Possessing incredible elegance and purity, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Owl and Crown (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) gives up classic notes of blackcurrants, cassis, lead pencil shavings and leafy herbs. Medium to full-bodied, utterly seamless and gorgeously polished on the palate, this is the finest wine yet (or at least that I’ve tasted) from winemaker Anna Schafer.
Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, August 2017
The 2014 Red Wine Blend Night Owl comes from the estate vineyards and is a blend of 43% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and the balance Petit Verdot. Its deep purple/ruby-tinged color is followed by a terrific bouquet of cassis, ripe black cherries, licorice and wild herbs. Medium to full-bodied, supple and polished on the palate, with good acidity, it's another fabulous wine.
Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, August 2017
The 2014 Artist Series Mason is a beauty made from 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot. Expansive and layered, it has lots of currants, blackberries, spice and dried flower aromas and flavors. It is terrific on the palate as well, with full-bodied richness and a plump, mouth-filling style, it's going to drink nicely through 2024.
Jeb Dunuck, The Wine Advocate, August 2017.
The 2014 Fred is a brighter and more high toned than its predecessors. It is obvious from the moment it leaves the bottle with its bright red complexion. It still showcases the usual lavender oil and bright nose of the Tablas Creek clone, but it is expressing more red fruit notes. Bouncy and bright in the mouth while round and plush tannins maintain through to the end. Will drink well though 2020.
The inky, glass-staining purple colored 2014 Malbec Estate Amparo (100% Malbec) gives up notes of liquid blackberries and crushed rocks in its rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure style. With nicely integrated acidity and a clean finish, drink it over the coming 4-6 years.
- Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, August 2017
This wine has come from the earth in all senses. It is as complex as photosynthesis itself. Don’t be fooled by its delicate color; it will swoon you with earth, fire and sea. There is a bright quality to the wine, but the dark flavors persist of burnt orange, dark fruit, rhubarb. There is a strong mineraility in the finish. Pair with meat braised in fennel and orange or a triple cream garnished with chutney.
The Sparrow flies again! After two years of absence due to weather, we could not be happier with the resulting wine. Sweet peas, peach and orange blossoms leap out of the glass and persist in the mouth. The plump plush mouthfeel has a brine and wet rock note that lifts the palate with medium plus acidity. Do not make the mistake of drinking this wine too cold. 58 degrees is the optimum temperature. This wine will last through 2022 at least.
The 2016 Viognier was all about picking time. With the hot spring and early summer, we visited the vineyard three times a week. We picked early to maintain freshness, which was accomplished in the resulting juice. Notes of white peach in the nose as well as lemon and stone fruit. More lean than 2015 with peach persisting in the mouth. Long and broad finish. Will drink well through 2022.
Jasmine leaps out of the glass and fills the nose. This golden yellow elixir is filled with papaya, honeydew melon and soft citrus like Meyer lemon. It is carried by the medium acidity for a white wine. With the same depth of structure as the Sparrow, but the Marsanne is the star. Will drink well through 2022, we will keep you posted if it maintains longer due to the Marsanne.
Aromas of wet stone graphite, apple blossom open up to flavors of bright Asian pear, and bergamot citrus notes remain high in the palate and end with a slight note of hazelnut.
Nose…….Slight reduction, wet rock and peony flower.
Mouth…..The floral quality pursists in the mouth held up by soft round tannins, medium acidity. We continued to use a spontenous fermentation which in the tanks smells like roast acorn squash is a sprinkle of brown sugar. Although that primary note subsides in the wine, there is an earthy sweet character. We build our wines with bottle age in mind, so please decant. Optimum drinking window is 2020 – 2026.
“Strong nose of ripe plum, grilled bread, cloves and blackest of black currants. The tannins hold the stage in this rich wine with notes of blackberries, blueberries, clove and plum on the palate. Medium acidity balances the density of the wine. The long finish persists with plum (flesh and skin) and clove.”