2003 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Piner Ranch Vineyard

This vintage Piner Ranch has aromas of dark cherry, plum with maple syrup and vanilla essences. Structured flavors of black cherry, plum, caramelized sugars and chocolate flood the palate. Piner Ranch has always taken its sweet time to show off its intricacies, but has always delivered. This is the last vintage from this thirty year old vineyard, as the vines were ripped out so the vineyard could be replanted. (206 cases produced)

2003 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Oehlman Vineyard

Aromas of orange peel, spring blossoms, red berry fruits and cinnamon. On the palate exists tangy citrus orange zest, concentrated cran-raspberry fruits, floral essences and a splash of dark tea. The strength of fruit from the Oehlman vineyard continues to catch up to its intriguing complexities. This feminine stalwart had the most lively fruit left of all bottlings on day six of our tasting. (168 cases produced)

2003 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Olivet Lane Vineyard

This elegant wine shows notes of cherries, strawberries, cola and hints of lavender. This rich and thick wine reveals flavors of cherries, wild strawberries, cola framed with shy hints of vanilla and cinnamon. A typical Olivet Lane, may surrender some complexity, but it is unabashedly brute strength fruit. (162 cases produced)

2003 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

A nose of dark red fruits with chocolate and caramel fragrances. A taste reveals leading flavors of cherries and plums followed by sweet molasses flavors, with some minor elements of citrus and anise in the background. The long finish is thick and cloying. As was the case with the 2002 vintage this wine is comprised entirely of the Piner Ranch, Oehlman and Olivet Lane vineyards. (345 cases produced)

2003 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Intense aromas of red berries and cherries. The palate shows cascading flavors of raspberries and red cherries, Earl Grey tea and floral essences. While this wine has wonderfully rich flavors in the mouth, the nose is so intense it has captivated us during our tastings. This wine is made from the Pommard clone, with 75% coming from one vineyard in the Gold Ridge area and 25% from another vineyard. (91 cases produced)

2003 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Aromas of citrus fruits, tropical floral notes, honey and a touch of mint. Flavors of pear and tropical fruits fill the palate, with a soft round vanilla presence that finishes with some lemon notes. This vintage we added a new barrel to the mix that gives the wine more roundness in the mouth and a slightly more enhanced vanilla flavor than in previous vintages, without being excessive. (75 cases produced)