Scores and more!!
I'm not quite sure how it happened, but it did. A very well known (and often tough) wine critic somehow got a hold of my wines, tasted away, and posted his reviews. I had just submitted to another publication so this came as a big surprise. And a very good one I must say. I have recently released most of these wines so they are ready for your cellar (or stomach, which is where my cellar is). Here are his comments:
Stephen Tanzer - May 2012 - View
2008 Abiouness Pinot Noir Hudson Vineyard Carneros - 90 points - View
Medium red. Musky, Burgundian aromas of smoky red fruits and underbrush. Fine-grained and alive, with lovely energy and mineral firmness to the flavors of strawberry, raspberry and earth. Harmonious acidity carries the fruit through a very smooth finish.
2008 Abiouness Pinot Noir Silacci Santa Lucia Highlands - 90 points - View
Pale red. Pungent aromas of red berries, spices and smoke. Smooth but juicy and penetrating, with enticing floral lift and a saline complexity to the red berry flavors. Good fat here for a pinot with just 13% alcohol, but this is a graceful style, not a powerhouse.
2008 Abiouness Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch Carneros - 88 points - View
Moderately saturated medium red. Reticent cherry aroma shows a slightly medicinal nuance. Juicy and delicate, with slightly muted dark cherry flavor. The least complex and pliant of these 2008 pinots today, finishing with firm tannins and decent length.
2008 Abiouness Pinot Noir Pommard Clone Stanly Ranch Carneros - 91 points - View
Medium red. Smokier and more soil-inflected on the nose than the "regular" Stanly Ranch bottling, offering complex aromas of red fruits, flowers, pepper and brown spices. Fine-grained and delicate pinot in a distinctly mellow style, offering lovely complexity and a very smooth back end.
In addition to these delicious Pinots, I have the newly bottled, dry, fruity, and crisp white and pink wines. With the bottling behind me I can now start the summer travels selling, selling, selling! If you are on Facebook you can check to see where I might be and what fun tasting could be happening in your area.
Honor Wines Tasting, Staten Island - June 19, 2013
From 6-8 I will be at Honor Wines on Staten Island for a tasting of some of my small batch wines. Come join us if you are near by.
More details can be found at: www.honorwines.com
Winemaker dinner, Clifton Wine Shop, VA - June 26, 2013
The first in a series of wine dinners back in my birth state. New releases, great food, lots of fun not to be missed.
Winemaker dinner, Salt at the Point, Virginia Beach, VA - June 27, 2013
They are closing down the entire restaurant for the first ever winemaker dinner. I am so excited to share some of my new releases along side the amazing dishes chef is creating. All Norfolk Academy and William and Mary alumni and friends nearby- don't miss out.
More details can be found at: www.saltatthepoint.com
Cedar Point Club winemaker dinner - June 30, 2013
The last of the dinners for VA hosted by Bon Vivant Market at 6 pm Sunday night. If you missed all of the others here is one last fantastic opportunity to taste several of my hand crafted wines along side delicious dishes. Hope to see you there!
Festival del Sole- July 13 thru 21, 2013
This is an extraordinary event not to be missed. For over a week the hospitality, wine, and cuisine of Napa Valley will be showcased in this premier music and lifestyle festival. There will be performances of the highest international quality, and innovative programs that celebrate the art of life. I am so grateful to have been chosen to help lead the Wellness series portion of the festival. I will be teaching yoga 2 mornings in the vineyards of Kristine Ashe. In addition, I will be pouring my wines at the Taste of Napa event on the 13th. Come join us there.
Visit the site for more info www.festivaldelsole.org