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Wine Spectator Reviews 2012 Smoke and Mirrors
91 points from The Wine Spectator for our 2012 Smoke and Mirrors? Score: 91 Refreshingly quirky, this offers ripe cherry and spicy nut bread aromas, leading to zesty dried blackberry, cracked pepper and licorice flavors that linger toward ripe tannins. Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenach...

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2008 Musci Vineyard Syrah

Black fruits dominate the aromatics and flavors, ending with a juicy yet complex finish.

2008 Rockpile Vineyard Rosé of Syrah

Strawberry and black cherry aromatics, with a pinch of Herbs de Provence and a beautiful core of minerality.

 

2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Vibrant strawberry and raspberry fruit takes on an earthy, grilled maitake mushroom edge.

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2008 Smoke & Mirrors

Spiced plums with a hint of rosemary and thyme.

94 points Wine Advocate - SOLD OUT

2008 Sweetwater Springs Vineyard Zinfandel

Wild raspberrry with subtle hits of dark chocolate.

90 points Wine Spectator

93 point Wine Advocate

SOLD OUT

2008 The First Date

Aromas of fresh apple pie and apricot blossoms, layered with a rich and lush texture featuring flavors of ripe peach and spicy notes.

75% Roussanne, 25% Marsanne

91 points Connoisseurs' Guide

92 points Wine Advocate

90 points Wine Spectator


2008 The Impostor

39% Zinfandel, 29% Syrah, 22% Petite Sirah, 4% Tempranillo, 3% Carignan, 2% Grenache, 1% Viognier.

Mysterious aromatics of spiced plum, wild game, graphite and dried currant.

2007 'Boules' Viognier

French Viognier project, 50% Condrieu and 50% Seysseul, collaborated with my friend Francois Villard.

Minerally oriented, with dried apricots, dried peaches and honey. Only 50 case production.

2007 Fess Parker's Vineyard Syrah

Incredibly lush palate, multi-layered sweet tannins.

93 points Wine Advocate

91 points Wine Spectator

 


2007 Musci Vineyard Syrah

Beautiful sweet mid-palate, delicate smoky aspects.

92 points Wine Advocate

91 points Connoisseurs' Guide


2007 Smoke & Mirrors 1.5L

Sweet pipe tobacco, crushed peppercorns and roasted red pepper.

2007 Stagecoach Vineyard 'Isabel' Syrah

Blackberry preserves, spiced plum and graphite minerality.

94+ points Wine Advocate

 

2007 Stagecoach Vineyard Marsanne

Serious concentration, loads of character.  Candle wax, bitter almond and hints of clover.

93 points Wine Advocate



2007 Sweetwater Springs Vineyard Petite Sirah

Blue and black fruits, cinnamon, coffee.

92 points Wine Advocate

92 points Wine Spectator


2007 Sweetwater Springs Vineyard Petite Sirah

Opaque in color with flavors of blackberry and Australian licorice.

92 points Wine Advocate

2007 Sweetwater Springs Vineyard Zinfandel

Briery aromas of wild raspberry and blueberry.

Wine Advocate 92 points

Wine Spectator 92 points

2007 The First Date

Honey & spiced peach cobbler, full-bodied and backed up with a core of minerality.  75% Roussanne, 25% Marsanne.

92 points Wine Spectator

2006 Broken Compass

Smoked wild game, herbs de Provence and hints of bitter Swiss chocolate.

92 points Wine Spectator

2006 California Cuvée Syrah

Aromas of garrigue, freshly turned earth, followed by black cherry.

91 points Wine Spectator

2006 Eaglepoint Ranch Vineyard Petite Syrah

Smoky, hot tar and fresh vanilla bean. A firm backbone of tannin adds to the seemingly never-ending finish.

90 points Wine Advocate

94 points Wine Spectator



2006 Iron Hill Vineyard Zinfandel

Cherry, licorice, roasted earth, a wisp of lavender.

2006 Preston Vineyard Marsanne

Aromatics of orange blossom, pear and peach.

2006 Stagecoach Vineyard Marsanne

Wet stone, spiced pineapple, opulent palate.  This is classic Marsanne, with flavors of orange blossom, apricots and peaches.

92 points Wine Spectator

2006 Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah 1.5L

A lush explosion of black fruit with a strong mineral backbone. 

90 points Wine Advocate

91 points Wine Spectator

2006 The First Date Rhône Blend

Loaded with peaches, apricots, honey, orange blossom and crushed rocks.

2006 Trials & Tribulations Late Harvest Marsanne

Orange zest, spice and honeysuckle. Delivering an ethereal drinking experience, Trials & Tribulations tangos effortlessly on the palate,

Extremely limited production of 10 cases.

 

2006 Vin De Pays Des Collines Rhodaniennes Viognier

The Blend: 50% Condrieu (25% De Poncins, 25% Le Grand Valons), 50% Seyssuel

90 points Wine Spectator

2005 A La Cave Syrah

Tart blackberry fruit, chocolate and robust  tannin pair perfectly with red meat.

2005 Caldwell Vineyards Syrah

Black, blue and red fruits and freshly ground espresso.  


2005 California Cuvée Syrah

Gushing blackberry and blueberry fruit with a touch of Viognier for a hint of floral aromatics.

92 points Wine Spectator

2005 Fess Parker's Vineyard Syrah

Boysenberry, plum, smoke and game.

93 points Wine Advocate

92 points Connoisseurs' Guide

2005 Frediani Vineyard Petite Syrah

Blackberry jam, vanilla & cassis. Last vintage from the Frediani Vineyard.

92+ points Wine Advocate

SOLD OUT

2005 Iron Hill Vineyard Zinfandel

Layers of chocolate, black cherry, red raspberry and roasted herbs de Provence.

 

2005 Ripken Late Harvest Viognier

Honey with a hint of beeswax; peaches and dried apricots.  A perfect dessert all by itself.



2005 The First Date Rhône Blend

Silky honeysuckle with just a dash of apricots, peaches and bees wax.

2004 A La Cave Syrah

Epitomy of classic Syrah. Although appellation states California, this vintage happens to be 100% Syrah from Vici Vineyard in Napa Valley.

2004 Arrowhead Mountain Vineyard Zinfandel

Sweet, concentrated briery fruit component of cherries and raspberries, this is complimented by a spicy, peppery finish.

2004 California Cuvée Syrah

A delicious blend of Santa Barbara, Montery County and Alexander Valley Syrah, with a touch of Petite Sirah from Lake County.

2004 Fess Parker's Vineyard Syrah

Seductive aromas and a fine, silky texture are the signatures of these vineyards.

92 points Wine Advocate

92 points Wine Spectator

95 points Connoisseurs' Guide

2004 Frediani Vineyard Petite Syrah

Big blueberry fruit and blackberry pie spice.

2004 Iron Hill Vineyard Zinfandel

Concentrated briery blackberries and raspberries, spicy black pepper finish.

2004 Philary Vineyard Syrah

Exotic flavors and a dark, rich color are what keep the demand so high for this limited-quantity wine.

93 points Wine Spectator

2004 Rockpile Vineyard Syrah Haley's Reserve

Gorgeous nose of blackberry liqueur intermixed with melted licorice and smoked meats.

93 points Wine Advocate

93 points Connoisseurs' Guide

2004 The First Date Rhône Blend

Explodes with smoked almonds, peaches and apricots with a creamy, honeyed texture.

2004 Ventana Vineyards Syrah

Red raspberries, olives & cured meats. Undeniably feral, provocatively complex, this wine demands attention.

2003 Arrowhead Mountain Vineyard Zinfandel

Raspberries, black cherry and spice but with roasted earth components.


2003 Caldwell Vineyards Syrah

Syrah purity: Roasted herbs de Provence, blackberry and raspberry combination.

91 points Wine Advocate

90 points Wine Spectator

92 points Connoisseurs' Guide

2003 California Cuvée Syrah

A beautiful black/purple color is followed by aromatics and flavors of black cherry.

2003 Fess Parker's Vineyard Syrah

Smoky black cherry, roasted earth, hints of raspberry and just a touch of creamy cassis.

90 points Wine Advocate

2003 Frediani Vineyard Petite Syrah

Concentrated blackberry with a hint of vanilla bean.

92 points Wine Advocate

92 points Wine Spectator

2003 Iron Hill Vineyard Zinfandel

Black cherry, plum & cola with a hint of cracked pepper.

94 points Wine Advocate

2003 Philary Vineyard Syrah

Touch of lavender and black olives.  Only 34 cases produced.

90 points Wine Advocate

93 points Wine Spectator

2003 Rhodes Vineyard Cuvée Isabel

39% Zinfandel, 35% Petite Syrah, and 26% Syrah

2003 Rockpile Vineyard Syrah Haley's Reserve

Blackberry, boysenberry compote with a wisp of smoke and lavender.

93 points Wine Advocate

92 points Wine Spectator

91 points Connoisseurs' Guide

2002 Caldwell Vineyards Syrah

California ripeness and the soul of the Northern Rhone are found in this Syrah.

92 points Wine Advocate

94 points Wine Spectator

93 points Connoisseurs' Guide

2002 California Cuvée Syrah

A special blend of different vineyards located in many of the top Syrah producing regions of California

2002 Fess Parker's Vineyard Syrah

Cool climate Syrah, black cherries, olive and roasted herbs.

90 points Wine Advocate

93 points Connoisseurs' Guide

2002 Frediani Vineyard Petite Syrah

Concentrated blackberry and blueberry fruit.

94 points Wine Advocate

92 points Wine Spectator

90 points Connoisseurs' Guide

2002 Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel

Loads of brambleberry, dusty raspberry, and black cherry.

2002 Rhodes Vineyard Zinfandel Cuvée Isabel

Black cherry, boysenberry, cinnamon and vanilla bean.

2002 Ripken Vineyard Late Harvest Viognier

Ripe apricots, peaches and honey.

 

2002 Rockpile Vineyard Syrah Haley's Reserve

Rich, lush & concentrated, with wild red and black berries.

94 points Wine Advocate

93 points Wine Spectator

94 points Connoisseurs' Guide

2002 Ventana Vineyards Syrah

Beautifully concentrated, loaded with flavors of red raspberries, black cherries, smoke, olives and white pepper.

90 points Wine Advocate

90 points Connoisseurs' Guide

 

2001 Caldwell Vineyards Syrah

A perfect wine for grilled meats and hearty stews.

94 points Wine Advocate

91 points Connoisseurs' Guide

2001 California Cuvée Syrah

A special blend of Syrah from vineyards located in many of the top syrah producing regions of California.

2001 Cuvée Gaillard

50% Syrah from the Clos de Cuminaille Vineyard, St. Joseph, France and 50% Syrah from the Ventana Vineyard, Monterey, California

2001 Fess Parker Syrah

Cool climate Syrah, with flavor profile of blackberries and baking spices and roasted meats.

90 points Wine Advocate

90 points Wine Spectator

2001 Frediani Petite Syrah

This opaque purple wine is a truly decadent experience.

91 points Wine Spectator

2001 Philary Vineyard Syrah

Lavender, blackberry jam and a mineral backbone.

93 points Wine Advocate

2001 Rhodes Vineyard Zinfandel Cuvée Isabel

One of the most elegant Zinfandel comes from the Rhodes Vineyard.

2001 Ripken Late Harvest Viognier

Golden yellow color with an aroma of honeyed apricots and peaches laced with cinnamon and vanilla.

93 points Wine Spectator

 

2001 Rockpile Vineyard Syrah

Rich, lush, concentrated, and powerful best describes this amazing texture profile.

90 points Wine Spectator

94 points Connoisseurs' Guide

2001 Rodney's Vineyard Viognier

Flavors of honeysuckle, mango, papaya, peach and spiced cinnamon.

2001 Ventana Vineyards Syrah

Opaque purple in color with aromas of roasted herbs, smoked game, blackberries and cassis.

91 points Connoisseurs' Guide

2000 Caldwell Vineyards Syrah

Flamboyantly aromatic and enormously concentrated. 

90 points Wine Spectator

2000 California Cuvée Syrah

A dark plum color with aromatics and flavors of black fruits.

2000 Frediani Vineyard Petite Syrah

80-100 year old head trained vines give this wine intense depth and concentration.

90 points Wine Spectator

2000 Philary Vineyard Syrah

A powerhouse wine that will mesmerize all your senses - Incredibly exotic and very seductive. The aromas and flavors are a blend of concentrated blackberry jam, smoked game, olives, cassis and roasted herbs de Provence.

2000 Rhodes Vineyard Zinfandel Cuvée Isabel

Amazingly dark purple appearance and aromas of black cherry and hints of lavender.

2000 Ripken Vineyard Late Harvest Viognier

Golden yellow in color with an aroma of honeyed apricots and peaches lightly laced with cinnamon and vanilla.

2000 Rodney's Vineyard Syrah

Aromas of blackberries, licorice, olives, roasted herbs and smoked wild game.

2000 Rodney's Viognier

Straw yellow in color with aromas of honeyed apricots, creamy peaches and subtle hints of grapefruit.

2000 Ventana Vineyards Syrah

Opaque purple in color with aromas of roasted herbs, smoked game and blackberries.

91 Wine Spectator

91 Connoisseurs' Guide