, vibrancy, and tight grip come later on the palate, and they march in lockstep, and in a formation that screams 'long haul!'" May 2015

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Amici Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Striking Elegance
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "From Rutherford, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard possesses attractive notes of blueberries, raspberries and loamy soil, a striking elegance (very Margaux-like), a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and impressive purity as well as texture. There are only 240 cases of this beauty. It should drink well for 10-15 years. 91 Points."

  • 94 Points
    The Tasting Panel

    "Deep ruby color; intense and juicy with ripe plum and blackberry; smooth and spicy with lush style and a long, rich finish; generous."

  • ★★★★★ (Exceptional)
    Restaurant Wine

    "The Morisoli is exceptional: luscious and complex; a full bodied, generously flavored wine that is well balanced and very long and mildly tannic on the finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of cherry, cassis, cranberry, toast, vanilla, caramel, and spicy oak."

  • 92 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    "Plenty juicy and drinkable right now. Plum surrounds integrated tannins and a powerful midpalate, suggesting an ability to age. The finish is all about mocha. Cellar through 2022. Cellar Selection."

  • 93 Points
    JamesSuckling.com

    "I like the blueberry, violet, lilac and nut aromas to this. Full-bodied, tight and reserved with fine tannins and a silky finish. Very delicious. Better in 2019."

2010 Vintage

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "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." February 2014

  • 94 points
    Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, Cellar Selection Best of Year issue

    "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." December 2013

  • 94 Points
    Tasting Panel Magazine

    "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." April 2014

  • 93 Points
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "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!" October 2013

  • 90 Points
    Wine & Spirits

    Featured in Best U.S. Cabernets and Blends. "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." February 2014

  • 90 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Featured in "11 Outstanding Cabernets from Rutherford." November 2013

  • Earthy, well-rounded
    Pierce Carson, Napa Valley Register

    "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." August 2013

  • Joe Roberts, 1WineDude.com
    "A slightly rounder and plummier Cab than its Spring Mountain cousin, this wine has that Amici spice-and-complexity thing going on, for sure, and similar herbal/savory action, too. But... the fruits are redder, the power is more palpable, the depth and grittiness more overt. The finish is earthy and long enough to measure some short-haul airline fights by (not that we're advocating drinking and flying...)." May 2015

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Amici Oakville Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 93 Points
    JamesSuckling.com

    "A full and structured cabernet with currants, hazelnut and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full body, firm tannins, and flavorful finish."

  • 93 Points
    The Tasting Panel

    "Smooth and intense with spice, wild berries and firm acid structure; tight and youthful; in need of time; long and expressive."

  • 92 Points
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "The biggest of Amici's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignons is, not surprisingly, from Oakville. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a beautiful perfume of Christmas fruitcake, crème de cassis, graphite and spice. Full-bodied, opulent and pure, only four barrels (100 cases) were produced. It should drink well for a minimum of 15 years."

  • 92 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    "From the heart of Oakville, this 100% varietal wine is luxurious, silky and velvety on the palate, a masterful study of texture. Lengthy and balanced, despite its powerful fruit, it suggests dark plum and cassis, with just a tiny note of cherry, the tannins refined and chalky. Cellar through 2022. Cellar Selection."

2011 Vintage

  • ★★★★★
    Restaurant Wine

    "The 2011 Oakville is outstanding: a complex, well balanced, rich Cabernet with excellent depth and flavor (black currant, cherry, plum, toast, tobacco, vanilla, spicy oak). It is full bodied, supple in texture, and mildly tannic on the finish."

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Amici Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 94 Points
    JamesSuckling.com

    "This is very firm and chewy with a lots of blue fruit and almond aromas and flavors. Dark chocolate. Full and very rich. Powerful tannins and backbone. Needs time to soften. Big glass of wine."

  • 93 Points
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "This outstanding source for Cabernet Sauvignon in Oakville has turned out a wine with a dense ruby/purple color, plenty of earth, charcoal, black berry and cassis in a rather classic set of aromatics. Complete, rich and full, this wine should drink beautifully for the next 20 years. "

  • 90 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    "Softly structured and boldly ripe, this 100% varietal wine from the famous site shows strong red cherry and raspberry fruit wrapped in swathes of cinnamon and clove. Full bodied and firm in tannins, it delivers chocolate and tobacco accents to complement the fruit."

  • ★★★★★ ("Exceptional")
    Restaurant Wine

    "The Missouri Hopper Cabernet is exceptional: complex and full bodied; a concentrated, structured wine with good balance, evident oakiness, and a firm long finish, tasting of black currant, blackberry, cedar, vanilla, toast, and red licorice. Very long finish. Needs aging. (This top Oakville vineyard is named after the daughter [Missouri] of the land's 1877 purchaser, Charles Hopper, who first planted wine grapes on the site.)"

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Olema Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

  • 91 Points
    JamesSuckling.com

    "This is dense yet fresh and lively with ripe currant, plum and dried mushroom character. Medium to full body, crisp and delicious. Real Napa at a solid price."

  • 91 Points
    Tasting Panel Magazine

    "Smooth and rich with velvety texture and ripe black raspberry fruit; spicy, supple and balanced; silky and juicy with a long finish."

  • 92 Points
    Times Record News

    "This gorgeous wine is bold, rich and luscious with tiers of blackberry, blueberry and black cherry, with an elegant finish that is rich and smooth with a touch of spice. Triple Must Buy."

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "A ripe, full-flavored Cabernet that is smoothly textured, balanced, and long on the finish, tasting of cassis, cherry, black currant, herbs and oak. Warrants modest aging. Fine value."

  • Elegant
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Olema offers plenty of value in an elegant, tasty, cedary, blackcurrant-scented and flavored wine that has good concentration, light tannin and a tasty, savory mouthfeel."

  • A Delight
    Capital Gazette

    "Soft, ripe and rich cherry/berry nose and flavors in a light oak frame, this very quaffable table wine is a delight."

  • Balanced
    Santé

    "Aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry, and cassis, over coffee crème and tobacco notes. Round on the palate, offering plum, rhubarb, and red currant flavors, over soft vanilla and spicy oak. Pleasing, balanced finish."

2012 Vintage

  • Very Good Value
    Restaurant Wine

    "Supple and full-bodied, this is a distinctly flavored (black currant, green olive, cherry, pepper) moderately rich Cabernet with good balance and a medium long, rugged finish. Very good value. ★★★+ (Very Good+)." March 2015

  • Good Buy
    Santé Magazine

    "Deep aromas of dark cherry, black plum, and black currant, with notes of espresso and spicy oak. Round on the palate, with flavors of mature black and red summer berries, baker's chocolate, allspice, and cedar. Silky tannins and a touch of peppery spice on the finish. Good buy. " May 2015

  • 88 Points
    Tasting Panel Magazine

    "Fresh, youthful and juicy, with bright, lifted plum, spice and soft herbs; clean, tangy and long." February 2015

  • Fine Value
    Arizona Daily Sun

    "This pleasing Cab deserves a look, not only for its beautiful purple hue, but also for its fine value. Focused on fruit and less tannic and complex than many Cabs, it delivers a plush, highly pleasing mouthfeel, and finishes long." March 2015

2010 Vintage

  • 88 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    "This is a second wine from Amici Cellars. It's rich and forward with cherry, blackberry, licorice and mocha flavors that taste fruity-sweet, but finish dry. Elegantly constructed, it's a polished wine to drink now." December 2013

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "Excellent: supple in texture, full-bodied, and long on the palate; a Cabernet with moderate richness, good balance, and a smooth finish, tasting of blackberry, toast, pepper, cherry and sage." January 2013

  • 90 Points
    Beverage Dynamics

    "Aroma notes of blackberry and dark cherry layered with hints of cedar, followed by flavors of berries and fresh brewed espresso; light spice and cocoa notes; good tannins and structure to this full-bodied wine."

  • Very Good+
    Bigger Than Your Head

    "Dark ruby color, lighter at the rim; graphite, cloves, black currants and plums, an undertow of briers, underbrush, dusty tannins and keen acidity; ripe and flavorful, goes down smoothly. Now through 2015 or '16." February 2014

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Amici Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

  • 92 Points
    JamesSuckling.com

    "Plenty of dark fruit character with hints of dried leafs and dark tea. Full body, chewy and lightly gritty tannins. This shows tension and focus. Drink now or age."

  • 89 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    "Soft tannins support a lighter style of leather, strawberry and herb in this structured, aromatic wine, speckled in cherry cola."

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "A complex Pinot Noir that is quite Burgundian in style: full bodied, smoothly textured, moderately rich in flavor, and long and lightly tannic on the finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of cherry, raspberry, toast, sage, pepper, tobacco, and oak."

  • Delicate
    Wine Spectator

    "Succeeds in a light, delicate, transparent style, with wilted rose, subtle cherry-berry fruit and gravelly, loamy earth-laced tannins that have traction and depth."

  • A Standout
    The Press Democrat

    "A tasty pinot noir with bright red fruit -- cherry and raspberry -- coupled with mineral and a hint of cocoa. Nice length. A standout. ★★★★"

    • Perfectly balanced wine
      Bigger Than Your Head

      "The Amici Pinot Noir 2014, serves as an exemplar of the manner in which a perfectly balanced wine may embody a slight edge of risk, making it exciting as well as satisfying. The color is an entrancing transparent medium ruby hue shading through magenta to an invisible rim. This pinot noir begins with pure raspberry and cherry aromas permeated by notes of sour cherry, melon and cherry pit, with hints of sassafras and sandalwood, pomegranate and cranberry and tinges of briers, brambles and loam. Readers, if you don't find that bouquet irresistible, you are dead to the better things in life. The texture is superbly satiny, lithe and supple, though a shift occurs on the palate from the openness and sensual appeal of its aromas to the dark side of pinot noir spice and fruit, to the foresty and autumnal. A spine of graphite supports bright acidity that cuts a path, while slightly dusty tannins forge into the finish freighted with nuances of cloves, allspice and wild berry flavors. A few moments in the glass bring out elements of leather and lilac. Excellent."

    2013 Vintage

    • ★★★★★ (Exceptional)
      Restaurant Wine

      "An excellent wine, and a fine value. It is full bodied and intensely flavored, with firm acidity, a hint of oak, and a very long finish, tasting of rosehips, plum, cherry, nutmeg, clove, and oak." August 2015

    • 91 Points
      Tasting Panel Magazine

      "Fresh, juicy and crisp with racy acidity, crisp cherry and raspberry and lively style; savory, balanced and graceful." June/July 2015

    • 90 Points
      Wine Enthusiast

      "This balanced wine manages to retain some heft on the palate. A triple threat of ripe berry, cinnamon and forested notes combine effortlessly around a core of vibrant acidity. Medium bodied and lengthy on the finish, it needs to open to reveal its charms." November 2015

    • Mineral-laced berry
      Wine Spectator

      "There's plenty to admire in this mix of trim, spicy, mineral-laced berry flavors, with rich touches of licorice and blackberry. Ends clean and refreshing." August 2015

    • Delicate, Elegant
      Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head wine blog

      "An enticing bouquet of black and red cherries and raspberries is suffused with subtle notes of cloves and sandalwood, blueberries and rhubarb and a tantalizing hint of cocoa powder. This Pinot Noir is super satiny and supple on the palate, mixing ripe, spicy and moderately juicy black and red berry flavors with undertones of loam, briers and brambles and a touch of heather. While moving through the mouth with sensual allure, this Pinot Noir is neither opulent or obvious, letting its energy — propelled by brisk acidity and slightly dusty tannins — dictate a more delicate, elegant and nuanced approach." August 2015

    • Seductive
      Michael Cervin, Hollywood Reporter

      "Seductive, soft and beguiling this Pinot offers deep cherry, strawberry, raspberry and earthy forest quality, approachable but sophisticated, the kind of wine you're glad to come home to." May 2015

    • Ripe berry and cherry
      Hayley Hamilton Cogill, D Magazine

      "Amici Pinot Noir from Russian River highlights one of the best regions for growing Pinot Noir, with warm days and cool nights, fog filled mornings and winds coming in off the river and from the Pacific, allowing fruit like Pinot Noir with a long growing season, to ripen slowly, maintaining freshness, acidity and balance. The resulting wine for Amici, made by celebrated winemaker Joel Aiken, is filled with ripe berry and cherry, violets, sweet spice and soft herbs." July 2015

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Amici Pinot Noir Reserve Russian River Valley

  • 90 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    "This is a rich yet soft and perfumed reserve-tier wine. It offers an explosion of dense black fruit, oak and tannin atop a singular foundation of clove and cinnamon-cola spiciness. Full bodied, it's youthful and not quite approachable, finishing in a muddle of cranberry crispness on the finish." April 2016

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Olema Pinot Noir Sonoma County

  • Editors' Choice
    Wine Enthusiast

    "This is a pretty impressive wine being offered for an almost unheard-of price, the fruit sourced largely from Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast. Cardamom and cinnamon figure in, with a lightness of body and high-toned strawberry and cherry belying an underlying richness that'll satisfy. Editors' Choice."

  • Bright and Fresh
    JamesSuckling.com

    "A bright and fresh pinot noir with sliced lemon, strawberry and flower character. Medium body, crisp and clean. Light tannins and clean and fresh finish."

  • Seductive
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "Another undeniable value is the 2014 Pinot Noir Olema, a Sonoma cuvée that would qualify as a sleeper as well. Pomegranate, allspice and clove intermix with sassafras in this medium-bodied, deliciously fruity, round seductive Pinot Noir to drink over the next several years."

  • Well-made
    Santé

    "Delicate aromas of raspberry and sassafras in the nose lead to notes of ripe cherry, mixed red fruits with just a hint of woody spice in the finish. Well made with balanced acidity."

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "Round, full-bodied, and intensely flavored (cherry, raspberry, plum, nutmeg, toast), this is an excellent wine. It is balanced and medium long on the finish."

  • Gorgeous
    Santa Rosa Press Democrat

    "The Olema is surprisingly supple. What sets it apart is its texture, its gorgeous red berry aromas, and its great concentration of Bing cherry fruit on the palate. Layered notes of cocoa and spice are in the mix. This pinot comes full circle with an impressive, lingering finish. A smart pick."

  • Clean and fresh
    Bigger Than Your Head wine blog

    "This is a clean and fresh pinot noir that offers an essential loamy underpinning as support for notes of rhubarb and sassafras, red cherries and smoky plums and just a hint of shy forest flowers. On the palate, the Olema Pinot Noir 2014 feels warm, spicy and inviting, dry, to be sure, but juicy with red and black fruit flavors highlighted by new leather, cloves and black pepper. The wine builds subtle layers in the glass, so after a few minutes, you notice elements of briers and brambles and graphite, all fixed in place by bright acidity and nuanced, slightly dusty minerality. Excellent."

  • Smooth and aromatic
    Santa Cruz Sentinel

    "Smooth and aromatic, the Olema 2014 Pinot Noir dances on the lighter side of the quixotic tendencies of pinot noir. One hundred percent pinot noir made from a blend of grapes from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Sonoma Valley, it expresses the aromas, red fruit and delicate tannins of the region. A wine to float your boat, spicy, light but not wimpy. Fruity aromatics, nice cocoa characteristics, black cherry, plum, ripe strawberry and cola make for a well-balanced, pleasant pinot noir. An excellent value."

  • Deep flavors of red fruits
    Wine Time Blog

    "Fresh black cherry, ripe strawberry and cola spice on the nose lead to deep flavors of red fruits with hints of earth, warm spice and violets. Supple tannins are balanced by exuberant acidity on a long finish."

2013 Vintage

  • 91 Points
    Wine Spectator

    "Presents a lively, refreshing, complex mix of snappy wild berry and raspberry flavors, firm and vibrant, ending long, clean, and complex. Tasted twice, with consistent notes." Featured in "11 Approachable California Pinot Noirs," June 2015, "Best of the West, great values from the West Coast," September 2015, and "Top 100 Values of 2015", December 2015

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "Fleshy and full bodied, this is an excellent Pinot Noir. It is distinctly flavored (plum, rosehips, cherry, nutmeg), lightly oaked, balanced, and very long on the finish. Fine value." August 2015

  • Balanced
    Santé Magazine

    "Juicy ripe cherry, plum, and sweet raspberry on the nose, giving way to soft oak and earthy tones. Balanced on the palate, with concentrated red berry, cherry, and cola flavors, over hints of peppery spice and herbs. Moderate acidty on the smooth finish. Good value." May 2015

  • Bright and Fresh
    Tasting Panel Magazine

    "Bright and fresh with juicy black cherry and savory notes; smooth, balanced and deep. 88 Points." February 2015

  • Inviting
    Wine Enthusiast

    "The price-quality ratio is inviting for this wine, a light, lifted expression of cranberry and herb. The wine finishes in swirls of vanilla-cola. 87 Points." June 2015

2012 Vintage

  • ★★★★+ (Excellent+)
    Restaurant Wine

    "Supple and ripely flavored, this Pinot Noir has good depth of fruit (plum, cherry, red currant, pepper, rose petal), light oakiness, and a smooth, long finish. Excellent value." August 2014

  • 90 Points
    Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide

    "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." July 2014

  • 90 Points
    Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

    "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." May/June 2014

  • Excellent
    Bigger Than Your Head wine blog

    "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." March 2014

  • A Great Quaff
    Bayou City Daily

    "The affordable Olema pinot is pretty with aromas of fresh herbs and roses, high pitched red fruit and spice flavors, vanilla and cola — overall, a great quaff." November 2014

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Amici Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay Sonoma County

  • 93 Points
    JamesSuckling.com

    "Aromas of dried fruit and toasted nuts. Touch of toffee. Full to medium body, bright acidity and a tangy, bright finish. Pretty rich yet agile and bright."

2012 Vintage

  • ★★★★+ (Excellent+)
    Restaurant Wine

    "Very fine quality. It is elegant and complex in style; a wine that is supple in texture, full bodied, crisp, well balanced, and very long and persistent on the finish, tasting of lime, apple, peach, lemon peel, vanilla, toast, spicy oak." August 2015

  • Well-focused
    Wine Spectator Magazine

    "Well-focused on a taut, trim core of citrus, green pear, apple and tangy nectarine flavors, firming midpalate and showing a pithy edge on the finish. Drink now." July 2015

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Amici Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

  • 92 Points
    JamesSuckling.com

    "Very pretty dried fruit with hints of mushroom and light toast. Lemon too. Medium to full body, very fine and tight. Hints of toffee and fresh fruit. Decadent and flavorful. Tight and textured."

  • 91 Points
    The Tasting Panel Magazine

    "Thoughtful sourcing delivers the goods in this exemplary Chardonnay with tangy acidity and lively style; elegant, fresh and long."

  • 90 Points
    Wine Enthusiast Magazine

    "Salty caramel rises to the fore of this lovely, medium-built wine, which begins thickly concentrated in Gravenstein apple and vanilla before finding its rhythm in more nuanced, elegant undertones. Lemon and lime lead the way to a hint of guava before finishing fresh and focused."

  • Excellent
    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    "Orange blossom, tangerine oil, white peach and pineapple are all present in this excellent, nicely textured, crisp, fresh Chardonnay that shows minimal influence of oak."

  • Great structure
    Santé Magazine

    "Stone fruit, pineapple, and citrus aromas open to touches of vanilla, sweet oak, and toast. Bright on the palate, with balanced flavors of sweet apple, white peach, and melon, over spicy minerals and citrus. Clean, balanced finish with lingering fruit and good acidity."

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "A supple, fruity Chardonnay, it is full-bodied, moderately rich, and balanced, with a smooth, long finish. It tastes of apple, honey, peach, toast, candied lemon and pineapple."

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Olema Chardonnay Sonoma County

  • #1 Value Wine of 2016
    Robert Parker

    Rated #1 of the Top 3 Value Wines worldwide of 2016. "The 2014 Chardonnay Olema at $15.00 from Sonoma is a heck of a bottle of wine, with honeysuckle, lemon blossom and a touch of white peach all present in this wine that offers clean, pure fruit, medium body and a distant hint of wood. This is a terrific value and sleeper selection. Drink it over the next year."

  • 91 Points
    JamesSuckling.com

    "This is really refined and fresh with sliced apple and lemon aromas. Hints of stone too. Medium to full body, an almost salty undertone. Medium finish. Bright and tangy. Gorgeous limey undertone."

  • 90 Points, "Best Buy"
    Wine Enthusiast

    "This white is a study in unexpected complexity and pleasure. Quince, sulfur and grapefruit notes define it best, as supple minerality and gravelly texture provide dimensionality."

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "Excellent value. This is a fruity, full-bodied Chardonnay that is balanced, and medium long on the finish, tasting of apple, banana, pear, lemon peel and roasted nut."

  • Fresh, bright and balanced
    Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel

    "Clean and creamy with ripe pear fruit and suave texture; fresh, bright and balanced; long and dense on the finish."

  • Delightfully easy to enjoy
    Santé

    "Delicate aromas and flavors of tropical pineapple, pear and light buttery oak. The attractive balance, low acid profile and light body make this a delightfully easy to enjoy Chardonnay."

  • Incredible value for the quality
    Santa Rosa Press Democrat

    "This is a balanced chardonnay, a yin yang of rich and crisp. Aromas of apple and pineapple. On the palate, notes of apple, caramel and the quench of lemon. Lingering finish. An incredible value for the quality."

  • Buy a case
    Cape Gazette

    "Full-bodied, fruity, creamy and nicely balanced with a delicious bouquet of tropical fruit, pears and buttery oak. On the palate, banana, lemon peel and roast nuts ride a slightly lower-acidity frame due to the ripe fruit characteristics. The flavors continue through a medium-long, balanced finish. I normally expect Sonoma Chardonnay of this caliber to sell in the high $30s... I strongly urge chardonnay lovers to buy a case."

  • Round, smooth finish
    Wine Time Blog

    "Aromas of vanilla, ripe apple, pear, buttered toast, and grilled pineapple. Flavors of apple pie, almond, toasted hazelnut and salted caramel are balanced by a fresh lemon acidity, leading to a round, smooth finish."

2013 Vintage

  • ★★★★+ (Excellent+)
    Restaurant Wine

    "An excellent Chardonnay at the price: round, full bodied, and fruity in flavor, with light oakiness and a medium length finish tasting of apple, candied lemon, grapefruit, and toast." August 2015

  • Beautifully Made
    Santé Magazine

    "Fresh and ripe aromas of stone fruit, pear, bright citrus, and a note of creamy caramel. Crisp on the palate, with white peach, melon, and Meyer lemon, over hints of integrated oak and a touch of orange oil. Zesty finish, with good acidity and minerals on the end. Beautifully made." June 2015

  • Easy-drinking
    Wine Spectator Magazine

    "Easy-drinking, with fresh flavors of zesty tangerine, melon, Golden Delicious apple and light baking spices, ending clean and refreshing." July 31, 2015

  • Well-crafted
    Wine Enthusiast Magazine

    "A well-crafted wine made in relatively large quantity, this has a tropical edge, sidelining stone fruit and apple. It also offers a lightness of pear skin, atop light, ripe layers of vanilla and oak. The finish puts memorable touches to a generous, expressive palate." October 2015

  • Delicious
    Dallas Wine Chick

    "Notes of apple, citrus and toast. This is a chardonnay that might convert non-chardonnay drinkers. Balanced and delicious." January 2016

  • Lush
    Tasting Panel Magazine

    "Smooth, soft and rich with vanilla oak and juicy pear; lush, dense and long. 88 Points." December 2015

2012 Vintage

  • 100 Top Values of 2014
    James Laube, Wine Spectator

    "A bold and assertive style, with rich, honey-laced melon, pear, apricot and fig flavors that are pure, focused and persistent. 88 Points, one of 100 Top Values around the world in 2014" May/June 2014

  • ★★★★+ (Excellent+)
    Restaurant Wine

    "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." February 2014

  • Remarkably inexpensive
    Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

    "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." May/June 2014

  • Crisp and refreshing
    Beverage Dynamics

    "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." May 2013

  • Universal appeal
    Wine Enthusiast

    "A wine with universal appeal, with bright pineapple, lemon-meringue pie and honeysuckle flavors." December 2013

  • A crowd-pleaser
    Napa Valley Register

    "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." August 2014

  • Very Good+
    Bigger Than Your Head wine blog

    "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." June 2014

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Amici Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

  • 91 Points
    JamesSuckling.com

    "Aromas of grapefruit, sliced lemon and hints of kiwi. Medium body, fresh fruit and tangy acidity. Lovely phenolic texture."

  • 91 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    "This light, bright and remarkably floral white from the Musqué clone impresses in its balance and lingering mouthfeel. Subtle flavors of nectarine and peach invite one in and become more pronounced in the glass over time, providing refreshment and elegance."

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "Ripely flavored and supple, this is an excellent, full bodied Sauvignon. It is crisp and long on the palate, and smooth on the finish, tasting of pear, peach, lemon grass, and lime."

  • Striking
    Santa Rosa Press Democrat

    "A bright, vibrant sauvignon blanc with notes of honeysuckle, citrus and jalapeño. The rich flavors are balanced with crisp minerality. Zesty finish. Striking."

2013 Vintage

  • Elegant
    Wine Spectator

    "Smooth and supple, offering an elegant mix of lemongrass, verbena, pear and white flowers. Very stylish. 88 Points." June 2015

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "A supple, distinct Sauvignon with some complexity. It is long on the palate, with lemon peel, lime, lemon grass, guava, and grapefruit aromas/flavors. Excellent." April 2015

  • Nicely Done
    Santé Magazine

    "Floral and fruity aromas of orange blossoms, honeysuckle, grapefruit, pineapple, and tropical touches, with a limestone minerality. Ripe apple, stone fruit, and tropical notes on the palate, over a creamy lemon base. Good acidity on the citrus finish. Nicely done." May 2015

  • Very Good+
    Bigger Than Your Head wine blog

    "Pale gold; quite fresh and clean; lemon and tangerine, hint of mango and lemongrass; hint of honeysuckle; moderately lush but crisply balanced; river-rock minerality; lime peel and flint finish. Quite attractive. Very Good+." November 2, 2014

  • 88 Points
    Wine Enthusiast Magazine

    "Grassy and tropical in papaya and melon, this SB has a creaminess that gives it substance, surrounded by fig and apricot flavors that finish crisply in lemon zest." April 2015

  • Complex
    Santa Cruz Sentinel

    "Clean, fragrant yet complex in flavors, this wine pairs well with a variety of foods. Citrus aromas follow through to the palate accompanied by lemon, grapefruit, guava, papaya and other tropical fruits. Notes of green hay, hops and herbs make this an interesting sauvignon blanc." June 2016

2012 Vintage

  • ★★★★ (Excellent)
    Restaurant Wine

    "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." February 2014

  • 88 Points
    James Laube, Wine Spectator

    "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." December 2013

  • 87 Points
    Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, 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." December 2013

  • Richness and complexity
    Pierce Carson, Napa Valley Register

    "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." August 2013

  • Complex
    Capital Gazette

    "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." April 2014

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Amici Spring Mountain District Sauvignon Blanc

  • 93 Points
    JamesSuckling.com

    "This is very underground sauvignon blanc from Napa from old head pruned vines at the top of Spring Mountain. Full body, yet fresh and lively with sliced dried apple, pear and lemon. Pretty length too. This is a serious white."

  • 90 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    "Aged half in stainless and half in new French oak for eight months, this is a complex, tangy wine with medium viscosity and a strong taste of lemon peel and green apple. With a slightly tropical edge of lemongrass, it's lively and fresh."

  • ★★★★+ (Excellent+)
    Restaurant Wine

    "Excellent Sauvignon: supple in texture, full-bodied and intensely flavored (apple, lime, lemongrass, peach, honey), it is very long on the palate and persistent on the finish. Very fine quality."

2013 Vintage

  • 90 Points
    Wine Spectator

    "An appealing, succulent mix of lemon curd and coconut cream pie flavors, this is smooth and juicy, with a core of tropical and citrus fruit. Lingers nicely on the finish." September 2015

  • 90 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    "Entirely barrel-fermented in 20% new French oak, this 100% varietal wine is complex and weighty. It holds a bite of ripe apple at its core, with accents of pineapple and tropical guava. Rich on the palate, it's also soft and seamless, a good choice for the table." October 2015

  • ★★★★★ (Exceptional)
    Restaurant Wine

    "An exotic, complex Sauvignon of remarkable quality. It is fleshy, full bodied, and rich; a wine with intense candied lemon, toast, orange blossom, litchi nut, pineapple, and vanilla aromas/flavors. Very long finish." August 201

  • Rich and expressive
    Hollywood Reporter

    "Napa is no stranger to great wines and this 100 percent barrel fermented (20 percent new French Oak) Sauvignon blanc breaks the traditional mold by judiciously using oak barrels. The result is a wine with typical lemon-lime, honeyed orange blossom aromas but is reinforced with notes of passion fruit, pineapple, minerality, sweet resin and a wisp of vanilla. Rich and expressive, this unique Sauvignon Blanc is impressive now but will continue to age as there is a weightiness and maturity to this wine." August 2015

  • Personal Favorite
    John Vankat, Arizona Daily Sun

    "This personal favorite at $40 and over is exceedingly refined and features beautiful color, an outstanding nose, stunning balance, rich fruit and an exceptional length that is less about power and more about beauty and grace. Such quality normally costs much more in other grapes." July 2015

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