Scores and reviews on our 2007 Pinots have begun to come out, and we're very happy so far. Here's a look (more can be found on our Web site):
Burghound recently rated all three 2007 Pinots 90 points and above -- one of the highest group ratings in the entire California Pinot issue, with well known names abounding:
2007 Zero New Oak Pinot: 90 points
"A fresh and relatively complex nose resembles that of the 'All-In' with the primary difference being that the wood is less obvious with lovely, balanced and pure medium-bodied flavors that possess good concentration and length on the sappy finish and mildly dusty finish. This is really very pretty and fashioned in an understated style..." - Allen Meadows
2007 All-In Pinot: 90 points
"A very pretty and impressively complex nose features notes of ripe red berry fruit, plum and violet aromas that are trimmed in a discreet touch of wood and merge into rich, delicious and pure middle weight flavors that possess an appealing mouth feel before culminating in a sappy and nicely balanced finish... This should reward 3 to perhaps 5 years of cellar time." -- Allen Meadows
2007 Clone 05 Pinot: 91 points
"The oak, if not completely invisible, has largely been successfully absorbed and allows the pretty red and blue berry fruit aromas that are nuanced by violet and spice hints to shine. The detailed, fresh and solidly focused middle weight flavors are delicious as they offer good breadth and a finely balanced, dusty and sappy finish. ..." -- Allen Meadows
The San Francisco Chronicle reviewed their favorite 13 of more than 50 Mendocino County and Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs, and our 2007 Clone 05 Pinot was included in the favorites. They wrote: "The Charles family has quickly left its imprint with its new label. They isolated fruit from their Pommard clone and gave it extra oak. The result is smoky and heady, with allspice and cocoa accents on a dark-fruit base. Finessed tannins make it immediately drinkable."
Wine Enthusiast magazine will be awarding the 2007 Clone 05 Pinot Noir 90 points in the December 2009 issue!