93 points, Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report
"The nose is a deep sassafras and cherry tart along with savory plum. The DNA of the 1964-planted vineyard is evident here. The palate is dense tobacco and blue plum offering plenty of richness and length. Gorgeously sleek and silky polished plum and dark soaked cherry. Drink 2017 – 2024."
90 points, Vinous
"Vivid red. Smoke-accented red berries and cherry on the pungent, mineral-accented nose. Juicy and precise on entry, turning more fleshy in the midpalate and offering nicely concentrated raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of mocha. Shows good energy and thrust on the long, smoky finish, which leaves a note of candied rose behind."
91 points, Wine Enthusiast
Paso Robles isn't known for Pinot Noir, although this historic vineyard has been growing it successfully, and with plenty of aging ability, since 1964. Aromas of light berries, tarragon and sandalwood lead into a palate full of mint, fennel pollen, mulberry and dried plum, altogether exhibiting a li hing mui sort of character.
Harvested in the pre-dawn hours fruit is hand sorted, partially de-stemmed and individual berries are optically sorted. Small batch indigenous yeast fermentation combining 30% whole cluster is preceded by a brief cold soak followed by a 15 month sojourn in a combination of new and neutral French oak barrels.